February 6, 2012
Elizabeth Ball, Katie Cousins, Drew Romig, & Dalton Ruh all playing elite club soccer in Richmond, Va.
Monthly award recognizes top Mid-Atlantic soccer talents, as selected by Potomac Soccer Wire staff
|STERLING, VA. – Potomac Soccer Wire and Korrio are proud to announce the February winners of the Korrio Player to Watch award, Elizabeth Ball, Katie Cousins, Drew Romig and Dalton Ruh.
A sophomore at Deep Run High School and prolific goal scorer for the Richmond Strikers, Elizabeth Ballknows what to do when she gets near the net. She has scored 13 goals for the Richmond Strikers U-16 ECNLin just 15 games this season, and last spring, netted 20 goals as a freshmen for Deep Run.Ball has been playing soccer for the Strikers since she was six, picking up the love of the sport from her uncle, Eddie Gray, and brother Christopher, who also played for the Strikers. She said she loves the competitiveness and the feeling when she scores and her team wins.
(More on Ball - http://www.potomacsoccerwire.com/news/456/20496 )
According to Rob Ukrop, Katie Cousins‘ coach with the Richmond Kickers’ U-16 Elite girls team, the central midfielder has the potential to be a future game-changer with the U.S. women’s national team.
“She has the ability to change the tempo of a game, dictates whether we go forward or whether we’re going to play back,” Ukrop said. “She thinks like a professional player in terms of her decision-making. She’s built like a professional player. She’s small, but she plays big.”
(More on Cousins - http://www.potomacsoccerwire.com/news/456/20497 )
Still just 13 year old, Drew Romig‘s confidence and commanding presence, not to mention skill, are some reasons why he is the youngest-ever to be called up to the Richmond Kickers’ U-16 Development Academy team, progressing from the Kickers’ U-15 Elite team. It’s also why he’s in the U.S. U-14 national team pool.
“We always have to make sure that physically he can handle it, but he’s trained numerous times with the 17, 18-year olds in academy training,” said Kickers director of coaching Leigh Cowlishaw, “In games, it’s a little bit different, but he’s played against several players who were 17 when he was 13, and he’s done very well and handled it very calmly.”
(More on Romig - http://www.potomacsoccerwire.com/news/456/20495 )
Dalton Ruh‘s Richmond Strikers coach Trevor Spencer says Ruh, a central defender, is self-driven and focused on the field, and describes him as someone who appreciates the opportunity to play. Ruh, he said, has accepted his role as a leader.
“I ask everyone in practice: Who’s the hardest working player here? And everybody’s going to say Dalton Ruh,” Spencer said. Though only 14 years old, Rue’s already had an impact on his high school team at Collegiate, playing JV last year as a 7th grader and moving up to varsity this past season.
Intended to recognize those who produce notable achievements or display exceptional talent, the Korrio Players to Watch award is open to boys’ and girls’ players ages 14 and older, including those who have already begun their college careers.
Korrio, developer of youth sports management product Playflow™, signed on with Potomac Soccer Wire in late 2011 to launch the awards, a partnership set to continue at least through the 2012 year.
“Korrio is extremely proud to recognize the Mid-Atlantic region’s up-and-coming soccer talents,” said Kristina O’Connell, Korrio’s Vice President of Marketing. “Everything we do revolves around the player. Our product is designed to help players, coaches and parents spend less time on administrative work and more time on the field having fun.”
Coaches, club officials, fans, parents and fellow players can nominate worthy candidates for a future version of this honor via an online form at potomacsoccerwire.com/players.
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