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Players That Impressed Mar 12, 2024

Players That Impressed: ECNL Girls Regional League 2024 California Event

The ECNL Girls Regional Leagues held their fifth National Event of the 2023-24 season over the weekend in Davis, California.

The event featured 150 teams from the U15-U18/U19 age groups. (View Results)

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.

2027

Tatum Gowdy

Goalkeeper
AZ

Shutout Sting Dallas Royal (2-0) and Eastside FC (1-0) to mark an undefeated weekend in California. Gowdy is unafraid of taking on attackers in open space and can make the sprawling, diving efforts necessary at slowing down their advances.

Tatum Bond | Midfielder-Defender
Arizona Arsenal 09 (AZ)

Worked alongside Gowdy and the Arizona defense to limit opponent’s to just one goal over the course of the weekend. Whether slotting in at the midfield or in defense, Bond is highly effective at reading what attackers are thinking and providing and immediate counter-measure. She can also set up possession out of the back finding her teammates throughout the pitch with a host of crisp passes.

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Katie Quinn | Forward-Midfielder
Dallas Texans 09 (TX)

Supplied the Texans attack with two goals and two assists, aiding their twelve goal effort that resulted in three victories in California. In their opening day victory over Snohomish United (7-2), Quinn used her clever first touch and speed to break past defenders and wreak havoc inside their eighteen yard box providing a goal and an assist. She added a second in their finale, a 2-0 victory over Valley United SC.

2026

Aubrey McLin

Goalkeeper
CA

Stonewalled Pateadores (0-0), Real Colorado Olimpico (2-1), and Crossfire Premier (2-0) to earn three big wins for Davis at their home showcase. Throughout the weekend, McLin excelled at one-on-one situations with attackers using her strength and quick reflexes to snuff out goal-scoring opportunities.

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Kyla Kastner | Outside Back-Winger
East Meadow SC 08 (NY)

Provided expert tackles and timely interceptions all weekend on the outside for East Meadow, helping the team earn three shutouts (2-0 over Pleasanton Rage, 3-0 over Sporting California, and 0-0 over Arizona Arsenal). Whether setting up the counter-attack or halting attackers advances, Kastner rules the flanks for East Meadow, using her speed to open play on the attack and to slow down opponents on track backs.

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Julia Rawcliffe | Midfielder-Forward
East Meadow SC 07 (NY)

Capped a strong weekend on the pitch with a critical goal in EMSC’s 5-4 win against Eagles SC. When creating goal-scoring opportunities for her teammates, Rawcliffe can provide highly accurate service while under pressure. She is also able to slow down opponents by closing down passing lanes and breaking up their rhythm in the back.
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Sophia Takaki | Forward-Midfielder
SoCal Blues Draluck 08 (CA)

Set up the SoCal attack with multiple goal-scoring opportunities and leading an attack that outscored opponents 6-0 over their three games. Off of the ball, Takaki is always looking for small gaps within the defense to exploit and can put on the jets quickly.

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Abby Peterman | Forward
Bay Area Surf 08 (CA)

Used a combination of size, speed, and touch to score four goals in an 8-0 win over Snohomish United. Peterman also led the attack in a hard fought loss to Beach FC, narrowly missing the tying goal on a free kick in the closing minutes.

2025

Kyelin Straukas | Midfielder-Forward
Rebels SC 07 (CA)

Helped get the Rebels off to a strong start, leading the attack through the midfield in a 2-1 win over IR Academy. Using her speed and pace, Straukas broke through the IR defense, helping open up play for her teammates in the attacking third. She also showed her mettle on matchday two against United PDX sustaining an ankle injury but returning to the field of play to help her team down the stretch. After coming back from a break, Straukas and the Rebels left Davis with wins over IR and Real Colorado Olympico (3-1).

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Katie Halligan | Forward
Walnut Creek Surf 07 (CA)

Buried the game-winning goal on matchday three to lift Walnut Creek narrowly past San Juan SC 4-3. With limited substitutes all weekend, Halligan and the Surf rolled up their sleeves and grinded out three victories, including wins over Oklahoma Celtic (3-0) and So Cal Blues (4-1). Her relentless work up and consistent drives against defenders helped set the tone throughout all three matches and gave Surf a spark when they needed it the most.

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Kieren Crabtree | Goalkeeper
United PDX West Premier Black 07 (OR)

Blanked Rebels SC (2-0) and IR Academy (0-0) to give United PDX four key points to end their weekend down in Davis. Between the posts, Crabtree leads the defense making leaping saves in the air and controlling the pace of the match with long throws and passes to the outside. She also has a superb sense of timing, slowing down play with a long save to give her teammates to reorganize.

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Reagan Keelan | Goalkeeper
LAFC SoCal 07 (CA)

Made multiple key saves down the stretch to help preserve a 1-1 draw against PacNW SC. The ECNL RL National Selection Game invitee had an equally impressive performance on matchday two between the posts for LAFC, earning the 4-1 win against Burlingame SC. At 5’7″ Keelan can parry shots over the bar and wide of the posts with relative ease and can use her strong right foot to clear out dangerous balls inside of the eighteen yard box.

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Sienna Johnson | Goalkeeper
Del Mar Sharks ECRL 06/05 (CA)

Kept two clean sheets when on the pitch for DMCV, allowing just one goal throughout the weekend. Johnson showed a high-level of command of her defense making several big game saving saves in the Shark’s three matches, including six saves in the final game versus Pajaro Valley, a 0-0 draw.

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Katarina Pinero | Midfielder
So Cal Blues ECRL 07 (CA)

A leader on the field for So Cal at the National Event, Pinero was integral in her teammates attacking ambitions giving them space to create inside of the final third. She was also able to get on the scoring chart herself scoring a goal off of a header and long ball shot from distance. Working as a defensive midfielder, she held her opponents at bay by limiting their ability to move the ball through the midfield. Thanks to her efforts, So Cal earned shutouts against De Anza Force and Sporting Columbus (4-0) while playing Bay Area Surf to a 2-2 draw.

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Jannah Shoffner | Forward
Oklahoma Celtic ECRL 07 (OK)

Showcased her speed up top to apply pressure to opposing defenses all weekend, resulting in numerous interceptions and offensive chances. She consistently made runs beyond the defensive line that set up chances for her teammates. Shoffner helped her team go 2-1 in the Showcase by scoring two goals in the event.

2024

Zoe Hopkins | Midfielder
Snohomish United 06/05 (WA)

The Seattle commit earned MVP honors for her standout performance for the West in the ECNL RL National Selection Game on Saturday. For Snohomish, she helped create long, sustained possessions throughout all three matches, moving into the attacking third when there is an opening to exploit. It paid off with Snohomish outscoring their opponents 13-3 to go undefeated in all three matches (2-2 draw against Blackhawks, 4-0 over Davis Legacy, and 7-1 over Arizona Arsenal).

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Delaney Diloretto | Forward
LA Breakers ECRL 05/06 (CA)

Provided an attacking spark up top for the Breakers, leading their attack to a 2-0 win over Washington Premier. Diloretto is a dynamic forward with excellent movement off the ball. In open space she can connect with a teammate and quickly transition her group into the attack. In addition, she creates space for other attackers and uses her strength, speed and body position to open up play.

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