SoccerWire.com readers cast more than 10,000 votes to select the Best 11 youth players during September 2016, recognizing top performances from the Club Champions League, ECNL, WPSL, OBGC Capital Cup and the U.S. Soccer Development Academy.
A total of 30 players were on the ballot, with McLean Youth Soccer Green U-19 Girls forward Maddy Anderson leading the way with over 2,800 votes. In the first two games of CCL league play, Maddy led McLean to a win and a draw with a trifecta of goals over the two matches. Her two-goal performance against Arlington led McLean to a 2-0 victory while her last-minute strike against FC Richmond secured a 2-2 draw to keep her team unbeaten.
The next leading players on the ballot were teammates Jillian Shimkin and Lucy Patton of Albertson Fury 03 ECNL U-14 Girls, who combined for more than 2,800 votes for their performances in league play against Match Fit Academy and East Meadow SC.
Rounding out the top five were FC Virginia Pre-ECNL forward Ava Galligan, who netted four goals in a win over Ohio Elite, and Maggie Pierce, who at 14 years old was a key player for Oak City Futbol Club during their WPSL season.
The full list of players in this month’s voting was composed of all players submitted by coaches, technical directors and SoccerWire.com staff on the site’s ‘Players That Impressed’ feature, where any player submitted by a team or club coach has their outstanding performance recognized.
Each player selected for the Best 11 list receives a free featured college recruiting profile on SoccerWire.com.
SoccerWire.com September 2016 Best-11 Players
- Maddy Anderson (Forward for McLean Youth Soccer Green U-19 Girls)
- Jillian Shimkin (Forward for Albertson Fury 03 ECNL U-14 Girls)
- Lucy Patton (Midfielder for Albertson Fury ECNL U-14 Girls)
- Ava Galligan (Forward for FC Virginia Pre-ECNL U-13 Girls)
- Maggie Pierce (Defender for Oak City Futbol Club/ CASL ECNL U-17 Girls)
- Sarah DeFreitas (Defender for Albertson Fury ECNL U-14 Girls)
- Alyssa Chesney (Forward for FC Frederick U-17 Girls)
- Ian Mateer (Defender for Loudoun 98 Red U-19 Boys)
- Stephen Foss (Forward for Loudoun 98 Red U-19 Boys)
- Taylor Price (Forward for FC Virginia Pre-ECNL U-13 Girls)
- David Hughes (Forward for Richmond United USSDA U-14 Boys)