ECNL RL VA Selection Game – More Standout Players
Local Virginia players were not the only ones that stood out during the selection game in Richmond a few days ago. It was a tightly contested, even match, but there were some great plays, including one moment of brilliance that…
Local Virginia players were not the only ones that stood out during the selection game in Richmond a few days ago. It was a tightly contested, even match, but there were some great plays, including one moment of brilliance that stood out.
That moment of brilliance belonged to United Futbol Academy player,. Kylie came out of the halftime break determined to score. She started to create some chances for herself with her speed and relentless pressure. Midway through the second half, Williams received the ball near the endline, outside of the box. She used her quick feet and strength to hold off a couple of defenders, before beating the last defender to the inside and finishing with her left foot. This was easily the play of the game, and tied it up for the West.
Genevieve Ricci was deployed at RB for the East squad. Her presence was felt up the entire right side of the field and through the middle as well. Ricci was very calm on the ball, giving herself time to pick out the right passes. A strong dribbler, she is not afraid to carry the ball through lines and become more attacking. She displayed good positioning on defense and a good touch when receiving passes or intercepting passes from the West squad.
Ana Caldentey was great in an attacking/midfield role for the East squad, often linking up with McKenzie Shea to create dangerous opportunities. Caldentey played a wonderful through ball midway through the first half to get her team in on goal, but the finish went wide. Ana was pivotal in a lot of the attacks the East team had. She is smart with the ball, and has a good controlled sprint dribble, which helps her get by defenders while keeping her head up.
Alicia Katter played as one of the forwards for the West team. While the East team had the lion’s share of possession, Katter kept her work rate up, showing to the ball to receive it and get her squad back into the game. Alicia showed very good control on balls played to her and strong dribbling skills to keep the ball in crowds of defenders. She was unable to find the back of the net, but still stood out for her strong technical ability.