Avery Ripple who is a member of the Elite Girls Academy 99/00 Maroon (Omaha) team has verbally committed to the University of Kansas. Avery becomes the fifth player on the 99/00 Maroon (Omaha) team to commit to play at the next level and the fourth to commit to a NCAA D1 program.
Reggie and Tina Ripples comments on Avery's commitment
Soccer has been a huge part of Avery’s life since she was 5 years old. Our family decided to move from Oklahoma to Nebraska last year at a pivotal time in her life. We were blessed in that her former coach did his homework and found her an amazing team and a coach in EGA and Marcus Kelcher. Being a part of a soccer team before even arriving to the area took a huge amount of stress off of her. Even though she was new to the team, Marcus wasted no time in getting her involved with the girls and learning her abilities, wants and needs in order to get her exposed to college coaches.
Avery was fortunate to be able to visit several schools – but the University of Kansas stood out to her from the very beginning. It was on her 3rd visit to that campus, while watching a KU spring game that she sighed and said to me, “This is it – I want to play here”. I sent Marcus a text from the stadium at that moment, letting him know that of all the amazing places we had visited, she wanted to play in Lawrence, for these coaches. His response was simple – “together we’ll make it happen”. She has had a tough year battling through injuries and pain – but she has been incredibly strong and positive through it all. Watching her face as she was told that she had been offered the opportunity to play at KU was priceless. We will enjoy every moment of watching her dreams come true right in front of our very eyes.
We are so very thankful for all of her past coaches who have helped instill the love of the game and helped her skill grow over the years. And we are forever grateful for Marcus taking her under his wing and helping her see her dreams come full circle into a reality.
Avery Ripples comments on her commitment
I have been playing soccer since I was five years old and it has always been my dream to play college soccer. I have always wanted to attend a program that gives me my space from a location standpoint but one that also allows me to get home quickly if necessary. On my third visit to KU we got to see the team play a Spring game and it was at the moment that I knew I wanted to be a Jayhawk. Everything about the way the girls played, how the staff coached and the way the atmosphere felt in the stadium made me want to experience it for myself. The support system that KU provides is also a major contributing factor in my decision to commit to Kanas. I know that I will be getting great education while I also get to fulfill my dream of playing college soccer. I defiantly would not be where I am today without Marcus, he took me in a year ago and has helped me get exposed to other schools even beyond Kansas. He is always supportive and has pushed me to be my very best. It has been a long year of injuries and rehab but he never took that as an excuse to go easy on me. I could not be more grateful for him and everything he has done for me.
Marcus Kelchers comments on Avery's commitment
I could not be any happier for both Avery and her family. The last six months have been a very frustrating time for Avery with all the injuries. To be back healthy and to now commit to KU must be a dream come true. Avery is not only a great player but also really special young lady. I look forward to working with Avery over the next few years as she prepares for her arrival to Lawrence and the start to her Big12 soccer career.
2015 Fall Nebraska State Cup Finals Results
Elite Girls Academy 00/01 Maroon 0 Omaha FC Elite Mason 2
Elite Girls Academy 99/00 Maroon 2 (pk's) Gretna Prima Green 99/00 1
Elite Girls Academy 98/99 Maroon 3 Omaha FC Elite 98/99 0
Elite Boys Academy 98/99 Maroon 3 Omaha FC Elite 98/99 4
Congrats players, coaches and parents on a fantastic State Cup!
EGA 99/00 Maroon
EGA 98/99 Maroon
Kayls comments on her commitment
When I started thinking about college, I knew I wanted to stay close to home and family. I went to camp at Hastings and had a great experience. I came away feeling like I blended well with players, staff and thought I could be a contributor to the program. Coach Clements is well respected by Marcus and is going to take Hastings soccer to the next level. My hope is to go to Hastings and compete for a National title while receiving a excellent education. I am glad Marcus and EGA coaches have pushed me through the years so I am able to continue on to the next level. Go Broncos!
Tara Helms comments on Kaylie's commitment
I am so proud of Kayls efforts over the years and her choice to continue on at College level. When she was ready to commit I called Marcus and the fact that he was supportive of her choice I had no reservations that Hastings would be a good fit for her. Great leaders and athletes have come out of Hastings. The fact that she will be joining her brother was a extremely proud moment for me. I love that she will be close enough that I can watch her play. Marcus and EGA staff has set her up for a great college experience. Forever thankful.
Marcus Kelchers comments on Kaylie's commitment
UNO Womens Soccer
Bailey Cascio's comments on committing
I truly cannot explain my excitement for getting the opportunity to play at the University of Nebraska Omaha! Growing up I have always said that playing collegiate soccer was something I definitely wanted to do. It’s such a blessing having my friends and family’s support in all of the years I have prepared for this particular goal. I also want to thank Marcus for pushing me to be the best player I can be. With his guidance, I focused on what was important to me and choose my college visits based on exceeding those expectations. I can’t wait to continue to train and prepare for the next level and becoming a better player everyday. I am very excited for what The University of Nebraska Omaha has for my future as a student athlete!
Michelle Cascio comments on Bailey committing
The first day I met with Marcus he asked me for Bailey’s college list. He took our list, texted it to himself and the process began. Collectively we began reaching out to coaches, taking visits, discussing offers, and prioritizing colleges. Bailey’s best interest was at the forefront of the process at all times. Some visits were great, some visits were just ok… but that is what makes the process so necessary to make the best decision. Time, patience, and guidance allowed us to determine the best fit for our daughter. We are so happy to see Bailey achieving her goal of playing college soccer. We feel very blessed she will be playing at The University of Nebraska Omaha.
Marcus Kelcher's comments on Bailey committing
I could not be any happier for Bailey and her family. Since coming to Elite Girls Academy, I have been nothing but impressed by Bailey in all aspects of her game. I believe that UNO will be getting an extremely talented player in 2017, one that will contribute immediately. I look forward to working with Bailey over the next few years as she prepares for the next level.
Kelsey McSorley - ISU Commit
Kelsey McSorley who plays for the Elite Girls Academy 99/00 Maroon team has verbally committed to play soccer at Iowa State University. Kelsey becomes the fifth player on the 99/00 Maroon Omaha team to commit at the next level and the fourth player to commit to the NCAA D1 level (fourth Big12 commit).
Mike Mcsorley & Tricia McSorley comments on the commitment
We are very excited about Kelsey's decision to commit to Iowa State. This opportunity fulfills a lifelong dream for Kelsey and she has put in the hard work to attain it. We are very thankful for Kelsey's team, the parents and the great staff at EGA. Kelsey has been blessed with two extremely talented and strong head coaches over the years, from Vince Odorisio in her earlier years to Marcus Kelcher for the last several. She couldn't have asked for better. Everyone rallies behind the girls and provides amazing support. Marcus and his staff instill a discipline in these players that is unmatched. This teaches the girls dedication, perseverance and bonds teams in a way that is obvious on the field. Through her involvement with Elite Girls Academy, she has had exposure to schools with exceptional soccer programs from across the country, but Coach Minatta's program at ISU is a perfect fit for her and we all look forward to watching her at the next level.
Kelsey McSorley comments on her commitment
I am so excited to play college soccer at Iowa State University! This has always been my goal but to have it become a reality is overwhelming. I have so many people to thank, including my team, my parents and the staff at EGA, especially Marcus. I have been given so many unbelievable opportunities by playing with my team over the years. It is what has allowed me to make my dream of playing for a D1 team with another great coach and staff a reality. I appreciate everyone believing in me. I couldn't have done it without all the support.
Marcus Kelcher comments on Kelsey's commitment
I am thrilled for both Kelsey and her family. I have had the pleasure of coaching Kelsey since she was nine years old. Having had to opportunity to coach her for so long, it makes being apart of her college decision all that much more special. Kelsey will be joining a great program who has a great coach in Tony Minatta. I cant wait to see all that Kelsey accomplishes at Iowa State.
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
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!