Ms. Soccer 2012: Avery Calton

OGDEN — Avery Calton has a knack for reconstruction.

In the future, she wants to become a reconstructive plastic surgeon, working to improve the lives of burn victims and those born with cleft palates.

Currently, the Ogden High School senior is wrapping up her stint as the Tigers’ attacking midfielder, a position from which she helped reconstruct the Ogden soccer program.

In her freshman and sophomore years, the Tigers won a total of 10 games and did not make the state playoffs. In a dramatic turn of events, Ogden soccer amassed a 33-game winning streak and lost just three times over the past two seasons. In 2011, the Tigers won the 3A girls’ soccer championship — for just the second time in school history — and they advanced to the semifinals this past season.

Calton was terrific in her senior season, both as a scorer and as a team leader. Her numbers were some of the best in the state, she was the driver that made the talented Ogden offense tick — and now she has earned the state’s most prestigious individual high school soccer award. She is the Deseret News’ Ms. Soccer award recipient for the 2012 season.

“My coach (Jason Steiner) called and told me and I … I just couldn’t believe it,” Calton said of learning she is this year’s Ms. Soccer. “What an honor to be included with those great soccer players that have earned it (before me).”

Calton is a four-year letter-winner, a two-year team captain and totaled 43 career goals at Ogden, including the only score in last year’s championship match against Cedar City. As a senior, she led her team to the only perfect regular-season record in the state, a final record of 17-1-0, and its second consecutive Region 11 title. She had 18 goals, 15 assists, and five times scored the game-winning goal — including twice in the playoffs.

“She has been so clutch over the years, including this year in the playoffs,” Steiner said. “She is the attacking mid that makes our offense work. Our offense goes through her.”

Calton led her team to big wins during the regular season, too. The Tigers defeated Northridge, a 5A semifinalist; Bonneville, the 4A state champion; and St. Joseph, a 2A finalist, in the first three matches of the year.

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