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.
For a list of the other Gatorade State girls Soccer Players of the Year winners, click here.
THE WINNER: Anna Lawler
School: Rockwood Summit (Fenton, Mo.)
Athletic achievement: She led the Falcons to a 22-1-1 record and a berth in the Class 3, District 9 tournament semifinals against Pacific High, scheduled for May 16. At the time of her selection, Lawler had scored six goals and passed for 12 assists from her defensive central midfield position. A 2015 Class 3 First Team All-State selection, she is rated as the No. 45 recruit in the nation for the Class of 2018 by TopDrawerSoccer.com.
Academic excellence: Lawler has maintained a weighted 3.95 GPA.
Exemplary character: A member of the Rockwood Summit High Medical Club, she has volunteered locally with her school’s Link Crew, helping incoming students transition to high school.
“Anna can play every position on the field and play all of them with confidence and poise,” said Gary Schneider, head coach of Eureka High. “I was very impressed with her. Even as a sophomore she’s so mature and makes very smart plays that you don’t see many high school players do.”
THE FUTURE: Lawler has made a verbal commitment to play soccer on an athletic scholarship at Oklahoma State University beginning in the fall of 2018.