Congrats to Nordic 1999 Premier Girls and CVU High School player Natalie Durieux on winning the Gatorade Vermont Girls Soccer Player of the Year Award!
Durieux is the third Gatorade Vermont Girls Soccer Player of the Year to be chosen from Champlain Valley Union High School.
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 Durieux as Vermont’s best high school girls soccer player.
Now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Girls Soccer Player of the Year award to be announced in June, Durieux joins an elite alumni association of past state soccer award-winners, including Alexi Lalas (1987-88, Cranbrook HS, Mich.), Steve Cherundolo (1996-97, Mt. Carmel HS, Calif.), Abby Wambach (1997-98, Our Lady of Mercy, N.Y.), Heather O’Reilly (2001-02, 2002-03, East Brunswick HS, N.J.), Matt Besler (2004-05, Blue Valley West HS, Kans.), Jack Harrison (2013-14, Berkshire HS, Mass.), and Mallory Pugh (2014-15, Mountain Vista HS, Colo.).
The 5-foot-7 senior midfielder scored nine goals and passed for seven assists this past season, leading the Redhawks (17-0) to the Division 1 state championship.
The Burlington Free Press Player of the Year, Durieux is a two-time First Team All-State honoree and an All-New England selection by United Soccer Coaches.
Also a talented musician, Durieux has volunteered locally on behalf of the Special Olympics and youth soccer programs.
“Durieux can do it all, and she really makes her team go,” said Jeff Burroughs, head coach of St. Johnsbury Academy. “She’s a difficult player to match up with, and she’s also a class act who works very hard – the kind of player every coach wants on their team.”
Durieux has maintained an A average in the classroom. She will attend the University of Vermont this fall.
The Gatorade Player of the Year program annually recognizes one winner in the District of Columbia and each of the 50 states that sanction high school football, girls volleyball, boys and girls cross country, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer, baseball, softball, and boys and girls track & field, and awards one National Player of the Year in each sport.
Durieux joins recent Gatorade Vermont Girls Soccer Players of the Year Georgia Lord (2016-17, Burr and Burton Academy), Abby McKearin (2015-16, Proctor High School), Madison Feeney (2014-15, Burlington High School), Katie Stames (2013-14 & 2012-13, Peoples Academy), Lauren Bernard (2011-12 & 2010–11, Colchester High School), Brittany Pfaff (2009-10, Rice Memorial), Natalie
LeClair (2008–09 & 2007-08, Essex High School), and Emily Milbank (2006-07, Champlain Valley Union) among the state’s list of former award winners.