We talk a lot at TopDrawerSoccer about the outstanding youth players in the IMG Academy 150, but there are hundreds of others in each age group that deserve recognition as well. So, each Friday following the Monday release of an IMG Academy 150 update, we highlight eleven of the regionally ranked players from around the country for that class. Today, it’s the 2016 Girls.
You can check their rankings as well as all the other regionally ranked players here.
Emily Evangelista, Midfielder, Tampa Bay United FC – Evangelista scored the deciding goal in the USYS National Championships last summer, but her consistent play throughout the season for TBU earned her a spot on our regional rankings list. She is a multi-year member of the Region III ODP pool, a market training center attendee, and is verbally committed to Northeastern.
Conner Huggins, Defender, Vardar – On a team that is struggling to score goals this season, Huggins is getting a lot of action along the back line. As a four year member of the Region II ODP team and an ECNL id2 National Training Camp attendee, she is up to the task, as her defensive skills have been recognized and will be welcome at Villanova next year.
Sarah Luebbert, Midfielder, St. Louis Scott Gallagher – Luebbert has a goal and an assist already for SLSG’s U18s, just three matches into the season. She attended the ECNL NTC/id2 National Training Camp in 2014 and was chosen as one of the top players from the event.
Sarah Schweinberg, Defender, NJ Stallions Dynamite – Shaun Cryer’s defense was virtually impenetrable during the Stallions run to a NPL National Championship in July, and the strong center back Schweinberg was the main reason. The Seton Hall recruit’s virtues were touted by TDS when she earned a best xi nod at the event.
Taylor Bennett, Defender, Syracuse Development Academy – Bennett scored twice in the Region I final last summer, and put in a good showing throughout the tournament from central defense to earn a spot on the overall best xi. The Syracuse commit also earned high school all-region recognition in 2014.
Charlotte Esty, Forward, Boston Breakers Academy/NE Aztec/Pingree School – The Dartmouth commit has earned a plethora of accolades as a member of the TopDrawerSoccer Prep Top 10 fourth-ranked Pingry School varsity, but her recommendations emanated from club coaches as well.
Meghan Tveit, Midfielder, Crossfire Premier – The Harvard recruit made her verbal commitment over a year ago, and scored the game winner in stoppage time to send Crossfire to the ECNL national final match in 2015.
Kyle Levesque, Midfielder, Carlsbad Elite – Levesque was one of several players to bag a couple of goals at the USYS National Championships for her age group. She will head to High Point at the end of this year.
Natalie Royyards, Forward, Carolina Elite SA – With five goals and four assists to date, Royyards is the top scorer on the CESA U18s that currently sit in second place in the Southeast Conference. She is committed to Winthrop.
Briana Davis, Defender, Lonestar – Davis, a defender for Lonestar’s U18 ECNL team, received multiple recommendations to be added to the list and is committed to SEC powerhouse Texas A&M.