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: Jenna Szczesny
School: Barrington (Ill.)
Athletic achievement: The returning Gatorade Player of the Year, she had led the Fillies to a 16-0-4 record and a berth in the Class 3A Fremd Regional semifinals at the time of her selection. Szczesny scored 28 goals and passed for seven assists through 20 games. A 2014 All-American selection by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, she was the 2014 Mid-Suburban League Player of the Year and entered the postseason with 93 goals and 35 assists in her prep soccer career.
Academic excellence: Szczesny has maintained a 3.19 GPA.
Exemplary character: She has participated in fundraising campaigns to benefit cancer research and has volunteered locally as a preschool teacher and youth soccer coach.
“Jenna Szczesny is the best and most dangerous player whom we faced this season,” said Willie Filian, head coach of Palatine High. “I have coached for 25 years, and she is the most athletic, quickest and most difficult player to contain of all of the forwards whom I can recall.”
THE FUTURE: Szczesny has signed with Loyola University Chicago.