2017 NWSL Post Season Recap

RICHMOND, VA (October 24, 2017) – The Elite Clubs National League has had an incredible impact on every level of women’s soccer since its founding in 2009. Approximately 90% of the ECNL’s graduating Amazing Young Women go on to play collegiate soccer every year, and more are entering the professional ranks every year.

The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) just concluded its sixth season, and ECNL Alums dominated the 2017 NWSL Draft with 75% of the total draftees being ECNL Alums.  Overall, 60 ECNL Alums competed in the NWSL this year, and many earned honors for their performances.

The 2017 NWSL Championship between the North Carolina Courage and Portland Thorns featured thirteen ECNL Alums. The Portland Thorns took home the crown in a 1-0 win, with ECNL Alum Lindsey Horan (Colorado Rush) scoring the game’s lone goal and earning the game’s MVP award.

Following the 2017 NWSL Season, the NWSL Awards were announced and four ECNL Alums were recognized on the NWSL Best XI and Second XI Teams:

Best XI:

Second XI:

ECNL Alums also ended the season in the Top 10 League Leaders in Assists and Saves.



  • 2nd Abby Smith (Dallas Texans) (85)
  • 4th Haley Kopmeyer (Michigan Hawks) (80)

In addition, an ECNL Alum has won NWSL Player of the Week, Goal of the Week, or Save of the Week honors in 10 of the 22 weeks of the 2017 NWSL Season.

Player of the Week:

Week 19 – Shea Groom (Sporting Blue Valley)
Week 16 – Samantha Mewis (FC Boston)
Week 15 – Arielle Ship (Real So Cal)
Week 8 – Lindsey Horan (Colorado Rush)
Week 1 – Haley Kopmeyer (Michigan Hawks)

Goal of the Week:

Week 12 – Lindsey Horan (Colorado Rush)
Week 10 – Vanessa DiBernardo (Eclipse Select SC)
Week 8 – Lindsey Horan (Colorado Rush)
Week 2 – Danica Evans (Colorado Rush)

Save of the Week:

Week 19 – Jane Campbell (Concorde Fire)
Week 7 – Danielle Colaprico (PDA)
Week 6 – Abby Smith (Dallas Texans)

Congratulations to all 60 ECNL Alums who played in the NWSL this season! We wish everyone a successful off-season and look forward to seeing which ECNL Alums will be joining the NWSL in the 2018 NWSL draft in January.


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 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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