7 Person Panel selected for SHEBELIEVES HERO Finalists

By Sean McCaffery, February 2, 2018

This exclusive group contains Olympians, World Cup players, and coaches to choose the four finalists. This, the second of contests will close on Feb. 5 and select a girl, ages 13-17 who exhibts the SheBelieve Spirit. This hero leads in their community with confidence and passion, giving strength to  those around her and makes a change via her efforts. The winner gets a trip for two to the USWNT SheBelieves Cup game at RedBull Arena, March 4. Rules etc.may be found at shebelieves.us/hero (this you already knew).

Here is the Panel, a veritable who's who of womens soccer:

Nicole Barnhart: This current netminder for the Utah Royals who will begin play this season spent 10 years with the USWNT getting 53 games, her first as a forward as the team was out of subs in the final game of the 2004 Fan Celebration Tour. From Pennsylvania she remains a top keeper in the NWSL.

Shannon Boxx: Her play in the WUSA helped push her into national prominence and named to the USWNT for the World Cup in 2003 before ever earning a cap . A storied career was built by this, one of the top holding midfielders, went on to four World Cups and three Olympics. Sat out 2014 due to the birth of her daughter and came right back in 2015 winning the World Cup that same year. In earning 185 caps she started 177 of those matches.

Lori LIndsey: Soccer Long Island Magazine has seen quite a bit of her since the fall and began as a member of the 2011 WNT and an alternate on the gold medal wining 2012 Olympic team. Such a popular player, the lions shar of her 31 caps came between 2010-'12. She shared photos of her recent journey with  other women who ascended Mt Kilimanjaro to play a game at the higheset altitude ever. Now a fitness trainer for the Washington Spirit of the NWSL she looks as though she is still ready compete as she did in NYC for the GLobal Goals World Cup and treated as a celebrity by her opponents, many of whom had asked us for photos together with Lori.

Shannon MacMillan: Born of course in Syosset, she spent 13 years with the USWNT finding the net 60 times in 177 games, a tremendous ratio, still good for #9 all time for the USWNT. Winning the 1999 FIFA World Cup, a team which all others are judged against, she scored against North Korea. Gaining a gold in the 1996 Olympics, she also played in them in 2000. Scoring the golden goal versus Norway is one of the more famous scores in team lore during the games in GA, during the semifinal, has to be a life highlight. Next game, a 2-1 win over China where she scored the first strike. She is still very active in soccer today as she is the Exec. Dir. with the Del Mar Sharks club in San Diego.

Christie Rampone:This NJ native is legend around here. Earning the nickname "Captain America', she lead a very noteworthy career in being the sole "99er" to still be active in the 2015 World Cup. Seventeen years with the WNT, garnering 311 caps, #2 in US & world history, 2 WOrld Cups and 3 Olympic golds hers is a career to be admired.

Lindsay Tarpley: Having been with the US Youth National Teams from U-14 throgh U-29 she also hit a "Golden Goal" in the first U-19 World Cup in 2002. That was one of the 32 she scored in 125 gmaes to go with one in the quaters in the 2008 Olympics and facing Brazil in th 2004 Olympic final in Athens to help the US to yet another gold.

Kacey White: This midfielder received 18 caps from 2006-'09. She joined the coaching ranks of US Soccer in April of 2017 full time as the  US U-16 National coach following years with various levels in the youth and college game. On the field she spent six years as a pro here and in Sweden.