The Gatorade State Girls Soccer Players of the Year were selected based on athletic production and impact in the 2015-16 season. Each winner also demonstrated high academic achievement and exemplary personal character, including volunteerism, sportsmanship and community leadership.
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THE WINNER: Cadie Higginson
School: Ben Franklin (New Orleans, La.)
Athletic achievement: She scored 55 goals and passed for 15 assists this past season, leading the Falcons (21-1-1) to their fourth consecutive Division II state championship. A First Team All-State honoree, Higginson was also selected Division II Offensive MVP by the Louisiana High School Soccer Coaches Association and was named the All-Metro Offensive Player of the Year.
Academic excellence: Higginson has maintained a 4.38 GPA. S
Exemplary character: he has volunteered locally on behalf of coastal restoration initiatives and the Korean War Veterans Association.
“Cadie Higginson is very versatile and she’s got great technical ability,” said Wes Leake, head coach at Lakeshore High. “I mean, what couldn’t she do? She’s just a smart player with great vision.”
THE FUTURE: Higginson will attend the United States Naval Academy this fall, where she will play soccer.