Players that Impressed: ECNL Girls 2024 Regional League Florida Event
The ECNL Regional League Girls held their third National Event of the 2023-24 season over the weekend in Sanford, Florida. The event featured 170 teams from the league’s U17-U18/U19 age groups. (View Results)
Below are some of the top players from the weekend’s event sorted by graduation year.
Operating as Evolution’s #9, Gronlund continued her strong 2023-2024 campaign leading her team to back-to-back wins over DKSC (2-1) and Charlotte Independence (3-1). In the midfield, she likes to take the opposition, forcing them to back pedal and get out of position. From there she can deliver strong diagonal passes in open space for her teammates to capitalize on.
Carson Vogelpohl | Defender
Arkansas Rising 07 (AR)
Shut down a strong attacking team in FC Stars on Sunday, making multiple key clearances in Rising’s 2-0 win. Vogelpohl’s tracking of attackers is always on point- she times her runs her perfectly so as to give her the correct of space to make a clean tackle or clear. She is also effective at setting up possession with crisp passes.
Catie Sloan | Midfielder
Indiana Elite FC 07 (IN)
Followed up her strong showing at the ECNL RL St. Louis by scoring a goal in each match in Florida. She led her team with three goals on the weekend, ending the two events with a total of seven goals and two assists. She utilized her speed and quickness off the ball to put herself in position to make runs into the eighteen yard box to score.
Cassaundra Villa | Forward-Midfielder
Tennessee SC 07 (TN)
Bagged a brace to lift TSC past PDA 3-1 in their first match. Off of the ball, Villa can make the small, decisive cuts needed to give herself inside of the eighteen yard box. She also possesses a hammer of a shot that she can direct anywhere inside of the goal.
Gigi Mendez | Midfielder
Sting Dallas Black Hart 06/05 (TX)
Pulled the strings in the midfield for Sting, knowing when to slow play down and when to put the gas into the attack. Her tight ball control and pinpoint passes helped her team maintain possession in all three matches. She was also an asset on the attack, scoring the game-winner in their 1-0 opening day win over Virginia Reign.
Charli Warren | Goalkeeper
GSA 07 (GA)
Blanked a high-scoring DELCO team to give GSA a 3-0 to start their Showcase weekend. Under significant pressure all weekend, Warren maintained her resolve making multiple key saves to keep her team in matches. She also makes excellent reads in one-on-one situations with attackers and can force attackers to take wild shots.
Megan Moran | Forward-Midfielder
Solar SC II 06/05 (TX)
Led the scoring charge for Solar, netting four goals while adding two assists to lead them to an undefeated record in Florida. In close spaces, Moran can maintain control of the ball while also looking for the perfect angle to attack. She is also more than willing to make the decisive pass to a surging teammate with a better opportunity at scoring.
Trinity Morken | Goalkeeper
Solar SC II 06/05 (TX)
Against three high-powered offenses in CFC, World Class, and Virginia Valor Morken proved her mettle making multiple key saves in each of Solar’s three wins. Maintaining a high level fo composure while under pressure, she was able to seamlessly work with her defense in making adjustments based of what she was noticing from the opposition. Morken also stretched plays out by making throws or punts to the outside.
Marla Finch | Defender
FC Pride Elite 06/05 (IN)
Alongside her defensive line mates, Finch helped Pride earn three shutouts against Tampa Bay United (3-0) Utah Avalanche’s 07s (1-0), and NTX Celtic (3-0). Finch was also an asset on the attacking, scoring the game-winner off of a corner kick against the Avalanche. Scoring one goal was not enough for her though as she added a second on a free kick in their finale against Celtic.
Mia Bratti | Forward
Connecticut FC United 07 (CT)
Created chaos in the final third in all three games and tallied four goals and four assists on the weekend to help her CFC team go undefeated on the weekend. In addition to her club exploits, Bratti was selected for the ECNL RL National Selection Game, where she started and showed craftiness and creativity in creating chances for the West team on the left side.
Allison Mastrangelo | Goalkeeper
Match Fit Academy 06/05 (NY)
A 2007 goalkeeper that played up with the 06/05s during the weekend, Mastrangelo showed that she was more than up for the task. She made several key saves and was integral to Match Fit staying in matches. Her sound decision-making and ability to slow down play allowed for her defense to get needed time to reorganize.
Reagan Roberson | Forward
Dallas Texans 05/06 (TX)
Spurred the Texans attack on matchday one against PDA, scoring the game-winner to kickstart their Florida adventure. In the third game against NCFC, the All-Texas Conference Regional League forward used her quick passing and drive to light a spark in the attack. After going down two goals, the Texans came back to win 4-2 with Roberson providing a goal and an assist.
Jade Walton | Forward
DKSC WEIR 06/05 (TX)
Set the tone for the high-scoring DKSC (eight goals in three matches) with a clinical finish in their 1-0 win over Chicago Inter SC. Walton possesses limitless speed and can connect with passes into open space and immediately turn them into goal-scoring opportunities. She also knows when to lay off and deliver goal-scoring chances to her teammates.
Nadia Fabian | Goalkeeper
Chicago Inter SC 05/06 (IL)
Secured two shutouts against to seal a strong weekend for Inter in Florida Most notably, were Nadia’s multiple challenging saves against Sporting Columbus. Nadia’s speed, skill and persistent team communication, clinched a 1-0 victory for the 05/06s. Across all three games, Inter allowed just one goal.
Sophie Sulawski | Goalkeeper
FC Pride Elite 06/05 (IN)
Earned three clean sheets to lift Pride to an undefeated record in the 05/06 age group and were one of just four teams that did not concede a goal during the event. Sulawski used her long throws to open up play, forcing the opposition to chase and give her defense some respite. As standout player for Central Valley High School, she earned Evansville City Co-Player of the Year honors this past fall.