The Gatorade Company in collaboration with USA TODAY High School Sports has announced Anna Lawler as its 2015-16 Gatorade Missouri Girls Soccer Player of the Year.
Anna Lawler plays for St. Louis Scott Gallagher ECNL and attends Rockwood Summit High School. She is the first from her school to receive the award.
The award honors athletic excellence, academic achievement, and character on and off the field. Lawler is distinguished as Missouri’s best high school girls soccer player, and has an outstanding reputation in school. She has maintained a weighted 3.95 GPA, is a member of the Rockwood Summit High Medical Club, and has volunteered with her school’s Link Crew, which helps incoming students transition to high school.
Ralph Richard, the Elite Program Director for SLSG, commented on her achievement by saying, “Anna is a wonderful soccer player and competitor, but more importantly a great teammate and leader. She leads by example and I am not surprised that as a sophomore she has been awarded such an honor of Missouri Gatorade Player of the Year Award”.
“I’m so happy for Anna and love that she is being recognized as the Gatorade Player of the Year. This award is a reflection of the many things all players with her goals must have; hard work, discipline, sacrifice, leadership and commitment.” said Missouri Girls Director of Coaching Scott McDoniel. “What impresses me most about Anna is her ability to make very hard plays look so easy. She always has a certain composure about her which gives everyone around her the confidence that we can play our game and be very successful.”
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 & field, and awards one National Player of the Year in each sport. The selection process is administered by the Gatorade high school sports leadership team in partnership with USA TODAY High School Sports, 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.
Lawler has made a verbal commitment to play soccer on an athletic scholarship at Oklahoma State University beginning in the fall of 2018.