STILLWATER – Three Oklahoma State incoming freshmen were named Gatorade Girls Soccer Player of the Year in their respective states for 2021-22.
Samantha Allen (Oklahoma), Grace Bindbeutel (Missouri) and Jordan Nytes (Colorado) capped their prep careers with that distinction. Each will join the Cowgirls for their freshman seasons in 2022.
The Gatorade Player of the Year award recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field. Each of the state honorees is a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Girls Soccer Player of the Year award that will be announced later this month.
Allen starred at Noble High School, where she tallied 56 goals and 15 assists as a senior to lead the Bears to a 12-2 record and a berth in the Class 5A quarterfinals. An all-state and all-district performer, Allen racked up 169 career goals, widely believed to be the most in Oklahoma prep history.
A volunteer with Special Olympics and the Christmas Store of Cleveland County, Allen also maintained a 3.77 grade point average at NHS.
Bindbeutel captured the Gatorade Missouri Girls Soccer Player of the Year award for the second time as she was also the honoree in 2019-20.
As a senior at St. Dominic High School, Bindbeutel posted 23 goals and 11 assists to help lead the Crusaders to a 23-3 record and a Class 4A state championship. During St. Dominic’s six-match postseason run to the title, she recorded eight goals and three assists.
Bindbeutel finished her prep career as a two-time United Soccer Coaches All-American, tallying 74 goals and 40 assists along the way.
Maintaining a weighted 3.64 GPA, Bindbeutel also volunteers at the St. Charles Pet Adoption Center, the St. Louis Food Pantry and SPENSA, a soccer program for children with special needs.
Nytes was a standout goalkeeper at Grandview High School, leading the Wolves to a Class 5A state title and a 17-1-2 record. She posted 15 shutouts and allowed just five goals in 20 games while also recording 75 saves and a .938 save percentage.
A volunteer with Grandview High’s Unified soccer team, which supports athletes with physical or intellectual challenges, Nytes also spent time as a peer math tutor and a youth soccer coach, and she maintained a weighted 4.30 GPA in the classroom.