The 2017 ECNL College Impact – Big Ten Conference

  • November 1, 2017

RICHMOND, VA (November 1, 2017) – With ECNL Alums making up nearly 60% of the entire Big Ten Conference in 2017, and more than 70% of the conference’s individual honorees, the ECNL College Impact on the Big Ten is overwhelming. The ECNL College Impact series catalogs the incredible impact of ECNL Alums on collegiate women’s soccer every year. In 2017, once again, ECNL Alums are dominating the landscape in conferences all over the country.

The ECNL College Impact for The Big Ten Conference includes all players currently active on Big Ten rosters:

  • 239 ECNL Alums are currently playing in the Big Ten Conference – 59% of the players in the Big Ten Conference are ECNL alums.
  • 24 players from the Big Ten First Team, Second Team, and All-Freshman Team are ECNL Alums, over 70% of the Big Ten Conference honorees.
  • The Big Ten Midfielder of the Year (Nikki Walts), Big Ten Goalkeeper of the Year (Casey Murphy) and Big Ten Freshman of the Year (Amirah Ali) are ECNL Alums.
  • 8 out of the 11 players on the Big Ten All-Freshman Team are ECNL Alums.

The Big Ten includes the University of Illinois, University of Indiana, University of Iowa, University of Maryland, University of Michigan, Michigan State University, the University of Minnesota, the University of Nebraska, Northwestern University, Ohio State University, Penn State University, Purdue University, Rutgers University and University of Wisconsin.

With ECNL Alums constituting the majority of the conference and the overwhelming majority of conference honorees, it is clear where the future Big Ten stars are playing youth soccer.

Congratulations to all of the ECNL Alums recognized by the Big Ten Conference for All Conference First Team, Second Team and All-Freshman Team honors:

Name College ECNL Club
Cameron Murtha Wisconsin Bethesda SC
Tori Burnett Minnesota Colorado Rush
Chantelle Swaby Rutgers Connecticut FC
Kayla Sharples Northwestern Eclipse Select SC
Megan Schafer Penn State FC Bucks
Dani Rhodes Wisconsin FC Wisconsin
Lauren Rice Wisconsin Indiana Fire
Emily Ogle Penn State Internationals SC
Maddy Lowe Ohio State Match Fit Academy, Western New York Flash
Marisa Viggiano Northwestern Michigan Hawks
Jamie Cheslik Michigan State Michigan Hawks
Izzy Rodriguez Ohio State Michigan Hawks
Sarah Clark Purdue Michigan Hawks
Sammy Kleedkte Wisconsin Michigan Hawks
Molly Fiedler Minnesota Minnesota Thunder
Sammy Edwards Ohio State Ohio Premier
Casey Murphy Rutgers PDA
Sarah Stratigakis Michigan PDA
Frankie Tagliaferri Penn State PDA
Amirah Ali Rutgers PDA
Regan Steigleder Northwestern Sereno SC
Nikki Walts Ohio State Slammers FC
Sinclaire Miramontez Nebraska Sporting Blue Valley
Haley Hanson Nebraska Sporting Blue Valley
Taylor Timko Michigan Vardar

The ECNL 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 Big Ten 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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