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Committed:

Santa Clara Women

Youth club:

Oregon Surf

Youth league:

ECNL Girls

Zoe Anderson

graduation:

2025

[Zoe Anderson 2025 GK]

Hi! I’m Zoe Anderson and I’m a goalkeeper in the class of 2025. I plan to major in psychology, eventually I will go to medical school. I want to play soccer at a D1 college where I can help my team compete for a national championship. I am a very hard-working player with a growth mindset and a true desire to learn and improve.

I currently profile as a sweeper-keeper, I excel in box defense. I am a dependable shot-stopper because of my strong hands, quick reflexes, good line awareness, and my ability to maximize my wingspan. I’m 5’11”.

Key Strengths

  • Cross-Collection: I am strong in the tracking and collecting of crosses, with a significantly above-average ability of catching crosses and limiting rebound opportunities.
  • Line Positioning: I am very comfortable in positioning, l demonstrate the appropriate angles and take away as much of the goal as possible.
  • Shot-Stopping: I am a strong shot-stopper because of my handling, reflexes, and reach.
  • Area/Box Defending: I have made marked improvements in my ability to exit off the line and win possession over the last 6 months. I display a high level of bravery and a smart approach that allows me to win the majority of possessions.
  • Communication: I am a vocal keeper with an ability to organize my defense and contribute to the attack. I have high game IQ.

Areas for focus and improvement:

  • Leg saves – I need to improve my technique and application of leg saves, fast foot reflexes will help me increase chance of saving close range shots
  • Side volleys- My range of distribution is good, but I need to improve my productive distribution (progressive, received easily with an open body).
  • Line management-I need to improve my ability to determine the correct depth to play, which involves more consistent scanning of the pitch and identifying threats.
  • Consistency- I am working to improve my mentality, I want to learn to stay in the zone and reduce distractions that impact the consistency of my play.

My highlight reel and play on the field give a good idea of where I am today. But it’s my hunger, curiosity, drive, courage, and determination to improve that will show you where I am going. Those are hard qualities to demonstrate so I have included a few quotes from my coaches.

From my coaches/evaluators:

Aidan Reagh (AR Technical Analysis): “Zoe Anderson has grown from a goalkeeper with a strong fundamental baseline to now quickly reaching the specialty of the position with a sweeper-keeper role. While Anderson can still grow in the arts of distribution and being on the ball, her shot-stopping and box defense are complimented by a high degree of game intelligence that limits the potential of mistakes. Anderson is a safe bet in goal with a bright future, likely able to perform at a good NCAA division 1 collegiate level based on current growth.” Aidan Reagh of AR Technical Analysis Services, goalkeeper specialist and consultant.

Tracy Noonan (Dynasty Goalkeeping Coach): “She is mature beyond her years and doesn’t miss a thing! I loved her work ethic, attention and focus in every session (field, lectures, weight room), and true desire to improve!”

Janine Szpara (NWEFC Director of Goalkeeping): “She is one of the most focused players that we have,” said Janine Szpara, her keeper coach with Northwest Elite FC. “She has ambitions and goals she is trying to achieve, and she is figuring out how to achieve those goals instead of just talking about them. She is very active in participating in her soccer journey and those things are not common in someone of her age.”

Angelo Sabblah (ECNL Coach at NWEFC & previous club coach): “She has always shown that drive to compete, and always wants to push herself into those environments that are uncomfortable for her,” Sabblah said. “The strides she’s made in the last four years are incredible. She is that player that puts the extra work and she puts the hard work in when nobody is watching. She is very committed, and she is 100 percent all about it.” PrepSoccer

Matt Smith (Prep Soccer): “Anderson is completely team first. As discussed above, the team’s focus this year was to give equal minutes and assess what they had and go for a top five spot in the next ECNL season. Anderson, who is a top keeper in the Northwest and one of the best in her class in the country, was splitting minutes and did not complain. She put the team first. Anderson is the kind of player that works hard during her keeper but works hard outside of that as she will ask what the team is doing in terms of more training. Anderson is focused, driven and ambitious. From a skills perspective she is strong, physical and brave as she is not afraid to come out for a ball or challenge a ball in the air. She positions herself well and she has very strong hands.” Prep Soccer

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Birth Date:

Aug, 2007

Location:

Portland, OR, United States

Player Specifications:

Position:

Goalkeeper

Dominant Foot:

Right

USNT Eligibility:

Eligible

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