RICHMOND, Va. (Sep. 1, 2021) – Three Eclipse Select players claimed Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) 2020-21 All-Midwest Conference Players of the Year honors as announced by the league on Tuesday, Aug. 31.  These players included Korbin Albert (Grayslake, Ill.) of the Eclipse Select ECNL Girls 2003’s, Tom Coughlin (Rockford, Ill.) of the Eclipse Select ECNL Boys 2004’s, and Patrick Bohan (Naperville, Ill.) of the Eclipse Select ECNL Boys 2006’s.

Albert, Coughlin, and Bohan will now be eligible for selection to the ECNL Boys and ECNL Girls All-American teams, which will be announced at a later date. All-Conference Players of the Year will also be eligible for selection for the ECNL Boys’ and ECNL Girls’ National Player of the Year.

Also released on Tuesday, the league anointed All-Conference first-team and second-team awards across all nine conferences for the girls and all 10 conferences for the boys. Eclipse was featured heavily as 17 total Eclipse Select ECNL and Eclipse North ECNL Girls were named. Oppositely, 11 Eclipse Select ECNL Boys were named.

These awards come at no surprise. The Eclipse Select Soccer Club, as a whole, made significant noise at the ECNL Playoffs and National Finals this past summer. Highlighted by a National Championships at the Girls U-18/19 and Boys U-17 levels, the club saw a total of ten teams progress to the ECNL’s postseason. Six girls and four boys teams advanced out of the Midwest Conference to the Champions League. Out of the Champions League, four teams made it to ECNL Finals. The U-18/19 Girls, U-17 Boys, and U-13 Girls all reached the ECNL National Championship Final with the Girls 2003/02’s and Boys 2004’s crowned as champions. For all of the accomplishments throughout the 2020-21 season, the ECNL ranked Eclipse Select Boys 3rd and the Girls 6th in their Overall Club Rankings.

The following players were selected through a recommendation and voting process involving representatives from every member club in each ECNL conference. Each athlete selected as a Conference Player of the Year or to the All-Conference First or Second Teams was chosen after thoughtful evaluation of their respective performances throughout the 2020-21 season. Each conference has an All-Conference First and Second Team for the U15-U18/19 age groups and also recognizes a Player of the Year or Co-Players of the Year from each age group for their excellence on the pitch. The number of players selected for each All-Conference First Team was based upon the size of the respective conference.

*Conference Player of the Year

ECNL Boys All-Midwest Conference

U-15; First-Team
*Patrick Bohan – Eclipse Select
Martin Gaytan – Eclipse Select
U-15; Second-Team
Ryan Walsh – Eclipse Select

U-16; First-Team
Javier Ruiz – Eclipse Select

U-17; First-Team
*Tom Coughlin – Eclipse Select
John Renteria – Eclipse Select
U-17; Second-Team
Ethan Kornas – Eclipse Select
Roman Hernandez – Eclipse Select

U-18/19; First-Team
Dimitri Huitron – Eclipse Select
Preston Huitron – Eclipse Select
U-18/19; Second-Team
Kobe Frenette – Eclipse Select

ECNL Girls All-Midwest Conference

U-15; Second-Team
Daniele Gichner – Eclipse Select North
Carisma Rosales – Eclipse Select
Gemma Gillespie – Eclipse Select

U-16; First-Team
Bela Najera – Eclipse Select
U-16; Second-Team
Taylor Green – Eclipse Select

U-17; First-Team
Xcaret Pineda – Eclipse Select
U-17; Second-Team
Brielle Rochester – Eclipse Select
Eileen Rodriguez – Eclipse Select North

U-18/19; First-Team
*Korbin Albert – Eclipse Select
Jenna Stayart – Eclipse Select
Lauren Boafo – Eclipse Select
Emma Phillips – Eclipse Select
Riley Philbin – Eclipse Select North
U-18/19; Second-Team
Kate Dobsch – Eclipse Select
Mimi Van Zanten – Eclipse Select
Aubrey Hahn – Eclipse Select North