In its 32nd year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company, in collaboration with USA TODAY High School Sports, today announced Kirsten Davis as its 2016-17 Missouri Girls Soccer Gatorade Player of the Year. Davis is the first Missouri Girls Soccer Gatorade Player of the Year to be chosen from Westminster Christian High School.
The 5-foot-9 senior forward scored 53 goals and passed for 11 assists this past season, leading the Wildcats (18-2) to the Class 3, District 4 tournament final. Davis scored in every game but one and recorded 15 multi-goal games, including nine with at least three tallies. The 2017 Missouri Class 3 Player of the Year, Davis traveled to Northern Ireland in October to play in a tournament with the U.S. Soccer Under-18 Women’s National Team. She concluded her prep soccer career with 172 goals and 34 assists.
Davis has volunteered locally as part of community beautification projects and on behalf of the Salvation Army.
“Kirsten Davis truly has it all,” said Annie Wayland, head coach of Parkway West High School. “She’s physical, strong, confident, aggressive, a playmaker, a finisher and a leader. She is the ideal all-around player to have on any team.”
Davis has maintained a 3.46 GPA in the classroom. She has signed a national letter of intent to play soccer on scholarship at Texas Tech University beginning this fall.
Davis, who’s 53 goals led the Metro area, will join Carly Wickenheiser (St. Joe) who will be a junior this Fall. While Westminster were unable to get past Visitation in the District playoffs, Davis earned national recognition for her play. That includes being called into the US Women’s National team program as a U18 and U19 multiple times as well as being named an NSCAA All-American last year as a junior, something I suspect will repeat this year.
In Club play, she returned from a three year stay in Australia to win two State Cup titles playing with Lou Fusz Wipke as a freshman and sophomore. After also playing with a Dallas team in the ECNL playoffs that Summer, she moved over to the SLSG ECNL program the last two seasons where her U18 team has made the ECNL National Playoffs for the first time. While she is included on the MAC All-Star game roster this Friday, I suspect she will be joining her teammates in Indiana for the ECNL competition. You can read more about Kirsten in my feature story from 2015 as well as track her career on the Bio Page
Davis joins recent Gatorade Missouri Girls Soccer Players of the Year Anna Lawler (2015-2016, Summit), Dorian Bailey (2014-15 & 2013-14, St. Teresa’s Academy), Jaycie Johnson (2012-13, Lee’s Summit West High School), Allie Stephenson (2011-12, Lee’s Summit North High School), Shea Groom (2010–11 & 2009-10, Liberty High School), Morgan Marlborough (2008–09, Lee’s Summit North High School), Molly Campbell (2007-08, St. Teresa’s Academy) and Lauren Fowlkes (2006-07, St. Teresa’s Academy) among the state’s list of former award winners.