ECNLers Recognized as 2016-17 Gatorade State Girls’ Soccer Players of the Year

  • June 19, 2017

RICHMOND, VA (June 19, 2017) – ECNL would like to congratulate the following Amazing Young Women who are not only talented athletes on the field, but outstanding in the classroom and in their communities. Gatorade’s Player of the Year program, now in it’s 32nd year, honors the nation’s top high school athletes based on their athletic excellence, academic achievement and exemplary character. This year’s state winners are no exception.

ECNLers make up 30 of the 51 2016-17 Gatorade State Girls’ Soccer Players of the Year. Each of the seven ECNL conferences have at least two players who earned this honor, with the Midwest and the Northeast each contributing six players in this year’s Gatorade State Girls’ Soccer Player of the Year honors. Eighteen of the honorees are 2017 graduates, and they are all moving on to play Division I collegiate soccer this fall. Congratulations to the following ECNLers on their Gatorade State Girls’ Soccer Player of the Year honors:

State Player Name ECNL Member Club
Arizona Erika Yost SC Del Sol
California Kennedy Wesley So Cal Blues
Colorado Shae Holmes Real Colorado
Delaware Alyssa Poarch Continental FC
District of Columbia Maliah Morris Bethesda SC
Georgia Rachel Jones Tophat SC
Idaho Lauren Bouvia FC Nova
Illinois Emma Thomson Sockers FC
Indiana Kristina Lynch Indiana Fire
Iowa Regan Steigleder Michigan Hawks
Kansas Gracely Briley Sporting Blue Valley
Maryland Cammie Murtha Bethesda SC
Massachusetts Eve Hewins FC Boston Scorpions
Minnesota Meredith Haakenson Minnesota Thunder Academy
Mississippi Morgan O’Connor Birmingham United
Missouri Kirsten Davis SLSG-MO
Montana Alexa Coyle FC Nova
Nevada Arlie Jones San Diego Surf *
New Hampshire Bailey Kolinski FC Stars
New Jersey Frankie Tagliaferri PDA
New York Madisyn Pezzino Western New York Flash
Ohio Sofia Rossi Indiana Fire *
Oklahoma Taylor Malham TSC Hurricane
Oregon Kaillen Fried FC Portland
Rhode Island Marykate McGuire Boston Breakers Academy
South Carolina Caroline Conti Carolina Elite SA
Tennessee Karlie Paschall Tophat SC
Texas Diana Ordonez FC Dallas
Virginia Claire Constant McLean YSA
Wisconsin Taylor Kerwin FC Wisconsin Eclipse

*ECNL Discovery Player

Fourteen of the Gatorade State Girls’ Soccer Player of the Year honorees will begin their fight for the ECNL National Finals this week at the ECNL National Playoffs in Rockford, Illinois. We wish these ECNLers and the rest of the players participating in the ECNL National Playoffs the best of luck!

For more information on the Gatorade Player of the Year program visit www.gatorade.com/poy and follow the program using #GatoradePOY.

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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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