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THE WINNER: Maddie Elliston
School: Marian (Omaha, Neb.)
Athletic achievement: She scored one goal and passed for three assists this past season, leading the Crusaders (13-2) to the Class A state semifinals. Elliston anchored a defense that recorded 22 straight shutouts over two years and allowed only five goals on the season. A member of the U.S. Soccer Under-18 Women’s National Team, she is the No. 12-rated recruit in the Class of 2014 by TopDrawerSoccer.com.
Academic excellence: Elliston has maintained a weighted 3.52 GPA.
Exemplary character: She has volunteered locally at a homeless shelter and as a youth soccer coach. She was also one of 16 players across the country selected to complete a mission trip to Nicaragua this summer on behalf of Soccer Without Borders.
“Maddie Elliston is the most incredible teammate you could ever have,” said Marcus Kelcher, Elliston’s club coach with Elite Girls Academy. “She is so versatile. She is great no matter where you play her.”
THE FUTURE: Elliston has verbally committed to Penn State.