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GNT players highlight 2012 Florida girls

Published: June 16, 2010
For the state of Florida, we had to cut some high-quality names off our list, because the state’s talent pool is just that deep.

But the resulting list is formidable. Rest assured that these players can go head-to-head with any other group in the country.

Here are some of the top 2012 Girls:

Bryane Heaberlin of Clearwater Chargers and the U17 Women’s National Team is a fearless goalkeeper who makes the most of her talents with a tremendous work ethic. She cuts off angles, charges off her line, goes after balls in the air and distributes as well as any player in the region, if not the country.

Jasmine Paterson is an even-keeled forward for Kendall FC and the U17 WNT with great technique and the ability to take over a game at any moment. She’s a relentless attacker with the physical and mental stamina to score goals at the biggest moments.

Soraya Martinez of Florida Rush is a very technical central midfielder with great speed and vision. In her first year with the team, she has slid into the starting lineup and quickly become one of its primary playmakers.

Lauren Smith is an attacking central midfielder with good ball-skills and the ability to change a game in an instant. She can shoot from the outside and also set up her teammates to score.

elite girls youth club soccer playerFlorida Rush players (white) compete.
Alika Keene is a versatile player with good attacking instincts. She’s quick, has good one-on-one skills and has a knack for finishing balls anywhere in the penalty area.

Nicole Fischer is an aggressive holding midfielder with good ball-winning skills who likes to keep the game simple and distribute on the ground.

Carson Pickett of Ponte Vedra SC is an elite athlete with great presence anywhere on the field. Whether playing as a defender, winger or forward, she can dominate a game. But her best asset is her ball-service: she can bend it, chip it, float it or drive it 40 yards on a dime.  

Mikayla Hahn of Space Coast United is a forward with a great strike on the ball and the ability to receive difficult passes with both feet on the run. She’s a daring attacker, who loves to go at defenders one-on-one.

Colby Maffei of HC United is a forward with great physical tools who scores goals in bunches. She finishes everything in her area, and is getting looks from schools like LSU, Texas, Ohio State and Tennessee.

Emily Ball is a regional team goalkeeper with great athleticism, distribution and shot-blocking skills. She has long arms, and is very agile for her size. She’s receiving interest from Auburn, Georgia, Florida State and Florida.

Shannon Estes-Larkin is a defender/holding midfielder who routinely shuts down the opposing team’s best player. She is fearless and nasty on the tackle, a great defender and a natural leader as the captain of her HC United team.

Jackie Simpson of Brandon FC is a super-athletic central midfielder with great one-on-one defensive skills and the ability to spring the attack with incisive balls to her forwards. She’s good in the air and on the ball, and is a great conductor of the offense.

Shea Rhoney is a forward with a competitive fire and a great nose for the goal. She’s a one-on-one attacker who loves to goes at defenders and score goals.

Kaitlyn Steckel of RSL Florida is an attacking central midfielder with great technique with both feet and the ability to break defenders down on the dribble. She has good size, speed and strength in the air, and has the work ethic to succeed at the Division I level.

Abigail Meckley is an attacking midfielder with good pace and the ability to strike a ball with either foot. She keeps possession of the ball, reads the game well and can work out of pressure situations on the dribble.

Sara Trexler is a dangerous forward for Team Boca who lacks size but is one of the best servers of the ball in the age group. Her deadly crosses force opposing goalkeepers to always be on the alert.

Page Lombard of Palm Harbor is a right forward with excellent ball-skills and the ability to dribble, shoot or distribute with both feet.

Rachel Price is a competitive central midfielder who dictates the attack for Renegades SC. She creates opportunities for everyone around her and with her passion and motivational skills, with her it’s almost like having another coach on the field.

Tina Shakes is a center back who holds down the defense. She’s a leader with great technique and sense for the game, and her calm decision-making means her team rarely has problems at the back.

Paulina Speckmaier is a pure soccer player, an undersized forward with a great touch and the ability to get anywhere on the field at will. Her movement creates space, and she either sets up teammates to score, or shoots the ball herself, but is always dangerous.
 
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