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ECNL Nov 08, 2023

Players to Watch: ECNL Girls Regional League 2023 Virginia Event

(Pictured Above: Class of 2025 Richmond Kickers Youth goalkeeper and SoccerWire Featured Player Emily Ward was an All-ECNL Regional League Team selection last season.)

The ECNL Girls Regional League national event calendar will kick off with ECNL RL Virginia from November 10-12 in Richmond, Virginia.

ECNL RL Virginia will feature 74 teams from across the league’s U17-U18/U19 age groups. To view the schedule 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.


Emily Crotty | Defender
Evolution SC Mercurial 07 (IL)

As Evolution’s number five/defender, Crotty has been instrumental in limiting opponents’ opportunities in front of goal, allowing just nine goals during league play this season. She also has a keen eye for building the attack from the back, hitting her teammates with precise passes. On the attack, Crotty has a knack for creating goal-scoring opportunities for herself when the opportunity presents itself.


Abigail Cosentine


Galvanizes the Independence attack with her pinpoint passes and her strong touches when dribbling at defenders. Cosentine has served as the creative force for a Charlotte team that has scored 27 goals and won four of their last five matches in Carolinas league play. Off of the ball, she is constantly moving, looking for small errors in the defense to pounce on.

Emily Ward


Leads a Kickers defensive unit that has yet to concede a single goal in ECNL -RL Virginia Conference league play and has gone undefeated thus far through seven matches (6-0-1, 19 points). At 5’10”  Ward can make the tough diving stops on shots that are heading towards the edges of the goal. But she is also makes excellent tactical decisions on the field, understanding when to slow the game down to give her team time to reorganize and when to speed up if there is a gap on the counter-attack.

Alexis Foris | Midfielder
Great Falls Reston SC 06/05 (VA)

Organizes a GFRSC midfield that likes control the pace of the match with long periods of sustained possession. Foris can has excellent field vision and always seems to find a teammate with space to operate. Their consistency in the middle third of the field has led the team to allowing just six goals in league play, the lowest in the Virginia Conference-North Division.


Addison Peoples | Midfielder-Defender
Charlotte Soccer Academy Blue 07 (NC)

Runs a tightly organized CSA Blue 07 midfield that can move from defense to attack quickly. Peoples can take what she sees on the field and immediately make small, tactical changes that lead to positive results. She can also lend a hand on the defense, making key interceptions and tackles to stymie her opponents.


Dylan McEntarfer | Center-back
Virginia Rush 06/05 (VA)

Pulls the strings along the Rush defense, leading a backline that has allowed just five goals this season. She is unafraid to directly take on a surging attacker in one-on-one situations and can make the tough play when called upon. In addition to being a member of the Rush National Team, she is a three-time Virginia State High School champion with Kellam High School.


Emily Camp | Midfielder
Albion Hurricanes 07 (TX)

Named to last year’s U16 ECNL Regional League Texas All-Conference Team, Camp has had a strong start to the 2023-2024 season for the Hurricanes, pushing the team into fourth in the 07 age group (3-0-4, 14 points). With the ball at her feet, she can make quick passes to help jumpstart the attack or can directly engage with opponents, creating openings in the defense for hear teammates. Camp has verbally committed to playing college soccer in the fall of 2025 at Trinity University.


Isabelle Leofanti | Midfielder
Evolution SC Mercurial 07 (IL)

Scored a critical goal for Evolution in their 4-2 win over Liverpool FC Michigan last month. Leofanti is a difference-maker for Mercurial in the attack, sliding in to finish off crosses or burying shots from distance. She can make the darting diagonal runs off of the ball that help create goal-scoring opportunities for both herself and her teammates.


Taylor Fegely | Defender
GSA 06/05 (GA)

Provides consistent coverage and key clearances for GSA’s tough defensive unit. This season, GSA has allowed just five goals in Southeast play, the lowest among all teams in the Conference. Fegely is a big reason for that, running a tight, lockdown defense that doesn’t allow many goal-scoring chances inside of the eighteen yard box.


Jasmine Williams | Forward
Stafford Soccer Revolution 06/05 (VA)

Leads a high-scoring Stafford attacking that has hit the back of the net 26 times in Virginia Conference league play this season (second highest among all teams). Williams can take even the smallest amount of space inside of the eighteen yard box and immediately turn it into a goal-scoring opportunity. She was named to the ECNL-RL Virginia All-Conference First Team last season.


Charlotte Burge | Goalkeeper
Virginia Rush 06/05 (VA)

Alongside McEntarfer, Burge was a U17 ECNL Regional League Virginia All-Conference team member last season and has followed it up with an equally impressive effort this season. She has three clean sheets for Rush this season, including a difficult 1-0 victory over the Richmond Kickers. Burge has excellent footwork and can be constantly heard on the pitch providing feedback and support to her teammates.


Kayleigh Mallare | Midfielder
GSA 06/05 (GA)

Slots in at as a holding midfielder in GSA’s possession-heavy system and exudes a high level of patience in even the most difficult of circumstances. With high school team Mill Creek she plays pretty everywhere in the midfield which makes her a more well-rounded player when organizing attacking chances for GSA.

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