It was absolutely the tightest Player of the Year voting we’ve seen, but it’s Hope Kenney of Lumpkin holding onto her title as BLITZ Player of the Year, taking it in back-to-back fashion.
BY THE NUMBERS
- 20 Goals
- 2 Assists
- 96 Career Goals
- 23 Career Assists
Lumpkin’s all-time leading goal scorer Hope Kenney notched 20 goals and aided with a couple of assists despite a very short season. She finishes her career with 96 goals and 23 assists. It’s a shame that COVID came in the way of her getting to 100 goals. Still a fantastic career. She edged Commerce’s Chloe Diaz by a tiny one-point margin in the voting, despite both receiving the same number of 1st-place votes.
- Hope Kenney – 58 pts (7 1st-place votes)
- Chloe Diaz – 57 pts (7)
- Savanna Jackson – 32
- Lauren Barnes – 24 (1)
- Addie Higbie – 9.75 (1)
- Addie Penick – 8.75
- Molly Muenchen – 7.5
Voting for Player of the Year is performed by an internal voting panel consisting of mostly local sports reporters, as well as a small group of former officials, former players, and former coaches. The panel ranks the finalists in order, producing a Heisman-style voting point total.
HISTORY OF SOCCER PLAYER OF THE YEAR
2020 – Hope Kenney (Lumpkin Co SR F)
2019 – Hope Kenney (Lumpkin Co JR F)
2018 – Brooke Barrett (Towns Co SR F)
2017 – Fallan Lacey (Dawson Co SO GK)
2016 – Alexis Satterfield (Lumpkin Co SR F)
2015 – Alexis Satterfield (Lumpkin Co JR F)
2014 – Anela Melton (Dawson Co JR GK)
2013 – Tina Libao (Dawson Co FR M)
2012 – Emily Stowers (Dawson Co SR F)
2011 – Kaitlyn Hooper (White Co SR F)
2010 – Kaitlyn Hooper (White Co JR F)
Kenney follows in former Lumpkin great Alexis Satterfield’s shadow, breaking many of her records and matching her with back-to-back BLITZ POY awards. Kenney becomes the third player to repeat the award.
LOOKING AHEAD – THE NEXT FAVORITE
With Kenney gone, look to Chloe Diaz, the freshman phenom who tallied over 30 goals this season. She will be back, as will Savanna Jackson (Jefferson), Lauren Barnes (Rabun), Molly Muenchen (Dawson), Addie Penick (Habersham), and Addie Higbie (Tallulah Falls). So this finalist group will look almost identical next year if all holds true, with Kenney as the only graduating player. Look out for teammate Ashley Read and Tallulah Falls’ Honora Kawach.
POY Graphic (Framed 11×17) – Hope Kenney
POY Graphic (Framed 11x17) - Hope Kenney