FORT WORTH, Texas; February 21st, 2014 — ECNL Texas is off to a roaring start in Rolling Hills after Friday's day one. The inevitable product of smashing together so many great players in once place is a handful of standouts who grasped the opportunity by the neck.
M Zoe Morse, Michigan Hawks U17s: Morse’s influence in the Hawks’ crushing 5-0 loss to the Dallas Sting on Friday was just as evident in her outsize presence on the field as it was in her absence. The Virginia2016 commit was hugely important as a key cog for the Hawks in the holding midfield until she appeared to injure her ankle and was carried off about 20 minutes into the match. She didn’t return, and all five goals came with Morse off the field.
FORT WORTH, Texas; February 22, 2014 — Another day at ECNL Texas is in the books, which means another crop of impressive players stated their case as best of the event’s best. Here’s a look at the best players TopDrawerSoccer.com took in on another gorgeous day in Fort Worth.
D Katrina Koomen, Michigan Hawks U16s: Looking for a defender with the physical tools to be good right away? You could do much worse than Koomen, who looks about 6-feet even already and has speed to go with her size. Koomen was deployed at left back for the Hawks in their 4-2 loss to the Dallas Sting, but her even play was hardly to blame for most of their miscues. Seems to have the ability to slide over to center back if needed as well.