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Samantha Marek (01 Maroon) Commits to University of Missouri Kansas City

Samantha Marek who is a midfielder for Elite Girls Academy 2001 Maroon has verbally committed to the University of Missouri Kansas City (UMKC).  Sam becomes the first official commit on the 2001 Maroon team and the fourth of the 2020 class.


I am so excited about my commitment to UMKC!  It has always been my dream to play college soccer and it feels good to finally realize that dream.  I feel extremely blessed to be given this opportunity by Coach Cissell and Coach Cole.  I want to thank all of my coaches and teammates, past and present, for pushing me to be my best and for making me the player that I am today.   I look forward to continued growth as a player under Marcus and I am excited to see where my teammates end up in this unique process.  Lastly, I want to thank my parents and siblings for all their love and support.  Go Roos! Go EGA!

Kyle & Cassie:

We are extremely excited and proud of Samantha's commitment to play college soccer at UMKC.  Samantha is a very caring person who is a hard worker and is always dedicated to whatever she sets out to accomplish.  We love watching her play.  Coach Cissell and Coach Cole run an amazing and successful soccer program at UMKC.  We are blessed that she will be a part of it.  We want to thank Marcus for his dedication and commitment to Samantha and her team.  We also want to thank Marcus for providing a platform at EGA where players can compete at the highest level.  We look forward to watching Samantha and her teammates in the coming years excel even further at their game under Marcus and we very much look forward to watching her and her future teammates play at UMKC.  Go EGA!  Go Roos!

Marcus Kelcher (Coach):

I am thrilled for Sam and the entire Marek family.  I have had the pleasure of working with Sam for many years, and I have seen her grow into not only an amazing soccer player, but more importantly and amazing young women.  I think that UMKC will provide Sam with an excellent college playing experience and I look forward to seeing all that she accomplishes in the future both for EGA and the UMKC soccer program.

Elite Academy Announces 25 Player National Signing Day Commitment List

Elite Academy is proud to announce it's 25 player National Signing Day commitment list.  

This class of players represent one of the most impressive signing day classes in Nebraska club soccer history.  In all 25 players have signed National Letters Of Intent with 12 of them being to an NCAA Division 1 program.

Elite Girls Academy 2017 Commits 

Kailey Lane: University of Kansas (KS) NCAA D1

Sydney Cassalia: United States Military Academy Westpoint (NY) NCAA D1

Olivia Pesek: University of Kansas (KS) NCAA D1

Madeline Lupercio: Missouri Western State University (MO) NCAA D2

Sophie Dineen: University of Mississippi (MS) NCAA D1

Hannah Davis: Kansas State University (KS) NCAA D1

Christina Baxter: Kansas State University (KS) NCAA D1

Emily Torres: United States Military Academy Westpoint (NY) NCAA D1

Kelsey McSorley: Iowa State University (IA) NCAA D1

Bailey Cascio: University of Nebraska Omaha (NE) NCAA D1

Mallory Broady: University of Central Missouri (MO) NCAA D2

Rachael Baker: Oral Roberts University (OK) NCAA D1

Alex Kuzma: Hastings College (NE) NAIA

Ali Beberniss: Hastings College (NE) NAIA

Madison McKeever: Northwest Missouri State University (MO) NCAA D2

Emma Phillipson: Bellevue University (NE) NAIA

Iyleigh Boden: Nebraska Wesleyan University (NE) NCAA D3

Kaitlyn Radebaugh: Concordia University (NE) NAIA 

Maggie Garbin: Doane University (NE) NAIA

Emma Nelson: United States Air Force Academy (CO) NCAA D1

Elite Boys Academy 2017 Commits

Ryan Schmidt: University of Alabama-Huntsville (AL) NCAA D2

Nolan Dillon: University of Alabama-Huntsville (AL) NCAA D2

Ben Schulz: University of Nebraska Wesleyan (NE) NCAA D3

Zach Robbins: University of Tulsa (OK) NCAA D1 

Jacob Elam: Concordia University (NE) NAIA

Congratulations to all the players, parents and coaches!

Jacob Elam (EBA 98 Maroon) Commits to Concordia University

Concordia University Bulldogs

Elite Boys Academy would like to congratulate 98 Maroon goalkeeper Jacob Elam on verbally committing to Concordia University. Jacob is the sixth player from the 98 group to commit to play college soccer. 

Paul Elam's Comments:

"I am very excited and happy that Jacob is going to continue his education and soccer at Concordia University. It has been a long time dream of his to play college soccer and win a State Cup and he will have accomplished both of those goals. He has been very lucky to have had the coaches throughout club and high school soccer with not just great coaching ability, but also a great love for the kids and the game. Credit also to my assistant coach in the earlier club soccer days, Jeff Ausenbaugh, who did most of Jacobs keeper training and was a very instrumental part of making Jacob into the keeper he is today"

Mary Elam's Comments:

"Jacob has always had a love for soccer that is unmatched. He was, quite literally, born into it. As a baby, he was carried in a backpack to Andrew and Anna's games and practices. As he grew, he watched and learned from his dad, the coach, and his siblings, the players. He began his own career and with awesome teammates, grew into the amazing, dedicated, incredibly hardworking player he is today. College soccer was never just a dream for Jacob, but rather something he always knew he was going to make happen no matter what it took. Not only did Jacob follow in the family tradition, he worked hard to go further than anyone before him had. We are so proud of what he has accomplished, his commitment to Concordia University, and the incredible man, teammate, and leader he has become. Jacob has had wonderful coaches including his dad and Chris, who have helped him make his college soccer career possible. Congratulations Jacob, keep reaching higher!

Jacob Elam's Comments:

"I am very blessed and excited to be given an opportunity to play soccer at The University of Concordia. After talking to a couple of different schools and weighing up my options, I felt Concordia would be the best choice for me to continue my education and soccer career. It’s been my dream ever since I was a little kid to play college soccer and it’s amazing to see it coming true. I couldn’t have done it without my dad who coached me for more than 10 years and Jeff Ausenbaugh, who also coached me since I was young. Without the time and training those two gave me when I was young up until Chris took over our team I wouldn’t be where I am today. I would also like to thank Chris who really helped me and our whole team with the process of recruitment and helping us all find a good place to play college soccer. I am very excited for this next chapter of my life and look forward to being a bulldog!

Chris Dunford's Comments:

"Jacob had to adjust from having his father as his long time club coach to a different voice, approach and persona for the final few years of his youth soccer career and truly embraced all that this entailed. He has shown terrific leadership and commitment to the team and this has been rewarded by joining a wonderful academic institute and soccer program that will challenge him to continue to get better. I look forward to being able to see Jacob play at the next level and wish him all the best for his next journey as a Concordia University Bulldog!" 

Emma Phillipson (EGA 99 White) Commits To Bellevue University

Bellevue University Bruins

Elite Girls Academy would like to congratulate EGA 99 White player Emma Phillipson on verbally committing to Bellevue University. Emma was the first player on the 99 White team to verbally commit to playing College soccer after High School.

Emma Phillipson's Parents Comments:

"We are so proud of Emma for committing to play soccer at the next level. Her passion and love for the sport have definitely paid off, and we know she will continue to excel. Fred and I are very excited that Emma is going to play at Bellevue University for Coach Nicolarsen. The quality of education and soccer are both top notch, and she is very fortunate for this opportunity. Friendships that Emma has with her EGA teammates will, we are sure, last a lifetime! Thank you to her EGA coach Brandon Palmer for the guidance, knowledge, and confidence that you have instilled in Emma over the last five years! Good luck to our girl on all of her future endeavors on and off the field!!"

Emma Phillipson's Comments:

"I'm very excited to have been given the opportunity that I was. Since a very young age, the thought of playing college soccer has always been on my mind. It's been my goal for years and it's the most accomplished I've ever felt. I'm extremely grateful for my coach Brandon Palmer for really pushing me to be my best for the past 5 years. I wouldn't be where I am without him. I'm also extremely thankful to my parents for supporting me all these years with my goal of playing at a collegiate level. I'm looking forward to the next 4 years with Coach Nicolarsen and continuing my education at Bellevue University."

Brandon Palmer's Comments:

"Emma has worked hard to achieve the goal of playing College soccer and I am happy to see her work rewarded. She will be an asset to the Bellevue Bruins program for the next four years!"

Zach Robbins (EBA 98 Maroon) Commits To The University of Tulsa

University of Tulsa Golden Hurricanes

Elite Boys Academy would like to congratulate 98 Maroon midfielder Zach Robbins on verbally committing to the University of Tulsa. Zach is the fifth player from the 98 group to commit to play college soccer and the first in our programs history to commit to the NCAA Division 1 level. 

Don and Amy Robbins Comments:

"Amy and I are very proud of Zach and his commitment to play soccer at the University of Tulsa. While Zach began his college search during his sophomore year in high school, he really set his sights on college soccer at a much younger age. His love of soccer has got him kicked off a field or two in Omaha for trespassing, and he was constantly always looking for a pick up game. We know he will thrive in the competitive atmosphere of college soccer. We are also very proud of Zach for everything he has accomplished in the classroom to help make Division I soccer financially possible. Zach had a lot of support through the years from many coaches who allowed him to be creative with his game and they gave him the opportunity to be a leader to his teammates. We would especially like to thank Chris Dunford, as he has provided a top-notch experience these last few years with the Elite Boys Academy. He is a classy, talented coach that any player in the program would be lucky to have."

Zach Robbins Comments:

"I am very blessed and excited to be given an opportunity to play soccer at The University of Tulsa for Coach McIntosh and Coach Cook. After a long recruitment process and visiting several different schools I fell in love with Tulsa. It has been my dream since I was young to play Division I soccer in college, and I'm extremely happy to make my dreams a reality. I'd like to thank my teammates for pushing me and helping improve my game. I would also like to thank my family, especially my three brothers for sharing the love of the game with me and always playing with me. In addition I want to recognize all of the coaches including coach Chris who got me to where I am today. I am excited to start the next chapter of my career as a Golden Hurricane!"

Chris Dunford's Comments:

"Zach is a shining example of what every Elite Boys Academy player should strive to be. He is one of the first players at training working on free kicks, ball striking or just general technical skills and as a result of his commitment to the game and team was a unanimous pick amongst his teammates to be captain. In addition, he has continued to work hard in the classroom, which has allowed him to really go after his College soccer dreams. I am delighted that Zach has the opportunity to test himself at the NCAA Division 1 level and look forward to watching his progress as part of a superb education and athletics institute at the University of Tulsa. Good luck to Zach down in Oklahoma!"

Kalen Keegan (EGA 99 White - Omaha) Commits To Hastings College

Hastings College Broncos

Elite Girls Academy would like to congratulate EGA 99 White player Kalen Keegan on verbally committing to Hastings College. Kalen becomes the second player on the 99 White team to verbally commit to playing College soccer after High School. 

Kalen Keegan's Parents Comments:

"We are thrilled KK committed to play soccer at Hastings College! KK's college search included visits to 12 colleges in 5 states over the past year and she always ended up comparing each to Hastings. We have no doubt Hastings College is the perfect fit for KK as she continues her academic and soccer career and are so very proud of her and her college decision. It is great that Hastings is close enough for our families and friends to attend games and watch KK play.  Coach Clements' knowledge and ability to recruit talented players, including fellow EGA players, will give KK the opportunity to play on a competitive powerhouse which will become a proverbial team at Nationals.  In addition, trusting Coach Clements and knowing he will look after KK on and off the field will make the college transition seamless.  We are looking forward to watching KK flourish as a player and as a strong, intelligent woman at Hastings College.  Thank you to all KK's former coaches, Skutt Catholic coaches, Marcus for his support, and Brandon Palmer for invaluable training developing KK into a collegiate soccer player. GO BRONCOS!"

Kalen Keegan's Comments:

"When I was younger I wanted to play soccer for a Division 1 college, but that changed when I visited Hastings College where Coach Clements and all the girls were so nice and welcoming. I attended a Hastings soccer camp last summer where the coaches and players pushed me to play stronger and I felt deep down inside that Hastings is where I belonged. The college has everything I need to get my advanced education and the soccer program is perfect for me. I can't wait to start a new chapter at Hastings and be a part of an amazing team. I wouldn't have been able to do this without all the support from my coaches, my parents, and teammates! I also want to thank Coach Clements for giving me this awesome opportunity and promise to keep upping my skills until Fall, 2018."

Brandon Palmer's Comments:

"Kalen is a tough character and has a committed personality and it is because of these two traits that she has been able to get to where she is. It has been a pleasure to coach her and I look forward to continuing to work hard to prepare her for her future endeavors with High School, club and Hastings College" 

Ben Schulz (EBA 98 Maroon) Commits To Nebraska Wesleyan University

Nebraska Wesleyan University Prairie Wolves

Elite Boys Academy would like to congratulate 98 Maroon midfielder Ben Schulz on verbally committing to Nebraska Wesleyan University. Ben is the fourth player from the 98 group to commit to play college soccer. 

Steve and Darci Schulz’s Comments:

"Darci and I are very proud of Ben’s accomplishments, both on and off the soccer field, and we are so excited that he will get the opportunity to continue to play the game he loves in college. We could not agree more with Ben’s choice to continue his education at Nebraska Wesleyan University and that he will be playing soccer for Coach Flintham. Ben’s hard work, perseverance and dedication to this sport has helped him attain the goal he set forth many years ago. We are especially looking forward to being able to attend Ben’s games and watch him play soccer for four more years. We truly love being at soccer matches, watching Ben and his teammates/friends on the field and meeting their parents. Our family is extremely appreciative to the Elite Boys Academy family, Chris Dunford for his guidance and Ben’s teammates as they have truly helped to make him the player he is today."

Ben Schulz’s Comments:

"I am extremely honored to be given this opportunity. It is very exciting to be playing for Nebraska Wesleyan University and Coach Flintham. It has been my goal since I was little to play college soccer and I can't wait for it to become a reality. After visiting a number of colleges and meeting with professors, coaches and players, I am confident that my decision to continue my academic and college soccer career at Nebraska Wesleyan is the best fit for me and my future over the next four years. I'd like to thank my teammates, parents, sister, and Coach Cunningham for their support. I especially want to thank Coach Chris who without his help none of this would have been possible and I wouldn’t be the player I am today. Go Prairie Wolves!"

Chris Dunford's Comments:

"Ben has been an extremely committed member of the 98 Maroon team from day one of joining the club and has grasped every opportunity that has come his way. He has worked tirelessly on the training field and in the class room. He is also a shining example of what hard work can get you after being a second team player in the past and truly excelling in his new environment. I am looking forward to being able to watch Ben play at Nebraska Wesleyan and am delighted that he will get the opportunity to play for Coach Flintham. Good luck for the future Ben!" 

Morgan McLaughlin (EGA 00 Maroon - Omaha) Commits To UMKC

University of Missouri - Kansas City Roos

Elite Girls Academy would like to congratulate 00 Maroon player Morgan Mclaughlin on verbally committing to the University of Missouri - Kansas City (UMKC). Morgan becomes the fourth player on the 00 Maroon team to verbally commit with all four heading to play Division 1 soccer. 

Morgan McLaughlin's Comments:

"Committing to UMKC is a dream come true. I have wished of playing D1 college soccer for as long as I can remember. I want to thank all of my coaches from Barracudas (the beginning) through EGA 00 Maroon for always pushing me to be the best I can be and believing in me. My parents for providing me with unconditional support in all I have done. Finally my teammates who have always been there for me and helped me to become the player I am today, this opportunity would not have come about without them and I look forward to being the same teammate to help each of them reach their dream. I am beyond excited for this opportunity and look forward to continuing to improve my skill set to be prepared for the next level. Go EGA and Go Roos!"

Phil and Lori McLaughlin's comments:

"We are very proud of Morgan and the effort she has put in over the years to reach a goal that she set for herself very early in her soccer adventure. We are very excited about her choice to commit to UMKC, watching the process of her selecting a school has been rewarding and fun, and we feel she made a great decision. The skills and guidance the coaches at EGA have provided over the years allowed her to set a goal early in her development and work hard to achieve it. The plan laid out early from Marcus, the training and growth provided by Kyle Marek, Kyle Droege and Taylor, and the support and encouragement from her teammates and their parents helped keep her focus on her goal alive, thank you all! Watching her mature and seeing her reach this goal only to set her next one has been very rewarding as a parent and we look forward to watching her focus on that next goal."

EGA Alum Caroline Flynn Drafted #40 By Portland Thorns In The NWSL Draft

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.

See links below for more information!

Katilyn Radebaugh (EGA 99 Maroon - Lincoln) Commits To Concordia University

Concordia University Bulldogs

Elite Girls Academy would like to congratulate 99 Maroon - Lincoln player Katilyn Radebaugh on verbally committing to Concordia University. 

Katilyn Radebaugh's Comments:

"I'm so excited about joining Concordia University of Nebraska. Not only do they offer the academic program I'm interested in, but they also have a successful soccer program.  The family environment and great coaching staff are exactly what I was looking for and I'm so thankful for the opportunity to join the team and continue my soccer journey with the Bulldogs".

"I have been fortunate to have some great experiences over the years that I have been playing soccer. From the parent-coached team at Norris that I started with in first grade, to the LSW United team that I joined later on, to the 4 years I played with Norris High School and finally with the Lincoln EGA program I have been with the last two years, I have to say that I will always have some really great memories from all the teammates, coaches and people I have met along the way! I am excited for my next adventure as a Concordia Bulldog!"

Coach Simon Brown's Comments:

"I was really excited for Kaitlyn, (KR as she is more commonly know) when she committed to Concordia. KR is one of the hardest working kids I have coached, she has always gives the same amount of effort and that is 100%. KR likes to see the game unfold and understand which of her strengths she can use to find a way to score. Her speed and power is frightening at times and with enough work on her technical side of the game, I have no doubt she will bang in plenty of goals in the GPAC, just hopefully none at Hastings!" 

98 & 01 Maroon Finish A Successful USYS National League Season In Florida

2016/2017 USYS National League

The 2016/2017 USYS National League season has come to and end for both the Elite Girls Academy 98 and 01 Maroon teams.  Both groups finished up divisional play in Orlando, Florida over New Years at the Disney College Showcase.  

Elite Girls Academy 01 Maroon

National League Record: 4-0-3 (15pts)

Division Placement: Currently in 1st place (final placement dependent upon final National League weekend results in Las Vegas).

Elite Girls Academy 98 Maroon

National League Record: 3-3-1 (10pts)

Division Placement: Currently tied for 2nd place (final placement dependent upon final National League weekend results in Las Vegas).

2016/2017 USYS National League Scores and Schedules Link

On behalf of Elite Girls Academy, we would like to congratulate both teams on a fantastic National League season!

Iyleigh Boden (EGA 99 Maroon - Lincoln) Commits to Nebraska Wesleyan University

Nebraska Wesleyan University Prairie Wolves

Elite Girls Academy would like to congratulate 99 Maroon - Lincoln player Iyleigh Boden on verbally committing to Nebraska Wesleyan University. 

Iyleigh Boden's Comments:

"My love for soccer has been within me for as long as I can remember. Everyone always gasps when I tell them I play soccer because of all the running, but for some odd reason I've always been able to see past that! Playing at the collegiate level has been a dream of mine since I was a little kid. I started playing soccer in first grade. I eventually gained enough skills to move onto the next level. I have continued to play club soccer since first grade. Junior year I joined the Elite Girls Academy for higher competition, this is where I met Coach Flintham. Flintham was able to see the potential in me and sent me an email. I then scheduled a visit at Nebraska Wesleyan University. The moment I stepped on campus I fell in love. I felt as if I were at home when I was on campus. Right when I thought it couldn't get any better I met the team, and once again fell in love! Coach Flintham and his team were very welcoming and made me feel like family. The woman's team's saying this past year was Our Family VS. Their Team. Everything about Nebraska Wesleyan made me feel at home. That is why I am extremely excited to announce my recent commitment to play soccer for Nebraska Wesleyan University!"

Coach Simon Brown's Comments:

"I am really pleased for Iyleigh. Not only is she a tremendously hard working soccer player but she always brings a smile to practice, which is contagious for her team mates. Iyleigh has worked her socks off this season and is dedicated to making herself a better player by asking every question possible to understand her position and how to be effective at it. Nebraska Wesleyan is getting a quality player that I have no doubt will improve their program right away. Congratulations Iyleigh!"

Jose Angel Perez (EBA 98 Maroon) Joining Liga MX Academy Team

Club Querétaro Gallos Blancos

Elite Boys Academy would like to congratulate 98 Maroon attacking player Jose Angel Perez on deciding to join Liga MX Academy side Club Querétaro Fuerzas Basicas Gallos Blancos. The club is based in the City of Santiago de Querétaro, which is located 3 hours north west of Mexico City. 

Angel will join their U17 roster on December 16, 2017 and be part of the U17-U20 player pool that will train every day and live in the Academy year round. From these pools weekly rosters are selected for games and tournaments, with the best players gaining opportunities to be pushed into the Club Querétaro first team roster. 

Jose Angel Perez's Comments:

"Soccer is everything to me so to be able to go back to my country and play for a professional youth team is a dream come true. I am looking forward to the challenges ahead and where this road leads to" 

Chris Dunford's Comments:

"Angel came to the club at the beginning of the 2016/2017 season after finding himself without a club team to play on. He knew several of the current EBA 98 Maroon team so we had him train with us and see how he did. It is fair to say it was a seamless transition and an easy decision to add Angel to our roster. He is a technically gifted soccer player but couples this with a terrific work rate on and off the ball that make him a stand out performer. He has fitted into the group tremendously well and will be missed when he moves down to Mexico. We all wish him the best of luck in chasing his professional soccer dream!"

Nolan Dillon (EBA 98 Maroon) Commits to University of Alabama-Huntsville

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! 

Ryan Schmidt (EBA 98 Maroon) Commits to University of Alabama-Huntsville

University of Alabama-Huntsville Chargers

Elite Boys Academy would like to congratulate 98 Maroon defender Ryan Schmidt on verbally committing to the University of Alabama-Huntsville. Ryan is the second player from the 98 group to commit to play college soccer. 

Darrin and Kristin Schmidt's Comments:

As parents, we couldn’t be more proud of Ryan!  He has worked so hard for this opportunity to play in college, which has always been Ryan’s goal from the start.  We are so excited for him to achieve what he set out to do all those years ago on the pitch and UAH is a great place to start his new adventure. He will continue to grow as an athlete and excel as a student in Alabama. Ryan has had tremendous support—with great coaches and surrounded by his best friends/teammates.  We love watching him play and can’t wait to see what he accomplishes in Division 2 College Soccer.  Thank you EBA, Ryan’s coaches, trainers and the entire EBA 98 Maroon family!

Ryan Schmidt's Comments:

A couple years ago I would never have guessed I would be visiting a bunch of Universities to decide where I would continue my soccer career. I worked extremely hard to get as many offers as possible, which was pretty easy with all the opportunities the club provided our team with to excel in front of hundreds of schools. The University of Alabama in Huntsville had everything I was looking for with their excellent academics and a great soccer program. I couldn't be more excited for the next chapter of my life to begin in sweet home Alabama! It wouldn't be possible without the incredible help and support from my parents, my coach Chris Dunford, my teammates, and the whole EBA family. I am very excited to become a Charger!

Chris Dunford's Comments:

Ryan has gotten the reward for really embracing the challenge of trying to play college soccer at the next level. From training, to games, to adapting to a new position, to communicating with college coaches. He has done it all and I am delighted that he will have the opportunity to be a collegiate soccer player and gain further education from a highly rated institution. The hard work now continues to ensure that Ryan is ready for Fall 2017 and the start of his Alabama adventure! 

Elite Girls Academy 99 Maroon Attends Phoenix ECNL National Event

ECNL - Phoenix

The Elite Girls Academy 99 Maroon team attended the first ECNL National event of the year in Phoenix, Arizona on November 11-13.  This event marked the first ever ECNL event that an EGA team has competed in since their official member acceptance announcement on August 9, 2016.  

Game 1 (Nov 11, 2016)

Elite Girls Academy 99 Maroon 0

Utah Avalanche ECNL U18/19 0

Game 2 (Nov 12, 2016)

Elite Girls Academy 99 Maroon 1

Heat FC ECNL U18/19 1

Game 3 (Nov 13, 2016)

Elite Girls Academy 99 Maroon 0

Tennessee Soccer Club 99 Composite 1

Congrats to the players and staff on starting the Elite Clubs National League journey for EGA on a great note.  

Congratulations To The 2017 Nebraska State Cup Champions & Finalist

Fall Nebraska State Cup

Congratulations to all four Elite Academy teams who competed in the State Cup Finals.  All four teams showed tremendous character and team spirit, and as a staff we are extremely proud of your efforts.  

2017 Nebraska State Cup Finalist: Elite Boys Academy 98 Maroon Omaha

2017 Nebraska State Cup Champion: Elite Girls Academy 98 Maroon Omaha

2017 Nebraska State Cup Champion: Elite Girls Academy 99 Maroon Omaha

2017 Nebraska State Cup Champion: Elite Girls Academy 01 Maroon Omaha

All three Elite Girls Academy teams will represent Nebraska at this Summers USYS Region II Championships in Sioux Falls South Dakota 

EGA Alum Maddie Elliston Selected For U.S. U20 2016 Fifa World Cup Roster

On behalf of Elite Girls Academy we would like to congratulate EGA Alum, Maddie Elliston on being selected on for the US U20 World Cup Roster.

Maddie and her teammates will be traveling to Papua New Guinea in hopes of bringing home a U20 World Cup championship.  The U20's first game will be November 14 against France, followed by group games against New Zealand and Ghana.

Elite Girls Academy Joins ECNL As A Member Club In 2017/2018

Elite Club National League (ECNL)

We are delighted to announce that starting in August 2017 Elite Girls Academy teams will begin competing as part of the Elite Club National League (ECNL). The ECNL will be the only national league in which the club will compete, and the focal point of its competitive efforts.

“We are very excited that EGA will be bringing the ECNL platform to the best female soccer players in Nebraska,” said President Christian Lavers.  “EGA has developed great players and teams that play with great style, and their philosophy and mission is totally consistent with the ECNL mission.”

EGA Technical Director Marcus Kelcher said, “The ECNL will provide our players with the ultimate developmental platform and will allow us even greater college recruiting exposure opportunities moving forward.  Since 2009 the ECNL has set the absolute standard for elite level soccer on the girls’ side of the game, and we believe the bar set by the ECNL will only continue to raise the game for elite level female players for years to come.”

The Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) was founded in 2009 to enhance the developmental experience of female youth soccer players in the United States through: (i) improving the competitive environment through creation of a true national competitive league; (ii) improving the process for identifying elite female soccer players for college and youth national teams through a systematic scouting and identification program based on national competitions; and (iii) improving the daily training environment at top female youth soccer clubs through developing best practices and training and organizational guidelines for its member clubs.  The ECNL is sanctioned by US Club Soccer and is sponsored by Nike Soccer.

The full announcement can be read here: