Six Standout players in the Northeast
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There are areas of the Northeastern part of the United States that do not get as much press or as much attention as they should, or deserve. Areas like rural New York, parts of Connecticut, New Jersey and Maryland are…
There are areas of the Northeastern part of the United States that do not get as much press or as much attention as they should, or deserve. Areas like rural New York, parts of Connecticut, New Jersey and Maryland are teeming with talent and players are starting to build a reputation as top flight players. These six players deserve the positive notoriety.
, Forward/Midfielder, St. Timothy’s School, Class of 2025
Baker was a starting player on the varsity at St. Timothy’s in Stevenson, Maryland as a freshman and the team went undefeated and won their conference. Injury forced her to miss her sophomore season, but she is back with her 2007 Girls Academy team at Baltimore Armour. She shows her versatility by playing both wide forward positions, the No. 7 and No. 11, and she can play as a No. 9 as well. Something Baker does well is her use of speed. There is a nuance there, and it’s different than having speed, as it’s her use of it. She is smart and calculated about how she puts this talent to use. She is a very fast player, too, and quite athletic. Baker is technically skilled, and what makes her standout while on the ball is that she is very calm under pressure. She is a very smart player, with great field awareness and a high soccer IQ which allows her to make plays and create opportunities, not only for herself, but for her teammates as well. Baker is also an ultimate competitor, making her even harder to stop.
Geoffrey Maxwell Davis, Central Defender, Oakwood Soccer Club, Class of 2025
Davis loves soccer. Period. He gives everything to the game and always gives his best. Davis is an MLS Next player, playing for a club in Connecticut called Oakwood Soccer Club. He was one of the original four players to join the 2007 team back in 2014. As of right now, he is the only original left on that 2007 team. Davis is a central defender, and has been a center back since day one. What he is known for is his intense play on the back line. He does not back down, he fights for every ball, challenges every ball in the air and makes life hard on attacking players.
Ella DiConstanzo, Outside Defender, Whippany Park, Class of 2026
DiConstanzo plays at Whippany Park High School in the Township of Hanover in New Jersey. She plays for the STA Soccer Club for the 2008 GA team. DiConstanzo is a central defender, and can play the No. 3 or No. 4. What she does well is she remains consistent and is completely dependable on the back line. She is relentless when it comes to pursuit, or challenging a ball. DiConstanzo has a very advanced understanding of the game, and displays a very high soccer IQ. She’s coachable, she’s a team player and she leads. She’s the kind of center back a team wants. She’s also very technically sound as she can possess and help start the build up from the back.
Grace McCasland, Forward, Beekmantown, Class of 2025
McCasland is a striker and plays at Beekmantown High which is in Plattsburgh, a rural part of New York. In two seasons, she has been named All-Conference twice and was voted All-State this year. She has led her team in goals and points both seasons and has been in the top three in the conference both seasons. McCasland was one of the top scorers in the entire state of New York. She plays Girls Academy at Seacoast United, in New Hampshire, for the 2007 team. She plays ODP in Vermont where she is a State Team member as well as a member of the East Regional pool. McCasland is dedicated to the game as she travels quite far to play club, which is 3.5 hours away, and travels to Burlington in Vermont for ODP. She is also a very versatile athlete as she is the starting point guard on her basketball team and plays for the softball team, both varsity since eighth grade. Her resume continues to be impressive as she is a 4.0 student and a member of the National Honor’s Society. As a soccer player, she is a very dangerous scorer. She is smart and tactical which allows her the ability to score goals and catch defenses off guard. She is absolutely dedicated to her craft, she’s hard-working and stays fit. One thing McCasland does really well is has fun with the game and she makes sure she is always learning. With all of her ability, she has remained humble, grounded and is very coachable.
Ava Skaggs, Midfielder, Mount Hebron, Class of 2025
Skaggs is a midfielder, playing the No. 6 for the first time for her club and is loving it. She is very versatile, however, having played outside back, having played centrally in the midfield and as an attacking midfielder, as well as playing the No. 7 and No. 11 spots. In high school she has played all those positions as well as striker. She plays club for the Baltimore Armour 2007 GA team, and plays high school at Mount Hebron in Maryland. On the pitch, you will find a very determined, hard-working and tenacious midfielder who is incredibly competitive and can always be relied on by her teammates. Her coaches, Sam Haddad and Adam Wrede, describe her as someone who has a very high work rate, she can cover acres of space, and is very excellent in terms of anticipating play and she has great vision. They see her as a very technical player, one who is very physically tough and has a strong aerial presence. Off the field, you get a very sociable, cheerful person who is thoughtful and very energetic.
, Forward, Northwest, Class of 2025
Taylor is a rare breed, in a couple of ways. She’s a lefty, which is a blessing to have on the outside, an accordingly she plays the No. 11. She also plays the No. 6, and one does not see a lot of left-footed holding midfielders. She has also played as a striker and as an attacking midfielder. She is a very versatile player. Taylor is very dynamic, and she’s strategic, always thinking through her options quickly before making a decision. She is an aggressive player who reads the game well and coaches find her very driven and very coachable. She is incredibly dangerous in space, she is so fast and impactful that it’s hard to predict what she is going to do. Defenders have a hard time marking her on the ball or when she’s off the ball. She also tracks back and wins back the ball because she has such a high work rate. Taylor plays at Northwest High in Germantown, MD and plays her club for Loudoun. She is considered the top 2025 player in the state of Maryland. She has 34 goals and 34 assists so far between club and high school in the 2022/2023 season. However, Taylor was quick to point out that the stats do not define her and that she wants to contribute to the team and help the team win.