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Players That Impressed Jun 03, 2024

Players That Impressed: ECNL Girls North Carolina Spring 2024 National Event

The ECNL Girls held their latest National Event of the 2023-24 season over the weekend  in North Carolina. ECNL North Carolina featured 169 teams from across the league’s U15-U17 age groups playing in front of hundreds of college scouts (Results | College Coaches List).

Below are some of the top players from the weekend’s event sorted by graduation year. You can also nominate a player who stood out during the event through the following link.


Haylee Ostrander


Earned three consecutive clean sheets to lift the Force past South Carolina United (4-0), Orlando City, and Charlotte Independence (both by 1-0 scorelines). Ostrander shows tremendous poise between the posts and can jump start possessions with her long throws and direct passes.


Kayla Sasso


Provided a marked level of consistency throughout the entire weekend for PDA, assisting on the game-winning goal against East Meadow on Friday and scoring twice against Fairfax Brave SC. Her attacking presence aside her stamina was also on point as she played eighty minutes on both Friday and Saturday and seventy minutes on Sunday playing multiple positions around the pitch. Her ability to pick up multiple positions (including right wing, right back, striker, and midfielder) and excel at them makes her an asset for coaches and a difficult player to break down.

Audrey McKeen


McKeen continued her strong run of form down in North Carolina, scoring three goals and adding two assists across all three games. After opening up the weekend with a brace and an assist in the victory over San Juan SC, she followed it up with an equally impressive effort notching the game-tying goal in a 1-1 draw with the Pittsburgh Riverhounds. She added an assist on matchday three against Orlando City.

Sydney DeLacy

Forward Midfielder

Provided a solid attacking spark for the Union all weekend, scoring a goal and adding three assists. Her work through the midfield helped galvanize the attack and retain possession for long portions of each match.

Leah Fernald


Seamlessly transitioned into playing with VDA’s 07s, capping a superb weekend on the pitch with a penalty kick goal against Pateadores. Fernald’s ball control and tight, consistent passing helped get VDA retain possession and transition the team from defense to attack.

Sadie Zelnick


Netted the game-winning goal for FC Prime against VDA on a stellar assist from Bianca Raskin. Played a key role throughout the weekend as FC Prime had a perfect 3-0-0 record in North Carolina. (GOAL VIDEO)


Marleigh Frazier | Goalkeeper
FC Alliance 08 (TN)

Held a potent Minnesota Thunder attack scoreless to earn the 0-0 and finish off an undefeated weekend for the Alliance. The five-time USYNT ID Center invitee played a pivotal role in their success down in North Carolina, making multiple key saves and organizing a stout defensive line that allowed just one goal in their three matches which came off of a penalty kick. Frazier has also been a member of the ODP National Select Team and was an All-State honoree last year for Oak Ridge High School.


Bianca Raskin

Midfielder Defender

Contributed a goal and an assist to Prime’s undefeated effort through the weekend (3-0-0, 9 points). Her accuracy and excellent field vision was on full display against VDA where she threaded a cracking pass into Sadie Zelnick for the game-winning goal. In addition to her club exploits, Raskin is coming off of a strong trip with the ODP National Select Team down in Costa Rica where she earned three assists against LDF FF.

Aubrey McLin


Excelled in three full matches and in the National Selection Game this weekend, showcasing her impressive athleticism and grasp of the broader game. With shots caoming both high and low, McLin remained poised throughout making difficult saves look easy. Her glove work remained impressive and she used her strong hands and arms to deflect and tip high-velocity shots away from goal.

MacKenzie Stearns

Defender Midfielder

At the ECNL National Selection Game, Stearns hammered home the game-tying goal with just minutes to play pushing the game into overtime. For SoCal, she provided high level of consistency throughout the weekend, making key defensive stops and service via free kicks against MVLA (2-2) and Connecticut FC (1-0).

Ashley Ross | Forward-Midfielder
United Futbol Academy 08 (FL)

Bagged a brace for in their third and final match at North Carolina, lifting UFA past HEX FC 6-0 to give the Florida-based team their first win of the weekend. On matchday two, she showed that when called upon she can deliver big-time goals netting the equalizer off of a great pass from Ashlynn Woodberry, who also had a goal against HEX FC.


Olivia Feagin | Midfielder
Challenge SC 2007 (TX)

Played a key role in sparking the Challenge attack in North Carolina, scoring four goals and leading them to victories over Bethesda SC (6-1) and VDA (5-3). Feagin’s controlled touches and measured approach to organizing the midfield was integral in Challenge’s efforts in maintaining their lead on Monday. The two-time USYNT ID Center invitee is an expert at retaining possession and can hit teammates with passes at a variety of speeds.


Kaitlyn Lee | Defender
So Cal Blues 08 (CA)

Operating out of the center back position, Lee stymied opponent’s attacking ambitions with her tight marking and precise tackles. She is equally adept at timing her runs to close out passing lanes and pull off interceptions. Thanks to her efforts, So Cal shut out De Anza Force (2-0) and Connecticut FC (1-0) while holding a tough MVLA to a 2-2 draw.


Zuri Johnson | Midfielder
Northern Virginia Alliance 07 (VA)

Sliced through San Juan’s defense for NVA’s first goal, a right-footed blast from just inside the eighteen yard box. Johnson is more than willing to take on multiple defenders in tight spaces and uses her strength and speed to create goal-scoring opportunities. Johnson was a 2022-2023 ECNL Mid-Atlantic All-Conference First Team member and received a USYNT ID Center invite back in 2022.


Zamorah Malinoski | Midfielder
Slammers HB Koge 08 (CA)

The ECNL All-American led Koge to an undefeated mark in North Carolina, holding on to victories over Michigan Hawks (2-1), Penn Fusion (2-1), and De Anza Force (3-0). With the ball at her feet, Malinoski can transition Slammers from a defensive posture to an attacking one making the short passes and necessary to open up play.


Jenna Tufo | Midfielder
Santa Rosa United 08 (CA)

Buried the go-ahead goal to break the 1-1 tie in Santa Rosa United’s first match against Orlando City, helping them to the 3-2 win. Her efforts in the midfield, both in terms of her shooting and her passing, proved pivotal in Santa Rosa’s six goal effort.


Ryan Fogel | Defender
Dallas Texans 07 (TX)

Scored the winning goal in game one and game two (both 1-0 wins over Western New York Flash and FC Stars) and led the Texans defensive efforts as as center back in keeping all three matches a shutout. Serving as their team captain and helped direct traffic and motivate the players all throughout the showcase.


Isabella Fernandez | Midfielder
So Cal Blues 08 (CA)

Operating out of the midfield, Fernandez provided consistent work on both sides of the pitch for So Cal against MVLA and Connecticut. Defensively, she applied pressure on her opponents to force them to make rash passes and drives into traffic, forcing change of possession. Her transition work was also on point, moving the team into attack with well-placed balls in open space. In addition to her work with So Cal, Fernandez has featured for the ODP program for the past five years, played for PDP’s U-18 team during the recent Gothia Cup, and trains with the Oakland Soul of the USL W-League.


Chrissy Graves | Defender
Northern Virginia Alliance 07 (VA)

Showcased her strong technical skills by winning her one-on-one battles throughout the showcase. Under intense pressure, Graves thrives capably making defensive stops and then immediately shifting into building sustained possessions out of the back. Her technical and tactical prowess were particularly on point during the San Juan match.


Riley Nicholson | Midfielder
Virginia Union 08 (VA)

On Friday, she scored the game-tying goal vs. Pittsburgh Riverhounds in the final minutes of play with a well-placed header off a corner kick. She capped off the Union’s 4-0 win vs. Santa Rosa United on Saturday by catching the keeper off her line with a perfectly-weighted shot from well outside the penalty area. Riley closed the weekend on a strong note on Sunday when she received a throw-in, quickly turned her defender, drove to the endline and threaded a cutback pass to her teammate for the game-tying goal versus Davis Legacy.


Taylor Wilson


Provided standout defensive work for NVA in their 5-0 win over San Juan SC on Saturday. Wilson, who has verbally committed to Penn State, was highly effective at working with goalkeeper Lizzie Thornton (2025- Wake Forest) at limiting the high-scoring San Juan attack inside of the eighteen yard box. She also showed her ability at creating goal-scoring opportunities, notching an assist.

Foxhoven’s crosses and penetration behind opposing teams’ defensive backlines was instrumental in setting up key scoring opportunities for the Eagles all weekend long against some of the country’s top teams. Her penalty kick sealed the 1-1 tie in Game 1 vs FC Delco and her defensive pressure and quickness in closing down passing lanes helped secure a tie against a resilient VA Union in Game 3.

Addison Ash | Goalkeeper
Indy Eleven Pro Academy 07 (IN)

Booked back-to-back shutouts over FL Premier FC (5-0) and So Cal Blues (3-0) to start their weekend down in North Carolina. Ash possesses excellent glove work and can use her hands to make difficult parries and deflections on strong shots into the box. The Butler verbal commit has been a major reason for Indy’s success this season which has seen the team yield an Ohio Valley 07 Conference-low nine goals and earn a 13-2-1 record on 40 points.


Isabella Larson | Forward-Defender
DKSC 2007 (TX)

Earned two critical goals against Scorpions SC (4-3 win) to help start a successful weekend for DKSC. A Pepperdine verbal commit, Larson possesses limitless speed and can break through defensive lines with little issue. She can also time her runs perfectly so that she can connects with teammates open passes and gives herself the best chance at goal.


Ava Galani | Goalkeeper
Jacksonville FC 07 (FL)

Stonewalled Maryland United in Jacksonville’s first game, a 2-0 victory and the first of two shutouts for the Florida-based team. Galani’s poise and coollness under pressure helped her make two penalty kick saves over the weekend (she made the first and then had to make the second after a retake was called). Galani is a Memphis verbal commit and will be playing for JFC in the National Playoffs.


Georgia Duke | Winger-Midfielder
NCFC Youth ECNL 08 (NC)

Hammered home two critical goals for NCFC’s draw against Santa Rosa United (3-3) and victory over East Meadow SC (2-1). On the outside, Duke’s small, quick movements help her break away from defenders and gives her ample space at goal. She is also highly efficient in her crosses and passes not wasting any movements or touches and making sure each of them counts. Duke has verbally committed to playing college soccer in 2025 at North Carolina-Asheville.