Tarbut V’Torah (Irvine, Calif.) soccer star Carly Malatskey knows how to put the ball in the net

Tarbut V’Torah (Irvine, Calif.) soccer star Carly Malatskey knows how to put the ball in the net

Gatorade Player of the Year

Tarbut V’Torah (Irvine, Calif.) soccer star Carly Malatskey knows how to put the ball in the net

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From many, there will be one. And while there’s still no guarantee contending athletes will win their own state at this point in the season, a number of elite performers are making a case for Gatorade National Girls Soccer Player of the Year consideration. Here’s the scoop on the latest top candidate.

ATHLETE PROFILE:

Carly Malatskey
Tarbut V’Torah Community Day School (Irvine, Calif.)
Senior

Greatness Present: Carly Malatskey was a goal-scoring machine this season for the Lions of Tarbut V’Torah. The 5-foot-4 Malatskey lit up the scoreboard with an Orange County-record 73 goals, leading the Lions (17-2) to the Southern Section Division 7 tournament quarterfinals. Malatskey tallied 15 hat tricks in 19 games with four four-goal games, three five-goal games, three six-goal games and an eight-goal game.

Who will follow in the footsteps of 2014-15 Gatorade National Girls Soccer Player of the Year Mallory Pugh? Find out first at USA TODAY High School Sports in May. (Photo: Susan Goldman, Gatorade)

Who will follow in the footsteps of 2014-15 Gatorade National Girls Soccer Player of the Year Mallory Pugh? Find out first at USA TODAY High School Sports in May. (Photo: Susan Goldman, Gatorade)

Greatness Past: Malatskey, who has been to training camp with the U.S. Soccer Under-18 Women’s National Team, has led Orange County in scoring each of the last three years and concluded her prep soccer career with 166 goals. A two-time Youth All-American for club play as named by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, she was a three-time San Joaquin League MVP.

Greatness Future: Rated as the No. 17 recruit in the Class of 2016 by TopDrawerSoccer.com, Malatskey will head to Stanford to continue her soccer career in the fall.

Make no mistake: The Gatorade State Girls Soccer Player of the Year races aren’t over for winter and spring soccer-playing states, and the National POY race is now heating up. Time remains for one standout student-athlete among thousands to rise to the top of our list. Check back for weekly updates on the top contenders making a case.

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