NAME: Ana Manning
SCHOOL: Milford High School
GRADUATING YEAR: 2024
GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT: Selected as an All-American
HEIGHT: 5'7"-125 lbs.
RESIDENCE: Miami Township
PARENTS: Ray & Jeri
BIGGEST INFLUENCE: "My mother."
FUTURE GOAL: Degree in Sports Management; play professionally
Leading the defending ECC soccer champion Milford Eagles this season is senior Ana Manning, who is a highly decorated All-American soccer forward, a two-time ECC Player of the Year winner and the reigning Cincinnati Div. I Player of the Year (Enquirer) and the Div. I Southwest Coaches Association Player of the Year. She also was the ECC Offensive Player of the Year and was a finalist for Cincinnati Player of the Year by the Cincinnati High School Sports Awards. With an outstanding high school career, Ana is the ECC career leader in goals scored.
Her junior year, she led the Eastern Cincinnati Conference in goals (29, a single-season school record) and points (68) and finished tied for second in the league with 10 assists. She helped lead Milford to a 19-2 record that included ECC and district championships, and a spot in the regional semifinals. She had 10 multi-goal games, including two three-goal hat trick games vs. Sycamore and Kings. Other multi-goal games included scoring two goals vs. Mount Notre Dame, two goals (along with two assists) against Walnut Hills and two goals (along with two assists) vs. Winton Woods.
Ana also holds the school records for career goals (56) and career points (132). The Lady Eagles have won 10 conference championships and three district championships. In games this season, Ana scored a hat trick in a 4-1 win vs. Turpin, two goals in a win vs. Colerain and one goal each in winning games vs. Lebanon, Sycamore and Beavercreek. She also scored a goal in a 2-2 tie vs. Mount Notre Dame and scored a goal with two assists in an 8-0 win over Winton Woods. In addition, she scored a goal in a 3-1 win over Oak Hills plus a goal vs. Walnut Hills and a goal vs. Anderson. The Eagles are an undefeated 9-0-2 on the year so far.
Ana is a two-time all-city, all-region and all-state player. Her national exposure includes being selected to play in the ECNL National Selection Game in New Jersey. She has been nominated for USA Today Soccer Player of the Year.
A good student who is active in community service, she played on boys' teams until she was 11 years old. Ana will continue her soccer play next season at Eastern Kentucky University.
COACH'S QUOTE – "Ana is exceptionally talented in finding goal-scoring opportunities. Her talent matched with her incredible work ethic makes her the phenomenal player she is. She is a great role model to her teammates by showing that talent coupled with hard work gets results."
— Jill Helms, Varsity Soccer Coach