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Players to Watch: ECNL Girls Phoenix Spring 2024 National Event

April 2, 2024, | Courtesy of www.soccerwire.com



(Pictured Above: Class of 2025 LA Breakers 07 ECNL midfielder and SoccerWire Featured Player Gemma Ozturk.)


The fourth ECNL Girls National Event of 2024, ECNL Phoenix, is taking place from April 5-7 in Scottsdale and Phoenix, AZ. (College Coaches)


ECNL Phoenix will feature 286 teams from across the league’s U12-U17  age groups. To view the schedule for ECNL Phoenix, click here.


Ahead of the weekend’s action, here are some players to know from this year’s event. Players are listed according to their graduation year.


You can nominate also nominate a player who has stood out this season that will be attending the event through the following link.


2028

Jenna Bartlett | ForwardEagles SC 08 (CA)


The recent USYNT U14 call-up leads a talented Eagles attack that has scored 30 goals in conference play this season, the most among all 08 teams in the Mojave Division. Bartlett’s speed and pacey movement make her highly difficult to break down and a threat on any attacking play.


2027


GRADUATION:2027


GOALKEEPER

CA

A USYNT Talent ID Center call-up last November, Selvaggio is coming into the Phoenix in excellent form, leading Legends FC’s 09s to an 8-4-2 record on 26 points in Northwest Conference play. Selvaggio excels at making small tactical adjustments throughout the match, working with her defense to shore up gaps and mark opponents. Thanks in part to her work between the posts, Legends have earned six shutouts across all ECNL competitions this season.


GRADUATION:2027


FORWARD

CA

Returning from an ACL injury last week, Glover made an immediate impact to the San Juan attack leading them to a 4-0 win over Pleasanton RAGE in Northern California conference play. Whether making runs off of the ball or driving directly at defenders, Glover is an attacking force for San Juan and was an integral part of their ECNL National Playoff run last season. San Juan already has an attack that has scored 49 goals this season (most in the ECNL 08 Northern California conference). But with a healthy Glover it gives San Juan’s coaching staff more flexibility up top , making them highly difficult to break down.


GRADUATION:2027


FORWARD

CA

Leads a high octane Koge attack that has outscored opponents 16-6 in the Northern California conference their last six games, leading her team to a 5-1-0 record during that same time frame. Cook has excellent vision on the pitch and can find the gaps necessary to help move Koge into an attacking position. Cook’s strong understanding of passing lanes and how to time her service to teammates is a testament to her work as a member of the USA Junior Women’s American Football Team. She is also a three-time USA Track and Field All-American.


GRADUATION:2027


GOALKEEPER

CA

Between the posts, McBride always seems up for making the difficult save against opponents. When under pressure, McBride can make the decisive stop and then start possession with either a quick throw or long punt. McBride has been selected to six USYNT ID Center events in the past and is having a strong season for San Juan, going 11-1-1 in ECNL Conference play.


Marie-Kristine Djacga | Outside back- WingerDe Anza Force 08 (CA)

Provides De Anza with limitless speed and pace down the flank and can use her strong first touch to break through any defense. When defending counter-attacks, Djacga times her runs perfectly so that she can strip opponent’s cleanly and give her the best chance at retaining possession. On the attacking end, she can deliver quality service into the box for her teammates to capitalize on. Thanks to her efforts on both sides of the pitch, De Anza have yet to lose in Northern Cal conference play this season (11-0-2, 35 points).

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Ma’Lia Patolo | Midfielder-DefenderMVLA 08 (CA)

Selected to El Salvador’s under-17 Youth National Team this winter, Patolo has a had strong season anchoring the MVLA defensive midfield this season. Thanks to her efforts in closing passing lanes and forcing opponents out of the center of the pitch, MVLA have allowed just nine goals this season in ECNL play. Late in matches, Patolo can slow down or speed up possession and can stretch out plays with a clear pass to the outside. For Crystal Springs Uplands school she was named the WBAL Skyline Soccer Midfielder of the Year.

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Bridget Kopmeyer | MidfielderInternationals SC 09 (OH)

Runs the ISC midfield and helps move the team from a defensive posture to an attacking one. Her slick passing and tight, consistent ball control helps the team retain their shape while also giving her teammates up top time to get open. ISC are currently at the top of the Ohio Valley Conference-North Division (7-0-0, 21 points).

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Natalie Gram | GoalkeeperEastside FC 08 (WA)

Earned seven clean sheets for Eastside in ECNL play this season, including back-to-back 1-0 victories over PacNW SC and Boise Thorns. A USYS National Team invitee earlier this winter, Gram has shown a knack for making long throws and booming punts out to her teammates to start possession. She is also more than willing to take on attackers in one-on-one situations.

———————Hayley Kase | MidfielderBeach FC 09 (CA)

Pieces together long, sustained possessions through the midfield for Beach FC, helping form their shape and identity. Her passes and strong defensive skills make her formidable midfielder whose athleticism sets her apart. As a striker, she’s known for her versatility and ability to use both feet to maneuver and score with finesse.

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Alexa Newman | ForwardEastside FC 08 (WA)

The two-time USYNT ID Center invitee is coming off of a strong high school season in which she earned First Team 4A All-State honors with Mount Si High School. In club play, she is coming off of a multi-goal performance in Eastside’s 4-1 win over Seattle United.


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Rhea Moore | ForwardSan Juan SC 09 (CA)

Selected to the USYS ODP National Team and the USYNT ID Center events this winter Moore provides her ECNL team with dynamic attack from any forward position. Moore finds her teammates in the box to create scoring opportunities and can put the ball in the back of the net with speed and power.


2026


GRADUATION:2026


FORWARD

CA

Spearheads a Beach FC attack that has scored 50 goals this season in Southwest Conference play this season, leading them to the top of the Mojave division (13-1-0, 39 points). Mills can make the tough diagonal runs that give defenders nightmares. Her subtle touches can also make them miss, giving her space to either hammer a shot from distance or find an open teammate.


GRADUATION:2026


DEFENDER

CA

Slotting in as either a defender or winger, Pfeiffer helps open up play for LAFC So Cal. She is coming off of a strong high school season with Oaks Christian High School, helping them clinch their league title. In the defensive third, Pfeiffer closely marks her target giving them little space to link up with teammates.


GRADUATION:2026


DEFENDER

TX

One of the top left backs out of Dallas, Texas Dowdle returns to Sting after coming off of a strong week with her high school team Sachse High School. Thanks to her stellar defensive work and tight, consistent marking Dowdle helped lead the Lady Mustangs to an Area and Bi-District Championship.


Mia Villalpando | Midfielder-DefenderSan Diego Surf 08 (CA)

Sliding in at the midfield or in defense, Villalpando is instrumental in setting up Surf’s shape and building plays out of the pack. Her crisp passes and long crosses are always on point, giving teammates quality service to work with on the attack (51 goals scored this season). She can also make the track back on defense and impede opponent’s efforts at goal (seven goals allowed). Villalpando was recently called up to Mexico’s under-17 Youth National Team earlier this month.

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Peyton Marinos | ForwardSoCal Blues 08 (CA)

Serving as SoCal’s number nine Marinos has led a SoCal attack that have scored 30 goals in Southwest Conference-Sonoran Division play this season. In addition to having a thunderous shot, Marinos can also lay off and work as a holding forward for her teammates. Last season, she received ECNL All-American First Team honors and was called into the USWYNT U-16 camp last September.

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Madi Holly | DefenderLa Breakers 07 (CA)

Holly is a dynamic outside back who can make the quick stop and immediately transition into the attack. On either side of the ball, she is a difference-maker in one-on-one situations. The Breakers enter the ECNL California event having earned two strong recent shutouts over ECNL Southwest competition (4-0 over Sporting California and 0-0 against Utah Royals AZ-FC).


2025


GRADUATION:2025


DEFENDER

CA

A Columbia verbal commit, Hawkins anchors a San Juan defense that have allowed eight goals in conference play this season which is the lowest among all teams. Hawkins’ consistency and calm under pressure has helped San Juan maintain their shape in one of the most difficult conferences in the country. At the high school level, she led Del Oro to the CIF Nor Cal Division 1 Championship game and earned First Team All-League honors.


GRADUATION:2025


DEFENDER

MN

Operating out of the outside back position, McCleery has been effective this season at halting opponent’s advances and immediately starting the Thunder attack. Her precise passes and clear, direct runs into the midfield has also been instrumental in Minnesota opening up play this season and retaining possession for long periods of time. Thanks to her efforts on the defense, the Thunder earned their third ECNL National Playoff appearance in four years and a top three finish in the Midwest Conference (10-1-2, 32 points).


GRADUATION:2025


MIDFIELDER

CA

A set piece specialist, Ozturk helped Harvard-Westlake win the Mission League Championship in February with a brilliant corner kick that her Breakers teammate Kaia Santomarco-King headed home. A versatile midfielder, Ozturk can play at either the ten, eight, or six positions and make an impact on the pitch. She is also a leader (for her high school she is the captain) and is constantly providing her teammates with strategy and advice based off of her experience and what she is seeing. In addition to her club and high school exploits, Ozturk has received call-ups for the Turkish U-17 Youth National Team.


GRADUATION:2025


FORWARD

CA

Making her return after a stellar high school season which saw her lead her team in goals (8) and assists (6). The Viewpoint varsity captained earned First Team All-League honors during her high school campaign and will undoubtedly look to use her experience to help Eagles with their playoff push.

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Jocelyn Travers | Midfielder-DefenderBay Area Surf 07 (CA)

The Duke verbal commit is coming off of a strong performance at the CONCACAF under-17 Championship for the United States, where she helped the team earn top honors. In the defense for Surf, Travers can anticipate what attackers are planning and provide an immediate counter to their advances. She also helps build possession through the midfield and works seamlessly with her teammates to maintain their shape and form.

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Tessa Knapp | ForwardInternationals SC 07 (OH)

Leads a high press ISC attack that has already scored 32 goals in Ohio Valley conference playing, leading her team to the top of the North Division standings (5-1-1, 16 points). Against multiple defenders, Knapp always seems able to break free and create goal-scoring opportunities. She has verbally committed to Notre Dame in 2025 and was part of the 36 player USWYNT U17 training camp back in January.

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Alexandra Tay | DefenderSeattle United 07 (WA)

Holds down the Seattle United defense at the center-back position, making decisive clearances and passes out of the back. Thanks to her efforts Seattle have allowed just five goals in Northwest Conference play. Tay has verbally committed to playing college soccer in 2025 at Stanford and was selected to the Northwest All-Conference First Team last season.


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