RICHMOND, VA (June 24, 2021) – ECNL Girls is proud to announce 25 players have been selected as 2020-21 Gatorade State High School Players of the Year, including California’s Alyssa Thompson (Real So Cal), who was named the Gatorade National Girls Soccer Player of the Year. Started in 1985, Gatorade established the recognition to recognize the nation’s most outstanding high school student-athletes for their athletic excellence, academic achievement and exemplary character. 

“Congratulations to every athlete named as a Gatorade State High School Player of the Year for their respective states, and to Alyssa for garnering the national honor,” said ECNL Girls Commissioner Jen Winnagle. “Thank you for being role models both on and off the field. We could not be prouder of this milestone and are excited to see each athlete continue their success in the future.”

Please join ECNL Girls in congratulating the following athletes: 

State Player Club
Alabama Haley Duca Alabama FC
Arizona Maggie Cagle Phoenix Rising
California Alyssa Thompson Real So Cal
DC Zoe Vidaurre Maryland United
Florida Mia Asenjo Florida Krush
Georgia Henley Tippins Concorde Fire Platinum
Idaho Kelsey Oyler Boise Thorns
Indiana Quincy McMahon Indiana Fire Juniors
Maine Maggie Cochran FC Stars 
Maryland Payton Patrick Pipeline SC
Massachusetts Ariana Benzanson FC Stars 
Minnesota Khyah Harper Minnesota Thunder
Mississippi Kate Smith Alabama FC
Missouri Rylee Howard St. Louis Scott Gallagher
New Hampshire Ella Fraser FC Stars
New Jersey Emily Mason PDA
New York Shae O’Rourke WNY Flash
North Carolina Asha Means Charlotte SA
Ohio Taylor Huff Internationals
Oklahoma Makenzie Malham Tulsa SC
Oregon Abi Hoffman Crossfire United
South Carolina Alaire Hodge South Carolina United
Tennessee Caroline Betts Tennessee SC
Washington Layne St. George Seattle United
Wisconsin Maggie Starker FC Wisconsin

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


About the ECNL:

The ECNL is the nation’s leading youth soccer development platform. The ECNL respects and celebrates the unique individuality of every youth soccer player and club, supporting and enabling them to unleash their unfettered passion and fierce tenacity in striving to achieve their potential. 

The ECNL mission to Raise the Game is a total commitment to create the best possible environment for players, coaches, referees and administrators, with a determination to constantly question convention and challenge the status quo in youth sports.

The ECNL Commitment:

We will lead, set our eyes on new horizons, and pursue them relentlessly. Born out of the belief in a better way. Continued in the ever-evolving pursuit of excellence. 

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