ECNL College Impact – The Big Ten Conference

Big Ten LogoRICHMOND, VA (November 3, 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 Ten Conference.

The ECNL College Impact for The Big Ten Conference includes all players currently active on Big Ten rosters:

  • 233 ECNL Alums are currently playing in the Big Ten Conference – nearly 58% of the players in the Big Ten Conference are ECNL alums.
  • 27 players from the Big Ten First Team, Second Team, and All-Freshman Team are ECNL Alums, over 70% of the Big Ten Conference honorees.
  • The Big Ten Forward of the Year (Simone Kolander) and Big Ten Freshman of the Year (Nicole Whitley) are ECNL Alums.
  • 11 out of the 13 players on the Big Ten All-Freshman Team are ECNL Alums.

 The Big Ten includes the University of Illinois, University of Indiana, University of Iowa, University of Maryland, University of Michigan, Michigan State University, the University of Minnesota, the University of Nebraska, Northwestern University, Ohio State University, Penn State University, Purdue University, Rutgers University and University of Wisconsin.

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

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

Name College ECNL Club
Meg Brandt Nebraska Colorado Rush
Kayla Sharples Northwestern Eclipse Select SC
Reilly Martin Michigan Eclipse Select SC
Dani Rhodes Wisconsin FC Wisconsin
Macy Miller Indiana Indiana Fire
Allie Winterfield Wisconsin Michigan Hawks
Maddy Lucas Northwestern Michigan Hawks
Marisa Viggiano Northwestern Michigan Hawks
Natalie Winters Iowa Michigan Hawks
Simone Kolander Minnesota Minnesota Thunder Academy
Tarah Hobbs Minnesota Minnesota Thunder Academy
Lindsay Agnew Ohio State Ohio Premier
Amanda Visco Rutgers PDA
Ani Sarkisian Michigan PDA
Anna Soccorsi Michigan PDA
Erin Smith Rutgers PDA
Madison Tiernan Rutgers PDA
Nickolette Driesse Penn State PDA
Nicole Whitley Rutgers PDA
Elizabeth Ball Penn State Richmond United
Amanda Dennis Penn State Slammers FC
Nikki Walts Ohio State Slammers FC
Jaycie Johnson Nebraska Sporting Blue Valley
Sydney Miramontez Nebraska Sporting Blue Valley
Taylor Aylmer Rutgers World Class FC

To view a listing of current ECNL Alums in The Big Ten Conference, click here.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.


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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