January 10, 2024 | Courtesy of www.soccerwire.com
The ECNL Regional League Girls held their third National Event of the 2023-24 season over the weekend in Sanford, Florida. The event featured 170 teams from the league’s U17-U18/U19 age groups. (View Results)
Carson Vogelpohl | DefenderArkansas Rising 07 (AR)
Shut down a strong attacking team in FC Stars on Sunday, making multiple key clearances in Rising’s 2-0 win. Vogelpohl’s tracking of attackers is always on point- she times her runs her perfectly so as to give her the correct of space to make a clean tackle or clear. She is also effective at setting up possession with crisp passes.
Cassaundra Villa | Forward-MidfielderTennessee SC 07 (TN)
Bagged a brace to lift TSC past PDA 3-1 in their first match. Off of the ball, Villa can make the small, decisive cuts needed to give herself inside of the eighteen yard box. She also possesses a hammer of a shot that she can direct anywhere inside of the goal.
Gigi Mendez | MidfielderSting Dallas Black Hart 06/05 (TX)
Pulled the strings in the midfield for Sting, knowing when to slow play down and when to put the gas into the attack. Her tight ball control and pinpoint passes helped her team maintain possession in all three matches. She was also an asset on the attack, scoring the game-winner in their 1-0 opening day win over Virginia Reign.
Charli Warren | GoalkeeperGSA 07 (GA)
Blanked a high-scoring DELCO team to give GSA a 3-0 to start their Showcase weekend. Under significant pressure all weekend, Warren maintained her resolve making multiple key saves to keep her team in matches. She also makes excellent reads in one-on-one situations with attackers and can force attackers to take wild shots.
Megan Moran | Forward-MidfielderSolar SC II 06/05 (TX)
Led the scoring charge for Solar, netting four goals while adding two assists to lead them to an undefeated record in Florida. In close spaces, Moran can maintain control of the ball while also looking for the perfect angle to attack. She is also more than willing to make the decisive pass to a surging teammate with a better opportunity at scoring.
Trinity Morken | GoalkeeperSolar SC II 06/05 (TX)
Against three high-powered offenses in CFC, World Class, and Virginia Valor Morken proved her mettle making multiple key saves in each of Solar’s three wins. Maintaining a high level fo composure while under pressure, she was able to seamlessly work with her defense in making adjustments based of what she was noticing from the opposition. Morken also stretched plays out by making throws or punts to the outside.
Marla Finch | DefenderFC Pride Elite 06/05 (IN)
Alongside her defensive line mates, Finch helped Pride earn three shutouts against Tampa Bay United (3-0) Utah Avalanche’s 07s (1-0), and NTX Celtic (3-0). Finch was also an asset on the attacking, scoring the game-winner off of a corner kick against the Avalanche. Scoring one goal was not enough for her though as she added a second on a free kick in their finale against Celtic.
Reagan Roberson | ForwardDallas Texans 05/06 (TX)
Spurred the Texans attack on matchday one against PDA, scoring the game-winner to kickstart their Florida adventure. In the third game against NCFC, the All-Texas Conference Regional League forward used her quick passing and drive to light a spark in the attack. After going down two goals, the Texans came back to win 4-2 with Roberson providing a goal and an assist.
Jade Walton | ForwardDKSC WEIR 06/05 (TX)
Set the tone for the high-scoring DKSC (eight goals in three matches) with a clinical finish in their 1-0 win over Chicago Inter SC. Walton possesses limitless speed and can connect with passes into open space and immediately turn them into goal-scoring opportunities. She also knows when to lay off and deliver goal-scoring chances to her teammates.
Sophie Sulawski | GoalkeeperFC Pride Elite 06/05 (IN)
Earned three clean sheets to lift Pride to an undefeated record in the 05/06 age group and were one of just four teams that did not concede a goal during the event. Sulawski used her long throws to open up play, forcing the opposition to chase and give her defense some respite. As standout player for Central Valley High School, she earned Evansville City Co-Player of the Year honors this past fall.