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: Chelsea Burns
School: St. Johns Country Day School (Orange Park, Fla.)
Athletic achievement: She led the Spartans to a 23-2 record and a third straight Class 1A state championship this past season. Burns scored 31 goals and passed for 25 assists, including a pair of goals in a 4-0 win over Lakeland Christian School in the state final. The Florida Dairy Farmers Class 1A State Player of the Year, Burns is a two-time First Team All-State selection. She concluded her prep soccer career, which included two years at the Episcopal School of Jacksonville, with 81 goals and 64 assists.
Academic excellence: Burns has maintained a weighted 4.32 GPA.
Exemplary character: A second-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do, she has volunteered locally on multiple fundraising campaigns to benefit autism research and as a middle-school math and science tutor.
“Chelsea Burns displays a will to win and [strong] leadership,” said Dave Silverberg, head coach of Ponte Vedra High. “She plays every game, every minute like it is her last. That competitive mentality separates her from other players.”
THE FUTURE: Burns has signed with Duke.