Fort Myers, Fla. – The News-Press named FGCU’s Gina Petracco 2008 SW Florida Player of the Year.
Gina Petracco is a three-year starter on the Bishop Verot varsity team, where she has been one of the leading scorers for the Vikings. Petracco led the Vikings and the area in goals scored with a school-record 48. She also broke the Verot record for career goals, totaling 103. She tallied 11 hat tricks this season as she led the Vikings (18-2-3) to the District 3A-10 championship.
Petracco’s resume as includes team captain at Bishop Verot as a senior, she also helped Bishop Verot win their fourth straight District Championship 2005-2008. In 2008, she was the USA Today Prep Player of the Year, and she also holds the school scoring record with 48 goals in one season and 103 for her career. She led SW Florida with 48 goals, 8 assist and 104 total points in 22 games. Petracco carries a 4.1 GPA, and is a current member of the National Honor Society; Petracco was a Regional III pool for two years (2003-2004). She was also a member of the Florida ODP team in 2002-2006 and played club soccer for the Florida Premier Soccer Club. In 2007, Petracco helped the FL Premier earn a spot in the U-18 FYSA Championships Final Four, and helped the Premier to win the U-18 Orange Classic Championship from 2004-2007. She was the leading goal scorer for the FL Premier in 2005 and 2007.