Former ODP Player Jordie Harr Again Named Gatorade POY

David McNabb
Courtesy of Vype.com

Already a U.S. National U20 team player, former North Texas Soccer ODP player and current Sachse High School junior forward/midfielder Jordie Harr was named Gatorade’s Texas Girls Soccer Player of the Year for the second-consecutive season.

Harr was elevated to the U.S. team in February and scored a goal in her second game, at an international tournament in Spain. Harr recently returned from a U.S. training camp and again will be on the U20 roster for a tournament in California with Brazil, Japan and Mexico from May 29-31.

Harr also is a finalist for Gatorade’s national player of the year award, to be announced later this month.

The speedy, 5-foot, 2-inch Harr has been something of a North Texas prodigy for quite some time. FC Dallas youth coach CJ Goodman noticed her early on Wylie’s youth soccer fields. Her father, Scott Harr, is a coach with Dallas Sting’s highly successful club and her mother, Rebecca, is a former standout multi-sport athlete at Longview Pine Tree.

Scott Harr is part of North Texas’ deepening soccer culture as a standout player and athlete at Carrollton R.L. Turner. Harr says his daughter now plays for longtime Dallas Sidekicks star Tatu with Sting.

“She’s way past my helping her now,” Scott says.

Harr starred at Sachse this season with Texas commit Cyera Hintzen. The two led Sachse to the Class 6A Region II semifinals. Harr scored 28 goals with 17 assists and was a first-team all-area selection by The Dallas Morning News and was named the District 11-6A Offensive Player of the Year.

“Jordie Harr was the best individual player I saw all year, without question,” Tyler Lee Chris Woodard said in Gatorade press release. “For a tiny thing, she is quick, explosive and reads the game at a very high level. She has excellent vision and sees the big picture.”

With the selection, Harr received a POY Gatorade water bottle as a memento, as well as a second banner from Gatorade to hang at her school. She committed to Texas Tech after an early visit with Red Raiders coach Tom Stone, a major figure in national women’s soccer. A desire to play in Texas eschewed Harr pursuing interest at nationally prominent programs including Penn State, UCLA and Stanford. Feeling like a good fit in Lubbock, Harr’s commitment has surged Tech’s recruiting for other top players, including Highland Park’s Savanna Jones.

Harr was part of Sting's '98 national championship team last year, though she is eligible to play with the 1997 birth year. The U.S. team schedule includes a Honduras tournament in July and another in August, before Harr returns for her senior year.

“She has respect for the older players and the only thing I really told her was start simple, do some one-touches, don’t try to do too much,” her dad said. “She has a very grateful attitude to be part of the team.”