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Seven seniors headline inaugural JWS soccer All-American teams

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Ella Sanchez earns JWS All-American First Team honors after finishing her junior season with 64 goals and 14 assists. (Courtesy of Connor Cunningham)

A week after unveiling the final high school soccer spring rankings, Just Women’s Sports has new honors to bestow upon the nation’s top high school student-athletes.

JWS is proud to announce its inaugural All-American girls soccer teams, honoring 22 of the top high school players in the nation, including seven seniors on the first team.

Learn more about these outstanding athletes below, including what college they plan to attend, and look out for our selection of JWS Player of the Year next week.

First Team

Elise Evans, Woodside (Calif.), Sr. | D/F

18 goals, 4 assists

Evans did it all for Woodside. Normally a defender, Evans played up top when needed and averaged over a goal per game in 12 appearances. But she was just as comfortable defending a one-goal lead, guiding the Wildcats to a 15-2-1 record.

Juliauna Hayward, Legacy (Colo.), Sr. | M

17 goals, 22 assists

A top-10 player in her recruiting class, according to Top Drawer Soccer, Hayward controlled the midfield and led the Lightning to a state quarterfinal appearance.

Riley Jackson, Blessed Trinity (Ga.), Soph. | M

14 goals, 18 assists

Jackson put up those numbers despite missing significant time while leading the U.S. U17 national team to the Concacaf championship, where she was named the tournament’s best player.

Molly Martin, Buckingham, Browne & Nichols School (Mass.), Sr. | D

6 goals, 9 assists
Penn State

Before enrolling at Penn State, Martin anchored a defense that allowed just two goals in 21 games, leading the Knights to a 21-0 record and the Class A tournament championship.

Shay Montgomery, Yorktown (Va.), Sr. | M

24 goals, 8 assists
South Carolina

Montgomery led the Patriots to the 6A state title and a No. 3 spot in the season-ending JWS rankings.

Allie Montoya, Mountain View (Cal.), Sr. | F

28 goals, 11 assists

A constant presence on U.S. youth national teams, Montoya scored over a third of the Spartans’ goals and was involved in nearly half of them.

Jordan Nytes, Grandview (Colo.), Sr. | GK

5 goals against, 15 shutouts, 75 saves
Oklahoma State

Nytes was the backbone of the Class 5A state champions, giving up just five goals in 20 games and recording a .938 save percentage.

Melina Rebimbas, Rutgers Preparatory School (N.J.), Jr. | F

40 goals, 31 assists
North Carolina

Rebimbas recorded a hat trick in eight games this season, more than a third of the Dragons’ 23-match schedule.

Ella Sanchez, Ballard (Ky.), Jr. | F/M

64 goals, 14 assists

Behind Sanchez’s jaw-dropping numbers, Ballard advanced to the region tournament semifinals.

Evelyn Shores, Westminster (Ga.), Jr. | D/F

27 goals, 24 assists
North Carolina

Another player that did a little bit of everything, Shores led Westminster to a state title and the No. 1 spot in JWS’ final rankings.

Amelia White, Homestead (Ind.), Sr. | F/M

25 goals, 15 assists
Penn State

Thanks to White’s contributions, Homestead went 22-0 and won the Class 4A state championship.

Second Team

Samantha Allen, Noble (Okla.), Sr. | F

56 goals, 15 assists
Oklahoma State

Allen scored 169 goals throughout her high school career, widely believed to be the most in state history.

Lindsey Antonson, Wilsonville (Ore.), Sr. | F

52 goals, 9 assists
Oregon State

Antonson scored 13 goals over four postseason matches, including a hat trick in the state championship game, to lead the Wildcats to a state championship and an undefeated season.

Autumn Cayelli, T.L. Hanna (S.C.), Jr. | M/F

49 goals, 4 assists
South Carolina

Cayelli’s prodigious goal-scoring record propelled T.L. Hanna to an appearance in the 5A state championship game.

Olivia Curry, Spring-Ford (Pa.), Sr. | D


A United Soccer Coaches All-American selection, Curry is one of the top defenders in the Class of 2022.

Halle Engle, Mechanicsburg (Pa.), Sr. | F

50 goals, 11 assists

Engle scored in 23 of the Wildcats’ 24 games, leading them to the state quarterfinals and ending her prep career with 132 goals and 47 assists.

Kennedy Fuller, Southlake Carroll (Texas), Fr. | M

26 goals, 15 assists

Despite her youth, Fuller did not shy away in the big moments, recording a hat trick in Southlake Carroll’s 4-0 state championship win.

Kelsey Smith, McDonogh (Md.), Sr. | F

19 goals, 3 assists

When Smith returned to the field in September after missing more than a year with an ACL injury, she didn’t skip a beat, leading the Eagles to a state crown.

Kiera Staude, Westminster (Ga.), Jr. | D

3 goals, 2 assists

Staude marshaled a defense that allowed just 11 goals all season en route to a seventh consecutive state title, including shutouts in four of the Wildcats’ five postseason games.

Taylor Suarez, Ardrey Kell (N.C.), Soph. | F

18 goals, 12 assists

Suarez put up those numbers despite missing eight-regular season games while playing for the U.S. U17 national team. She also had five goals and six assists in six postseason appearances.

Tatum Thomason, Liberty (Ariz.), Sr. | M/F

39 goals, 20 assists

The prolific goal scorer had six hat tricks and 13 multi-goal games, leading the Lions to the 6A state semifinals.

Sydney Watts, St. Thomas Aquinas (Kan.), Jr. | M/F

37 goals, 10 assists

One of the top juniors in the country, Watts led the Saints to an undefeated season and the Class 5A state championship, scoring both goals in the state final.

Phillip Suitts is a contributing writer at Just Women’s Sports. He has worked at a variety of outlets, including The Palm Beach Post and Southeast Missourian, and done a little bit of everything from reporting to editing to running social media accounts. He was born in Atlanta but currently lives in wintry Philadelphia. Follow Phillip on Twitter @PhillipSuitts.