West Lauderdale’s Lucy Green chosen as Gatorade Player of the Year
COLLINSVILLE, Miss. (WTOK) - The West Lauderdale girls soccer program has found plenty of success in recent years and a key factor behind that success has been Lucy Green.
While Green helped guide the Lady Knights to numerous achievements, including four MHSAA 4A State Championships in 2016, 2017, 2019 and 2020, she picked up her own personal achievement Wednesday when she was announced as the Gatorade Mississippi Girls Soccer Player of the Year for the 2019-20 season.
“My roommate for next year, she’s from Tennessee and she got Gatorade Player of the Year for Tennessee and when she told me, I checked my email and then found out I got it so that was pretty cool,” Green said in a phone interview with WTOK. “I was so surprised when I found out I got it but also just very thankful,”
Green is the first Gatorade Mississippi Girls Soccer Player of the Year to be chosen from West Lauderdale.
“It’s really cool that I was the first player from West Lauderdale to get it but I definitely don’t think I will be the last,” Green said. “I know a lot of girls that are younger that are great players and I think that they’ll all be very competitive and will all get a chance to get an award - if not this one then other ones.”
According to a press release, Gatorade Player of the Year program “recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field.”
Green graduated high school with a 4.28 GPA and volunteered at the Boys & Girls Club of America, Wesley House Community Center, U.S. Youth Soccer TOPSoccer and at a food pantry.
This past season, Green helped guide the Lady Knights to a 21-1-3 record and state championship title. The defender scored seven goals and had 11 assists on the season. She also helped anchor a defense that allowed only seven goals and registered 21 shutouts.
Green shared how her time at West Lauderdale, as well as playing for a travel soccer team in Birmingham, helped her achieve this prestigious honor.
“I’ve had a lot of great coaches that I was so lucky to have and a great foundation of soccer,” Green said. “I just kept playing, when to Birmingham, played in high school and was really challenged and I think that helped me to get better...I also just love playing soccer.”
In November, Green signed a National Letter of Intent to continue her soccer career at Ole Miss.
“I’m so excited to get up to Oxford. I’m looking forward to the season and can’t wait to get started,” Green said. “I head to Oxford on Tuesday and start training with the team which I am really excited about.”
Green was also recently selected as a Lindy Callahan Scholar Athlete, an honor given out each year by the MHSAA. She was one of 16 scholar athletes from across the state to receive the award.
Green is now nominated for the Gatorade National Girls Soccer Player of the Year award, which has been won by prestigious players like Abby Wombach and Mallory Pugh. According to the press release, the winner will be announced in June.
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