Incoming Cowgirl Ashdown Named Wyoming Gatorade Soccer Player of the Year

May 23, 2012

CHICAGO - Incoming Cowgirl soccer freshman and native of Riverton, Wyo., Marcia Ashdown has been named the Wyoming Gatorade Girls Soccer Player of the Year, The Gatorade Company and ESPNHS announced Wednesday.

Current Cowgirls Sheree Small (2010-11) and MaKenzie Meade (2009-10) were 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 the 5-foot-8 forward scored 29 goals and assisted on six others. She is a two-time First Team All-State selection and led Riverton HS to the Wyoming state tournament. She also owns school records for goals in a season with 35 and for a career with 84. She not only excelled on the soccer pitch but also in the classroom earning a 3.5 GPA.

The Gatorade POY award recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field, distinguishes Ashdown as Wyoming's best high school girls soccer player. Now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Girls Soccer Player of the Year award which will be announced in May.

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 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.