Players That Impressed: November 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 November.

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 November.

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


winchesterunitedSpencer Scott – Goalkeeper
Winchester United U-17 Boys

National Capital Soccer League
Spencer had a great game against Loudoun Black, helping NCSL Division 1 champion Winchester United earn a 2-0 win. He made several important saves including one off the line in the last minute to keep a clean sheet.


Alessandro Sipaque – Midfielder
Elite SC Plainfield Warriors U-13 Boys
EDP League
In the past four EDP League games, Alessandro has scored a total of 10 goals, bringing his remarkable tally for the season to 29. He has also added four assists.


baltimore-celticBrenna Firlie – Midfielder
Baltimore Celtic SC U-18 Girls
Bethesda Premier Cup
Brenna had a great game at the Bethesda Premier Cup on both outside wings, going up and down all 80 minutes and scoring the winning goal with an upper-90 right foot shot. She dribbled across the field eluding the defense along the way, before finishing to send her team to a 1-0 win over host club Bethesda SC 99 White.


baltimore-celtic Emma Meininger – Goalkeeper
Baltimore Celtic SC U-18 Girls
Bethesda Premier Cup
Emma had a good weekend with a lot of great saves over three games at the Bethesda Premier Cup, only conceding one goal and earning two clean sheets.


CapitalAreaRailhawks-logoRobert Conger – Forward
Capital Area Railhawks – CASL USSDA U-17/18 Boys
U.S. Soccer Development Academy
Robert netted three goals during a riveting second half comeback for CASL in a win over IMG Academy in Development Academy action. After trailing 3-1 early in the second half, CASL stormed back with five straight goals to defeat IMG 6-3.


pdaD’Shon De Gannes – Defender
PDA USSDA U-17/18 Boys
U.S. Soccer Development Academy
D’Shon contributed to a clean sheet effort defensively by playing the full 90 minutes, and opened the scoring with a 33rd minute strike in a 3-0 win over PA Classics in Development Academy play.


solarsc-tx-logoTaylor Tufts – Midfielder
Solar Chelsea SC ECNL U-16 Girls
Elite Clubs National League
Taylor, a U.S. Youth National Team midfielder, scored one goal and assisted another during a 3-1 win for Solar Chelsea SC over Lonestar SC on November 6 in ECNL league play.


Alexa Giroux – Forward
Magpies SC Pink U-14 Girls
EDP League
Alexa scored 18 out of 27 goals scored for team in EDP League play on the season, using a combination of top end speed and a wide variety of shots from various spots on the field. In addition to scoring two thirds of her team’s goals, she assisted on several others.


Morgan Medunick – Defender
Magpies SC Pink U-14 Girls
EDP League
Morgan and the Magpies back line conceded only two goals over the course of eight EDP League games. The team captain was a consistently dominant force in the back, winning every ball aerially along with strong tackling.


SJ Earthquakes new logoNico Flores – Forward
San Jose Earthquakes Academy U-14 Boys

U.S. Soccer Development Academy
Nico recorded a hat trick on November 19 in U.S. Soccer Development Academy play against Marin FC Alliance, setting the tone with a goal in the first minute of the match before adding two more in the second half.


midwest-unitedCarter Scheel – Midfielder
Midwest United FC Kalamazoo U-14 Boys

Midwest Regional League
Playing every minute of every game at forward, center mid and outside mid, Carter scored four goals and had one assist over the weekend. Carter scored the equalizing goal against Millenium in the final 30 seconds, as Midwest United earned two wins and a draw over the three matches allowing them to finish tied for third place in the Midwest Regional League.


east-meadowEmma Romano – Forward
East Meadow SC NPL U-13 Girls

Pre-ECNL
A talented East Meadow Olympique Marseille team completed an undefeated fall campaign in Pre-ECNL play. Forward Emma Romano contributed numerous goals and assists over the season, contributing to the success of the group. Emma’s speed and skill forced opposing back lines to double team her on the wing, opening up the entire offense. Emma often located her teammates with precision crosses deep in the opposing teams’ final third. Emma has also contributed as an outside defender on multiple occasions.


Ray Serrano Lopez – Forward
Seattle Sounders Academy U-14 Boys

U.S. Soccer Development Academy
Ray recorded a first half hat trick in a 5-2 win over San Jose Earthquakes Academy in USSDA action on November 6, scoring three goals by the 35th minute to help his team build a big early lead.


Stafford-SoccerMcKenna Gahagan – Midfielder
Stafford Revolution 04 Blue U-13 Girls

National Capital Soccer League (NCSL)
McKenna dominated the week, showing off her strong footskills and a few new tricks, including a bicycle attempt. Controlling the midfield well, McKenna distributed passes and deterred the opposition’s attack while racking up two goals and an assist. Her shots on goal came from a blast outside the box, a close range chip shot and another strike inside the box.


oni-soccer1Tessa Walsh – Forward
Oni Premier SA Magic U-18 Girls

Bethesda Premier Cup
Tessa scored all of OPSA Magic’s goals in the Bethesda Premier Cup. Her strong target play was a key element to the Magic’s offense. She was threatening both on and off the ball, making smart runs and was able to keep the ball under high pressure.


oni-soccer1 Mackenzie Christensen – Defender
Oni Premier SA Magic U-18 Girls

Bethesda Premier Cup
Mackenzie’s strong play as a central defender made her stand out during the Bethesda Premier Cup. She kept OPSA Magic’s back line organized and her skillful defending made it difficult for forwards to penetrate OPSA’s defense. Mackenzie’s strong aerial play and smart tackling helped the Magic on both sides of the ball.


lonestarAbby Allen – Midfielder
Lonestar SC ECNL U-15 Girls

Elite Clubs National League
Abby led the scoring for Lonestar SC in an 8-1 ECNL league play win over Texas Rush on November 20 with a hat trick.


lonestar Audra Clark – Midfielder
Lonestar SC ECNL U-15 Girls

Elite Clubs National League
Audra scored two goals and assisted another for Lonestar SC in an 8-1 ECNL league play win over Texas Rush on November 20.


fc-golden-stateDiego Lopez – Midfielder
FC Golden State USSDA U-14 Boys

U.S. Soccer Development Academy
Playing in an FC Golden State offense which racked up 20 goals in five matches during November, Diego stole the show in a win over Ballistic United SC on November 5 with a four-goal performance. He completed a hat trick less than 25 minutes into the first half, and added a fourth in the second half as Golden State emerged with a 5-3 win in a high-flying match.


fc-golden-stateAndrew Vazquez – Midfielder
FC Golden State USSDA U-14 Boys

U.S. Soccer Development Academy
Andrew played a starring role in the dominant FC Golden State offense in a win over Nomads SC on November 19, scoring three goals within the first 51 minutes of the game.


arlington_soccer_logoJoseph Core – Forward
Arlington Soccer USSDA U-14 Boys

U.S. Soccer Development Academy
Joseph set the tone for Arlington in a 3-0 Development Academy win over Richmond United, netting two goals in the opening 13 minutes of the match.


NYCFC logoNicholas Kapanadze – Forward
New York City FC USSDA U-14 Boys

U.S. Soccer Development Academy
Following a scoreless first half, Nicholas scored two of New York City FC’s three goals during a second half flurry of a Development Academy match against in-state opponent World Class FC.


east-meadowShae McGinty – Goalkeeper
East Meadow Olympique Marseille U-13 Girls
Pre-ECNL 
Shae combined excellent positioning and quick reflexes to always keep her team within striking distance of a victory. She made several crucial saves over the course of the weekend in Pre-ECNL play while providing leadership through on-field communication and encouragement.


east-meadowHailey Stork – Goalkeeper
East Meadow Olympique Marseille U-13 Girls

Pre-ECNL 
Hailey proved to be a steadying presence in goal while helping East Meadow Olympique Marseille post an undefeated fall season record (10-0-2) in Pre-ECNL action. Hailey’s clutch play between the posts proved to be the difference in several matches that could have gone either way.


ManhattanSC-logoPhilip Kendler – Midfielder
Manhattan SC Villa U-17 Boys
Bethesda Premier Cup
Philip  had an outstanding performance at the Bethesda Premier Cup for reigning NPL national champion Manhattan SC Villa. From his attacking central midfielder position, Philip registered game-winning goals against reigning US Youth Soccer national champion McLean Youth Soccer Hotspur Green and US Club Soccer National Cup finalists STA-MUSC 2000 NPL.


ManhattanSC-logo Cameron Bonfils – Forward
Manhattan SC Villa U-17 Boys
Bethesda Premier Cup
Cameron was an attacking force for reigning NPL national champion Manhattan SC Villa at the Bethesda Premier Cup. The speedy and powerful forward recorded a brace against reigning US Youth Soccer national champion McLean Youth Soccer Hotspur Green in a 4-1 victory.


Strikers_FC-newVictor Onofre – Forward
Strikers FC USSDA U-15/16 Boys
U.S. Soccer Development Academy
Victor scored all three goals in a hard-fought 3-2 win for Strikers FC over San Jose Earthquakes on November 12. He netted an equalizer just before the end of the first half, then added two more goals early in the second half to put his team ahead for good.


oni-soccer1 Krista Whelan – Midfielder
Oni Premier SA Magic U-18 Girls

Bethesda Premier Cup
Krista’s athleticism and versatility stood out in the Bethesda Premier Cup. Her strength and speed are her biggest assets, which makes it difficult for opponents to play her on both sides of the ball. Krista’s energy and work rate went unmatched and she positively influenced the games every time she went in. Her ability to play in both the midfield and defense was important to the Magic’s success.


us-youth-soccer-region-i-odpMarykate Mcguire – Forward
Region I ODP ’00 Girls

US Youth Soccer Girls ODP Interregional
Marykate led the Region I ODP 00′ Girls with a hat trick in a 4-0 win over the U.S. U-14 Girls National Team at US Youth Soccer’s Thanksgiving Interregional. The victory capped off a perfect 3-0-0 showing at the event for the Region I squad.


us-youth-soccer-region-i-odpJordan Silkowitz – Goalkeeper
Region I ODP ’00 Girls

US Youth Soccer Girls ODP Interregional
Jordan made several difficult saves and recorded a clean sheet in a 4-0 win over the U.S. U-14 Girls National Team at US Youth Soccer’s Thanksgiving Interregional. The victory capped off a perfect 3-0-0 showing at the event for the Region I squad.


1-region-ii-odpMadison Alexander – Goalkeeper
Region II ODP ’99 Girls

US Youth Soccer Girls ODP Interregional
Madison capped off the US Youth Soccer Girls ODP Thanksgiving Interregional with a hat trick in a 7-0 rout of Region I, bringing her total to five for the event. The win completed an unbeaten showing at the event for the Region II ’99 squad.


kendall-sc-logo-flGabriel Paniagua – Midfielder
Kendall SC USSDA U-17/18 Boys

U.S. Soccer Development Academy
Gabriel notched a hat trick in a wild U.S. Soccer Development Academy match against Atlanta United FC, which ultimately ended in a 4-4 draw. Two of Gabriel’s goals came in the final 10 minutes of the game as Kendall pulled off a late comeback to earn a point against a dominant Atlanta side.


Cedar Stars AcademyAnthony Alvites – Midfielder
Cedar Stars Academy – Bergen USSDA U-14 Boys

U.S. Soccer Development Academy
Anthony scored a goal in each half during a thrilling 4-3 Development Academy victory over the New England Revolution, including the game-winner in the final minute.