Southern Californian Kennedy Wesley is national girls player of the year

Kennedy Wesley, who played for the USA at the 2016 U-17 World Cup and is eligible for the 2018 U-17 World Cup, is the 2017 Gatorade National Girls Soccer Player of the Year.

World champion Abby Wambach (right) presented Kennedy Wesley the 2017
Gatorade National Girls Soccer Player of the Year trophy.

Wesley, as a sophomore this past season at Valley Christian High School, scored 22 goals and made nine assists. She plays ECNL ball with the So Cal Blues. The 16-year-old has committed to attend Stanford in fall of 2019.

Previous Gatorade National Players of the Year include 2015 Women’s World Cup winners Amy Rodriguez, Ashlyn Harris, Heather O'Reilly, Lauren (née Cheney) Holiday and Morgan Brian.

Last year’s winner, Ella Stevens, made 23 appearances for Duke during her freshman season for 2016. The 2015 winner Mallory Pugh, who played for the USA at the 2016 Olympics, left UCLA last month to sign with the NWSL’s Washington Spirit.

Gatorade National Girls Player of the Year
2016-17 Kennedy Wesley
2015-16 Ella Stevens
2014-15 Mallory Pugh
2013-14 Katie Cousins
2012-13 Morgan Andrews
2011-12 Morgan Andrews
2010-11 Morgan Brian
2009-10 Mollie Pathman
2008-09 Rachel Quon
2007-08 Teresa Noyola
2006-07 Melissa Henderson
2005-06 Lauren Cheney
2004-05 Amy Rodriguez
2003-04 Ashlyn Harris
2002-03 Heather O'Reilly
2001-02 Jill Oakes
2000-01 Mary McDowell
1999-00 Aleisha Cramer-Rose
1998-99 Christie Welsh
1997-98 Aly Wagner

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