Two standout players from the 2007 Girls U15 Herndon Alianza Black team have been selected to the ODP East Region Team set for interregional games in Orlando, Florida, this December. Goalkeeper Sara Nagle (photo, above left) was selected to the 2007 ODP East Region team and offensive player Katelyn Revelle (photo, above right), who plays a year up with the 07 Alianza squad, was selected in her age group to the 2008 ODP East Region team. Both players were selected to the regional team after demonstrating strong play in ODP regional camp this past summer.
Herndon Technical Director Nick Arzani has watched these players grow in the club and is proud of their success. “Sara and Katelyn are two very hardworking players with tremendous potential. I am very pleased they will be representing both Herndon and Virginia at the regional level.”
Sara is just one of four players chosen from Virginia, while Katelyn is one of nine selected from a strong state team age group. Alianza Black’s coach, Michelle Alioto, was also the 2008 girls Virginia ODP State coach for the previous two years.
“I’m incredibly proud of their recognition to the regional team, and there’s no doubt their experience at this level in ODP will be brought back to our team and club in Herndon. It’s a joy to watch both players in their element on the field, and I’m excited for the opportunity they created through their effort and talent,” said Alioto.
“Sara has grown tremendously as a goalkeeper to become instrumental to our team’s success. She’s one of the most dedicated players with desire to expand training opportunities and elevate her game. Sara is a student of the game and offers key leadership on the field. She is very consistent and reliable in making the saves we expect and has been amazing to watch making the saves we certainly don’t expect. Her growth as a player is a tribute to her determination to be the best.
Katelyn joined the ODP program just last year, but her talent on the field is evident across competition. Her assets as a player are uncommon and truly stand out as a danger to the opposition. She has the ability to run with the ball at top speed and change direction on a dime, which can affect the game at any moment. She continues to develop in all aspects of her game, and when she reaches her full potential, she will be unstoppable.”