California standout named nation's top high school performer
US Youth Soccer ODP player
Member of Mountain View/Los Altos Mercury Soccer Club, three-time US Youth Soccer State Champion
PALO ALTO, Calif. (May 2008) – In its third decade of honoring the nation's best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company, in partnership with RISE Magazine, today announced senior midfielder Teresa Noyola of Palo Alto High School (Palo Alto, Calif.) as its 2007-08 Gatorade National Girls Soccer Player of the Year.
Noyola becomes the fourth girls soccer player from California to win the honor, joining Amy Rodriguez (2004-05, Santa Margarita/Lake Forest, CA), Jill Oakes (2001-02, Harvard Westlake/North Hollywood, CA) and Aly Wagner (1997-98, Presentation/San Jose, CA).
The award, which recognizes not only athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field, distinguishes Noyola as the nation's best high school girls soccer player. A national advisory board comprised of sportswriters and sport-specific experts from around the country helped select Noyola from the more than 337,000 high school girls soccer players nationwide. Noyola is now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade Female High School Athlete of the Year award, to be presented at a special afternoon ceremony prior to The ESPY Awards in July.
The 5-foot-2 senior midfielder scored 18 goals and passed for seven assists in just 16 games this spring, leading the Vikings (14-6-2) to the second round of the CIF Division II Central Coast Section postseason. The first-ever player to be named Youth, Scholar-Athlete and High School Player of the Year in the same year by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, Noyola is also the first-ever two-time PARADE Magazine Player of the Year. Noyola, who concluded her high school career with 40 goals and 27 assists, also competes for the prestigious Mountain View/Los Altos Mercury Soccer Club program, having led her squad to three US Youth Soccer California North State Cup titles.
An experienced international player, Noyola became the youngest member of the United States Soccer Federation Under-20 Women's National Team less than one month after her 17th birthday in 2007, finishing as the team's second-leading scorer during last summer's Pan American Games in Brazil. Having recently returned from a two-week training camp with the Under-20 team, Noyola is poised to earn a spot on the United States roster for the upcoming 2008 FIFA Under-20 Women's World Cup, to be held in Chile this November. Noyola also participates in the US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program.
Noyola, who was born in Mexico and moved to Palo Alto at age three, has maintained a 4.0 GPA in the classroom and is a National Merit Scholarship Finalist, as well as a National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholar Finalist. She volunteers on behalf of El Molino—a youth camp in Mexico—helping to restore the endangered Lake Patzcuaro habitat, volunteering at an educational services and activities center, and leading the formation of the area's first girls' soccer team for ages 6 through 12.
"She's a world-class talent," said Erica Walsh, head coach of the USSF Under-17 National Team. "I'm a big fan. She's the complete player. She's going to make a special impact throughout the entire 90 minutes."
Noyola has signed a National Letter of Intent to play soccer at Stanford University this fall. She joins boys cross country standout Chris Derrick (Neuqua Valley High School/Naperville, IL) and girls basketball star Nneka Ogwumike (Cy-Fair High School/Cypress, TX) as Stanford recruits to be named 2007-08 Gatorade National Players of the Year. Noyola becomes the 19th Gatorade National Player of the Year across all sports to attend Stanford University.
"Without question, Teresa is deserving of recognition as the nation's best high school girls soccer player based on her statistics on the field and the tremendous ability she's demonstrated," said Gatorade Senior Vice President of Sports Marketing Jeff Urban. "But she is also a shining example to peers and aspiring young players of what a leader and a student-athlete should be. She represents everything we hope for in a Gatorade Player of the Year recipient."
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 RISE Magazine, which works with top sport-specific experts and a media advisory board of accomplished, veteran prep sports journalists to determine the state winners in each sport.
Former notable Gatorade National Players of the Year include:
· USSF Women's National Team midfielder Aly Wagner
· NFL all-time leading rusher Emmitt Smith
· WNBA all-time leading scorer and rebounder Lisa Leslie
· 2007 Super Bowl Most Valuable Player Peyton Manning
· Reigning 200-meter world champion Allyson Felix
· Two-time American League Most Valuable Player Alex Rodriguez
· Beach volleyball gold medalist Kerri Walsh
For more on the Gatorade Player of the Year program, including nomination information and lists of past winners and future announcement dates, visit gatorade.com/playeroftheyear.
ALL-TIME GATORADE NATIONAL GIRLS SOCCER PLAYER OF THE YEAR HONOREES
Palo Alto/Palo Alto, CA
High School Senior
High School Senior
Ben Davis/Indianapolis, IN
UCLA/U.S. National Team