AYW Spotlight | Kaylann Boyd

RICHMOND, VA (October 5, 2016) – The ECNL and the Amazing Young Women movement is dedicated to showcasing the females that have helped shape the league into the top female youth soccer platform in the world.  As part of the movement, the ECNL is encouraging amazing young women to share their stories.  We are excited to announce Kaylann Boyd as the ECNL Amazing Young Woman Spotlight of the Week. Boyd is a current freshman forward for Vanderbilt University and ECNL Alumni of Tophat Soccer Academy out of Atlanta, Georgia.

Boyd was named SEC Freshman of the Week this week after she scored the game-winning goal in the 102nd minute of Vanderbilt’s double overtime win over Tennessee. Boyd’s game-winner was her first shot of the night, but she had also contributed to the score sheet with an assist on Vanderbilt’s first goal of the night. This marked her third goal of the season.

“Kaylann’s strength is in and around the 18-yard box. She has innate qualities when it comes to finishing chances and she is showing that this fall,” said Vanderbilt Head Coach Darren Ambrose. “She is getting better each week. We were very happy that she was recognized by the SEC for her efforts.”

Boyd is a native of Atlanta, Georgia where she played for Troy Garner at ECNL member club, Tophat Soccer Club. Garner coached Boyd throughout her elite level career at Tophat and noted her technical ability and praised her strengths not only as a target player and scorer, but as an excellent passer with great vision. As a player for Tophat, Boyd’s teams were extremely successful, winning several showcase tournaments and three state championships. She also won two high school state championships, one as captain in her final season.

“I think that the quality training environment at Tophat and the quality competition that Kaylann faced on a weekly basis in the Southeast Conference of ECNL helped prepare her for the daily physical and psychological grind of training at Vanderbilt and competing in the SEC conference,” Troy Garner said about Boyd. “I think that her experiences with both have been a positive contributing factor to her initial, and hopefully continued, success at Vanderbilt.”

We wish Kaylann Boyd the best of luck in this current college season. Thank you for being an Amazing Young Woman.


About Amazing Young WomenTM:  Launched by the ECNL, the Amazing Young Women is a dynamic platform of online and local market activations that showcase and celebrate female role models offering an aspirational focus for all female athletes and teens as they prepare to be our next generation of leaders.  The ECNL is calling on all of the nation’s women to join the movement to celebrate the endless potential of today’s girls.

Women of all ages can share their personal moments of inspiration through social media and at www.AmazingYoungWomen.com.  Every share and submission helps drive a movement that celebrates the power of what it is to be a girl today.

Amazing Young Women of the ECNL will be showcased at AmazingYoungWomen.com. Through testimonials, tips and tools, the website is providing all girls to view, share, and celebrate what it is to be motivated, strong, and successful.

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 for college and youth national teams 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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