Davalos to play in U.S. National League

Will Fehlinger | The Herald-TribuneDenise Davalos, Batesville, is one of two local girls on Indy Premier to qualify for the U.S. Soccer National League.

Denise Davalos, Batesville, is a member of Indy Premier Soccer Club's Under-17 Girls Elite 2003 team, a squad that has qualified for the U.S. Soccer 2019-20 National League. Premier officials announced the Batesville High School student joins 15 girls from Columbus, Greenfield, Mt. Vernon, Noblesville, Fishers, Carmel and Westfield as part of just the fourth team in Indiana history to qualify.

“Denise has been a key contributor and has continued to work hard over the past couple years to help her team to this historic opportunity,” commented Premier coach Kenrick Ramirez, who coached his team to its fifth consecutive State Cup Championship in May.

Thirty-two teams from across the country earn their spots in the National League based on their record of success in U.S. Youth Soccer regional and national competitions. National League playing weekends are held in North Carolina, Florida and Nevada between December and March each year. Hundreds of college scouts usually attend each National League weekend, citing the competitive level of each game as every team has to earn their spot in the competition, regardless of club affiliation or location. Indy Premier is recognized as one of the top soccer clubs in Indiana and will generally field travel teams (ages 10-19) that participate in the Indiana State League, Midwest Conference, Great Lakes Conference, and now National League, as well as various programs for boys and girls aged 2-adult and a semi-pro team.

Ramirez said, “Indy Premier has been fortunate to work with a number of kids in different age groups from the Batesville area over the past few years."

Anyone interested in learning more about Indy Premier and its programs should contact Ramirez at kenrick.ramirez@indypremiersc.org.

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