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: Brianna Pinto
School: Jordan (Durham, N.C.)
Athletic achievement: She scored 21 goals and passed for nine assists this past season, leading the Falcons (14-4-1) to the Class 4A state tournament. Pinto missed five games due to multiple commitments with the U.S. Soccer Under-17 Women’s National Team. She is rated as the No. 5 recruit in the nation for the Class of 2018 by TopDrawerSoccer.com.
Academic excellence: Pinto has maintained an A average.
Exemplary character: A member of the John Hope Franklin Young Scholars program, she has volunteered locally with Habitat for Humanity and on behalf of her local chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
“It’s hard not to notice Brianna Pinto—she’s a fantastic player,” said Michele Miller, head coach of Cardinal Gibbons High. “What makes Brianna so dangerous is that she has speed but she also has tactical awareness. She knows how to utilize her assets to create goals for herself and her teammates.”
THE FUTURE: Pinto has verbally committed to North Carolina.