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Ohio Elite Girls Recognized

By Ohio Elite, 04/30/18, 11:30AM EDT

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2018 Cincinnati.com Athletes of the Year Awards

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."

2017 High School Statistics
  • 2017 Team State Champion
  • Team Record: 22–1
  • Goals: 41
  • Assists: 12
  • Games Played: 22
Honors 
  • Miami Valley Conference Player of the year
  • All Southwest Ohio Player of the year (Division 3)
  • Ohio Player of the year (Division 3)
  • United Soccer Coaches High School All-American
  • Cincinnati Women’s Association High School Player of the year
  • Two time State Champion.

“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."

2017 High School Statistics
  • 2017 Team State Champion
  • 1st Team All-league, All-City, All-State and All-Region
  • United Soccer Coaches High School All-American
  • Player of the Year:   All-league, All-City and All-State
  • Ms. Soccer Ohio – Player of the Year across all divisions
  • 38 goals / 17 assists
  • Set school single season record (38 goals) and set career scoring record (89 goals) during her junior year
  • Scored at least one goal or had an assist in every single game she played in during the 2017 season.  13 multi-goal games in 21 games. 
Career High School statistics :
  • 89 Career goals and 42 Career assists
  • 3 Time League Champion
  • 3 Time 1st Team All-league and 1st Team All-City player
  • 2 Time 1st Team All-State player and All-Region Player
  • 2 Time State Final 4 (2015 and 2017)
Awards/honors/recognition (current season and career):
2015-2017 Indian Hill High School Soccer
  • 1st Team All-league (2015, 2016, 2017)
  • 1st Team All-City (2015, 2016, 2017)
  •  1st Team All-State (2016 and 2017)
  • United Soccer Coaches High School All-Region (2016 and 2017)
  • United Soccer Coaches High School All-American (2107)
  • Player of the Year:   All-league, All-City and All-State (2017)
  • Ms. Soccer Ohio – Player of the Year across all divisions (2017)
2017 US Women’s National Team
  • USWNT (U18 age group) Player Pool
  • Participated in three USWNT U18 Training Camps
“I am very honored to receive this award.  I would like to thank my parents, friends, coaches, teammates and the Indian Hill community for supporting me as a person and athlete. GO BRAVES!!" said Anna.
 

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.

2017 High School Statistics
  • Ohio Division 1 State Champions
  • Team record 22-1-0
  • 20 goals scored, 17 assists for 57 points
  • Played in and started all 23 games.
Honors
  • All ECC first Team
  • ECC player of the Year
  • All Southwest Ohio
  • Southwest Ohio Player of the Year D1
  • All State First team
  • All Region
  • United Soccer Coaches All American

"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.