Ohio Elite players often have major impacts on their high school programs. This year three U19 ECNL girl's impacts were recognized as the best in Greater Cincinnati.
The 99/00 Girls ECNL is full of talent and the rest of Cincinnati agrees. On Monday evening, Ravin Alexander, Anna Podojil, and Colleen Swift were honored at the 2018 Cincinnati.com Athletes of the Year Awards for their play this fall during their high school seasons.
"These girls are outstanding soccer athletes and we are extremely proud of all they accomplished," praised Tim Lesiak, 99/00 ECNL Head Coach and Executive Director for Ohio Elite. "All three of these players have the ability to change games, but more importantly they are leaders and help their teams to reach their goals."
Ravin Alexander, the 2018 graduate and University of Louisville commit, was named the 2018 Female Soccer Player of the Year for small schools. Ravin led her Summit Country Day team to their second state title in three years and third overall.
"Ravin is a winner!" stated Doug Bracken, Ohio Elite Director of Coaching. "She loves to compete and she wants nothing more than to share the success with her teammates. Absolutely deserving of this recognition."
“I am extremely honored and blessed to have received this award as the city of Cincinnati has so many incredible High School athletes," praised Ravin. "Playing for my High School and representing the community has been an invaluable experience that I do not take for granted. I cannot say thank you enough to all of my coaches and teammates from both Ohio Elite and Summit as they’ve not only helped me in becoming a fierce competitor, but a person of good character. “
Anna Podojil, an University of Arkansas commit for the class of 2019, carried her Indian Hill squad to their first state championship which earned her the 2018 Female Soccer Player of the Year for large schools.
"Anna is a natural goal scorer. Her combination of speed, strength and determination make her one of the most feared strikers in the country," praised Tim Lesiak. " Anna still has her Senior Year at Indian Hill, so I anticipate her breaking more records and pushing for another State Title."
Colleen Swift, who will attend Morehead State University in the fall, led the charge for Loveland High School on their run to the State crown. For her efforts, she was recognized as the 2018 Cincinnati.com Ms. Greater Cincinnati Athlete of the Year (multi-sport).
"Colleen is a non-stop competitor. Add her to a big game situation, and she is determined to win. She is made for the collegiate level, and I look forward to watching her make an immediate impact at Morehead State next year." boasted Tim Lesiak.
"I just wanted to thank my family, particularly my parents and sister for the work they put in with me in the front yard and on the soccer field," thanked Swift. "I would also like to thank my coaches over the years. Doug Conway, Tim Lesiak, Todd Kelly, but especially Scott Sievering. He really ignited my passion for soccer and basketball! He believed in me and allowed and encouraged me to play to my strengths on the field and the court... He was extremely positive and taught me I could learn from my mistakes and always challenged me to be the best that I could be. This award is a testament to my coaches, my teammates, and my family who have been a constant source of support and motivation."
These young athletes will apply their talents this spring with the 99/00 Girls ECNL. Their team currently stands in third place of the Ohio Valley Conference.