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PORTLAND, Oregon (July 11, 2019) -- Katie Duong returned to the Jesuit girls soccer program in style after exclusively playing club soccer in 2017.
The outgoing senior set a school record for assists (35) and scored 26 goals to lead the Crusaders to an undefeated record, 6A state championship and No. 1 overall rankings by Top Drawer Soccer, USA Today and United Soccer Coaches.
And now, the Oregon Sports Awards’ voting panel has selected her as the 2019 Prep Girls Soccer Player of the Year.
Duong received her trophy live on NBC Sports Northwest’s “The Noe Show” with Brian Noe on Thursday. Sport Oregon and NBC Sports Northwest recognized Jesus Rodriguez (Woodburn) as the Prep Boys Soccer Player of the Year on Thursday as well.
Click here to watch clips of Duong’s interview and to view a behind-the-scenes look at her time in studio and on the air. Future single-sport prep award announcements can also be heard live on KJOR’s RIP City Radio 620.
Duong gives Jesuit and head coach Steve Fennah back-to-back Prep Girls Soccer Player of the Year award-winners. Forward Emma Treasure, a sophomore-to-be on the California Golden Bears’ women’s soccer team, took home the honor in 2018.
“Simply put, Katie is the best player at Jesuit in 25 years of Women’s Soccer,” Fennah said. “She has outstanding technical ability. Excellent vison of the field and great mental strength. Her ability to pass to teammates is a joy to watch. She makes everyone better.”
Duong also earned 6A and Metro League first team honors this season. Nedya Sawan (Mountainside) and Baylee Touey (North Valley), who were named 6A and 4A Players of the Year, respectively, were finalists for the Prep Girls Soccer Player of the Year award.
Duong was selected to compete in the High School Soccer All-American Game in December in Orlando, where she was named Co-MVP of the contest. She scored a goal to pace the West Coast team to an eventual 3-0 win.
She leaves for Minneapolis on Monday to continue her soccer career at University of Minnesota.
Duong remained active in volunteerism and in the classroom throughout high school. She graduated with a 3.99 grade point average and volunteered with Beaverton Police Activity League, Catholic Youth Organization Basketball and as a youth soccer coach.
“Aside from her outstanding soccer talents, Katie is a highly respected member of our school community,” Fennah said. “She relates well to her peers and faculty alike, everyone at the school speaks extremely highly of her. She is a great role model for younger students. She really is a brilliant all-around student-athlete."
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