2017-2018 Girls ECNL All-America Team and Girls ECNL Player of the Year Announced
RICHMOND, VA (July 18, 2018) – The Girls ECNL is excited to announce the 2017-18 Girls ECNL All-America Team supported by United Soccer Coaches, as well as 2017-18 Girls ECNL Player of the Year Claire Constant.
Thirty players were selected to the Girls ECNL All-America Team by the Girls ECNL All-America Committee, which included technical representatives from all 8 ECNL conferences across the country. From this distinguished group of players, Claire Constant, a defender from the U18/U19 ECNL National Championship team McLean YSA, was named the Girls ECNL Player of the Year.
Constant’s tenacious play in 2017-18 has cemented her legacy in the ECNL and her club, as she helped lead McLean YSA to their first ECNL National Championship.
“Claire was an exemplary vocal leader, had tremendous on-field production, selflessly played multiple positions, picked her teammates up when needed, exhibited humility, and so much more,” said McLean YSA ECNL U18/U19’s head coach Nadir Moumen. “She has had such a great year and it is fitting that she has been recognized. Congrats to her on being named the Girls ECNL Player of the Year.”
The 2017-2018 Girls ECNL All-America Team includes players from every conference and more than 20 ECNL clubs:
- Angelina Anderson, Goalkeeper (Mustang SC ECNL U17)
- Natalie Beckman, Midfielder (Colorado Storm ECNL U18/U19)
- Angela Caloia, Forward (McLean YSA ECNL U17)
- Ryan Campbell, Goalkeeper (So Cal Blues ECNL U17)
- Olivia Candelino, Forward (Armada WFC ECNL U16)
- Marcella Cash, Forward (Ohio Elite SA ECNL U16)
- Claire Constant, Defender (McLean YSA ECNL U18/U19)
- Hannah Deljkic, Forward (Mustang SC U17)
- Giovanna Demarco, Midfielder (Match Fit Academy ECNL U18/U19)
- Maya Doms, Midfielder (Davis Legacy ECNL U17)
- Aleigh Gambone, Forward (McLean YSA ECNL U18/U19)
- Jordyn Gather, Defender (So Cal Blues ECNL U17)
- Carlee Giammona, Midfielder (Heat FC ECNL U18/U19)
- Anna Haddock, Midfielder (Tennessee SC ECNL U17)
- Khyah Harper, Forward (Minnesota Thunder Academy ECNL U16)
- Emma Jaskaniec, Forward (FC Wisconsin ECNL U17)
- Charlemagne Kern, Defender (Ohio Premier ECNL U18/U19)
- Anna Lawler, Defender/Midfielder (SLSG-MO ECNL U18/U19)
- Julia Leontini, Defender/Midfielder (Mustang SC ECNL U16)
- Peyton McNamara, Midfielder (Connecticut FC ECNL U16)
- Taylor Moon, Forward (D’Feeters ECNL U18/U19)
- Sydny Nasello, Forward (Tampa Bay United Rowdies ECNL U18/U19)
- Barbara Oliveiri, Midfielder (Albion Hurricanes FC ECNL U16)
- Avery Patterson, Midfielder (Florida Elite ECNL U17)
- Brittany Raphino, Forward (FC Boston ECNL U18/U19)
- Eliza Turner, Midfielder (McLean YSA ECNL U16)
- Reilyn Turner, Forward (So Cal Blues ECNL U16)
- Briley Weatherford, Defender (Sting Dallas ECNL U17)
- Marin Whieldon, Midfielder (So Cal Blues ECNL U16)
- Allie Winstanley, Forward (FC Stars ECNL U17)
“These players represented the very best of female youth soccer in the 2017-18 season, and their performances in the ECNL stood out to coaches all over the country,” said Girls ECNL President Christian Lavers. “The first ever ECNL All-American Team represents a group of young players with an exceptional future in the game, and we look forward to watching them continue to grow and shine in the ECNL and beyond.”
Players selected to the ECNL All-America Team are automatically nominated for the United Soccer Coaches Youth All-America Team, which is released in the fall.
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.
About United Soccer Coaches: Founded in 1941 and headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., United Soccer Coaches is the trusted and unifying voice, advocate and partner for coaches at all levels of the game. The association provides programs and services that enhance, encourage and contribute to the development and recognition of soccer coaches, their players and the game we love. To learn more, visit UnitedSoccerCoaches.org.