Morgan Andrews of Milford, N.H. was named the Gatorade National Girls' Soccer Player of the Year for the second year in a row Wednesday. Andrews was surprised by the Gatorade staff, her teammates, coaches and her family when she was awarded the trophy by former Gatorade Player of the Year, Heather O’Reilly.
In her final season at Milford High School, Andrews helped lead the Spartans to a 16-3-1 record and a Division 2 state title. She netted 21 goals and added 18 assists this season, bringing her career totals to 116 goals and 53 assists.
The Gatorade National Player of the Year is recognized for leadership on and off the field. Andrews is nothing short of a leader. She started a charity called Kicks for Cans with her mother about two-and-a-half years ago. Their motto is, “feed the goal.” Children are asked to bring in canned goods to a two-hour soccer clinic. The clinics happen every few months and canned goods are brought to SHARE, Milford’s local food pantry.
"We try to show kids we can have fun and still make an impact on community,” said Andrews."
Andrews will use her love of sports to benefit her future, which includes playing at Notre Dame this fall. She plans to major in Film, Television and Theater with a minor in photography journalism in hopes of pursuing a career in sports broadcasting.
Andrews was captain of this year’s U-17 Women’s National World Cup team while maintaining a 3.13 GPA in school which prepared her for the balance between collegiate soccer and her academics.
“I’m nervous, excited, happy,” said Andrews. “Words can’t describe it. I’m not sure what to expect. The future is bright and I’ll try my hardest and push myself to be the best I can be on the field and off the field.”
Andrews was also named National Soccer Coaches Association of America High School Player of the Year in 2012. She is a three-time NSCAA All-American and a member of the U-20 Women’s National Team.
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