[FOUR THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT ...] After missing out on the 2010 finals, the USA will look to return to the Under-17 Women's World Cup, and one of the stars of the
team preparing for qualifying in May is Joanna Boyles, who has been a fixture in the age group. The central midfielder for CASL's Chelsea Ladies plans to stay
close to home, enrolling at North Carolina in 2013. For four things to know about Boyles ...
PROUD TO WEAR CREST. Boyles has climbed the ladder through the U-14, U-15 and U-17 girls programs and has loved the experience. "I can't put into words the camp experience on or off the field," she says. "To be part of something so large. Wearing the USA crest gives me chills, especially when the national anthem is played."
TROPHY COLLECTION. Boyles was a key member of the Chelsea Ladies, who won the ENCL national title in 2011 after they reached the semifinals in the first year of the competition. She also won a Super-Y League national title in 2008, and CASL finished second at the U.S. Youth Soccer Championship in 2009 as U-14s.
CLASSROOM WHIZ. With a 4.6 GPA at Raleigh's Sanderson High School, Boyles could pretty much go anywhere she wanted, but she has verbally committed to North Carolina.
FUTURE PLANS. Boyles has played under CASL coach Damon Nahas, whose success earned him the U-15 national team coaching job. She'd like to follow suit and coach one day. "To teach the game I love brings me joy and I want to give back," she says.