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National POY WATCH: Duke soccer commit Lizzy Raben is a rock on defense

From many, there will be one. While there’s no guarantee contending athletes will win their state at this point in the season, a number of elite performers are making a case for Gatorade National Girls Soccer Player of the Year consideration. Here’s the scoop on the latest top candidate.

Lizzy Raben
Senior defender, Cherry Creek (Englewood, Colo.)

Greatness Present: A rock on defense, the 5-foot-9 senior leads a group of Bruins that have allowed just six goals in their first nine games, including five shutouts to begin the season and six total.

A member of the U.S. Soccer Under-18 Women’s National Team player pool, Raben has also chipped in on offense with a goal and an assist during Cherry Creek’s 6-2-1 start this spring.

Raben is the nation’s No. 24 senior recruit as ranked by TopDrawerSoccer.com.

Greatness Past: As a member of the U.S. Soccer Under-17 Women’s National Team, Raben helped lead her country to a gold medal at the CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship this past May and then participated in the U-17 Women’s World Cup in Azerbaijan in October.

A two-time Class 5A All-State pick, she led the Bruins to a 15-4-1 record and the 2012 Class 5A state championship as a junior.

Greatness Future: Raben has verbally committed to Duke.

Make no mistake: The Gatorade State Girls Soccer Player of the Year races aren’t over, and the National POY race is now heating up. Time remains for one standout student-athlete among thousands to rise to the top of our list.Check back for daily updates on top contenders making their case.



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