Girls Players to Watch: Midfielders

We continue our look at girls players to watch with a long and distinguished group of midfielders. All of the athletes listed below were cited by their coaches, whose comments are quoted below (and in some cases augmented by additional stats or background).

Here are some midfielders to watch in 2017 (listed alphabetically by school):


From coach Steve Omlor:

  • Piper Spindle, sophomore: Was injured during the majority of her freshman year, but still scored 13 goals in limited action.


From coach Scott Cohen:

  • Chiara Adendorff, senior: (Pictured top right). Led the Eagles in goals during the playoffs last season and will be tricky to stop in transition. Scored 43 goals overall.
  • Sophia Borkgren, senior: Borkgren does just about everything on both ends of the field.

Culver City

From coach Liz Vacovec:

  • Harper Barth, senior: Center midfielder; leading scorer last year and expect her to do the same this year.
  • Rachel Block, junior: Amazing midfielder with speed and excellent stick skills. Already has a full ride playing at La Salle.
  • Sierra Chabola, freshman: Used to play boys lacrosse; just started to learn girls, and I already know she is going to be a starter.

Dunn School

From coach Christian Ferrera:

  • Sophie Adelman, senior: Sophie has very strong stick skills and quick speed. She controls the pace of most of our games and encourages her teammates to make smart decisions.


From coach Cheyenne Cockrell:

  • Makena Carter, sophomore: Mak is incredibly fast and has a sniper-like shot. She possesses phenomenal skill, and we can’t wait to see what this year has in store for her.
  • Zeyna Faucette, junior: Zeyna has consistently been a top scorer for us over the last three years. She has quick feet, a fast stick and will be leading the team as a captain.

Palos Verdes

From coach Marissa Hewitt:

  • Kelly Hoyt and Kendall Hoyt, sophomores, and Zoe Puccia, junior: Our midfield will be particularly tough, especially with the advent of the new 3-on-3 possession rules, as the sophomore Hoyt twins, Kelly and Kendall, and junior transfer Zoe Puccia, will make it tough for opponents to control the ball of the draw.

Oak Park

From coach Dru Gilliam:

  • Isabelle Campbell, senior: Captain, committed to NCAA D-III Denison. Isabelle is fast, strong and powerful. She has a nose for the goal. She will be one of the key offensive leaders for the team.
  • Erin Dotson, sophomore: Erin is our quiet assassin. She just shows up at the right time, all the time. Great with both hands and can shoot lights out.
  • Yael Kaufman, junior: (Pictured, top center). Captain. Yael has an incredible work rate on the field. Fast and determined to be successful, her passion for the game is always present.

Redondo Union

From coach Tom Borgia:

  • Alison Shafer, junior: (Pictured, top left). Great stick skills and strong on the draw; was third-leading scorer [37g, 23a] on 2016 team that went to LA finals after losing eight starters from 2015 North Division Champions. Scored five goals vs. Oak Park in 2016 final.
  • Addison Bass, sophomore: Starting for first time on varsity; has great sticks skills and very strong shot; will share draws with Shafer and take defensive pressure of Shafer; one of the rising stars in LA.

Dos Pueblos

From coach Samantha Limkeman:

    Tara Van Hoorn, junior: Last year she held our defense together, and this year she’ll be supporting and leading our the midfield.


From coach Kara Hooper:

  • Elizabeth Swindells, senior: Very fast, strong on the draws.


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