FAIRFIELD, Conn.– Awards keep piling up for the incoming Sacred Heart University freshman class, as Meadow Mancini reeled in one of the nation's top honors on Thursday by being named the 2018-19 Gatorade Connecticut Girls Soccer Player of the Year.
With the honor, Mancini is now a finalist for the Gatorade National Girls Soccer Player of the Year award, which will be announced later this month. She is the first girl's soccer player from Watertown High School to earn the honor.
The 5-foot-4 senior midfielder and forward scored 38 goals and passed for 15 assists this past season, leading the Indians (18-2-2) to the Class L state tournament semifinals. Mancini is a three-time First Team All-State selection and a two-time United Soccer Coaches All-New England honoree.
The honor is another addition the multiple awards Mancini has received throughout her high school career as she was a four-time All-Conference award winner, three-time All-State, and a two-time All-New England award winner as well. She was the state's all-time leading scorer and was ranked the #5 Top Drawer Scorer in the Northeast.
The Gatorade Player of the Year program annually showcases athletes who display outstanding athletic and academic excellence, along with exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field. The program recognizes one winner in the District of Columbia and each of the 50 states that sanction high school football, girl's volleyball, boys and girl's cross country, boys and girl's basketball, boys and girl's soccer, baseball, softball, and boys and girls track & field, and awards one National Player of the Year in each sport. From the 12 national winners, one male and one female athlete are each named Gatorade High School Athlete of the Year. In all, 607 athletes are honored each year.
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