(Amy Davis, Baltimore Sun )
McDonogh senior Ashley Spivey has been named the 2011-12 Gatorade Maryland Girls Soccer Player of the Year.
The award, announced today, "recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field."
Spivey is now a finalist for the Gatorade National Girls Soccer Player of the Year award, which will be announced in May.
The 5-foot-10 forward led the Eagles to an 18-3 record and the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference title this fall. She scored 18 goals and added 16 assists, including three goals and five assists in three postseason games.
A member of the U.S. Soccer Under-18 Women’s National Team, Spivey is a has been named the All-Metro Player of the Year the past two seasons. She finished her high school career with 78 goals and 59 assists and has signed to play collegiately at Maryland.
In the classroom, Spivey has maintained a 3.72 GPA, and she has volunteered locally as an elementary school aide, at a food bank and with Habitat for Humanity.
She is the second McDonogh player to be named Gatorade Maryland Girls Soccer Player of the Year, following Marissa Schuchat, who was honored for the 1998-99 season.
For more on the Gatorade Player of the Year program, visit playeroftheyear.gatorade.com.