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Players of the Month

NL_POM_Square_GraphicEach month, the National League recognizes one male and one female Player of the Month.

The players who are selected represent a balance of athletic achievement, sportsmanship and citizenship. Examples of these characteristics include:

  • Recent impactful or notable in-game performance
  • Displays good sportsmanship and the promotion of teamwork
  • Community service
  • Superior academic achievement
  • Overcoming personal obstacles

While great performances in the game of soccer are appreciated, it's important to note that accomplishments off the field are also valuable.

Nominate a player today!


This month's honorees are...

 
Nov22_Elsie

Female Player of the Month

Elsie from DASC 2005 Girls (SD)
Elsie helped her team get off to a hot start in the Desert Conference’s 18U/19U Division in November. DASC 2005 Girls (SD) holds first place by goal differential after picking up three wins and a draw in its first four matches, and Elsie has been a key cog in the team’s strong attack, totaling five of DASC’s 14 goals so far. In addition to her influence on the field, Elsie is an important member of her community. She volunteers with Sioux Falls Neighborhood Soccer, her church group, and is active in the HS HOSA program. Elsie also carries a 4.08 GPA and is a member of her high school’s varsity track team and a competitive waterski team.

Nov22_Hector

Male Player of the Month

Hector from East Coast FC B2010 Academy (NY-E)
Hector’s scoring prowess was often a catalyst for the impressive season by East Coast FC B2010 Academy (NY-E). In just his first three games of 13U North Atlantic Club vs. Club action, Hector scored seven goals to lead his team to an undefeated start — with East Coast FC finishing the season perfect, too. Hector has taken a leading role in his peer’s involvement in the community, leading a team-wide donation for soccer equipment for kids in Colombia.

Past Honorees

 

2022

OCTOBER

Ella from J.B. Marine Thunder (MO)

Ella’s strong start in the Midwest Conference’s 18U Premier I Division saw her tally five goals in six games. J.B. Marine Thunder (MO) earned a second-place State Cup finish and sits third in its conference standings with three games to play, and Ella’s goal-scoring prowess is a primary reason for the team’s success. She is an honors student and, when off the field, helps coach her local middle school soccer team and is a member of numerous clubs, including the International Student Union.

Daniel from Strikers FC North (CA-S)
Daniel tallied one goal and five assists in four games during the month of October to help lead his Strikers FC North 19U team into first place in the Elite 64 Pacific. The impressive run of form was highlighted by Strikers FC North defeating the then-first and second-place teams during that stretch of play. When Daniel isn’t scoring on the field, he proves to be a top student, taking four AP classes and holding a 4.4 GPA at his high school.

SEPTEMBER

Mariah from Wilson Youth SA 06G Explosion (NC)
 
Mariah has been a key figure in Wilson Youth SA WYSA 06G Explosion’s (NC) quest to repeat as Piedmont Conference Champions. She has scored eight goals in the team’s first five games in the 17U Premier I Division to put WYSA in a good position at the season’s midpoint. Mariah has been well-rounded in her extracurricular activities off the field, as well. She is a member of the Student Government Association, Headbands of Hope, and Jr. Ladies at Hunt High School, and she also volunteered as a soccer camp coordinator during the summer through Soccer Box. 

Benjamin from MOBA Soccer Academy 06 (GA) 
Benjamin has been the catalyst for MOBA Soccer Academy MOBA 06’s (GA) three-game winning streak in the Piedmont Conference’s 17U Premier I Division, which has put the Georgia side back near the top of the standings after a slow start to the season. During that stretch, he has held opponents to three total goals scored and showed tremendous leadership as the team’s captain. Benjamin is also a standout off the field, carrying a 3.8 GPA while taking AP-level classes. Additionally, Benjamin volunteers for MOBA Minis, the club’s grassroots soccer curriculum, and helps introduce the game to young players. 

AUGUST

Molly from 07 Lady Lobos Rush Premier (TN)

Molly was named to the 15U Girls Best XI team at the USYS National Championships. She is an instrumental part of her team’s success and contributes in every facet of the game, whether it be scoring goals, tallying assists, or winning the ball back. Molly is also a positive influence off the field, as she is an extremely devoted volunteer with her local Special Olympics. She volunteers time each summer serving as a camp counselor.

Tyler from Missouri Rush 09 White Premier (MO)
Tyler has gotten off to a fast start in his fall season – not long after playing for a State Championship. He’s tallied two goals and three assists in the early stages of the campaign and demonstrates all the qualities of a true leader. Tyler’s skills stretch off the field, too, as he’s a talented artist. He recently won a district-wide art contest with more than 100 other contestants. Tyler now uses his art for a self-started business to raise money for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

JULY

Emma from Philadelphia SC Coppa 05 Rage (PA-E)

Emma was a vital contributor to her team winning the 17U Girls National Championship, which was Philadelphia’s first title win for any gender since 1967. She had two goals and two assists throughout the competition, with none more important than the game winner – 38 seconds in – during the final. Emma also excels just as well in the classroom, where she is a dedicated student at Hatboro Horsham High School.

Kael from Toca FC 2008 (KS)
Kael helped lead his team to the 14U Boys National Championship. He was an instrumental figure in his side’s run as captain and the last line of defense, winning the Golden Glove award for his heroics that included saving a penalty during Toca’s semifinal shootout win. Kael is also extremely well-rounded off the field. He is diligent in his studies, boasting a 4.0 GPA, and spends time volunteering with local non-profit organizations.

JUNE

Maddie from JB Marine Garabedian Gold (MO)

Across her club and high school competitions for the 2021-22 season, Maddie has proven to be a major offensive contributor — netting 66 goals and adding 34 assists. For JB Marine, Maddie’s 37 goals and 15 assists helped her team win the Missouri State Cup and go undefeated in the Midwest Conference. For her high school, she was selected as an all-sectional player in the state of Illinois. Off the field, Maddie is an honor student and also helps with youth soccer clinics and training.

Eun-Ho (Josh) from Madison 56ers 07 Red (WI)
As a centerback, Josh has been a major factor for Madison 56ers. In 19 matches across State Cup, Midwest Conference and National League P.R.O., his team conceded just 10 goals. Josh consistently marks the opponent’s best player on set pieces and helps organize the team. In the classroom, he takes honors, AP and triple-advanced math classes while maintaining a 4.0 GPA. He also participates in Robotics and STEM clubs, plays high school tennis and works as a youth referee.

MAY

Jacqueline from Lehigh Valley United 2004 Girls Black (PA-E) 

Jacqueline was instrumental in helping her team qualify for National League P.R.O. for 2022-23, finishing second in the conference and nationally. She has been successful in her studies, as well, holding a 3.9 GPA and becoming a member of the National Honor Society. Additionally, Jacqueline holds a SAY certification and referees for her local youth soccer league when she’s now volunteering at the local library. 

Luke from Billy Goat FC 08 (KS) 
Luke helped his team win the Midwest Conference 14U Boys Premier 1 Division, with Billy Goat FC 08 allowing only one goal in eight games. He kept seven clean sheets and was integral in the team’s success as a leader for the club, helping the side qualify for the 2022 Midwest Regional Championships and earn placement in National League P.R.O. for 2022-23. Luke also fulfills his responsibilities in the classroom, where he holds A’s in all of his classes. 

APRIL

Chloe from New England Surf State Navy 2008G (MA)
Chloe, who is playing two years above her age group, has scored nine goals in the first three games of New England Conference play. Earlier this season, she helped her 2008 side to a National League P.R.O. title and earned Team of the Event honors from ProScore. She is a multi-sport athlete and also puts her talents to use while playing the piano. Even more, Chloe frequently gives back to the community by assisting in her local town’s efforts.

Eddie from United PDX 07B Premier (OR)
Eddie is an important contributor to his team’s success and helped them earn a spot at Nationals through National League P.R.O. During the most recent event in Arizona, he contributed goals and assists in every game. When Eddie isn’t on the field, he maintains a 4.0 GPA and is an active participant in the community. He helps at local shelters, food banks, and even took part in an Easter event with low-income children, where he hunted for eggs with them.

MARCH

Abigail from FC Westlake 05G FDL (TX-S)

Abigail was a significant contributor to her team’s success at the recent Orlando and Tampa events. She is also a captain for her high school team and led them to the state playoffs for the past two seasons as the leading goal scorer. Abigail is extremely successful off the field as well, carrying a 4.3 GPA in the Academy of Design & Technology at Stephen F. Austin High School. She is a member of HOSA, the National Honor Society, and received the Austin ISD Trustee Award. Abigail also recently traveled to San Francisco for a STEM project and has been involved in community design ideas.

Declan from Indiana Fire Juniors 03B Red (IN)
Declan is currently the leading scorer for his top ranked team. In the showcase games at NL Arizona, he rallied his team and scored two goals to bring them back from a large deficit. Declan is also an exceptional student as he boasts a 4.0 GPA. In addition to his efforts on the field and in the classroom, Declan is a member of his high school’s Best Buddies program where he serves as a mentor for other students with special needs. He was also a finalist for the Mr. Westfield competition that raises money for local charities.

FEBRUARY

Mary from Georgia Storm 04 G Premier (GA)

Mary was one of her team’s leading scorers in the Piedmont Conference with seven goals, helping her team finish third in the standings. She also scored three goals at the 18U Georgia State Cup Finals to help her squad finish as champions. Mary is a hardworking leader on the field, which has resulted in her being named team captain. She also works extremely hard off the field, as she maintains a 4.056 GPA in the classroom. Mary is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, National Beta Club, and National Honor Society. In addition to soccer, Mary plays basketball for her high school and received All-Region first team honors twice and was named the Player of the Year once.

Charlie from Ohio Galaxies 04 Elite (OH)
Charlie demonstrated great leadership and ability during his team’s recent outing at the National League Florida Showcase. He rallied his teammates and then immediately scored a goal with two minutes remaining to tie the game. Charlie has been successful off the field, as well. He maintains a 3.70 GPA and received the Gill Family Scholarship for his work in the classroom and community. Charlie is a regular volunteer at his church, school, and even works with younger kids on a weekly basis.

JANUARY

Makenzie from KCSG Elite 04 (KS)

Makenzie’s leadership and fearlessness at the National League P.R.O. weekend in Orlando helped lead her team to finish with two wins and a tie. Her performance in Orlando led to a selection to the ProScore 18U Girls Team of the Event. She also helped lead her team to secure its third State Cup title in four years. Off the field, Makenzie is a team leader for her high school volunteer club. She currently has a 3.94 GPA and was selected into the National Honor Society. Makenzie has committed to play soccer for the University of Northern Iowa. 

Drake from Sparta 10 Premier (UT)
Drake allowed the fewest goals — six in all — of any goalkeeper in the 2010 Premier Division in regular season play, helping his team win their division. In the Fall 2021 Desert Conference season, Drake allowed just 11 goals in seven games — tied for the second-fewest in his age group — and helped his team to a second-place finish. He also helped his team win the Utah State Cup. Off the field, Drake is a straight A student in middle school. He takes honors math and English classes and participates in French dual immersion. He works with a personal trainer and a keeper trainer multiple times a week to continue to improve his skills. 

2021

DECEMBER

Laina from Coppermine Premier SC (MD)

Laina is a team captain whose leadership and fearlessness while facing adversity helped lead her team to finish its first National League P.R.O. weekend in Orlando with two wins and a tie. Laina scored four goals while playing the last two games with an injured arm, and her team is currently sitting in first place in the National League P.R.O. standings. Off the field, Laina maintains a GPA of 3.95, and she is highly involved in a club called Best Buddies, in which she helps assist students with special needs. Laina is also in the national junior honors society and a volunteer soccer coach for Calvert County Parks and Rec.  

Brandon from Tennessee United SC (TN)

Brandon is a four-year team captain who demonstrates his leadership skills on and off the field. With many new players on the team this year, Brandon has worked to build team repour and maintain a positive attitude despite some challenging game outcomes. As an attacking and defending midfielder, Brandon produced six assists and three goals in seven Mid South Conference games this season. Off the field, Brandon takes all honors and AP classes, and he has maintained a 4.0 GPA this season. Brandon has also helped coach his club's Junior Academy and volunteered with the STARS program, providing soccer fun to kids with special needs. 

NOVEMBER

Addison from Alliance FC 07 Academy (MO) 

As a four-year captain of Alliance FC 07 Academy, Addison led her team to an undefeated fall season and Midwest Conference Premier I Division title. During the season, Addison managed to tally 12 goals and one assist in the team’s eight contests. Off the field, Addison has achieved a 4.0 GPA while being a multi-sport athlete. Additionally, Addison operates a dog care business that requires a weekly commitment to multiple customers. 

Gabriel from Lanier SA Archies 05 (GA)
Gabriel is a confident and hardworking individual on and off the field. Gabriel stepped up to help lead his Lanier SA team in attacking and defending this season, as the team clinched the 17U Boys Premier I Division title in the Piedmont Conference. Off the field, Gabriel manages to find time to volunteer at his church, where he helps other church members when needed, and he works hard to maintain a 3.6 GPA despite the workload. 

OCTOBER

Jenna from KC Fusion Academy 08G (KS)
Jenna is a player that has consistently provided strong performances while helping lead her team to an undefeated start through six games this fall in the Midwest Conference 14U Premier I Division, scoring two goals and adding two assists from the midfield. Jenna is a true leader who promotes a “team first” mentality. Off the field, Jenna maintains a 4.0 GPA while taking nearly all AP classes. She was selected as a school ambassador, has competed in the Science Olympiad, and was chosen to present to the Kansas Board of Education by her school. Jenna also volunteers at her church garage sale and various food, coin, and toy drives. 

Jon Smith from Georgia Storm 06B Premier (GA)
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Jon is a hardworking player that is described as being a great leader who serves as keeper and a co-captain for his team. He helped lead his team to the semifinals of last year's USYS Southern Regional Championships. His team has conceded only three goals in eight games, while securing six shutouts, in the Piedmont Conference this fall. Jon not only excels on the field, but also in the classroom, maintaining a 4.0 GPA. Jon has also branched out into the coaching realm and became a volunteer head coach for a 10-and-Under Boys recreational team at Georgia Storm in his free time. 

SEPTEMBER

Mariah from Wilson YSA 06 Explosion (NC) 
Mariah is a hardworking player who puts in as much effort on the field as she does off it. She has scored 10 goals in her team’s last six Piedmont Conference games and has been a part of 70% of the team’s 23 total goals this season – helping lead her team to Piedmont Conference 16U Girls division title. Mariah, a high school freshman, is enrolled in all AP courses and currently has a 4.0 GPA. She also actively volunteers at Soccer Box, a local indoor facility focused on developing youth soccer players. 

Zac from Team Challenger FC 09 Black (OH) 
Zac is described as a force to reckon with in the National league this season with an amazing work ethic. He has scored seven goals in his team’s four Great Lakes Conference games, including a recent hat trick against a strong opponent. Zac has also contributed to his team with a couple of assists this season. Zac puts in the work on and off the field. He’s an A student and is always looking to improve at whatever he does.  Zac is known for pushing his limits and encouraging his teammates.  

AUGUST

Kristen from Penn FC 04 Lightning (PA-E)

Kristen played a big part in Penn FC’s journey to winning the 2021 National Championship. Facing a late 1-0 deficit in the final of the Eastern Regional Championships, she assisted on the tying goal and scored the late winner to send Penn FC to Nationals. In Florida, she netted a goal in the semifinal and scored the game-winner in the final match. In school, Kristen holds a 4.0 GPA with distinguished honors. She is an acolyte at her church, and she volunteers as a Bible school soccer coach, as well as with the Best Buddies program and Special Olympics.

Paul from Sparta United 04 JK (UT)
A skillful and intelligent outside back, Paul can influence the game with his defending or by joining the attack to set up goals. During the 2020-21 season, he helped Sparta 04 win the Desert Conference, the National League Playoffs and the Far West Regional Championship, and the team advanced to the final at the 2021 National Championships. Off the field, Paul has a 4.0 GPA and produced standout scores on his AP exams, ACT and SAT. He also serves his high school as a leader in the Student Lighthouse Team.

JULY

Trinity from Solar SC South 06 Adames (TX-N) 

Trinity is a hard-working individual on and off the field. As a goalkeeper, she helped lead her team to become State Cup Champions, USYS Southern Regional Champions, and USYS National Champions. She received the Golden Glove Award at Nationals for her performance. Her team also qualified for the upcoming National League P.R.O. season. Off the field, Trinity earned a spot on the Reynolds MS Academic A Honor Roll by averaging a 90 or above in her core classes and received the Principal’s Award by earning 90 or above in every class for all four terms. Trinity is also a Chamber Orchestra Violinist and has won at the University Interscholastic League.  

Jordan from Nationals Union 06 Black (MI) 
Jordan is a leader who is well respected by his teammates. He is described as a selfless player and always displays great sportsmanship. As midfielder and captain of Nationals Union 06 Black, Jordan led the Michigan side to a record season in which it advanced to the 15U Boys Final at the USYS National Championships in Bradenton-Sarasota, Fla. Jordan was named to the Best XI for his performance. Academically, Jordan has a 4.0 GPA while taking several advanced placement courses and is a member of the National Honor Society. Jordan has a great attitude on and off the soccer field and is committed to exceeding in everything he does. 

JUNE

Averie from Highland FC 05 Red (NC) 
Averie is a talented player that has displayed exceptional work on and off the field. Averie has scored many crucial goals that helped her Highland FC team get to the State Cup finals and her high school team get to the Varsity State Final Four. She was named Soccer Youth All-American, and All-Conference in NCISAA 3A. Averie takes all honors classes and is a High A Honor Roll student with a 4.58 weighted GPA and a 4.0 GPA. She is the president of her class and ACA, an NJHS member, and a director of communications in Habitat for Humanity.

Ren from Michigan Tigers FC 07 Gold (MI) 
Ren is a resilient player who doesn’t shy away from adversity. Ren recovered from a broken collarbone prior to this season and went on to co-captain his Michigan Tigers FC team to an undefeated season and a Great Lakes Conference Premier I Division first-place finish. His team also became two-time Michigan State Cup Champions this season when it won the 2021 State Cup, with Ren scoring game-winning goals in both state cup finals. Ren is described as a versatile player being able to play whatever position he is asked. Off the field, Ren maintains a 4.0 GPA, works as a USSF referee, runs track and cross country, plays viola, and is a National Class C chess player.

MAY

Lily from 2005 Steel United (PA-E)
Lily is a true playmaker for her 2005 Steel United team, as she often manages to score or contribute assists in every game she plays. Lily recently put in a performance that included two goals, including a 30-yard free kick, which led to a win for her team. Lily is also a member of the 2006 Eastern Pennsylvania US Youth Soccer ODP team. Off the field, Lily is a freshman honor student at her high school, and she is active in her community. She is an elected member of the Steel United Athletes Leadership Council, and she recently raised $3,000 to feed less fortunate kids in her community through United We Feed. 

Jackson from KC Athletics Academy Elite 06 Galacticos (KS)
Jackson anchor the back line for his as the goalkeeper. While competing at National League Greensboro in March, he produced three straight shutouts, and Jackson allowed only five goals total through all games played this Midwest Conference season. Jackson is a straight-A student who always looks for ways to be involved. He is finishing his freshman year in which he played on the varsity teams for football and soccer while also being a part of student council and choir. Jackson also volunteers each year with Night to Shine, an organization that provides a prom night experience for those with special needs. 

APRIL

Morgan from Sting SC 05 Roach (TX-N)
Morgan is a dedicated student-athlete who works hard on and off the field. She is a straight A honor roll student and also a member of the National Honor Society. Morgan is described as being a “beast” during this season’s Frontier Conference while playing with Sting SC. In one of the team’s last games this season, Morgan contributed a goal and two assists in a standout performance to help her team to win the 16U Girls Premier I Division within the conference and earn a spot at the 2021 USYS Southern Regional Championships.

Carlos from La Roca-  J Milla (UT)
Carlos is a hardworking individual who puts in strong effort both on the field and at school. His three goals in three games while in Orlando helped La Roca win Group A of the National League Playoffs and punch its ticket to the 2021 USYS National Championships. Carlos is a willing and versatile player, and he played in every position in the midfield and attack during the National League Playoffs. Carlos is described as a very helpful kid who has never met a friend he didn't want to help, even going as far as gifting his new clothes to a friend. Carlos upholds a 3.9 GPA and enjoys math and health studies.   

MARCH

Mercedez from Philadelphia SC COPPA 05 Rage (PA-E) 
Mercedez is a hardworking student-athlete who is an integral part of her team and community. Mercedez scored three goals in three games during the National League Playoffs in North Carolina to lead her Philadelphia SC Coppa 05 Rage team to win its playoff group and earn a spot at the National Championships in July. Off the field, Mercedez is a member of the National Honors Society, maintaining a 4.1 GPA. She also donates her time to the school lunch program helping to feed kids in the inner city their lunches while not full-time in school. 

Ryan from SC Wave 06 Boys (WI)  
Ryan is a dedicated individual who put on an outstanding performance at the National League Playoffs in Orlando in March. He helped his team punch its ticket to the National Championships by scoring five goals and providing four assists during his team’s three games in Orlando. Ryan's game is described as unselfish with amazing vision on the field. At his high school, Ryan is a peer leader who works hard to maintain his 4.0 GPA and has been selected as student of the month.

FEBRUARY

Graycen from Sparta FC 02 Elite (TX-N) 

Graycen is a prime example of showing resilience in the face of adversity. After sustaining significant injuries to both her right and left knees, she worked hard to rehab and return to the field. Graycen is now set to compete with her Sparta FC 02 Elite team in the National League Playoffs, in addition to leading the club's 04 team in goals and assists within the Frontier Conference. Graycen is a captain on her high school soccer team and is on pace to break the single-season scoring and assist record. Graycen has maintained A’s every semester since first grade, and she is currently ranked 12th in her class of 400 students while serving on multiple committees, including student council. She is also a University Interscholastic League participant in art. 

Ryan from St. Mary’s Strikers Red (MD) 
Ryan is a hard-working individual who puts as much effort in the classroom as he does on the field. Ryan receives straight A’s while attending middle school in Maryland. This past holiday season, Ryan organized a food drive with his teammates to help support his community. While playing for the St. Mary’s Strikers Red team in the South Atlantic Conference’s 13U Boys Premier I Division this fall, Ryan started and played every minute of each game. Playing the center back position on a three-man back line, Ryan helped his team secure five clean sheets. Their consistent performances helped Ryan and his team to concede the fewest goals in their division during the 2020 fall season.  

JANUARY

Abby from Galaxy 04 Blue (IL)  

Abby is an accomplished student-athlete who has been named to the National Honor Society and Academic All-Conference with a 4.4 GPA. As the keeper for Galaxy 04 Blue (IL), Abby maintained a 0.61 goals-against average during the 2019-20 season, with an 87% save percentage and 19 shutouts over 23 games. Described as an on-field leader, Abby recently helped Galaxy 04 Blue to a second-place finish in the Midwest Conference Club vs. Club Division this past fall. On top of her academic and athletic accomplishments, Abby has also made time to help out in her community as a foster dog volunteer, as well as an election judge and poll worker.

Enrique from Players SC 05 Elite (NV)
Enrique is a hard worker who leads by example both on the field and in the classroom. Off the field, Enrique has volunteered with his teammates at Three Square, helping pack food and supplies for those in need in the Las Vegas area. Enrique was one of the leading scorers last season in the National League and helped lead his team to an undefeated campaign in a shortened 2019-20 season. As a co-captain, Enrique has scored six goals in three games so far during the current Desert Conference season, including the game-winners in two come-from-behind wins to lead Players SC 05 Elite (NV) to a 3-0 start in the conference, where the team currently sits at the top of the standings.  

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