St. Louis Scott Gallagher Soccer Club

SLSG MO ECNL Girls Excel On-and-Off the Field

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – St. Louis Scott Gallagher caught up with members of the 1999 MO ECNL girls team which recently celebrated nine high school seniors who are continuing their student-athlete careers after committing to colleges on National Signing Day.

 

The class of 2018 was tabbed for greatness at the U15 level when they were the first SLSG team to qualify for the ECNL Champions League National Playoffs.  After the birth year changes took effect at U17 level, the girls went undefeated for 25 games going into the ECNL Champions League National Playoffs and won the first Midwest Regional Conference title in 2016.  As U18 players, the girls qualified with the 1998 birth year girls for the ECNL National Finals and finished the season ranked 5th in the country.  This past year as U19 players, the girls won the Midwest Regional Conference title and finished the season 17-0-0 and will compete in the ECNL National Finals as the #1 seed.

 

Anna Lawler (Oklahoma State University) was one of the girls who went undefeated the season before the birth year rule took effect. “Last year we were undefeated but this season I would say it’s been easier because we had more time together after the birth year change and we feel really comfortable around each other,” said Lawler. 

 

In addition to performances on the field, the class of 2018 girls have exceled off the field with their community involvement.  Every year since 2015, the girls have completed an Upper90 community service project with organizations such as Marygrove’s Christmas Angels (2015), Food Outreach-St. Louis (2016), North Grand Neighborhood Services (2017), SPENSA (2017) and Missouri Baptist Medical Center (2018).

 

Gaby Smith (Butler University) has been with the club for six years and believes those community projects have helped the team on the field as well. “While at SLSG, I’ve learned to give back to the community and really enjoyed being with my teammates at those community projects,” said Smith.

 

Margaret Lavigne (University of Omaha) thinks that time balance between school, playing soccer, and helping in the community has prepared her for the college environment. “The club has taught me the value of hard work and stepping up to face any challenge,” said Lavigne. “Also, prioritizing my time and staying responsible to balance school along with soccer.”

 

Lawler believes any girl in the club can achieve the same results if they enjoy being a good teammate. “Always try hard and compete but at the same time you should enjoy yourself and have fun,” added Lawler. “If you’re not having fun and are stressed out all the time and focus on yourself individually, it’s rarely going to work out. If you focus on the team and appreciate the time you have together, because it goes quickly, you will get where you want to be.”

 

SLSG congratulates the U18/19 ECNL team for the undefeated season and wishes the Class of 2018 all the best as they continue their academic and athletic careers next season.

 

Jersey #

  First Name   Last Name   Hometown   Graduation Year College Status
                   

#16

 

Blythe

 

Beldner

 

Wildwood

 

2018

University of Missouri

                   

#6

 

Isabel

 

Burke

 

St. Louis

 

2018

Saint Louis University

                   

#25

 

Samantha

 

Cary

 

St. Charles, MO

 

2019

University of Iowa

                   

#8

 

Emma

 

Christanell

 

St. Louis, MO

 

2019

Saint Louis University

                   

#5

 

Hadley

 

Cytron

 

Creve Coeur, MO

 

2019

University of Tennessee

                   

#9

 

Jadyn

 

Easley

 

Ozark, MO

 

2019

University of Missouri

                   

#7

 

Emily

 

Groark

 

St. Peters, MO

 

2018

University of Colorado Boulder

                   

#00

 

Kasey

 

Hartmann

 

St. Louis, MO

 

2018

Saint Louis University

                   

#21

 

Natalie

 

Jackson

 

O'Fallon, MO

 

2019

Southeast Missouri State

                   

#5

 

Hayley

 

Jakovich

 

Eureka, MO

 

2018

Xavier University

                   

#8

 

Margaret

 

LaVigne

 

St. Louis, MO

 

2018

University of Nebraska Omaha

                   

#10

 

Anna

 

Lawler

 

Fenton, MO

 

2018

Oklahoma State University

                   

#31

 

Mikala

 

Liley

 

Jackson, MO

 

2019

Uncommitted

                   

#12

 

Abbie

 

Miller

 

St. Charles, MO

 

2019

Saint Louis University

                   

#11

 

Delaney

 

Schultz

 

University City, MO

 

2018

Rice University

                   

#27

 

Gabby

 

Smith

 

St. Louis, MO

 

2018

Butler University