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ECNL Jul 13, 2023

Players To Watch: ECNL Girls Champions League and Regional League Finals

The ECNL Girls National Finals kickoff this Saturday, July 14 with over 80 total teams in the U13-U17 age groups competing for their respective National Championships.

This year’s National Finals will feature two separate National Championships: the ECNL Champions League and the ECNL Regional League Championship. Each competition will feature 40 teams. All matches will take place in Richmond, Virginia at Striker Park and West Creek Complex.

To view the brackets for the ECNL National Finals, click here.

(+Players That Impressed: ECNL Girls 2023 National Playoffs)

Ahead of the weekend’s action, here are some players to know from in the U13-U17 age groups. Players are listed according to their graduation year.

2028

Olivia Leddy

Defender Forward
TX

Anchored a backline that only surrendered two goals in the ECNL Girls Regional League Championships. Leddy scored off of a set piece from distance to equalize in the semifinals and followed it up with another fantastic free kick, which found a teammate for the go-ahead goal. She has exceptional positioning, tackling skills, marking abilities, communication, leadership, composure, and discipline. Her contributions significantly enhance her team’s defensive solidity and overall performance, providing a reliable shield against the opposition’s attacks and greatly contributing to her team’s success. (ECNL Regional League Finals)

McKenna Whitman | Forward
MVLA Juventus 10 (CA)

Has been invited and attended the U14 USYNT ID camp, as one of only two selected at her U13 age group. She has also been invited to attend the Inaugural ECNL CONFERENCE CUP in August at Chula Vista . Representing MVLA , Mak in the first leg of the ECNL playoffs recorded eight goals and tallied five assists in her sides four games leading into the finals. (ECNL Champions League)

2027

Chloe Loya

Midfielder
CA

Loya was instrumental in pushing SoCal to the Elite Eight in the 2009 age group. An expert organizer along the backline, she helps her teammates maintain their shape even against the most difficult of opponents. (ECNL Champions League)

Noelle Clabaugh | Midfielder
Penn Fusion 08 (PA)

Scored three huge goals for Penn Fusion to help the side earn their spot in the National Finals. She can hit shots with both speed and pace and also has excellent timing for when to take a chance or deliver a service into a teammate. (ECNL Champions League)

2026

Lily Weiss | Defender
Sting Dallas Black 08(TX)

Led a Sting backline that has surrendered just three goals thus far in the ECNL playoffs. Weiss can make the decisive stop and then makes the immediate transition into the attack, either through a strong run down the flank or with a crisp pass to a teammate. (ECNL Champions League)

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Avarie Gonzalez | Goalkeeper
Slammers FC HB Koge 08(CA)

Earned two clean sheets in the earlier rounds of the ECNL Playoffs and held a strong Kansas City Athletics side to just a goal in their playoff opener. The USYNT U15 Goalkeeper works well in tight situations and helps her teammates alleviate pressure with either a booming punt or a timely hold. (ECNL Champions League)

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Ellie Moilanen | Midfielder
Kansas City Athletics RL 08 (KS)

Helped KC punch their ticket to the ECNL RL Finals with some excellent ball distribution and possessions throughout the ECNL RL Central Championships. Moilanen runs a highly efficient midfield that can absorb pressure from their opponents but also return it in kind on the counter.
(ECNL Regional League Finals)

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Josie Biehl | Goalkeeper
San Diego Surf 08 (CA)

Since arriving at San Diego Surf two years ago, Josie Biehl’s goalkeeping has reached new heights. She is a three-time USYNT Prospect ID Camp invitee, a USWNT Training Camp player, a four-time ODP invitee and a two-time San Diego WAVE FC ID Center player. Ranked in the top five goalkeepers in the country, she is heading with her San Diego Surf 2008 ECNL team in the Elite Eight to battle for the ECNL National Championship.
(ECNL Champions League)

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Isabella Salas | Midfielder
Beach FC 08 (CA)

In the midfield, Salas always remains calm under pressure and is a great communicator with her teammates. In terms of tactical awareness, she possesses excellent vision and drop passes to teammates in open space on a dime.
(ECNL Regional League Finals)

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2025

Alexa Barker

Defender
TX

She is a quick and nifty defender that becomes even more dangerous on the counter. Barker is an efficient passer who has great field vision and is always scanning to find the right pass/play. (ECNL Champions League)

Blakely Hockett

Defender
IL

Led the SLSG defense to two clean sheets and two goals overall allowed in the ECNL Playoffs thus far. A multi-sport athlete (she also runs track/cross country) Hockett can catch even the quickest of attackers down and remove them from goal-scoring situations. At 5’10” she is also an asset on set pieces for SLSG. (ECNL Champions League)

Molly Vapensky

Goalkeeper
IL

Stonewalled opponents all season for Solar, including a point blank penalty kick save against Bay Area Surf to book their spot in the Elite Eight. Vapensky is a member of the USYNT U16 National Team and helped the side win the U-15 CONCACAF Championship (ECNL Champions League)

Grace Restovich

Midfielder
MO

The 2021-2022 ECNL U16 Player of the Year has had another strong season for SLSG. The United States Youth National Team midfielder has a relentless motor and is always looking for that little opening in her opponent’s backline to exploit. She is also unafraid to take her chances from distance and will hit a bullet from distance, when needed. (ECNL Champions League)

Dawnjay Beal | Defender-Forward
D’Feeters Kicks Soccer Club 07 (TX)

A two-way player that can make an impact on both sides of the pitch, Beal will play a huge role in the 07 Champions League playoffs. Her ability to track back on defense, make the quick play, and immediately drive at defenders makes her a dangerous player for DKSC. She is also a proven leader, someone that is willing to dig in and work to put her side in a winning position. (ECNL Champions League)

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Brady Campbell | Midfielder-Defender
Slammers FC HB Koge 07 (CA)

Led the backline to a big 3-1 win over MVLA to help her side earn an Elite Eight appearance. Her experience in the later stages of the tournament (Slammers were the 2022 National Champions in their age group) should pay dividends against a deep age group. She makes the transition from midfield to defense quickly and can stem attacking chances before they begin. (ECNL Champions League)

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Daisy Duda | Forward-Midfielder
PDA Blue 07 (NJ)

A jack-of-all trades at the forward position, Duda can create brilliant chances for her teammates as well as hammer home shots from all spots inside of the eighteen yard box. She is comfortable in -goal-scoring situations with the ball at either foot, making her difficult to break down. (ECNL Champions League)

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Lucy Garnsey | Goalkeeper
Colorado Rapids 06 (CO)

Earned three shutouts and four wins in the earlier stages of the playoffs, including a 4-0 win in the Round of 16 to lift Colorado into the Elite Eight. Garnsey can make the diving saves in traffic but also knows when to let her defense take the lead. Against some difficult opponents ahead, the Rapids can count on having a true leader between the posts. (ECNL Champions League)

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Addison Huber | Goalkeeper
FC Dallas RL 07 (TX)

A penalty kick specialist, Huber made several key pk stops during Dallas’ run to the ECNL RL Finals. Her footwork, both in set pieces situations and when the ball is in play, is smooth and she always seems willing to make the diving effort to end attacking chances. (ECNL Regional League Finals)

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Taliyah Davis | Midfielder
Legends FC RL 06 (CA)

A two-way player that facilitates the Legends FC attack from the midfield. Davis plays with creativity and possesses a strong ability to drive and take on defenders with the purpose of creating scoring opportunities for her teammates. (ECNL Regional League Finals)

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Baylee Williams | Midfielder
FC Dayton RL 06 (OH)

Williams has explosive speed coming into play, winning 99% of difficult balls in tackles from the wing position. She had three goals and four assists helping bring home the Midwest final.(ECNL Regional League Finals)

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Sevilla Anderson | Goalkeeper
Internationals SC 07 (OH)

An athletic goalkeeper with excellent communication Anderson is the complete package between the posts. She excels at shot stopping, both with balls in the air and on one-on-one situations with an attacker. The Class of 2025 netminder made several big saves in the playoffs, including saving a rocket of a penalty kick to preserve a victory against Virginia Union FC.
(ECNL Champions League )

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Olivia Belcher | Midfielder
D’Feeters Kicks SC 07 (TX)

A strong versatile player that can play multiple positions to be productive for the team to win games. Well composed under pressure, in tight spaces, comfortable with the ball & don’t shy away from winning the ball in the air. Mostly carry the middle of the field & can play both sides of the ball with excellent work rate. Speed & aggression is her strength so can be a threat offensively, having the tactical ability to score goals, link players together & also help the defense as well. Last ECNL season, earned 1st Team All Conference & was invited to the National Training Center following National Playoffs ’22 amongst many other achievements & awards.
(ECNL Champions League )

2024

 

Morgan Paley

Goalkeeper
TX

The University of Oklahoma commit is calm under pressure and uses her strong communication skills to organize her defense. Paley has good positioning and movement in the goal which put her in position to make saves. She is able to build out of the back but also reads the game well and has the ability to play the long ball upfield. (ECNL Champions League)

Izzi Wirtz | Defender-Midfielder
Chicago Inter Soccer RL 06 (IL)

Spearheaded a Chicago Inter defense that allowed just five goals in Heartland play this season. Wirtz is a wizard in both the defensive midfield and as an outside back, using her quickness and crafty footwork to build attacking chances from the back. Wirtz will be looking to add additional silverware to her trophy case after having led her high school Lyons Township Varsity to their high school state championship in 2022 (ECNL Regional League Finals)

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Emma Finnerty | Defender
Connecticut FC United 06 (CT)

The current assist leader on the team at left outside back, Finnerty is a dynamic and versatile threat coming out of the back. Defends one-on-one situations very well and combines with her teammates on the flank to get herself into high positions on the field.(ECNL Regional League Finals)

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Brooklyn Miller | Midfielder
Solar SC 06 (TX)

Uncommitted member of the Class of 2024, Brooklyn Miller from Solar 06 ECNL took San Diego by storm scoring seven goals in four games. Her goals usually came in bunches, with three braces during that span. Her seventh goal came in the Sweet 16 and helped the Texas-based side make it to the next round. Brooklyn is primed to continue that scoring in Richmond this weekend with her star studded Solar team.(ECNL Champions League)

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