The Gatorade State Girls Soccer Players of the Year were selected based on athletic production and impact in the 2014-15 season. Each winner also demonstrated high academic achievement and exemplary personal character, including volunteerism, sportsmanship and community leadership.
For a list of the other Gatorade State girls Soccer Players of the Year winners, click here.
THE WINNER: Mallory Pugh
School: Mountain Vista (Highlands Ranch, Colo.)
Athletic achievement: She had led the Golden Eagles to a 16-2 record and a berth in the Class 5A state semifinals at the time of her selection. Pugh had scored 24 goals and passed for 12 assists through 18 games. A member of the U.S. Soccer Under-20 Women’s National Team, Pugh was the National Soccer Coaches Association of America’s 2014 Youth National Player of the Year for club play. She is rated as the No. 1 recruit in the nation for the Class of 2016 by TopDrawerSoccer.com.
Academic excellence: Pugh has maintained a 3.68 GPA.
Exemplary character: She has volunteered locally as part of multiple community-service initiatives to benefit pediatric care at Children’s Hospital Colorado. Pugh has also donated her time to the Panther Pantry, which serves needy families in Douglas County, as well as the Tennyson Center for Children, a home for abused youth. In addition, she has worked with the US Youth Soccer TOPSoccer program serving young athletes with disabilities.
“Mallory Pugh is the best player in high school soccer I have ever seen,” said Adam Buseck, head coach of Heritage High. “She can do it individually but more importantly she has a high tactical understanding of the game and understands how her movements both with and without the ball can impact her team and her opponent.”
THE FUTURE: Pugh has verbally committed to UCLA.