Photo from The Washington Post
by Trevor Hershner
Stuart alumna, Anna Heilferty was invited to the U.S. Women’s soccer training camp along with 23 other girls to earn a spot on the United States U18 Women’s National Soccer Team. The training camp took place in Lakewood Ranch, Florida, from Feb. 10 through 17. According to Boston University, she was one of six college players invited to attend the camp.
The 2017 graduate was chosen for the United States U18 Women’s National Team camp based on her standout freshman season at Boston University. Heilferty won ‘Rookie of the Year’ in the Patriot Conference, scoring five goals throughout the season while playing primarily as a defender.
“What makes her different from other players is her individual drive to get better, which is something other players don’t have,” said Jack McAuley, Stuart girls varsity soccer coach. She is also very open to criticism. She takes it very well and works on her game because of it.”
Heilferty was named the 2017 All-Met player of the year for girls soccer, scoring 34 goals. As a high schooler, Heilferty was a three-time Capital Conference 13 ‘Player of the Year.’ In 2017, she led the Raiders to their first conference championship in 40 years.
“Anna instilled confidence in the rest of us, there was never a mountain too high,” said senior and former teammate Cameron Davis. “She held the team together and always pushed us to be the best we could.”
Heilferty will travel to Spain from Feb. 24 through Mar. 7 with the National Team. While in Spain, Heilferty and the Women’s National Team will compete in three games. They will play teams from across Europe, including England, Norway, and the Netherlands. She is also one of only three college players to be chosen for the trip. Heilferty is also the only player in college who does not play for a power five conference school (SEC, ACC, PAC 12, BIG TEN, BIG 12). Only 22 people made the National Team and Anna Heilferty is one of six defenders to make the team.
“Playing for the National Team is really exciting. It had definitely been an adjustment to their style and speed of play,” said Heilferty. “The environment is really great and fun to be a part of.”