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: Parker Roberts
School: Blue Valley North (Overland Park, Kan.)
Athletic achievement: The returning Gatorade Player of the Year, she had led the Mustangs to a 7-8-1 record and a berth in the Class 6A regional semifinals at the time of her selection. Roberts scored 12 goals and passed for two assists through 16 games, missing three full games and most of three others with an injured quadriceps muscle. A member of the U.S. Soccer Under-20 Women’s National Team, she was a 2014 All-American selection by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and is a three-time Class 6A First Team All-State honoree.
Academic excellence: Roberts has maintained a weighted 3.61 GPA.
Exemplary character: She has volunteered locally with the Special Olympics and as a peer tutor. She has also completed a service-mission trip to Costa Rica.
“Parker Roberts is a great player,” said Sarah Gonzalez, head coach of Shawnee Mission West High. “We knew if we made a mistake on her she would punish us, and that happened when we played her this year.”
THE FUTURE: Roberts has signed with Kansas.