Each month, we will be recognizing one male and one female US Youth Soccer Player of the Month, presented by Sports Authority, whose accomplishments on and off the field stick out among the rest.
The players who are selected will represent a balance of athletic achievement, sportsmanship and citizenship.
Examples of these athletes' characteristics include:
- Impactful or notable in-game performance
- Displays good sportsmanship and the promotion of teamwork
- Community service
- Superior academic achievement
- Overcoming personal obstacles
While great performances in the game of soccer are appreciated, it's important to note that accomplishments off the field are valued just as much as those achieved on the field.
This month's honorees are...
Female Player of the Month
Jaxton from Mechanicsburg, Pa.
Jaxton has been the ultimate team player for her club team and the Cumberland Valley Middle School team. She has also played in US Youth Soccer ODP as a member of the Region I and Eastern Pennsylvania teams. Recently, she helped lead her club team to a regional tournament championship by scoring the deciding penalty kick after a double-overtime final. Jaxton traveled to England a part of the US Youth Soccer ODP Eastern Pennsylvania team and helped the side to an impressive 3-1 record against some of England's top girls programs. Off the field, she has made the honor roll four consecutive quarters — maintaining a 99 percent average while taking advanced classes. As part of her love for soccer and her desire to give back, she assists her sister's Under-10 team as an instructor and assistant coach. With Jaxton's strong work ethic, she hopes to one day play Division I soccer for an Ivy League school.
Male Player of the Month
Nathaniel from Lafayette, Ind.
Nathaniel has been a key player in the midfield for his club and high school teams. His coaches cite his mental toughness, sportsmanship and agility as his top traits. This year, Nathaniel has been named to the US Youth Soccer ODP Indiana 1999 team, and as a freshman, he was awarded the most improved player award by his high school coaches. He started his academic career a year before his peers and has consistently achieved high academic success in his school’s excel program for gifted students. He began earning high school credits in seventh grade and college credits in ninth grade. Nathaniel was recently selected to participate in a highly selective honors science research class in the Purdue School of Nuclear Engineering. He also participates in National Honor Society, volunteers as a tutor at his school and occasionally assists his little brother’s soccer team.