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The Girls Academy Sep 25, 2023

Players To Watch: Girls Academy 2023-2024 Pacific 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. You can check out our running archive on SoccerWire’s Girls Academy homepage.

For this edition, we will be focusing on the Pacific Northwest Conference, which has teams in Oregon and Washington.

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


Emily Jenkins | Goalkeeper
Liverpool FC IA Washington 07 (WA)

Stonewalled attackers in the GA National Playoffs Group Stage, including earning the clean sheet against Cedar Stars Academy-Monmouth (3-0). Jenkins makes acrobatic saves look easy and she possesses a booming punt that helps set up the attack and gives her defenders a reprieve. She has also received a call-up to the US Youth National Team at the U-15 level.


Paige Rose | Forward
Washington East Surf SC 07 (WA)

Provided the attacking spark for Washington Surf all during their 2022-2023 campaign, leading the team to a GA National Playoff appearance. For her efforts, she was selected to the Surf Select 07 White team that will be competing in Spain later this year.


Carsyn Gildehaus | Midfielder
Washington East Surf SC 07 (WA)

Swarmed the midfield for Rush en route to their GA National Playoff appearance last season, linking the defense to her teammates up top. Gildehaus can maintain possession for long periods of time through pinpoint passes out to her teammates, effectively spreading out the opposition. Like Rose, she was invited to participate in the Super Cup in Northern Ireland for Rush Select’s National Blue 07 team.


Malia Suehiro | Defender
OL Reign Academy 07 (WA)

Led a Reign backline that allowed just two goals in the GA National Showcase, including stifling a strong attacking team in Clovis Crossfire scoreless. Suehiro is an expert at boxing out attackers and making decisive clears to help her teammates reorganize. In 2022-2023, she was also a member of the USYS Olympic Development Program West Region team.


Avah Snodgrass | Goalkeeper
OL Reign Academy 07 (WA)

Earned a clean sheet between the posts for Reign against Crossfire and held a potent Albion SC attack to just two goals in their 2-2 draw. In one-on-one situations against an attacker, Snodgrass consistently takes strong angles to limit their chances at goal. For the Annie Wright School last season she made 138 saves, earning All-League Goalkeeper of the Year honors.


Ashlynn Chase | Midfielder / Defender
Spokane Sounders 07 (WA)

Spearheaded one of the top defensive units in the GA Northwest U16 age division, earning the team a spot in the GA National Playoffs. Switching between the defensive midfield and the center back position, Chase was instrumental in building the attack from the back and limiting opponents from creating chances inside the eighteen yard box. In addition to her work in the defensive third, she was an asset on crosses and set pieces, using her height to hit headed shots on target. Chase has verbally committed to playing soccer in 2025 at the University of Idaho.


Eleanor Morrissey | Defender
OL Reign Academy 06/05 (WA)

A leader in the midfield and as a member of an experienced OL Reign team, Morrissey is one of the top midfielders in her age group. The Reign are at their best with Morrissey stringing together series of passes aimed at the defense on their heels. She has verbally committed to playing college soccer next fall at USC.


Caylee Kerr | Midfielder
Spokane Sounders 06 (WA)

Led the Sounders midfield to an appearance in the GA National Showcase, where they defeated Long Island SC 3-2. Kerr has tons of speed and can break past defenders with relative ease, which also helps at stemming counter-attacking chances. She has verbally committed to playing soccer in 2024 at the University of Montana.


Mia Speir | Goalkeeper
Spokane Sounders 06 (WA)

Provided consistent service for Spokane all throughout the 2022-2023 GA Season, leading to their National Showcase appearance where she held strong against LISC. At 5’9″ she can make the leaping saves in the box on crosses and set pieces.

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