Gatorade Player of the Year named


MORGANTOWN—Morgantown High’s Sammie Brown, a senior midfielder who led the Mohigans to the Class AAA state championship last fall after a 20-2-1 record, has been selected as West Virginia’s Gatorade Player of the Year in girls’ soccer.

“It’s obviously a great honor, and it’s just a great reflection of honestly, how hard my team and I worked this past season to get to that state title and to win it,” Brown said recently. “So, I mean, it just kind of reflected all those moments that we pushed so hard for and ultimately got,” she added.

Brown notched 25 goals and 21 assists for Morgantown, who beat Hedgesville by the score of 3-2 in the championship game in Beckley. In that contest, the senior accounted for one goal and one assist.

For her career, Brown scored 70 goals and assisted on 61 others for the Mohigans.

The daughter of popular WVU women’s soccer coach Nikki Izzo-Brown, she has signed her Letter of Intent to play at Auburn of the SEC Conference for this upcoming season.

The Tigers have put together quite the recruiting class, gaining commitments from three other players who were also named the top player in their state.

Anna Haddock (Kentucky), Mallory Mooney (Colorado), and Olivia Candelino (Florida) will be joining Brown at Auburn for the 2020 season.

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