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Wyoming's top girls soccer player: Marcia Ashdown
Riverton High School senior Marcia Ashdown (14) was named the Wyoming Gatorade Girls Soccer Player of the Year announced on Wednesday. Photo by Wayne Nicholls

Ashdown is Wyoming player of the year

May 24, 2012 - Staff

She's the third Riverton Wolverine to win the Gatorade honor.

Riverton High School senior and incoming University of Wyoming Cowgirl soccer freshman Marcia Ashdown has been named the Wyoming Gatorade Girls Soccer Player of the Year.

The Gatorade Co. and the high school division of ESPN announced the selection Wednesday.

Ashdown was named on Tuesday to the Wyoming all-state girls soccer first team for the third straight year. Ashdown joins Brian Yates and Enedina Vasco as previous Riverton High School soccer players who have won Gatorade honors.

"She obviously is the best goal scorer we have had. She scored 85 goals for us. That is a lot of goals. UW (the University of Wyoming) has recognized that," Riverton girls head soccer coach Rick Bergstedt said.

Current Cowgirl soccer players Sheree Small (2010-11) and MaKenzie Meade (2009-10) also are previous winners of the award.

"I am very excited for Marcia to receive this award," Cowgirl head coach Pete Cuadrado said. "I am happy to have the last three Gatorade Players of the Year in Wyoming playing here at UW."

Ashdown, a 5-foot-8 forward, scored 30 goals and assisted on six others this season for the Lady Wolverines, who qualified for the state tournament.

She also owns school records for goals in a season with 35 and for a career with 85. In the classroom, Ashdown maintains 3.5 grade point average.

The Gatorade Player of the Year award recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field. It distinguishes Ashdown as Wyoming's best high school girls soccer player.

She now is a finalist for the Gatorade National Girls Soccer Player of the Year award, which will be announced later this month. The Gatorade Player of the Year program annually recognizes one winner in the District of Columbia and each of the 50 states that sanction high school football, girls volleyball, boys and girls cross country, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer, baseball, softball, and boys and girls track and field, and awards one National Player of the Year in each sport.

The selection process is administered by ESPNHS and the Gatorade high school sports leadership team, which work with top sport-specific experts and a media advisory board of accomplished, veteran prep sports journalists to determine the state winners in each sport.

Laramie High School midfielder Vitor Nazareth was named the boys Gatorade Player of the Year. Nazareth plans to attend Laramie County Community College and play soccer next fall.

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