Cota, Hoy, Myers are player of the year finalists

There wasn’t a shortage of player-of-the-year candidates this girls’ soccer season.



While it was difficult to pare down the list from 10, here are the finalists for The Inquirer’s

Southeastern Pennsylvania player of the year, which will be revealed following the season.



Below are the candidates, listed alphabetically:



Emily Cota,

Upper Perkiomen . The senior goalkeeper led the Indians (15-5-2) to the Pioneer Athletic Conference championship. Cota, a

University of

Massachusetts recruit, finished the season with 10 shutouts and a 0.79 goals against average. One of the nation’s premier net minders, she finished her career with 38 shutouts and 613 saves.



Jen Hoy,


Academy . The senior striker is arguably the area’s most explosive player. Hoy, a

Princeton recruit, has scored an impressive 29 goals this season. She also takes 107 career goals into tomorrow’s nonleague game against the Peddie School (N.J.). Like Cota, Hoy is a reigning all-Southeastern

Pennsylvania selection by The Inquirer.



Stephanie Myers, Downingtown West. The junior is regarded as one of the area’s most dangerous athletes despite not playing regularly at one position. The standout rotates from the midfielder to the forward position throughout games. If need be, she’ll even drop to the back line. Myers, however, still managed to have 21 goals and seven assists.



Making a decision will be extremely tough, since all three deserve the award. But only one can accept it. So the area will find out in a few weeks who will be the 2008 player of the year.

-- Keith Pompey