University Of St Katherine Firebirds
Elite Boys Academy would like to congratulate Jaden Torbensen, who is a midfielder for the EBA 98 Maroon team, for committing to St Katherine University. Jaden becomes the 12th player on the EBA 98 Maroon team to either commit to a College program or Academy.
Jason and Robin Torbensen's Comments:
"We would like to thank Chris Dunford for his professionalism and personal support to our sons. One of the tough things about the military is the constant stress placed on the family. The loss of friends, the distance from things known and the uncertainty of future creates a lot of anxiety. Add to that every few seasons finding a new team and trying to work into a rotation that has sometimes been established for years and you find a recipe for giving up on soccer. We had considerable concern as we moved to Nebraska as Jaden’s wish list school's have zero need to recruit outside of the SoCal area. When we met with Marcus Kelcher he assured us that we had found the right club and coach for Jaden’s needs. Not only did Chris ensure the coaches interested in Jaden were kept abreast of his latest ventures he reached out to others who he thought meshed well with Jaden’s talents. Jaden found a family, we found a coach with whom we trusted with not one but two of our boys, and EBA found considerable success together. We wish each member of the team that adopted Jaden the very best as they move forward."
Jaden Torbensen's Comments:
"Ever since I was a little boy it was my goal to play college soccer and have worked hard all throughout my life to achieve this. Having moved around all my life, I have explored all regions of the United States and been blessed to figure out where I want to play. California is that place and I knew that was where I wanted to call home. Living in Nebraska made it a lot tougher to find that one right school for me. I had the best support group with Coach Chris Dunford, my teammates, and most importantly my wonderful parents. With the help of phone calls from Chris, many long nights, and lots of soccer I found a wonderful home at Saint Katherine University in San Diego, California. The soccer, academics, and close proximity to the ocean was the perfect fit for me. EBA was more than a team but a family that allowed me to make lifelong friends with classic memories. I am so thankful for the journey that got me to where I am and am excited to see what the future holds!"
Chris Dunford's Comments:
"Jaden has had an incredibly tough senior year with many trips in and out of hospital but throughout it all he still had the drive and desire to not just get back onto the soccer field but to chase his Collegiate soccer dream. He is a modern day box to box midfielder who can be defending at one end then be scoring at the other in a blink of an eye and he will be a tremendous asset to St Katherine's both on and off the pitch. I wish Jaden and his family all the best as they move back to their spiritual home of California. Good luck Scholesy!"
K-State Women's Soccer
Elite Girls Academy would like to congratulate Marissa Gohr, who is an attacker for the 01 ECNL team, for verbally committing to Kansas State University. Marissa becomes the sixth commit on the 01 ECNL team with all six of them committing to NCAA Division 1 programs.
Jeff and Traci Gohr's Comments:
"We are so excited that Marissa has chosen to continue her soccer career at Kansas State. It's thrilling to be joining a program as it starts on its' way to become one of the premier programs in the Big 12. There are so many similarities to the early days of Elite Girls Academy when Kari Kirchhoefer and Taylor Haynes convinced us that joining the team would make her a more complete player. Kari, Taylor, and Marcus all lived up to this promise and we owe them so much thanks for getting her to this point. We've enjoyed watching Mo and her 01 Maroon teammates excel at the highest level since that day. They all do such a great job of pushing each other to be better and are a big part of why Mo is the player she is today. We look forward to continuing to be a part of the EGA family and are excited to join the Kansas State family. Go Cats!!"
Marissa Gohr's Comments:
"It's been my dream to play Division I soccer and am so excited to have that opportunity at Kansas State. I have so many people to thank for getting me to this point. First, thanks to Coach Kari and Taylor Haynes for convincing me to join the club and start on this journey. Second, thanks to Marcus Kelcher for pushing me to do my best and always believing in me. Next, my teammates for being the competitive group they are and bringing the best out in me on and off the field. My family for supporting me from the first time I stepped on the field and always being my biggest fans. Finally, to the Kansas State coaching staff for believing that I can make an impact as part of their team. I'm looking forward to the challenges that are ahead of me as I get ready to play soccer in the Big 12. #EMAW and Go Cats!
Marcus Kelcher's Comments:
"I could not be any happier for Mo and the Gohr family. Mo is not only a very talented player, she is an even better kid. She will be joining a Big12 program that has a great staff and a number of other Elite Girls Academy players already committed to the K-State program. I look forward to working with Mo over the next three years as she prepares for her future college career as a wildcat."
Nebraska Wesleyan University Women's Soccer
Elite Girls Academy would like to congratulate Morgan Finley, who is a defender for EGA 99 Maroon Lincoln, for verbally committing to Nebraska Wesleyan University. Morgan becomes the 21st EGA commit in the 2018 class!
Aaron and Kristen Finley's Comments:
"We visited and researched several schools that had a good balance of academic success and a soccer program with great coaches, players, attitudes, and the potential for future greatness, and Nebraska Wesleyan was a perfect fit for us and for Morgan. Coach Flintham was organized, honest, and up-front with what she needs to focus on to help Wesleyan be successful in what is perhaps the most competitive conference in Division III. Academically, they are second to none in offering the experiences Morgan needs to be successful. We are thankful to Coach Nettleton at Lincoln Southwest and Leah Atherton, coach of the '99 Maroon team, for encouraging us to pursue this opportunity."
Morgan Finley's Comments:
"I feel Wesleyan is a good college for my major (elementary education). Coach Flintham and I have the same goals, I like the program overall, and I like the idea of being able to play close to home so my friends and family can follow my college career."
Leah Atherton's Comments:
"I am so happy and excited for Morgan and her family. Morgan is such a hard worker and a natural leader. I think that she will be an asset to the Prairie Wolves of Nebraska Wesleyan University. I look forward to helping her finish out her final club soccer season and progress to the next level of her development. Congrats Morgan!"
Elite Girls Academy 98 Maroon - 2017 USYS U19G Region II Champions
NWU Women's Soccer
Elite Girls Academy would like to congratulate Hannah Holles, who is a defender for EGA 99 ECNL Composite, for verbally committing to Nebraska Wesleyan University. Hannah becomes the 20th commit in the 2018 class!
Hannah Holles's comments:
"I'm so thankful that I have the opportunity to continue my soccer career with a school and a coach, Tudor Flintham, where I'll continue to be pushed to be better everyday. NWU also offers the academic programs to prepare me for medical school and a location that is close to home. EGA, and my coach Brandon Palmer, definitely played a huge role in preparing me for the next level. Brandon never gave up on me and helped me to fall in love with the sport every time I stepped on the field. I'm thankful for my teammates who have pushed me to be the player I am today and who believed in me. Our EGA team feels like a family and the memories we've created together will last a lifetime. I can't forget to give my mom and dad a huge shout - out for always supporting me, cheering me on and traveling with me to countless practices, scrimmages and games. I'm so blessed to be on this journey."
Hannah's parents comment:
We are very excited for Hannah to continue her soccer career, along with continued academic excellence, at Nebraska Wesleyan University. Hannah looked at schools near and far and was patient in finding the right fit to call home. And of course, we are excited about being close enough to watch her play! Nikki coached Hannah's first soccer team when she was four years old and Hannah fell in love with the sport right away! She's worked with a few different clubs but EGA has been such a blessing for Hannah. The coaching she's received has been second to none and we can confidently say that EGA is the reason she has the opportunity to play soccer at a collegiate level. We would like to specially thank her coach, Brandon Palmer, for believing in Hannah and for seeing the determination, dedication and heart that she brings to the sport. We are so happy for you and proud of you Hannah...way to go!
Brandon Palmer's comments:
It has been my pleasure coaching Hannah Holles the past five years, I wish I could say I had everything to do with her soccer success, but Hannah is the reason she is successful. I can say, this is definitely an accomplishment to one of the hardest working players on and off the field I have ever come across! Coaching Hannah has been an absolute pleasure with her"never give up" approach makes my job much easier. Hannah believed in our mission from the start in addition to my sometimes difficult coaching expectations, but in the end, Hannah prevailed the way EGA players do, with overwhelming results. I am very pleased with Hannah's decision to attend NWU to further her academic and soccer career and wish her nothing but continued success.
2016-2017 Gatorade Player Of The Year
Hannah Davis who is a forward on Elite Girls Academy 98 Maroon has been named the 2016-2017 Gatorade Player Of The Year. Hannah becomes the fourth Elite Girls Academy player in five years to win the award. Hannah had a record breaking season in which she broke several scoring records in her senior season at Lincoln Southwest High School. Hannah is a Kansas State University soccer commit and will be competing for the K-State Women's team this upcoming Fall season.
On behalf of the entire Elite Academy organization, we would like to congratulate Hannah on this amazing achievement.
UNO Women's Soccer
Elite Girls Academy would like to congratulate Maria Eubanks, who is a defender for 01 Maroon Omaha, for verbally committing to the University of Nebraska Omaha. Maria becomes the fifth commit on the 01 Maroon team with all five of them being committed to a NCAA Division 1 program.
Todd and Ruth Eubanks Comments:
"We are thrilled for Maria to continue her soccer career as an Omaha Maverick. The Elite Girls Academy program has been a great launching pad for her. EGA has exposed Maria to many college programs and Coach Kelcher has helped to develop her skills and soccer acumen to play at the next level. Maria chose UNO because of the excellent programs and facilities to support their student athletes. We are confident that the leadership and commitment of Coach Walters and AD Trev Alberts will build the Omaha Maverick women's soccer program into one of the best in the country. Maria is excited to be a part of it."
Marcus Kelcher's Comments:
"I am thrilled for both Maria and the Eubanks family. I firmly believe that UNO will provide Maria with an excellent soccer and student athlete experience. Coach Walters is not only getting a great player, he is getting an incredible young lady. I look forward to all the work ahead in preparing Maria for the next level."
University of Kansas Jayhawks
Avery Smith, who is a midfielder for Elite Girls Academy 2001 Maroon, has verbally committed to the University of Kansas. Avery becomes the second commit on the 2001 Maroon team and the first of the 2020 class.
Colby and Keleigh Smith's Comments:
"We are so excited about Avery committing to Kansas University. We believe it is a perfect fit for her. There are three groups of people we must thank for supporting our daughter up to this point in her soccer journey.
First, Avery’s coaches. Avery has been lucky to play for passionate coaches ever since she started playing. The Elite Girls Academy coaches for her include Chad Gleckler, Kari Kirchoefer, Taylor Haynes and Marcus Kelcher. We feel beyond blessed that each of them have impacted Avery as they have and we know Marcus will continue to develop her for the college level.
Second, Avery’s teammates. Avery’s teammates are the most competitve group of young females we’ve ever met. They have competed in every practice for each juggle, sprint, shot or pass. These are Avery’s best friends.
Third, Avery’s teammates’ parents. The soccer carpools we’ve been a part of over the years are key to helping us keep a balanced life. Being a member of a traveling club soccer team requires many out of state tournaments and league games. We have sent Avery many times with families that we know treat her as their own daughter.
Avery’s verbal commitment to play soccer for the University of Kansas is actually just the beginning…Therefore we look forward to continuing to support Avery or A-Bird or Goobies on her soccer journey… ROCK CHALK!!"
Avery Smith's Comments:
"I am so happy about my commitment to Kansas!! I am very grateful for this opportunity. One of my main goals in life is to play college soccer at a high level and I am excited to reach that point. I am very grateful to Coach Francis, Coach Miller and Coach Young for this opportunity. I have also been very blessed with many great coaches since I was little and they have challenged me to be the best I can be. I have also had many great teammates who are very competitive and have pushed me to be better. Lastly, my parents have had a big part in this process and I am very grateful for them. Go Jayhawks!!"
Marcus Kelcher's comments:
"I could not be any happier for Avery and her family. Avery had a fantastic year leading the 2001 team to their third consecutive State Championship and has showed tremendous growth in all areas of her game. In my opinion KU is getting one of the top midfielders in the 2020 class anywhere in the country. I look forward to working with Avery over the next three years in preparation for Big 12 soccer."
EGA 2004 White
Elite Girls Academy 2004 White has been officially invited to represent Nebraska at the 2017 Region II President's Cup this upcoming June. The club would like to congratulate the players, coaches and parents on a great Fall season and on their invitation to represent both EGA and Nebraska in Overland Park, KS!
Coach Angelo Bravo's comments:
"After summer 2016 tryouts, Morgan and I had the good fortune of adding multiple players from other clubs to our existing EGA team. From our initial training sessions in August 2016 we could tell right away these girls wanted to work to get better with every practice. They displayed initiative and determination on the practice field. The Azzurri tournament was our first opportunity to play actual games together. They played good in that tournament and went on to the St Louis Friendlies with impressive progress. These tournaments were both great learning experience for the girls. The girls began to believe that they could be the best and that there is no "I" in team. The experience the girls learned from the first two tournaments transferred to the Nebraska League season. The girls improved every game and ended up having an undefeated Nebraska League Fall 2016 First Division (13G) season. Due to winning the division, we were asked to represent Nebraska in Region 2 President's Cup Tournament in Overland Park, KS. We are looking forward to this tournament in June. The last tournament the 04's played in 2016 was Socctoberfest. They went 3-0-1 and won this tournament. They did a great job. This bunch of girls have come a long way since tryouts. We are going to continue to get better every time we train and play games."
Marcus Kelcher -Elite Academy Technical Directors comments:
"I am thrilled for both the 04 White players and staff. They have done a tremendous job of representing the club and I know they will do an incredible job in Overland Park this upcoming June. Angelo and Morgan have done a very good job with this group of young ladies and I know that this accomplishment is just the beginning to what they will go on to achieve at EGA in the future."
Caroline Flynn - Portland Thorns
Elite Girls Academy Alum Caroline Flynn was drafted by the Portland Thorns of the NWSL on January 12, 2017 as the #40 overall drafted player. Caroline becomes the second ever player in Nebraska history to be drafted to the NWSL.
Caroline played for Toro Bravo since she was 15 years old and was a member of the U19 Elite Girls Academy Bravo team that won a USYS Region II Championship in 2012. Over the last five years she was a member of the University of Nebraska Women's Soccer Program.
Marcus Kelcher's Comments
I could not be any prouder of Caroline. I had the pleasure of coaching Caroline for 5 years and I can say without a shadow of a doubt that she embodies everything that makes an Elite Girls Academy player so very special. Her commitment to the game is unlike that of virtually anyone I have ever coached. Her tireless commitment to improvement both during her club career and then for her five years at UNL has provided her with the platform to now show her ability at the highest possible level. Portland is getting a fantastic player but an even more amazing young women. Caroline I am so incredibly proud of you.
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University of Alabama-Huntsville Chargers
Elite Boys Academy would like to congratulate 98 Maroon attacker Nolan Dillon on verbally committing to the University of Alabama-Huntsville. Nolan is the third player from the 98 group to commit to play college soccer and the second to commit to UAH.
Blake and Tanya Dillon's Comments:
"Our family would like to thank Chris Dunford and Marcus Kelcher for the incredible support they have continually given Nolan over the years. His development as a player and member of EBA is directly attributed to Chris and Marcus. Because of the relationship Nolan has had with them, he knew that finding a school with a great coach was by far the most important aspect of his decision. For so many athletes, playing at a collegiate level is a dream that becomes difficult to make a reality. Fortunately for Nolan, he found his EBA family to be a brotherhood that helped make his dream come true. The boys have traveled great distances and have had such great success together, part of club soccer that we will miss very much. We are extremely proud to be part of this great family and we wish all of “our boys” the very best. With great anticipation we move onward to The University of Alabama-Huntsville, never forgetting where we came from...Go EBA!"
Nolan Dillon's Comments:
"I fell in love with soccer at a very young age, so the decision to play the beautiful game for four more years was not a difficult one. The only difficult decision I had to make, was where. After visiting multiple campuses, talking with my coaches and family, I decided that the University of Alabama in Huntsville was the school I was going to attend and continue my soccer career. The academics, the soccer program and the coach were a combined great fit for me. Alabama-Huntsville and coach Kranjc are incomparable compared to any of the other schools I looked into. I definitely did not come this far alone. I am very grateful for the support I have gotten from Marcus Kelcher, my coaches, Chris Dunford and Sean Murphy, my teammates, and most importantly my parents. I can't thank these people enough for what they have done for me. EBA and this team are my family and I will miss the great experiences I have had them. I am glad all of the work I have put into soccer has finally paid off and cannot wait to start my next adventure and finally become a Charger!"
Chris Dunford's Comments:
"Nolan is a multi talented athlete and because of that his high level of natural talent stands out on the soccer field. As part of his EBA team we have added a tactical side to his game and he has now become a well rounded soccer player. Nolan is a terrific, well grounded kid and has a wonderful family foundation supporting him. Because of all this I look forward to seeing what he achieves at UAH and watching the next four years unfold! Time to continue the hard work to make Nolan ready to be a Charger!"