From many, there will be one. While there’s no guarantee contending athletes will win their state at this point in the season, a number of elite performers are making a case for Gatorade National Girls Soccer Player of the Year consideration. Here’s the scoop on the latest top candidate.
Senior forward, Jenks (Okla.)
Greatness Present: Injury-plagued as a junior, Keester’s season didn’t have the storybook ending that she wanted.
The 5-foot-6 senior striker scored one goal and assisted on the other, but the Trojans (15-2) lost to Bishop Kelley (Tulsa, Okla.), 3-2, in overtime of the Class 6A state title game.
Keester rebounded with the best season of her career this spring, scoring a class-best 32 goals and handing out nine assists.
Ranked the No. 27 recruit in the Class of 2013 by Top Drawer Soccer, she captured Most Valuable Player honors at the Heart of America Classic this past April in Kansas City, Mo.
Greatness Past: Named the Gatorade Oklahoma Girls Soccer Player of the Year as a sophomore, Keester also played for the U.S. Soccer Under-17 Women’s National Team in 2011. She concluded her prep career with 82 goals and 39 assists.
Greatness Future: Keester has signed with Texas A&M.
Make no mistake: The Gatorade State Girls Soccer Player of the Year races aren’t over, and the National POY race is heating up. Time remains for one standout student-athlete among thousands to rise to the top.Check back for daily updates on the top contenders making their case.