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Players That Impressed Jun 01, 2023

Players That Impressed: ECNL Girls 2023 New Jersey National Event

This weekend saw 179 of the top U15-U17 ECNL Girls teams travel to the Garden State for the ECNL Girls New Jersey National Event.

Here are some of the top performers from the ECNL Girls event, sorted by graduation year.


Nina Mathelus | Forward
Scorpions SC 07 (MA)

A 14-year-old playing up with Scorpions SC’s 2007 squad, Mathelus appeared in the National Selection Game and contributed an assist during a victory for the East Team. During the showcase, she scored on a long distance goal from 30 yards out against FC Delco, and provided a goal and an assist against Pipeline SC.


Noelle Clabaugh | Midfielder
Penn Fusion 08 (PA)

Scored a goal and had an assist in Penn Fusion’s 2-0 victory over VDA in the final game of the ECNL New Jersey Showcase. Penn Fusion won all three games while gearing up for the ECNL National Playoffs.


Provided a constant threat on the offensive side of the ball for the FC DELCO U15 squad. She was able to score the game-winning goal vs. Virginia Union in a dominant team performance. She also provided the equalizer on a fantastic solo run with minutes left against a talented United Football Academy team.


Ella Burkholder | Defender
World Class FC 08 (NY)

Captained World Class to two big wins over Pipeline SC and Arlington Soccer (2-0 both games) and helped preserve the result in the 3-3 draw against PDA Blue. At right-back, she made several key clears in each match and used her speed to help open up the counter-attack.


Caelyn LaFlamme | Midfielder
PDA South 08 (NJ)

A tireless defensive mid with top notch instincts, LaFlamme distributed great passes to her teammates all weekend. She put PDA South on the board against Atlanta Fire with a hard-fought goal, and opened up the scoring against FC Stars by capitalizing on a defensive breakdown.


Marlee Raymond | Defender
United Futbol Academy 08 (GA)

Raymond was impressive in the National Selection Game, playing all 80 minutes for the East Team. One of the youngest players in the NSG, Raymond showed calm and composure at center back, and had some impressive perfectly-timed tackles. She also led her United Futbol Academy squad to a shutout win on Monday against Midwest United FC.


Amelia Comeaux | Forward
United Futbol Academy 08 (GA)

Scored on an assist by Ashley Ross against FC Delco and followed up with another goal against Midwest United, scoring on a phenomenal individual effort. Comeaux opened the scoring by taking on two defenders and breaking the game open during an eventual 5-0 win.


Camille Banks | Midfielder
PDA Blue 08 (NJ)

Played a pivotal role in her team’s performance at the showcase hosted by their home club. Her play at multiple positions helped PDA secure two ties and a win against tough competition.


Olivia Rubinich | Defender
Penn Fusion 08 (PA)

Penn Fusion 08’s team captain and center back anchored the defense during a perfect 3-0-0 run at ECNL New Jersey. Fusion is currently ranked No. 1 in the ECNL’s Champions League standings, thanks in large part to a dominant defensive unit.


Ava Shappell


Netted three huge goals and tallied an assist for Penn Fusion’s 07 side to help them earn a big win over Eastside FC in their Showcase. The crafty midfielder/forward can create chances out of nothing for both herself and her teammates. She also makes strong runs at goal and has a high level of accuracy with both her short and long range shots.

Avery Oder

Forward Midfielder

Scored four goals for LAFC So Cal to lift her side to three major wins over the weekend (5-1 over Scorpions, 3-1 over Pittsburgh Riverhounds, and 3-1 against Challenge SC). While the goals were certainly impressive, her passing was also on point. She hit two assists over the weekend, including a darting pass in the victory over the Riverhounds.

Hannah Wieler


Came up with two big wins over World Class FC (5-2) and NC Fusion (6-1) for LAFC So Cal’s 06 team and made several key stops to preserve a 1-1 draw in their opener against Virginia Development Academy. While her acrobatic diving stops were impressive, it was her ability to organize the backline and keep them composed especially during the VDA game that stood out. An excellent leader and a real asset for LAFC heading into the playoffs.

Maliya Maldonado


Helped her team go undefeated with three solid performances. She demonstrated high level technical skills and ball control. Had a wonderful goal and 3 assists, but more importantly was a major contributor for her team in maintaining control of each game with a possession-oriented style of play.

Rachel Chung


Put Virginia Union FC 2007 on the board against Slammers HB Koge, darting through the back line on a precise pass from Hannah Harms. She constantly pressured her opposition from the left wing, finding opportunities to cross with her left or cut it back and find her streaking teammates.

While playing a key part of the Eagles SC 2007 offense all weekend, it was her defense on the left wing that stood out during all three games. Using a combination of speed and field awareness, Foxhoven consistently stepped into passing lanes to make strong tackles and win the ball back for her team. Her ability to quickly transition the ball and solid passing set the team up for several counter attacks.

Murphy Walsh


Racked up 3 goals and tallied an assist during a challenging set of games for MVLA ECNL 2006 in New Jersey. Walsh was the focal point of MVLA’s offense against top East Coast opponents VDA, NC Courage and PDA Blue. (HIGHLIGHTS)


Aaliyah Pitts


Posted a strong defensive performance against Michigan Hawks. Her anticipation and read on the game, along with her physicality made it difficult for the Hawks to transition into the attack. Pitts’ efforts were seen by over 75 college coaches in attendance at the high-profile matchup.


Addison Halpern | Midfielder
PDA Blue 06 (NJ)

The U.S. Youth National Team roster pool member shined in the National Selection Game and throughout the weekend for PDA. Halpern scored on a PK for the West Team in the NSG on Saturday night, and she went on to record a hat trick for PDA during a thrilling 3-3 draw against MVLA on Sunday. She finished off the showcase with a brace in PDA’s 2-0 win over Connecticut FC, finishing the event with 6 total goals to her name.


Caitlin Chase | Forward
Racing Louisville Academy 06 (KY)

Scored 5 total goals on the weekend and created multiple opportunities for herself and teammates. Chase was dominant in games against Match Fit Academy and FC Delco, and she was only held off the scoreboard against FC Stars due to a heroic effort by the opposing goalkeeper.


Amber Brandon | Goalkeeper
Racing Louisville Academy 06 (KY)

Only conceded 2 goals over the course of 3 games all weekend, setting up attacks with her outstanding distribution and even assisted on a goal with an excellent ball in behind.


Olivia Moynihan | Goalkeeper
East Meadow SC 07 (NY)

Earned the clean sheet between the posts for East Meadow SC in their 2-0 win over Kings Hammer and held a strong Bethesda SC attacking side to a 1-1 draw in their #ECNLNJ finale. She makes excellent reads on attackers in open space and can whip out throws to teammates to help up open play.


Mia Cairone | Forward
PDA Blue 07 (NJ)

Hit a chip shot over the Slammers FC HB Koge goalkeeper to earn a 3-3 draw in their showcase opener. She is a real nightmare for defenders because she makes precise diagonal runs and has excellent vision for both shooting and passing in open space.


Brady Campbell | Defender/Midfielder
Slammers FC HB Koge 07 (CA)

Led the Slammers backline to three strong results on the weekend (3-3 draw with PDA Blue, 0-0 draw with VA Union, and a 4-0 win over DKSC). Athletically, she can track down attackers with relative ease and make clean tackles in tight situations and open space. But it’s her work off he ball that really stands out. She is always talking to her teammates, ensuring that opponents are marked and that spaces are filled. An excellent leader.


Ava Tutas | Forward
Florida Premier FC 07 (FL)

Scored two brilliant goals against Bay Area Surf to lift her side to a 4-0 win. She likes to do her work on the outside and always seems to be looking for even the smallest crack in the backline to exploit. Florida Premier had a fantastic weekend on the pitch, earning three huge wins and outscoring their opponents 9-0.


Adella Sellers | Goalkeeper
United Futbol Academy 07 (GA)

Stonewalled three strong attacking sides in Penn Fusion (3-0) and Eastside FC (6-1) to give UFA two big wins to start showcase play. She is unafraid to take on attackers in one-on-one situations and can make the big stop in traffic on set pieces.


Maya Bright | Forward
FC DELCO 2007 (PA)

Extremely active on the offensive side of the ball all weekend, demonstrating game-changing speed in 1v1s to create numerous opportunities. She was a key goal scorer while also putting constant pressure on the opponent defensively, leading to additional opportunities for her teammates.


Carson Proctor | Goalkeeper
FC Prime 2007 (FL)

Started in the National Selection Game for the East Team, playing the entire first half, making several outstanding saves – including on multiple breakaways – against some of the best attacking players in the country from the West Team. Proctor conceded only 1 goal on a late PK as the East Team took a 3-1 lead into halftime, and ultimately won the game 5-2.


Allyson Ruiz | Forward
Riverhounds Development Academy 06 (PA)

Split two defenders while on the attack with a quick cutback shot to the far corner, providing the Riverhounds with the game-sealing goal in a tough 2-0 victory against FC Bay Area Surf.


Presley Freeman | Defender
United Futbol Academy 06 (GA)

A strong defender who is also able to go forward, Freeman scored a goal and notched an assist on a weekend in which United Futbol Academy picked up big wins over San Diego Surf and SUSA FC, while also tying Charlotte SA to finish the showcase unbeaten. UFA conceded only one total goal in three games.


Samantha Hines-Hirsch | Goalkeeper
East Meadow SC 06 (NY)

A steady presence in the back for East Meadow 06 Crew, Hines-Hirsch worked in tandem with her back line to help the team go unbeaten with two wins and a draw against a trio of tough opponents: Match Fit Academy, Eagles SC and Classics Elite. Hines-Hirsch shined against Match Fit with a clean sheet during her time in net.