ECNLers Recognized as 2017-18 Gatorade State Girls’ Soccer Players of the Year

RICHMOND, VA (June 18, 2018) – The Girls ECNL would like to congratulate the following Amazing Young Women who are not only talented athletes on the field, but outstanding in the classroom and in their communities. Gatorade’s Player of the Year program, now in its 33rd year, honors the nation’s top high school athletes based on their athletic excellence, academic achievement and exemplary character. This year’s state winners are no exception.

Twenty ECNL players earned 2017-18 Gatorade State Girls’ Soccer Player of the Year honors. Each of the eight ECNL conferences have at least one player who earned this honor, with five conferences contributing three or more players to this year’s Gatorade State Girls’ Soccer Player of the Year.

Congratulations to the following ECNLers on their Gatorade State Girls’ Soccer Player of the Year honors:

Alabama Jasmine Greene Alabama FC U18/U19
Arkansas Skylurr Patrick TSC Hurricane U18/U19
California Isabella D’Aquila So Cal Blues U17
District of Columbia Maliah Morris Bethesda SC U18/U19
Florida Abbey Newton Florida Elite U18/U19
Georgia Nieva Gaither GSA U16
Idaho Makayla Christensen FC Nova U18/U19
Maryland Abbey Burdette Maryland United U18/U19
Massachusetts Kayla Duran FC Stars U18/U19
Michigan Jansen Eichenlaub Vardar U17
Minnesota Meredith Haakenson Minnesota Thunder U18/U19
Missouri Anna Lawler SLSG-MO U18/U19
Nevada Olivia Packer Heat FC U18/U19
Ohio Anna Podojil Ohio Elite U18/U19
Oklahoma Ashton Gordon TSC Hurricane U17
Pennsylvania Delaney Snyder Pittsburgh Riverhounds U18/U19
South Carolina Riane Coman CESA U17
Tennessee Jenna Kemp Tennessee SC U17
Texas Grace Collins AHFC U18/U19
Virginia Claire Constant McLean YSA U18/U19

Twelve of the Gatorade State Girls’ Soccer Player of the Year honorees will begin their fight for the ECNL National Finals this week at the ECNL National Playoffs in Seattle, Washington. We wish these game changers and the rest of the players participating in the ECNL National Playoffs the best of luck!

For more information on the Gatorade Player of the Year program visit and follow the program using #GatoradePOY.


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 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.  |  Facebook /theECNL  |  Twitter@theECNL

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