Faribault, Minn – The sister duo of Mya and Mariah Winebrenner have been competing
in the inaugural season of the U.S. Girls Development Academy League since September. The Girls’ Academy league is the highest level of play in girls soccer in the United States.
The Winebrenner’s were recruited and offered spots at the prestigious Shattuck-St.Mary’s development academy located in Faribault, Minnesota. SSM has a storied history as an elite boarding school in the Mid-West. The school is known for it’s Center of Excellence Programs in engineering, bioscience, pre-conservatory music, and vocal performance. The same distinguished Center of Excellence Programs have also been attained in athletics with their Hockey, Soccer, Figure Skating, and Golf programs.
Mya Winebrenner was observed playing in a showcase soccer tournament and offered an opportunity to tryout back in July. Mariah was then encouraged to attend the session as well. Both players impressed and scholarship offers were soon extended to them to join the soccer program. Mya is a defender and mid-fielder on the U17 development academy team while Mariah is the goaltender for the U15 development academy team.
Shattuck-St.Mary’s is one of 69 clubs located in the United States that were selected to participate in this inaugural season of the Girls Development Academy League. SSM is one of 9 clubs that comprise the Mid-West Division of the League. The 25 game season began in September and concludes in June of 2018.
Both girls struggled with the decision to leave their newly formed club team FC33 and their teammates at Elkins High school. But when considering the opportunity to train with and against the best players in the Development Academy model, they felt it was the next step in their soccer and personal growth. Of the 2016-17 Youth U.S. National Team members, 92% of them came from development academy programs like SSM.
Their mother, Jenifer Clay, has played a primary role in their development to this point. Her encouragement and ability to help them technically and tactically has helped hone their current soccer skills. FC33 is proud to have Clay training its U12G travel team. Her group has already shown an incredible amount of soccer development this past Fall season, as they just wrapped up tournament play in Sidney, Ohio.
As FC33 finishes their first ever Fall Season, the travel soccer club is quickly gaining notoriety as a premier developer of quality soccer players throughout the state and in the region. The clubs goal is to continue this development, and see more of their players attain individual and team success. You can follow the Winebrenner’s development as well as information on FC33 soccer via both programs social media channels.