The World Cup is going strong in Russia, so it is a good time to add a little soccer to the mix. The high school girls’ soccer season just completed during the spring and there were some very talented African-American young ladies putting in work on the pitch around St. Louis. Here is a look at some of those top girls’ players.

Kendall Battle (Pattonville): The Class of 2019 forward just gave a verbal commitment to Cincinnati after a big season in which she had 21 goals and 13 assists in leading the Pirates to an 18-5 record. She was an All-Suburban XII South and Class 4 All-State selection.

Jada Harvey (Hazelwood Central): The talented forward scored 27 goals and had 20 assists to lead the Hawks to a district championship. Harvey was a Class 4 All-State selection. She has already committed to Southeast Missouri State.

Naomi Ferguson (MICDS): The standout Class of 2020 forward has already given a commitment to Brown University in the Ivy League. She had 22 goals, nine assists and scored six game winning goals for the Rams this spring. She was an All-Metro League selection.

Alexis Turner (Westminster Christian): The just-graduated standout defender was an All-Metro League and All-State selection as she helped lead the Wildcats to a 16-4 record and a Class 3 district championship. She will attend the University of Dubuque.

Leslie Ballard (Valley Park): The Class of 2020 standout forward was a scoring phenom for the Hawks this season with 31 goals, six assists and four game-winning goals.

Cammie Robinson (Eureka): The Missouri State commit was a stalwart on defense for the Wildcats’ 20-6 team that advanced to the Final Four of the Class 4 state tournament in 2018. She also helped Eureka to the state championship in 2017.

Lauren Smith (Trinity): The multi-sport athlete was a standout defensive player for the Titans’ Class 1 district-championship team. She was selected to the AAA All-Conference Team. She Is headed to Fontbonne to play  basketball next season.

Miranda Pratt (Rosati-Kain):  The standout defensive player was an All-State performer after leading Rosati-Kain to a district championship and a berth in the Class 2 state quarterfinals. She signed with Missouri Baptist.

I’Lysa Walker (Hazelwood Central): The standout defensive player was an All-Suburban North Conference selection and a key player for the Hawks’ district championship team.

Sophia Mulwa (Nerinx Hall): An excellent defensive player and an All-Metro Women’s Athletic Association selection after helping the Markers to a 21-2 record. She is also Nerinx Hall’s scholar-athlete for 2018.

Sarah Nselel (Ladue): The sophomore goalkeeper was an All-Suburban Central Conference performer for the Rams.

St. Louis American Sports Director

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