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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...

 
Dec21_Laina

Female Player of the Month

Laina from Coppermine Premier SC  
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 fou4 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.  

Dec21_Brandon

Male Player of the Month

Brandon from Tennessee United SC 
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. 

Past Honorees

 

2021

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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