The ECNL College Impact – Big West Conference

  • November 14, 2017

RICHMOND, VA (November 9, 2017) – 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 West Conference includes all players currently active on Big West rosters:

  • 122 ECNL Alums are currently playing in the Big West Conference.
  • The Big West Midfielder of the Year (Kiana Palacios) and Big West Freshman of the Year (Sydney Carr) is a ECNL Alum.
  • There were 42 ECNL alums in the 2017 Big South freshman class – nearly 50% of the class.
  • 11 players from the Big West First and Second Teams are ECNL Alums.

The Big West Conference includes California Polytechnic State University, California State University Fullerton, California State University Long Beach, California State University Northridge, University of California Davis, University of California Irvine, University of California Riverside, University of California Santa Barbara and University of Hawaii.

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

Name College ECNL Club
Andrea Mensen UC Irvine Arsenal FC
Kristie Braken-Guelke UC Davis De Anza Force
Alexis Smith UC Davis De Anza Force
Chelsea Barry Cal Poly Mustang SC
Kiana Palacios UC Irvine Slammers FC
Megan Abutin Cal Poly So Cal Blues
Sara Fajnor Cal State Fullerton Strikers FC
Sydney Carr UC Irvine Strikers FC
Marissa Favela CSUN Strikers FC
Nano Oronoz Cal State Fullerton Strikers FC/ Arsenal FC
Katie Pingel Long Beach State West Coast FC

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 West Conference, click here.

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About Girls Elite Clubs National League: The Girls Elite Clubs National League (Girls 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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