Southlake soccer star named state’s best player by Gatorade after championship season

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Southlake Carroll 2025 midfielder Kennedy Fuller was named Gatorade Texas high school girls soccer player of the year on Thursday. She is the second player from Carroll to win the award (Kirsten Moran, 2004-05).

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 Fuller as Texas’ best high school girls soccer player.

Fuller had not only one of the best freshman seasons of all-time, but one of the best seasons ever for any class. She helped Carroll to the Class 6A state championship, a 4-0 win over Rockwall in April.

Fuller scored three goals in the game and was voted state title game MVP.

“She definitely came out and showed what kind of player she is,” Carroll coach Matt Colvin said after the game.

Carroll went 22-1-4 this season and Fuller registered 26 goals and 15 assists.

Fuller is a member of the U.S. Soccer Under-15 Girls National Team and is ranked as the nation’s No. 3 recruit in the Class of 2025 by Top Drawer Soccer.

“Kennedy is special, she is creative, motivated and mature, both physically and mentally,” said Grapevine coach Steve McBride. “She is the total package. Big-time players show up in big-time moments and she did that.”

Fuller was also voted to the all-state team, District 4-6A MVP and Star-Telegram all-area player of the year.

Fuller joins recent Gatorade Texas Girls Soccer Player of the Year winners Sydney Becerra (2020-21, Flower Mound), Jillian Martinez (2019-20, Madison), Barbara Olivieri (2018-19, Tompkins), and Grace Collins (2017-18, Memorial).