Last night, it became official that Morgan Andrews was named the Gatorade high school girls athlete of the year.
“I had no idea this was coming,” Andrews said to USAToday and their great coverage. “There are so many great players out there—some of them I’ve been teammates with—that I didn’t expect to win this again. I’m so grateful to so many people. I would never be in this position without each and every one of them.”
The 5-foot-9-inch junior forward scored 31 goals last season; she was also the Gatorade soccer player of the year last season and she now has even more hardware on her shelf.
Morgan Andrews is the returning Gatorade National Player of the Year and the two-time returning Gatorade State Player of the Year. She led the Spartans to a 16-3-1 record and the Division II state title this past season. She also passed for 18 assists, notching both goals in Milford’s 2-1 win over Souhegan High School in the state final. Andrews is the captain of the U.S. Soccer Under-17 Women’s National Team and a member of the Under-20 and Under-23 National Team player pools. She concluded her prep soccer career with a total of 114 goals and 53 assists. She has also volunteered locally as a youth soccer coach and mentor in addition to founding and actively promoting the “Kicks for Cans” charity program that involves coaches and players donating their time in exchange for canned goods that are brought to area food banks.
The Gatorade Player of the Year award recognizes outstanding athletic excellence as well as high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field, and it was a pleasure covering the event. Stay tuned later for my interview with Andrews and thanks for reading.