In just it’s third year in existence, the Washington Spirit Academy Super Y program has not only grown to be the largest overall club setup in the prestigious nation-wide summer league, it sent five teams to the National Championship Tournament in Bradenton, Florida in December.
The Under-16 age group was particularly successful in sending three teams to nationals, which only bodes well for the future of the dozens of elite players involved as they embark on the college recruiting whirlwind, as well as clearly supplying a strong group expected to advance eventually into the full Washington Spirit Reserves and even possibly at the professional level.
The five qualifying teams were Maryland U12, Maryland U14, Maryland U16 Red, Virginia U16, and Virginia U16 Red.
Six players were also recognized individually on the All-Tournament Teams. They were:
Alicia Lamkin (D – Maryland U14)
Margaret Covey (D – Virginia U16 Red)
Amanda Banfield (D – Virginia U16 Red)
Annie Sorando (M – Virginia U16 Red)
Mary-Kaitlyn Barnes (M – Virginia U16 Red)
Rachel Jackson (F – Virginia U16 Red)
A large number of representatives in the All-Tournament Team were from the Virginia U16 Red* team who landed the national championship. The following players were on that roster:
Carmen Ashwell, Hannah Boster, Ella Callahan, Caitlin Carlton, Margaret Covey, Rachel Jackson, Sarah Joyce, Morgan Kerns, Daniela Lopez-Melean, Sofia Lunde, Saloni Mittal, Emma Nguyen, Sarah Nguyen, Gillian Schiffer, Annette Shumway, Lianna Smith, Annie Sorando, Emily Talotta, Camryn Taylor, Lilly Wilcox
*The “Red” designation needed as the Spirit fields two programs in both DC suburbs of Northern Virginia and Maryland, and in 2016 Baltimore was added.
The fourth season for the Washington Spirit Academy in Super Y will be bigger and better than ever, with nearly 800 players learning from top coaches and enjoying exclusive access to the professional game and structure at one of the world’s top professional clubs. Players interested in joining can submit their interest here.