Marian junior Maddie Elliston has been named the 2012-2013 Gatorade Nebraska Girls Soccer Player of the Year. Elliston is the third Gatorade Nebraska Girls Soccer Player of the Year to be chosen from Marian.
The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field, distinguishes Elliston as Nebraska’s best high school girls soccer player. Elliston is now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Girls Soccer Player of the Year award to be announced in May.
The 5-foot-2 junior defender and midfielder scored one goal and passed for three assists this past season, leading the Crusaders (13-2) to the Class A state semifinals. Elliston anchored a defense that recorded 22 straight shutouts over two years and allowed only five goals on the season. A member of the U.S. Soccer Under-18 Women’s National Team, she is the No. 12-rated recruit in the Class of 2014 by TopDrawerSoccer.com. Elliston has maintained a weighted 3.52 GPA in the classroom. She has volunteered locally at a homeless shelter and as a youth soccer coach. She was also one of 16 players across the country selected to complete a mission trip to Nicaragua this summer on behalf of Soccer Without Borders.
“Maddie is among the most humble, selfless, positive and hard-working players I've ever had the pleasure to coach. She really has it all: speed, quickness, fitness, skill, work ethic and determination,” said Ed Dudley, Marian head soccer coach. “She could – and often does –play any position on the field for us. The description 'incredible' hardly does her justice!”
Elliston has verbally committed to play soccer on an athletic scholarship at Penn State University beginning in the fall of 2014.