Washington Spirit 2017 draft pick Lindsay Agnew is about to begin her rookie season in the NWSL, but her soccer career leading up to this point has already been quite a journey.
Agnew, who played travel soccer with Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) member club Ohio Premier, has been honored by the girls national league in its “Amazing Young Women” campaign, a platform designed to inspire young athletes on the soccer field and in life.
Continue reading below or read the full feature on the ECNL website about Agnew and her journey through the highest levels of girls and women’s soccer, playing for Ohio Premier, the U.S. Youth National Teams, Ohio State University and now making it at the professional level with the Spirit.
ECNL #UNSHAKABLE SPOTLIGHT | LINDSAY AGNEW
RICHMOND, VA (March 7, 2017) – The ECNL and the Amazing Young Women movement is dedicated to showcasing females that have helped shape the league into the top female youth soccer development platform in the world. The #UNSHAKABLE campaign celebrates the drive, passion, independence and strength of the ECNL athlete. #UNSHAKABLE highlights the challenges, motivations, and choices that players face through their soccer journey, sharing moments of triumph and success to motivate today’s ECNL player.
We are excited to announce Lindsey Agnew as the first of several ECNL #UNSHAKABLE Spotlights. Agnew was drafted in the 2017 National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) Draft as the 19th overall pick to the Washington Spirit. Currently she is in Portugal with the Canadian Women’s National Team participating in the Algarve Cup, marking her first tournament with the senior team. She was a 4-year letter winner for The Ohio State University Buckeyes, and an Ohio Premier ECNL Alum.
If Agnew declared that she would one day play professional soccer, and alongside Christine Sinclair on the Canadian Women’s National Team, many would have brushed it off as a fairytale dream.
Born in Canada, Agnew and her family moved to the United States when she was 7 years old, following her dad’s career as a hockey coach. She began playing for Ohio Premier, earning a spot on the second team in her age group. Although she loved her teammates she knew she wanted to play at the highest level, so she continued to put in the extra work. Agnew broke onto the first team in her U15 season and was placed on the ECNL team.
Her determination and drive, even at that age, was hard to ignore. Agnew spent countless hours in her backyard practicing on her rebounder daily, even dragging her dad outside to shoot on. She had set a goal to play in the ECNL, and now that she had accomplished that goal, it was time to set her sights on something new. Agnew focused her efforts on playing college soccer with the dream of one day playing professionally and representing her country. It was a tall order, but she was never one to back down from a challenge.