MILFORD – Morgan Andrews of Milford High School was named the Gatorade National Girls Soccer Player of the Year, and was presented with the award at the high school Thursday morning by Ali Krieger, a member of the U.S. women’s national soccer team, along with officials from Gatorade.
Andrews, a junior, has won back-to-back Gatorade New Hampshire Player of the Year awards, but was shocked to receive this year’s national award.
“I was a junior, so I thought a senior was going to get it and there are so many good seniors across the country,” Andrews said. “I was excited to see who was going to win, to see if it was one of my teammates from the national team or someone I’ve played with. I never expected I was going to.”
Andrews scored 31 goals and had six assists last season to help lead Milford to an 11-6-1 record and the Division II quarterfinals, and in three varsity seasons, she had 83 goals and 35 assists. She is also a midfielder and a captain for the U17 women’s national team, which won the CONCACAF title in Guatemala earlier in May.
Andrews, who has verbally committed to play at Boston College, will be a captain for Team USA at the FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup in Azerbaijan in the fall and was recently invited to camp with the U.S. Soccer U23 women’s national team.
Gatorade annually awards athletes from states that sanction high school football, girls volleyball, boys and girls cross country, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer, boys and girls track, baseball and softball, and hands out one national award for each sport.
The selection process is administered by ESPNHS and the Gatorade high school sports leadership team, and gives the awards based on athletic excellence, high standards of academic achievement and character on and off the field.
Andrews is the first athlete from New Hampshire to win a national award.