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The Girls Academy Sep 12, 2023

Players To Watch: Girls Academy 2023-2024 Northwest Conference

The Girls Academy 2023-2024 season is officially underway, with clubs from across the United States kicking off league play this fall.

To help preview the competition, SoccerWire will be providing Players To Watch from across all 10 Conferences in the U15-U19 age groups. For more GA coverage, check out our running archive on SoccerWire’s Girls Academy homepage.

For this edition, we will be focusing on the Northwest Conference, which is centered around the soccer-rich Bay Area of California as well as Sacramento and surrounding cities.

Players are listed according to their graduation year. To submit additional nominations for Players to Watch, click here.


Liliana Rubio | Midfielder
Lamorinda SC 08 (CA)

Slotted in at the winger position for Lamorinda last season and excelled, creating goal-scoring opportunities for herself as well as her teammates. On the counter-attack, she can make the small innocuous cuts that immediately create large gaps in the defense. Rubio was recently called up to Mexico’s U-15 National Team after previously being called up for the USYNT.


Kendall Conway | Midfielder
Lamorinda SC 08 (CA)

Played up a year with the 2008 roster as a 2009 and did not look out of place, helping the team book a spot in the U15 GA National Playoffs. Off of the ball, she is always moving looking for that small piece of space to exploit. On the ball, she likes to drive at opponents and is more than willing to hit a cracking strike from distance. She was called up to the U.S. U-14 Girls National ID Training Camp this summer.


Emma Calvillo


Served as Clovis’ playmaker out on the wings last season and did not disappoint, lifting the team to an appearance in the GA National Showcase. Her speed and pace on the outsihde provided a great deal of trouble of defenses but it was her crosses that did the most damage. On the pitch, Calvillo always seems to be thinking 2-3 steps ahead of her opponents and can take an innocuous first touch and immediately spring into attack mode.

Kylie Farmer | Midfielder
Silicon Valley SA 08 (CA)

Booked SVSA in the U15 GA Playoffs last year where they defeated Oakwood Soccer Club (5-1) and SJEB FC (4-1) to end their season. Farmer was instrumental in the team’s 11 goals during the postseason, either setting up chances for her teammates or using her strength and speed to create goals for herself.


Brooke Oldham | Goalkeeper
Clovis Crossfire 07 (CA)

Stonewalled attackers all season long as part of Clovis’ run to the U16 GA National Showcase. For her high school, Clovis North, last season she allowed just six goals in 25 matches carrying a .396 Goals Against Average as a Freshman. From a technical standpoint, Oldham’s footwork is highly sound and she always angles herself to give her the best chance at making the difficult save. She also has excellent vision and can find her teammates out in open space with either a long throw or punt. With another year of seasoning in the highly competitive Northwest Conference, this could be her breakout year.


Ella Kral | Forward
Lamorinda SC 08 (CA)

One of the top forwards in her age group, Kral is an attacking force that has provided countless stellar goals for both club (Lamorinda SC) and country (she has represented the USYNT U15s). A classic goalscorer, Kral upon first touch likes to immediately drive at goal and can hit her shots with a variety of speeds to beat the goalkeeper. She spent the summer fine tuning her skills for Lamorinda United in the Women’s Premier Soccer League.


Noe Johnson | Midfielder
Lamorinda SC 07 (CA)

Spearheaded Lamorinda’s attack last season, using her speed and pace to light up the GA scoring charts. Johnson can make the deep cut inside and hit precise, goal-scoring opportunities from distance. She has previously earned a call-up to the USYNT Regional ID Camp in 2022.


Indira Naylor | Midfielder
Lamorinda SC 05/06 (CA)

Served as Lamorinda’s key playmaker last season, boosting the team to an appearance in the GA National Playoffs where they placed second in their group. Naylor possesses a clever first touch that she can either direct towards goal or open up play for her teammates. Alongside Lamorinda’s returning 05s who also made an appearance in the GA National Playoffs, she should have the chance to excel in a tough Northwest Conference. Naylor has verbally committed to playing college soccer in 2024 at the University of Chicago


Jordan Oshana | Goalkeeper
West Coast Soccer Club 05/06 (CA)

Provided veteran leadership between the posts for West Coast last season, leading the team to an appearance in the GA National Showcase where they defeated SJEB FC 2-1. She has excellent footwork and can position herself perfectly to making critical diving saves. Oshana is also a leader and works with her defense to form a tightly organized unit.


Ava Jarolimek | Midfielder
Silicon Valley SA 05/06 (CA)

Alternated between the midfield and forward positions last season for SVSA, leading the team to an appearance in the GA National Playoffs where they placed second in their group and knocked off BVB IA Texas 4-0. Whether as a distributor for her teammates or as a shot creator up top, Jarolimek is a highly creative attacking player for SVSA and can build chances in just a few short moves. She has verbally committed to playing college soccer in 2024 at the University of California-Santa Barbara.

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