Azzurri Invitational 2015
Elite Academy had 30 teams competing in the Azzurri Invitational right here in Omaha the weekend of August 14-16. After three days of games, Elite Academy came home with nearly every age group championship that it fielded a team in.
Congrats to the players and coaches on a fantastic weekend.
Elite Girls Academy
U9 Girls Champion: Elite Girls Academy U9 Burkey - Lincoln
U9 Girls Finalist: Elite Girls Academy U9 Hall - Lincoln
U10 Girls Champion: Elite Girls Academy U10 Burkey - Lincoln
U11 Girls Champion: Elite Girls Academy 04/05 Maroon - Omaha
U11 Girls Finalist: Elite Girls Academy 04/05 Maroon - Lincoln
U12 Girls Champions: Elite Girls Academy 03/04 Maroon - Lincoln
U13 Girls Champion: Elite Girls Academy 02/03 Maroon - Lincoln
U13 Girls Finalist: Elite Girls Academy 02/03 White - Omaha
U14 Girls Red Division Champion: Elite Girls Academy 01/02 White - Omaha
U14 Girls White Division Champion: Elite Girls Academy 01/02 Maroon - Lincoln
U17/U18 Girls Finalist: Elite Girls Academy 98/99 Maroon - Lincoln
Elite Boys Academy
U9 Boys Finalist: Elite Boys Academy U9 Burkey - Lincoln
U11 Boys Champions: Elite Boys Academy 04/05 Maroon - Lincoln
U11 Boys Finalist: Elite Boys Academy 04/05 White - Lincoln
U13 Boys Finalist: Elite Boys Academy 02/03 Maroon - Omaha
Rylie Albers - K-State University
Rylie Albers who plays for the Elite Girls Academy 99/00 Maroon - Omaha team has verbally committed to play soccer for Kansas State University. Rylie becomes the third player on the 99/00 Maroon team to commit and the third to commit to a Big12 NCAA D1 school.
Rylie’s comment on committing:
I am so thankful to be given the opportunity to play college soccer at K-State! None of this would have been possible without the help of the amazing coaches I get to work with, the support of my family, and the players that push me every single practice! I am super excited to be joining EGA teammates in a new program and playing D1 soccer in the BIG12. It has been a dream of mine ever since I was a little girl to be able to play in one of the top conferences in the nation, and that dream is coming true! I am blessed to be a part of the EGA family and to be surrounded by people who believe in me as much as I believe in them. Go Wildcats!!
Rylie’s parents comments on her commitment:
Our family is so excited about Rylie’s commitment to play soccer at Kansas State University. We feel fortunate that Rylie has the opportunity to play soccer at a high level close to home & KState also offers her an outstanding education. We are without a doubt very proud of Rylie and her accomplishments, with that being said, she had help along the way. We have to thank Marcus for his leadership, and pushing Rylie to be the best she can be, as well as getting the EGA team in front of some of the best college soccer programs in the country. The discipline Marcus instills in his players is what will allow them to be successful at the next level on & off the soccer field. We also want to thank all of the Elite Girls Academy coaches, Rylie’s teammates & families who continue to be on the EGA journey with her! We are definitely very fortunate to be a part of a wonderful soccer club family. The life lessons Rylie has learned, and continues to learn from this experience will allow her to perform at a high level, not only in soccer, but in her day to day life. Go Wildcats!!
Marcus's comments on Rylie's commitment
I am thrilled for both Rylie and her family. I have had the pleasure of coaching Rylie since she was 12 and to see her fulfill her dreams of playing college soccer is so rewarding as a coach. She is not just a very talented player, she is an amazing young lady. I look forward to working with Rylie over the next few years as she prepares to play Big12 soccer!
EGA 99/00 Maroon
The Elite Girls Academy 01/02 Maroon team had a fantastic Region II Championship run in Appleton, WI. After winning their group outright they battled the PSG Michigan Gators for a place in Tuesdays Region II Final. After a hard fought game, the 01/02's came up short 1-2.
On behalf of EGA we would like to congratulate Taylor, Kari and the girls on their excellent run.
** PSG Gators went on to win the Region II Championship**
Elite Girls Academy - NE State Cup Champions
The Elite Girls Academy 00/01 Maroon and 01/02 Maroon teams won the U13G and U14G Nebraska State Cup Championship this past weekend in Fremont.
Both teams will join the 98/99 Maroon team at the Region II Championships June 20-25 in hopes of winning a Regional Championship.
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Congrats players and coaches!
West Point Women's Soccer
K State Women's Soccer
Christina Baxter who is a member of the Elite Girls Academy 98/99 Maroon team has verbally committed to pay soccer at Kansas State University. Christina becomes the 10th player to commit to play college soccer on the 98/99 team and the 9th to commit to the NCAA D1 level.
Christina Baxter's comments
It feels amazing to be committed to K-State. I am super excited to be starting in a new program and playing D1 soccer in the BIG12. I would like to thank Marcus for helping me reach my goal of playing college soccer. He is an amazing, tough, caring coach who pushes me to be the best player and person I can be. I also want to thank my parents and family for their love and support, without them I could not have followed my dream. I am forever grateful to my teammates. They are all talented players and I love playing with them and I look forward to the next couple of years. I am proud to be a member of the EGA family. Go Wildcats!
Dawn and Mike Baxter comments
We are so excited for Christina and her decision to play soccer for Kansas State. Her hard work and dedication has paid off and we look forward to watching her play college soccer close to home. We would like thank Marcus for providing an amazing platform for her to play at the highest levels. Marcus leads by example and pushes Christina to be in the best physical shape while also focusing on technical skills of the game. We are also grateful for Christina’s teammates and their families for the support over the years. We have made friendships both on and off the soccer sidelines and we look forward to the continued successes of this fine group of young ladies. We are blessed to be a part of the EGA family. Go Wildcats!
Marcus Kelcher comments
I am thrilled for both Christina and her family. I have coached few kids who I have enjoyed working with more then Christina. She has all the attributes to be a very successful NCAA Division 1 player. K State is getting a fantastic player and I look forward to working with her over the next few years as she prepares for Big12 soccer!
Kansas State University Women's Soccer
Hannah Davis who is a member of the Elite Girls Academy 98/99 Maroon team has verbally committed to pay soccer at Kansas State University. Hannah becomes the 9th player to commit to play college soccer on the 98/99 team and the 8th to commit to the NCAA D1 level.
It is such a relief to be committed to K-State. I can't wait for the awesome opportunity start the soccer program there. A big thanks to Marcus Kelcher for getting me to where I am today. I never thought I would have committed 1 1months after tearing my ACL but with the teammates and amazing coaching staff EGA has, I was pushed to recover quickly and come back stronger then I have ever been. I want to give a huge shout out to my mother who works more then I have ever seen someone work just to get me to our out of town tournaments. Her commitment over the last four years in driving me to Omaha to play soccer has been such a blessing. She is so dedicated to not only me but also my other two siblings at home. Thanks to all the EGA club for the support they have given me! I'm proud to be an EGA member and cant wait to be a Wildcat!
Dawn Davis comments
I am really excited of this opportunity for Hannah to play at the next level and so be a part of starting a tradition at K-State. All of her hard work and dedication has paid of. I'm glad that she decided to stay close to home so that I can attend games. Id really like to thank Marcus for his had work and dedication for making girls dreams come true of playing at the collegiate level. Go Wildcats!
Marcus Kelcher's comments
I am thrilled for both Hannah and her family. Hannah is a special player and someone who I feel will make an immediate impact at the college level. She has all the attributes to be a success in the Big12 and I can't wait to see all that she accomplishes. I look forward to the work ahead in preparing Hannah and her teammates for the next level. Congrats Hannah!
Kenzie Coons - Texas Tech Women's Soccer
Kenzie Coons who plays for the Elite Girls Academy 99/00 Maroon team has verbally committed to play soccer at Texas Tech University. Kenzie becomes the first player on the 99/00 team to commit to play at the next level.
Kenzie Coon's comments on her commitment
I am so excited to be a Texas Tech Red Raider! Without the help of Marcus, my teammates, my parents, and everyone at EGA I would not have had this opportunity. I am so grateful for everyone who has helped me get where I am today. Texas Tech is an amazing school and I can't wait to be a part of their program and play soccer at the collegiate level. I feel truly blessed. Guns up!
Jerry and Shannon Garcia's comments on Kenzie's commitment
We are incredibly excited and proud of Mackenzie for committing to Texas Tech University! Her hard work and dedication are making her dreams a reality. We would like to thank Marcus, the U15 Maroon Team, and EGA because without them, she wouldn't be where she is today. Thank you, Kenzie, for making us the proudest parents ever! We love you so much! Guns Up!!
Marcus Kelcher's comments on Kenzie's commitment
I am elated for Kenzie and the Garcia family. After any visits and several offers, Kenzie has decided to join one of the best programs in the nation. Over the last several years many of EGA's top players have committed to play soccer at Texas Tech. I have no doubt that Kenzie will be an absolute success in Lubbock. I look forward to working with Kenzie over the next three years as she prepares for the next level.
Azusa Pacific University Women's Soccer
Madeline Lupercio who plays for the Elite Girls Academy 98/99 Maroon team has verbally committed to play soccer at Azusa Pacific University. Madeline becomes the sixth player on the 98/99 team to commit to play at the next level.
Madeline's parents comments on her commitment
We are so thankful that this opportunity was available to Madelyne. We would like to thank Marcus Kelcher for helping her achieve her goal. Also a huge thanks to all EGA staff. We couldn't be happier. We are blessed to have a daughter like her. We believe this will be a great fit for Madelyne. We are excited to see her live out her dream. Go Cougars!
Madeline Lupercio’s comments on her commitment
I am extremely thankful to have this opportunity to commit to Azusa Pacific. I couldn't have done thing without the help of my amazing coach, the great EGA staff and my team. It has always been my dream to play collegiate soccer in California, and I am now able to fulfill it. Azusa Pacific is a great fit for me and I am excited to play soccer there. I am blessed to be a part of EGA. Go Cougars!
Marcus Kelcher’s comments on Madeline’s commitment
I am so happy for Madeline and the Lupercio family. Madeline had a dream of playing college soccer in California and she has now fulfilled that dream by committing to Azusa Pacific. She will be joining a great program led by a fantastic staff. I look forward to working with Madeline over the next two years as she prepares for the next level. Congrats!!
Jayhawk Women's Soccer
Olivia Pesek who plays for the Elite Girls Academy 98/99 Maroon team has verbally committed to play soccer at the University of Kansas. Olivia becomes the fifth player on the 98/99 team to commit to a NCAA Division 1 program and the second player on the team to commit to play soccer at KU.
Rick and Cheryl Pesek’s comments on Olivia’s commitment
The deepest thanks and gratitude to Marcus for what he has done to mentor and develop Olivia as a player and young lady. We are also grateful to all of her EGA coaches; Marcus Kelcher, Taylor Haynes, Steve Beberniss and Kyle Droege for their commitment and faith in Olivia. It is truly a blessing to be a part of the EGA family and share this journey. Huge thanks to Olivia’s teammates and their families for the friendship, comradery, rides and road trips. We are excited Olivia found such a great fit at the University of Kansas, both academically and athletically. We look forward to the continued success of EGA and our 98/99 girls. GO EGA! GO JAYHAWKS!
Olivia Pesek’s comments on her commitment
I want to thank Marcus and EGA staff for preparing me to play collegiate soccer at the University of Kansas. Their guidance and support has made this possible. I am forever grateful to all my teammates who have pushed me and supported me throughout this process. Big thanks to Taylor for seeing my potential and Patty Cassalia for everything she has done for me. I am so proud to be an EGA player and being able to take my EGA experience to the next level at the University of Kansas. Thank you Marcus and EGA!! Go Jayhawks!
Marcus Kelcher’s comments on Olivia’s commitment
I am absolutely thrilled for Olivia and Pesek family. I am certain that the University of Kansas will provide Olivia with everything she is looking for from a academic and athletic institution. Olivia is an extremely hard working player who without question will bring a tough, committed and hardworking mentality to the KU soccer program. I look forward to watching Olivia continue to improve over the next two years and I cant wait to watch her shine as a Jayhawk!
Sydney Cassalia - EGA 98/99 Maroon
Sydney Cassalia who plays for Elite Girls Academy 98/99 Maroon has verbally committed to the United States Military Academy Westpoint. Sydney is the third player from the 98/99 Maroon team to commit to a NCAA Division 1 program.
Greg and Patty Cassalia's comments on Sydney's Commitment
We would like to thank God for Sydney & who He has created her to be. Her discipline & passion for academics & soccer has contributed to her success. We would like to thank Marcus, the EGA staff and the goal keeping coaches for pushing Sydney to do her best. Marcus has created the opportunities for Sydney to excel & the avenue for her ability to be showcased. We are truly blessed to be a part of EGA family and team! This would not have been possible without Marcus' dedication to the players and their families. Thank you Marcus. Sydney's desire to pursue a medical career and serve our Country make us truly proud. We are filled with boundless joy!
Marcus Kelcher's comments on Sydney's Commitment
I am so thrilled for Sydney. I have had the pleasure of working with Sydney and her sister Jordan for many, many years. During that time the Cassalia's have become more then friends to my family, they have become family. The education that Sydney will get at Westpoint will be first class and the opportunity that she has to come in and replace her sister as the next big time keeper for Army soccer is truly amazing. I look forward to working with Sydney over the next few years as she prepares for the next level.
On behalf of the entire Elite Girls Academy family, we would like to congratulate Sydney and the Cassalia family.