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National POY WATCH: Oklahoma prep soccer star Kaela Little is unstoppable

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.

Kaela Little
Senior goalkeeper, Bishop Kelley (Tulsa, Okla.)

Greatness Present: Little was diagnosed as a Type 1 diabetic when she was 16 months old and now wears an insulin pump 24 hours a day. The affliction has hardly slowed her down though. If anything, she keeps getting better.

After spending time at the U.S. Women’s Under-20 National Team camp this past February, Little has notched shutouts in nine of Bishop Kelley’s first 11 games, allowing just four total goals.

The three-time defending state champion Comets (11-1) have not lost to an Oklahoma team since 2011 and rank No. 17 nationally this spring, according to the Elite Soccer Report.

Greatness Past: The returning Gatorade Oklahoma Girls Soccer Player of the Year is a two-time NSCAA All-American and captured 2012 Tulsa World All-Metro Player of the Year honors. She recorded 12 shutouts during a perfect 17-0 run to the Class 6A state title last season.

Greatness Future: Little has signed with Notre Dame.

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



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