2020 signee Gabriella Montoya named Gatorade New Mexico Girls Soccer Player of the Year
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Incoming 2020 freshman signee Gabriella Montoya has been named as the 2019-20 Gatorade New Mexico Girls Soccer Player of the Year as it was announced by The Gatorade Company on Wednesday.
Already tabbed as a United Soccer Coaches High School All-American, Montoya is set to join the University of New Mexico women’s soccer team for the 2020 season after concluding a standout prep career at Volcano Vista HS.
In her final season at Volcano Vista this past fall, Montoya helped lead the Hawks to a 19-2 record which culminated in the Class 5A New Mexico State Championship. A defender, Montoya helped anchor a Hawks’ defense that surrendered just six goals in 21 games. She also added seven goals and seven assists to her personal ledger as well.
When the Lobos take the field for 2020, Montoya will be one of two Gatorade New Mexico Girls Soccer Player of the Year honorees on the team joining 2018-19 honoree Eliza Mariner. Mariner is an incoming transfer by way of Cornell University.
About the Gatorade Player of the Year Award
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 the Gatorade Player of the Year Selection Committee, which work with top sport-specific experts and a media advisory board of accomplished, veteran prep sports journalists to determine the state winners in each sport.