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Sunday, January 10, 2016

Stuart student and soccer star up for national 'goal of the year'

The Annandale United FC U17 Girls team at the Disney Soccer Showcase in Orlando, Fla. Ana Heilferty is the second from the left in the first row. Coach Ann Germain, a wormer Women's National Team player, is on the far right.

JEB Stuart student Anna Heilferty is a finalist for “Goal of the Year,” a competition sponsored by the U.S. Youth Soccer organization. 

Heilferty’s team, Annandale United FC, affiliated with the Annandale Boys and Girls Club, played a State Cup game on Stuart’s turf field, and she scored “a breathtaking 27-yard screamer of a goal,” says soccer parent Anthony Beverina.

Beverina submitted a video of the goal [embedded above] to US Youth Soccer, and Heilferty’s goal made it to the top five. Whoever gets the most votes from the public will be the winner. Vote here. Voting closes Jan. 11, 1 p.m., and the winner will be announced Jan. 15.

“Annandale United FC is one of the best girls club soccer team to every come out of our area,” says Beverina, whose daughter Chloe is Heilferty’s best friend and one of three Stuart students on the team.

Most of girls will play college soccer and five have already committed as juniors in high school. Heilferty, 16, a center midfielder, has already committed to play for Boston University. Both Anna and Chloe are all-state in soccer. Beverina says, and the Stuart girls’ soccer team “is becoming a major source of pride for the school.”

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