Ashton Gordon is doing things all over again in 2019.
First, the Booker T. Washington soccer standout led the Hornets to a repeat state title.
Now, she is a repeat winner of the Gatorade Award as the state’s top female player.
The Gatorade Corporation made the announcement Thursday in its 34th year of honoring top high school athletes in the 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Gordon, a 5-foot-11 center back, is also a repeat finalist for All-World player of the year, named by the Tulsa World. The winner will be announced during the third annual All-World Awards banquet, 5 p.m. Saturday, June 22, at the Marriott Southern Hills.
Gordon had 14 goals and 14 assists this past season, leading the Hornets to a 13-4 mark, capped by a 5-3 win over Bishop Kelley in 5A championship game. She also led a defense that allowed only one goal in a nine-game winning streak leading to the state final.
“Gordon is a dominating presence who could play anywhere on the field,” Pryor coach Kirk Emerine said in a Gatorade news release. “She can run, she’s physical, has a good passing game, can hit shots from distance and she’s good in the air. She’s just a complete player.”
Last year, Gordon had 12 goals and 10 assists, helping lead the Hornets to a 16-2 mark and the first state title in program history.
The award signifies athletic excellence, academic performance and character on and off the field. Gordon has volunteered locally on behalf of a food bank, Wreaths Across America, Daughters of the American Revolution and youth soccer camps.
She maintained a 3.71 GPA and has signed to play at the University of Arkansas. Though technically a junior in eligiblity, she took an accelerated class load and graduated this spring so she could play at Arkansas in the fall.
Gordon is the first Gatorade winner from B.T. Washington in girls soccer and the first Oklahoma two-time recipient since Jenks’ Liz Keester in 2011 and 2013. Other two-time Oklahoma winners were Jenks’ Rebecca Allen (2006-07) and Emily Peterson (2004-05) and Broken Arrow’s Vonda Matthews (1999-00).
Gordon is now eligible for Gatorade’s national player of the year award, due to be announced later this month.
Get your All-World Awards tickets for the June 22 event celebrating high school athletics at allworldawards.com.