University of Florida signs seven ECNL standouts for class of 2022
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – University of Florida head soccer coach Tony Amato announced his first signing class on National Signing Day.
The seven-member class includes signees from five states located on the east and west coasts who have success with their teams in Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) action.
“We welcome seven who signed their paperwork to officially become Gators. Talent runs throughout this group as they will add strength and depth to Florida’s program,” Amato said. “They not only want success on the field, but are excited about building for their future at a top-5 academic university.”
|Florida Soccer Signees (enrolling for 2022 season)|
|Njeri Butts||Lawrenceville, Ga.||D/MF||Grayson H.S.||GSA ECNL|
|Jayden Emmanuel||Indian Trail, N.C.||GK||Sun Valley H.S.||Charlotte SA ECNL|
|Lauren McCloskey||Canton, Ga.||D/F||Blessed Trinity Catholic H.S.||United Futbol Academy ECNL|
|Tatum O’Coyne||Rancho Sante Fe, Calif.||F||Torrey Pines H.S.||So Cal Blues ECNL|
|Kira Prologo||Sammamish, Wash.||D||Eastlake H.S.||Crossfire Premier SC ECNL|
|Erica Roberts||St. Petersburg, Fla.||F/MF||Northside Christian H.S.||Tampa Bay United|
|Ashley Tutas||Palm Harbor, Fla.||F/MF/D||Palm Harbor University H.S.||Tampa Bay United|
Njeri Butts of Lawrenceville, Ga., joins the Gators for the fall of 2022. Butts played as an outside back or at attacking midfielder during her five-season career with GSA ECNL, where she was coached by Judson Hamby and Campbell Chapman. She also earned all-state honors playing for Grayson High School. That team was coached by Rebeka Bulloch and Timothy Goodwell.
- Gwinnett Soccer Academy 04 won 2019 Elite Club National League (ECNL)
- 2018-19 ECNL U15 Southeast All-Conference
- 2019 ECNL National Training Camp, also 2018, 2017 and 2015
- Participated in 2019 ECNL Conference Selection Program (CSP)
- 2017 Georgia State Cup champions
- 2017-18 ECNL Southeast Conference Champions
- Participated in 2018 ECNL Player Development Program (PDP) Southeast Event
- 2021 Georgia All-State 7A
- Principal’s Honor Roll K-12
A goalkeeper from Indian Trail, N.C., Jayden Emmanuel has been a part of Charlotte Soccer Academy’s program for nine seasons where she is coached by Brian Moore. Emmanuel also played two seasons for Sun Valley High School under Kelsie Croal and Austin Knight, earning all-region honors.
- 2021 U18/19 ECNL National Playoff Champions League semifinals
- 2020-2021 ECNL Mid-Atlantic First Team All-Conference
- 2017-2019 ECNL Southeast Conference Champions
- All Conference Southern Carolina Conference – freshman and junior years
- All Region 3A – freshman and junior years
- MVP freshman year and Defensive MVP junior year
- Did not play high school soccer as a sophomore due to Developmental Academy soccer commitments
- Academic Bars as a sophomore, junior and senior
Lauren McCloskey is Florida’s second signee from the Peach State as she calls Canton, Ga., home. She played at either defense or forward for United Futbol Academy ECNL. That team reached the 2021 national semifinals and is coached by Iggy Moleka. A member of Blessed Trinity Catholic High School’s 2021 state championship team, McCloskey and the rest of the Titans team was coached by John Jackson.
- United Futbol Academy advanced to the 2021 ECNL U17 Playoffs and National Semifinals
- Now in second season with United Futbol Academy
- 2019 15U Georgia Rush won US Youth Soccer Southern Regional
A forward from Rancho Sante Fe, Calif., Tatum O’Coyne plays for So Cal Blues ECNL. Coached by Terri Patraw, So Cal Blues ECNL advanced to the semifinals or beyond at several 2021 major tournaments. An all-state player for Torrey Pines High School, O’Coyne was coached by Martyn Hansford.
- So Cal Blues won 2020 Surf Cup and 2019 Blues Cup
- Ranked Events: Semifinalist in the 2021 Attack Summer Classic , Finalist in the 2021 SoCal Cup, Semifinalist in the 2021 Carlsbad Cup, Finalist in the 2021 California State ‘National’ Cup
- 2021 All California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) second team
- Scored the only goal in the CIF Open Division semifinals to earn a spot in the 2021 championship
- 2021 All-San Diego Section second team selection
- Torrey Pines Offensive Player of Year in 2019, 2020 and 2021, scoring 32 career goals so far
- Four-year Torrey Pines Scholar-Athlete
This defender, Kira Prologo, comes from the same hometown as former Gator McKenzie Barney – Sammamish, Wash. A member of Crossfire Premier SC for a dozen seasons, Prologo is coached by Billy Wiskel. A selection for the upcoming High School All-American game, Prologo was coached by Molly Hill at Eastlake High School.
- 2019 San Diego Surf Cup Best of the Best division finalist
- 2019 Crossfire Challenge champions
- 2018 San Diego Surf Cup Developmental Academy (DA) division champions
- Member of West Team for Ninth Annual Girls’ High School All-American Game, set for Dec. 11, 2021 in Knoxville, Tenn.
- 2021 4A KingCo All-League and Defensive MVP
- 2019 4A KingCo All-League and Defensive MVP
- 2019 TopDrawerSoccer Washington State All-Star
- Varsity starter in 2019 and 2021. Did not play high school soccer as a freshman (due to Developmental Academy commitments) and junior (pandemic)
- Academic Honor Roll throughout high school career
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A forward/midfielder from St. Petersburg, Fla., Erica Roberts earned 2021 ECNL All-Southeast Conference honors in her second season with Tampa Bay United and coached by the late Jim Cote. She played for Indian Rocks Christian School and most recently for Northside Christian High School under the coaching direction of Brooklyn Gant.
- 2021 Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL) Sunshine All-Conference (Northern Division)
- 2021 ECNL All-Southeast Conference U19 first team
- 2021 Florida ECNL All-Conference first team
- Invited to U.S. National Team Player Pool Florida ID camp in March 2018 (Stanford, Fla.)
- Played with IMG Academy U-17 in Development Academy competition
- Scored 34 goals with 15 assists in 2020-21 season (14 matches) with Northside Christian
- In 2018-19 season with Indian Rocks Christian School, scored 28 goals with 10 assists in 15 matches. IRCS advanced to 2019 Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) 1A semifinal
- 2021 FHSAA 1A 200-meter dash champion. Also second in 100 and 400-meters and third in long jump. NCHS Third in team standings with 43 points (Roberts providing 67 percent of points scored).
Ashley Tutas of Palm Harbor, Fla., played at attack, midfield or defense over her career. Her family recently relocated to the Sunshine State and Tutas now attends Palm Harbor University High School. She played five seasons with Maryland United ECNL where she was coached by Harry Canellakis. Tutas currently is with Tampa Bay United and coached by Tricia Taliferro. She earned all-state honors while with Archbishop Spalding High School in Severn, Md., and that team was coached by Ashly Kennedy.
- 2021 U.S. U18 National Team – Virtual Camp
- 2020 Washington Spirit Advanced Development Program (ADP) Players Pool
- 2018-19 U15 ECNL Northeast All-Conference with Maryland United
- 2018 U.S. Soccer id2 National Team Camp
- Among 2021 TopDrawerSoccer Top 100 club players
- U.S. Soccer Youth National Team Identification Center (2016-19)
- 2019 Maryland Association of Coaches of Soccer (MACS) All-State second team
- 2019 Baltimore Sun All-Metro second team selection with Archbishop Spalding High School in Severn, Md.
- 2019 All-Met honorable mention by The Washington Post
- 2019 Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland (IAAM) All-Conference
- 2019 TopDrawerSoccer Maryland State All-Star
- 2018 Under Armour Lacrosse All-American Underclass Command player
- Moved to Florida in August of 2021
- Presidential Merit Scholarship recipient