ECNL College Impact – The Big 12 Conference

big12_conference_logoRICHMOND, VA (November 2, 2016) – Elite Clubs National League College Impact series catalogs the incredible impact the ECNL has had on college women’s soccer since its founding in 2009, and which increases every year. Across college soccer, the “ECNL player” is the epitome of the next generation collegiate soccer player and collegiate soccer star.

The ECNL College Impact is measured by the number of ECNL alumni that have moved on to collegiate soccer, and by their contribution to collegiate athletic conferences all over the United States. This week, the ECNL examines the Big 12 Conference.

The ECNL College Impact for the Big 12 includes all players currently active on Big 12 rosters:

  • 177 ECNL alums are currently playing in the Big 12 Conference – 63% of the total players in the Conference.
  • Big 12 Co-Offensive Players of the Year Michaela Abam is an ECNL alum.
  • Big 12 Freshman of the Year Cyera Hintzen is an ECNL alum.
  • 73% of the 2016 Big 12 All-Freshman Team are ECNL alum and 14 Players on the 2016 Big 12 First Team and Second Team are ECNL alum.

The Big 12 Conference includes Baylor University, Iowa State, Kansas University, Kansas State University, Oklahoma University, Oklahoma State University, Texas Christian University, the University of Texas, Texas Tech University, and West Virginia University.

With the majority of the conference, and the majority of the conference honorees, it is clear where the future Big 12 stars are playing youth soccer.

Congratulations to all of the ECNL Alums being recognized by the Big 12 Conference for All Conference First Team, Second Team and All-Freshman Team:

Name ECNL Club College
Raegan Padgett AHFC Baylor
Lauren Watson Challenge SC Texas Tech
Lauren Piercy D’Feeters SC Baylor
Cyera Hintzen Dallas Sting Texas
Emma Heckendorn Dallas Sting TCU
Gwennie Puente Dallas Sting Texas Tech
Jordie Harr Dallas Sting Texas Tech
Julie James Dallas Sting Baylor
Natalie Calhoun Dallas Sting Oklahoma State
Tori Bowman Dallas Sting Oklahoma
Michelle Prokoff Eclipse Select SC TCU
Jaci Jones FC Dallas Oklahoma State
Paige Welch Lonestar SC Oklahoma
Hannah Cade Minnesota Thunder Academy Iowa State
Jade King Real Colorado Texas Tech
Kristina O’Donnell San Juan SC Oklahoma
Jemma Cota SC Del Sol Oklahoma
Rachel Ressler SC Del Sol Oklahoma
Addisyn Merrick Sporting Blue Valley Kansas
Michaela Abam Texas Rush WVU
Liz Keester TSC Hurricane Oklahoma

The ECNL is more than four letters – it 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 12 Conference, click here.


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.   |   Facebook /theECNL  |  Twitter@theECNL

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