Mallory Pugh of Mountain Vista named national girls soccer player of the year

Rock Canyon Mountain Vista girls soccer

Mallory Pugh, right. (Ray Chen/

Mallory Pugh, a junior at Mountain Vista, was named the national girls soccer player of the year by Gatorade on Thursday.

Pugh, a top player nationally and a member of the U.S. under-20 national team, had 24 goals and 12 assists in 10 games for the Golden Eagles this season.

"Mallory Pugh is the best player in high school soccer I have ever seen," Heritage coach Adam Buseck told Gatorade.

She is the third Colorado player to win the national award in its 18-year history. Wheat Ridge's Mary McDowell won the national award in 2001, and Green Mountain's Aleisha Cramer won it in 2000.

Pugh also won the award for the state's top player on Tuesday, and follows Gabbi Miranda (2012-13) as the second Mountain Vista player to win the state honor.

She is committed to UCLA, and is the younger sister who Bri Pugh, who also played at Mountain Vista and just completed her senior season at Oregon.

Pugh was given the award at Mountain Vista on Thursday: