Mallory Pugh, High School Female Athlete of the Year
Local preps who earn distinction as the state’s Gatorade Player of the Year are considered for the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame’ High School Athlete of the Year award. But when one of our own is named Gatorade National Player of the Year, they’re practically a lock.
Such is the case for Mountain Vista girls soccer player Mallory Pugh, who earned the 2015 Gatorade National Award, just the third Colorado girls soccer player to do so. Additionally, she earned recognition as the 2015 U.S. Soccer Young Female Player of the Year.
At just 17 years old, Pugh was named to the U.S. Women’s U-20 World Cup team where she served as captain. Her spot on the roster made her the youngest player to participate in the women’s youth championship since FIFA raised the age limit to 20. In January 2016, Pugh was called up to play for the U.S. Women’s National team in time for Olympic qualifying.
While Pugh’s quest for a Colorado High School Activities Association state title last spring fell short (Broomfield defeated Mountain Vista 2-0 in a Class 5A state semifinal game), her numbers were off the charts. In just 10 games played for Mountain Vista, Pugh racked up 60 total points, scoring 24 goals and making 12 assists. A sixpoint scoring average is a number generally more suited for a basketball player; in soccer it’s simply unheard of. Then again, players of Mallory Pugh’s caliber are rare indeed.