ECNL College Impact – The Missouri Valley Conference

  • November 17, 2016

RICHMOND, VA (November 17, 2016) – 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 Missouri Valley Conference

The ECNL College Impact for the Missouri Valley Conference includes all players currently active on Missouri Valley rosters:

  • 60 ECNL Alums are currently playing in the Missouri Valley- Nearly 0ne-third of the freshmen are ECNL Alums.
  • 12 players of the All-Missouri Valley First and Second Teams are ECNL Alums and 50% of the players on the All-Freshman Team are ECNL Alums.
  • The Missouri Valley Defensive Player of the Year, Paige Jarsombeck, and Missouri Valley Goalkeeper of the Year, Whitney Biggs, are ECNL Alums

The Missouri Valley Conference includes Drake University, University of Evansville, Illinois State University, Indiana State University, Loyola University, Missouri State University and University of Northern Iowa.

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

Name College ECNL Club
Sam Brown Evansville Arsenal FC
Mary Brandt Northern Iowa Colorado Rush
Sarah Brandt Northern Iowa Colorado Rush
Maddie Lesjak Northern Iowa Colorado Storm
Shelby Koch Loyola Crossfire Premier
Paige Jarsombeck Illinois State Eclipse SC
Alyssa Brand Drake Eclipse Select
Cassandra Rohan Drake Eclipse Select
Kate Del Fava Illinois State FC Wisconsin Eclipse
Whitney Biggs Evansville Indiana Fire
Mikayla Harvey Evansville SLSG-IL
Annie Schmitz Drake SLSG-MO
Colleen Dierkes Evansville SLSG-MO
Pam Silies Indiana State SLSG-MO
Sara Stankoskey Illinois State Sockers FC
Bronwyn Boswell Evansville Solar Chelsea
Brooke Zimmerman Missouri State Sporting BV
Sarah Grace Nicholson Drake Sporting BV

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 Missouri Valley 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 for college and youth national teams 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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