ECNL College Impact – The Southeastern Conference

  • November 1, 2016

SEC_new_logoRICHMOND, VA (November 1, 2016) –The Elite Clubs National League College Impact series catalogs the incredible impact the ECNL has had on college women’s soccer since its founding in 2009, and which increases every year. Across college soccer, the “ECNL player” is the epitome of the next generation collegiate soccer player and collegiate soccer star.

The ECNL College Impact is measured by the number of ECNL alumni that have moved on to collegiate soccer, and by their contribution to collegiate athletic conferences all over the United States. This week, the ECNL examines the Southeastern Conference.

The ECNL College Impact for the SEC includes all players currently active on SEC rosters:

  • 239 ECNL alumni are currently playing in the SEC – more than 62% of the total players in the SEC.
  • There were 88 ECNL alums in the 2016 SEC freshman class, 77% of the total class.
  • 11 players on the 2016 SEC First Team are ECNL alums, and 82% of the overall award winners are ECNL alums.
  • The SEC Offensive Player of the Year (Savannah McCaskill), SEC Defensive Player of the Year (Kaleigh Kurtz), SEC Freshman of the Year (Sarah Luebbert), and SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year (Casie Ramsier) are ECNL alums.
  • 100% of players on the SEC All-Freshman Team are ECNL alums.

The SEC includes the University of Alabama, University of Arkansas, Auburn University, University of Florida, University of Georgia, University of Kentucky, Louisiana State University, University of Mississippi, Mississippi State University, University of Missouri, University of South Carolina, University of Tennessee, Texas A&M University, and Vanderbilt University.

With 100% of the All-Freshman honorees, more than 80% of the overall conference honorees, and more than 75% of the total freshman class, it is clear where the future SEC stars are playing youth soccer.

Congratulations to all of the ECNL alumni being recognized by the SEC for selection to the All-Conference First Team, Second Team or All-Freshman Team:

Name College ECNL Club
Bri Folds Auburn BOCA United
Chelsea Drennan USC CESA
Kaleigh Kurtz USC CESA
Savannah McCaskill USC CESA
Haley Pounds Texas A&M Challenge SC
Rylie O’Keefe Tennessee Colorado Rush
Gabby Seiler Florida Concorde Fire
Julia Lester Florida Concorde Fire
Mikayla Krzecowski USC Concorde Fire
Savannah Jordan Florida Concorde Fire
Danielle Rice Texas A&M Dallas Sting
Kayla McKeon Arkansas Dallas Sting
Lauren Selaiden Missouri Dallas Sting
Qyara Wintson Arkansas Dallas Sting
Stefani Doyle Arkansas Dallas Sting
Sophie Groff USC Dallas Texans
Marissa Bosco Kentucky Eclipse Select
Maya Neal Tennessee Eclipse Select
Paige Bendell USC Eclipse Select
Sarah LeBeau Auburn Eclipse Select SC
Evangeline Soucie Kentucky PDA
Sarah Luebbert Missouri SLSG – MO
Kristen Dodson Auburn Sockers FC
Brooke Ramsier Auburn Solar Chelsea
Casie Ramsier Auburn Solar Chelsea
Cristina DeZeeuw Vanderbilt Sporting Blue Valley
Jessi Hartzler Arkansas Sporting Blue Valley
Kaitlyn Clark Missouri Sporting Blue Valley
Grace Piper Texas A&M Texas Rush
Grace Jackson Vanderbilt Tophat
Claire Kelley Arkansas TSC Hurricane
Kristen Cardano Florida TSC Hurricane
Karli Gutsche Auburn West Florida Flames
Kiana Clarke Auburn West Florida Flames

The ECNL is more than four letters – it is the best platform for female soccer players in the United States, and the vision and goal of the best clubs, teams, and players in the country. Become an ECNL athlete and start your path to college soccer now.

To view a listing of current ECNL Alums in the Southeastern Conference, click here.

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About Elite Clubs National League:  The Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) was founded in 2009 to enhance the developmental experience of female youth soccer players in the United States through: (i) improving the competitive environment through creation of a true national competitive league; (ii) improving the process for identifying elite female soccer players through a systematic scouting and identification program based on national competitions; and (iii) improving the daily training environment at top female youth soccer clubs through developing best practices and training and organizational guidelines for its member clubs.  The ECNL is sanctioned by US Club Soccer and is sponsored by Nike Soccer.

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