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/midfielder, Green Hope (Cary, N.C.)
Greatness Present: Green Hope’s 2012 season ended one game shy of a state championship, but Alexis Shaffer is doing her best to make sure the Falcons get another shot at perfection.
The senior forward and midfielder had three goals and three assists in a 9-0 win last week over Northern Durham (Durham, N.C.), giving Shaffer 26 goals and 16 assists in the Falcons’ perfect 15-0 start. Green Hope has outscored opponents 91-5 through 15 games.
Greatness Past: The returning Gatorade North Carolina Girls Soccer Player of the Year led the Falcons to a 25-1 record as a junior and scored her team’s lone goal in a 2-1 loss to Hough (Cornelius, N.C.) in the 2012 Class 4A state title game. Their 25 wins to start last season was the fourth longest streak in NCHSAA history.
Also a member of the U.S Soccer Under-18 Women’s National Team player pool, Shaffer is ranked the No. 15 player in the Class of 2013 by TopDrawerSoccer.com.
Greatness Future: She has verbally committed to Virginia.
Make no mistake: The Gatorade State Girls Soccer Player of the Year races aren’t over, and the National POY race is now heating up. Time remains for one standout student-athlete among thousands to rise to the top of our list.Check back for daily updates on the top contenders making their case.