Novi’s Avery Fenchel named 2020 Gatorade Michigan Girls Soccer Player of the Year
Avery Fenchel might not have gotten the opportunity to lead the Novi Wildcats to a third straight Division 1 state title this spring, but she still brought home hardware, as she was named the Gatorade Michigan Girls Soccer Player of the Year on Wednesday.
Fenchel is the first recipient of the award from Novi.
A forward, Fenchel compiled 25 goals — including the game-winner to clinch the Wildcats’ second straight Division 1 title last spring — and 14 assists as a junior, giving her 58 goals and 29 assists in her Novi career. She was a member of the MIHSSCA Dream Team in 2019, and the only soccer player nominated for the Detroit Athletic Club’s Michigan High School Athlete of the Year award.
“Avery is a special talent—she has a tenacity and a desire to just be better,” Novi coach Todd Pheiffer said in Gatorade’s news release. “She has a presence on the field that everyone is well aware of. She has the determination and the heart that separates her from every other player on the field.”
Fenchel is signed to play at Ball State next season.
Previous Gatorade Michigan POY recipients
2019 — Jansen Eichenlaub, Birmingham Marian
2018 — Jansen Eichenlaub, Birmingham Marian
2017 — Emily Ashby, Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern
2016 — Hannah Jones, Port Huron Northern
2015 — Hannah Jones, Port Huron Northern
2014 — Megan Buckingham, Northville
2013 — Madi Lewis, Plymouth
2012 — Madi Lewis, Plymouth
2011 — Olivia Brannon, Troy Athens
2010 — Annie Steinlage, Spring Lake
2009 — Annie Steinlage, Spring Lake
2008 — Laura Heyboer, Hudsonville Unity Christian
2007 — Laura Heyboer, Hudsonville Unity Christian
2006 — Lauren Hill, Northville
2005 — Danielle Underwood, Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern
2004 — Marissa Sarkesian, Salem
2003 — Nicole Cauzillo, Northville
2002 — Lindsay Tarpley, Portage Central
2001 — Robyn Anne Morrell, Canton
2000 — Anne Morrell, Canton
1999 — Kristin Fisher, Rochester Adams
1998 — Alison Rackley, Birmingham Seaholm