ECNL All-America Team & ECNL Player of the Year For ’18-’19 Season
RICHMOND, VA (July 18, 2019) – It is with great honor and pride that we can announce the ECNL All-America Team, as well as ECNL Player of the Year for the 2018-2019 season. Each of these athletes has made extreme sacrifices to put themselves in the position they are in today, whether it was sacrificing time with friends and family, or their bodies on the pitch. These #AmazingYoungWomen are a representation of what it takes to become the best that you can be.
Overall, thirty players were selected to the ECNL All-America Team by the All-America Committee. The committee includes technical representatives from each of the eight ECNL conferences located across the country.
From this distinguished group of players, Marin Whieldon, a midfielder from the U18/U19 ECNL National Championship So Cal Blues SC squad, was named the ECNL Player of the Year. Marin Whieldon played a major role in So Cal Blues’ National Championship run this past season, cementing her legacy in the ECNL and her So Cal Blues team as a team of destiny.
Greg Baker — head coach of Whieldon’s So Cal Blues U18/U19 team — said, “Marin Whieldon is the epitome of work rate. She has an engine that never quits and she has an incessant drive to win. She will put in the time to do the skill work, the dirty work, or the goal-scoring, that her team needs. Marin does whatever it takes to be the best. She is very deserving of this prestigious award.”
The complete list of the 2018-2019 ECNL All-America Team is as follows:
|Michaela Agresti||Midfielder||FC Stars East ECNL U18/U19||Northeast|
|Korbin Albert||Midfielder||Eclipse Select SC Lunar ECNL U16||Midwest|
|Mia Asenjo||Midfielder/Forward||SUSA FC ECNL U16||Northeast|
|Colby Barnett||Forward||So Cal Blues SC ECNL U16||Southwest|
|Hannah Chance||Forward||TSC Hurricane ECNL U16||Texas|
|Maya Doms||Midfielder||Davis Legacy ECNL U18/U19||Northwest|
|Olyvia Dowell||Forward||Sting Dallas ECNL U18/U19||Texas|
|Julianna Duckett||Midfielder||LAFC Slammers ECNL U17||Southwest|
|Aaliyah Farmer||Midfielder||LAFC Slammers ECNL U16||Southwest|
|Aleigh Gambone||Midfielder||McLean YSA ECNL U18/U19||Mid-Atlantic|
|Isabella Ginocchi||Midfielder||Ohio Premier ECNL U17||Ohio Valley|
|Michayla Gussler||Goalkeeper||Ohio Premier ECNL U17||Ohio Valley|
|Khyah Harper||Forward||Minnesota Thunder Academy ECNL U17||Midwest|
|Skylar Heinrich||Forward||Elite Girls Academy ECNL U18/U19||Midwest|
|Simone Jackson||Forward||LAFC Slammers ECNL U18/U19||Southwest|
|Camryn Lancaster||Midfielder||Solar SC ECNL U17||Texas|
|Julia Leas||Midfielder||McLean YSA ECNL U18/U19||Mid-Atlantic|
|Julia Leontini||Midfielder||Mustang SC ECNL U17||Northwest|
|Ella Midura||Midfielder||FC Stars ECNL U17||Northeast|
|Lucy Mitchell||Forward||Concorde Fire Platinum ECNL U17||Southeast|
|Lily Render||Midfielder||BRYC Elite Academy ECNL U16||Mid-Atlantic|
|Emily Royson||Defender||PDA Blue ECNL U17||Northeast|
|Emma Sears||Forward||Ohio Premier ECNL U18/U19||Ohio Valley|
|Cally Togiai||Forward||Crossfire United ECNL U16||Northwest|
|Eliza Turner||Midfielder||McLean YSA ECNL U17||Mid-Atlantic|
|Maggie Wadsworth||Forward||Gwinnett Soccer Academy (GSA) ECNL U16||Southeast|
|Giselle Washington||Midfielder||Concorde Fire Platinum ECNL U18/U19||Southeast|
|Marin Whieldon||Midfielder||So Cal Blues SC ECNL U18/U19||Southwest|
|Sam Woods||Forward||Michigan Hawks ECNL U16||Midwest|
|Arianna Zumpano||Forward||WNY Flash ECNL U16||Ohio Valley|
Congratulations to these selected athletes on their impressive achievements throughout the 2018-2019 season. The ECNL would like to thank each and every one of you for helping raise the game this past season and for exemplifying what it means to have #NoCeiling.
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 the 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.