Players That Impressed: December 2016

The following players have been submitted by coaches, club technical personnel or SoccerWire.com staff so they could be recognized for impressive performances in competitive soccer games during the month of December.

Players will be added to the list each week throughout the month, and will be automatically nominated for the Soccer Wire Best-11 Players of December.

We post players in the order the submissions are received, so the sooner you post following impressive game performances, the higher up the list they will appear.

+ You can submit players any time here


Brooke Woolum – Forward
Club Ohio U-18 Girls
Germantown Invitational Tournament
Brooke scored six goals in three games at the Germantown Invitational Tournament. During the first match against Missouri Thorns she recorded a hat trick, the second game against Arkansas Rush she scored one, and ended the weekend with two goals against Arlington HS Academy.


Wilmer Cabrera – Midfielder
IMG Academy USSDA U-17/18 Boys
USSDA Winter Showcase
Wilmer had an outstanding performance at the USSDA Winter Showcase, highlighted by a four-goal effort against Oakwood SC. Three of his four scores came within the first 16 minutes of the first half.


Allison LaPoint – Goalkeeper
Vardar ECNL U-16 Girls
ECNL League Play
Allison recorded five saves on December 3 in a 4-0 clean sheet win over Sockers FC in ECNL Midwest Conference competition.


Danielle Hartje – Midfielder
Vardar ECNL U-16 Girls
ECNL League Play
Danielle netted two goals and assisted another during a 4-0 win over Sockers FC in ECNL Midwest Conference competition on December 3.


Alicia Donley – Forward
Ohio Premier ECNL U-17 Girls
ECNL League Play
Alicia recorded a hat trick for division-leading Ohio Premier during a 7-2 road win in ECNL league play against NC Fusion.


Juan Soto – Forward
Chargers SC USSDA U-15/16 Boys
USSDA Winter Showcase
Juan scored a goal in all three games for Chargers SC at the USSDA Winter Showcase, helping lead his team to an unbeaten 2-0-1 record.


Georges Elkhoury – Goalkeeper
Seacoast United USSDA U-17/18 Boys
USSDA Winter Showcase
Georges recorded two clean sheets in net playing behind one of the nation’s top back lines at the USSDA Winter Showcase. The class of 2018 goalkeeper played every minute at the event, allowing just one goal over the course of three games.


Abbey Duncan – Forward
McLean Youth Soccer ECNL U-17 Girls
ECNL League Play
Abbey scored three of her team’s five goals in an ECNL Chesapeake Division match-up with Maryland United FC. The University of Pennsylvania 2018 commit has helped lead McLean to a division-best 11-2-0 start to the season.


Aleigh Gambone – Forward
McLean Youth Soccer ECNL U-17 Girls
ECNL League Play
Aleigh assisted two goals and scored one of her own, making plays throughout her team’s 5-0 win over Maryland United FC. The class of 2019 forward has helped lead McLean to a division-best 11-2-0 start to the season.


Ashlyn Mills – Defender
FC Dallas ECNL U-14 Girls
ECNL League Play
Ashlyn scored a goal and contributed to a clean sheet effort defensively as FC Dallas blanked Albion Hurricanes FC 2-0 in ECNL Texas Conference action on December 4.


Noah Black – Goalkeeker
Miramar United U-14 Boys
Super Y League North American Finals
Along with the help of his back line, Noah recorded a clean sheet as Miramar United defeated NJ Stallions 3-0 to win the Super Y League North American Finals U-14 title. Noah made a couple of key saves to keep the Stallions off the board, including one early in the first half to set the tone for the rest of the match.


Sebastian Smith – Midfielder
Miramar United U-14 Boys
Super Y League North American Finals
Sebastian recorded back-to-back braces in the semifinal and in the championship match at the Super Y League North American Finals, as Miramar United emerged as champs of the U-14 boys age group.


Gabe Segal – Forward
Bethesda SC USSDA U-15/16 Boys
USSDA Winter Showcase
Gabe scored all four of his team’s goals at the USSDA Winter Showcase, playing a key role in Bethesda’s two wins in three games. Bethesda defeated FC United 1-0 and Texas Rush 2-1 in a strong showing at the event.


Hunter Pinho – Goalkeeper
PDA USSDA U-17/18 Boys
USSDA Winter Showcase
Hunter notched two clean sheet wins playing every minute between the posts for PDA at the USSDA Winter Showcase. The U.S. Youth National Team goalkeeper and the PDA back line held California sides FC Golden State and De Anza Force off the scoreboard.


Isaiah Young – Forward
PDA USSDA U-17/18 Boys
USSDA Winter Showcase
Isaiah was simply unstoppable at the USSDA Winter Showcase, racking up five goals over the course of three games. The U.S. Youth National Team forward helped lead PDA to three straight wins at the event, defeating California sides FC Golden State, Nomads SC and De Anza Force.


Yasmin Parkar – Midfielder
Lonestar SC ECNL U-15 Girls
ECNL League Play
Yasmin had a hand in two of her team’s three goals, scoring one and assisting another in a 3-0 win over Challenge SC on December 11 in ECNL Texas conference play.


Adrienne Richardson – Forward
Minnesota Thunder Academy ECNL U-18 Girls

ECNL League Play
Adrienne was a catalyst for the Minnesota Thunder attack in a 4-2 win over SLSG – Illinois in ECNL Midwest Conference action, netting two goals and assisting Morgan Turner on another. The U.S. Youth National Team forward and Florida State 2017 commit has helped lead Minnesota to a 5-1-2 record so far this season.


Mila Erceg – Forward
East Meadow SC Olympique Marseille U-13 Girls
National Elite Womens Soccer Showcase
East Meadow Olympique Marseille took the championship at the National Elite Womens Soccer Showcase (NEWSS), with the contribution of their talented left winger, Mila Erceg. Mila continued to perform at a high level throughout each match. Her ball control and field vision allowed her to elevate the game of her talented teammates. Mila’s presence on the field thoughout this highly-competitive tournamennt cannot be measured by goals or assists alone. Her skilled no look passes, her possession time on the ball, her ability to speed up and slow down a match made it difficult for opposing teams to do anything significant.


Thalia Morisi – Midfielder
East Meadow SC Olympique Marseille U-13 Girls
National Elite Womens Soccer Showcase
Thalia contributed in just about every way to help her team take home the first place trophy at the National Elite Womens Soccer Showcase (NEWSS). Clutch goals, assists, possession time, just to name a few of those contributions. But Thalia’s presence in the crucial central midfielder role allowed her team to dictate the pace of each game, making it difficult for the competition to mount any meaningful offensive counterattacks.


Olivia Burkowski – Midfielder
Severna Park Lasers U-17 Girls
Annandale Premier Cup Winter Showcase
Olivia scored two of her team’s four goals as Severna Park Lasers won the APC Winter Showcase championship. Olivia’s outstanding speed and moves at the outside midfield position were key in her team’s championship run, scoring goals in both a 2-1 win and 1-1 tie. Her efforts on the outside consistently spread the field, causing fits for her opponents and opening space for her teammates.


Emma Bocanegra – Midfielder
Severna Park Lasers U-17 Girls
Annandale Premier Cup Winter Showcase
Emma’s physical midfield play and nonstop hustle controlled the midfield for the Severna Park Lasers during their championship run at the APC Winter Showcase. Emma was relentless going up and down the pitch, helping control action on both ends of the field. Her quick moves and physical play help the Lasers dominate possession. Her superb conditioning kept her effective throughout the three tournament games, all played in a 24-hour window in difficult weather conditions.


Driss Benslimane – Forward
Penn Fusion Elite ’02 U-15 Boys
US Youth Soccer National League
Driss scored three goals at the National League’s Florida event, highlighted by a brace in a 3-0 win over Cincinnati United Premier ’02 Gold.


Will Pucek – Forward
Lobos Rush 01 Premier U-16 Boys
US Youth Soccer National League
Will netted six goals over the course of three games at the National League’s Florida event, helping lead Tennessee side Lobos Rush to the top spot in the U-16 Red Division. He capped off the event with a hat trick performance in a 5-0 win over Virginia’s Loudoun 01 Red.


Samuel Nabors – Goalkeeper
CESA 02 Premier U-15 Boys
US Youth Soccer National League
Samuel made several key saves in a 2-1 win over Bethesda SC South 02 at the National League’s Florida event, limiting the U-15 Blue Division’s highest scoring attack to just a single goal.


Megan Donnelly – Forward
North United Rush U-15 Girls
US Youth Soccer National League
Megan made her presence felt in a big way at the National League’s Florida event, racking up nine goals as North United Rush swept its three opponents.


Olivia Reese – Midfielder
Maryland United FC ECNL U-16 Girls
ECNL Florida Showcase
Olivia scored four of Maryland United’s five goals at the ECNL Florida Showcase, and assisted Madison Synowiec on the other. With Olivia leading the attack United earned two wins and a draw at the event.