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Sandra Yu earns second Gatorade Ohio Girls Soccer Player of the Year honor

By Michael Beaven Published: February 8, 2013

Walsh Jesuit senior Sandra Yu has been named the Gatorade Ohio Girls Soccer Player of the Year for the second season in a row.

Yu is now a finalist for the national award, which will be announced in May.

Yu, a 5-foot-8 midfielder who is committed to the University of Notre Dame, led Walsh to a 22-0-2 record and the Division II state championship in 2012. She scored 16 goals and had 20 assists as a senior, including a goal and an assist in a 5-0 victory over Columbus St. Francis DeSales in the state final.

The award recognizes excellence in athletics, academics and character.

Yu has a 4.19 grade-point average and has volunteered at assisted living facilities, with the Salvation Army and as a youth soccer mentor and coach.

“Sandra has all the tools,” Canfield coach Phil Simone said. “Her first touch, knowing what she is going to do with the ball before she receives it, speed of play, vision, skill level and pure athleticism put her far and above any player I saw this year.”

Yu was also named the 2012 Ohio Soccer Coaches Association Miss Soccer. She is a member of the U.S. Soccer Under-18 Women’s National Team pool, and concluded her Walsh career with 52 goals and 50 assists for coach Dino McIntyre.



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