Gatorade Player Of The Year
Brenna Ochoa who plays for the Elite Girls Academy 98 Maroon team has been named the 2016 Nebraska Gatorade Player Of The Year.
Brenna becomes the fourth Elite Girls Academy player to win the prestigious award since 2011.
On behalf of Elite Girls Academy, we would like to congratulate Brenna on this amazing accomplishment.
*Brenna plays for Millard West High School and will attend the University of Nebraska to play soccer in the Fall*
2016 Midwest Mother's Day Classic
A stormy end to the weekend in Kansas that cut short the event. Most of our 24 teams present got at least three games in and we saw some great soccer that led to plenty of smiles, goals and medals!
Teams that made Championship games that didn't get played due to the weather were named Co-Champions.
Roll of Honor:
U9 Girls Silver: U9 EGA Burkey Co-CHAMPION
U9 Boys Gold: U9 EBA Ali Co-CHAMPION
U9 Boys Silver: U9 EBA Burkey Co-CHAMPION
U10 Boys 8v8 Bronze: U10 EBA Maroon Omaha Co-CHAMPION
U11 Boys Bronze: U11 EBA Maroon Omaha Co-CHAMPION
U12 Girls 11v11 Silver: U12 EGA Maroon Lincoln Co-CHAMPION
U13 Girls Gold: U13 EGA Maroon Omaha Co-CHAMPION
U13 Boys Gold: U13 EBA Maroon Omaha CHAMPION
U13 Boys Bronze: U13 EBA Maroon Lincoln Co-CHAMPION
U14/15 Girls Gold: U14 EGA White Omaha FINALIST
Well done to all the teams that competed!
Hastings College Women's Soccer
I am so excited to continue my soccer career at Hastings College. Once I visited Hastings I knew it was the place for me. Coach Clements was very welcoming and I know that the soccer program will be a great fit for me. Everyone I met on campus from the office staff to current soccer players made it feel like home. Not only is Hastings a great soccer fit, but also academically. I know that I could not have done this without the help of Marcus. He always pushes me to be the best soccer player I can be as do all the staff coaches at EGA. I also could not have achieved this goal without all my amazing teammates. Thank you to my parents for all the support they have given me throughout my years of playing soccer and all that they do to allow me to play at this level. A special thanks to my dad for introducing me to this sport I love and for being my first youth coach. I am so excited to be a Bronco and continue my soccer and education at Hastings!
Barbi and Steve Beberniss
We are so proud of Allie for staying the course and seeing her dream to play soccer at the next level come true at Hastings College. It has been such a joy to watch her play over the years. We have so many great memories that we will cherish always. While at times the journey hasn't always been easy we wouldn't change any of it as it has shaped her into the person she is today! We love that girl and the goals she set for herself both on and off the field. We have met so many great families and girls over the years and have developed life long friendship we are certain. We want to thank each of them for supporting Allie whether it be cheering her on, pushing her to work harder on the field, or letting her tag along with their family for a travel weekend. Allie has had the opportunity to work with several great coaches over the years and we are grateful for each of them, but know that if Marcus hadn't been her coach the last few years she may not have seen this dream become a reality. So, many thanks to Marcus for the time and dedication he has put in and always pushing Allie to be the best person she can be on and off the field. We also want to thank Hastings College coach, Chris Clements, for this amazing opportunity to continue her soccer career. Hastings will be a great fit for both academics and athletics for Allie. We are beyond excited for her! Go Elite Academy and Go Broncos!
I could not be any happier for Allie and the Beberniss family. I have had the pleasure of coaching Allie for four years. Allie is great player, student but most importantly she is an amazing young women. Hastings is getting a fantastic player who I have no doubt will make an immediate impact within the Bronco Women’s soccer team. I would also like to thank Steve for all he has done for Allie. He certainly shaped her into a fantastic player long before she joined EGA. I look forward to working with Allie for another year as she prepares for her arrival in Hastings!
Caroline Flynn who was a member of the Elite Girls Academy Bravo team that won a 2011 Region II Championship has been called into the upcoming USWNT U23 Camp.
Caroline is a senior at the University of Nebraska and has one final year left of eligibility.
On behalf of Elite Girls Academy, we would like to congratulate Caroline and wish her luck!
2016 WDMSC Premier Games
A truly outstanding weekend for the club at the 2016 West Des Moines Soccer Club Premier Games!
Of the 23 teams that travelled to Iowa 16 of them qualified for Semi Final or Final games. Of those 16 teams, 11 went on to become Premier Games 2016 CHAMPIONS (with two Finals actually being EGA vs EGA!).
Roll of Honor -
U11 Boys Gold - U11 EBA Maroon Lincoln - CHAMPIONS
U11 Boys Gold 2 - U11 EBA White Lincoln - CHAMPIONS
U11 Boys Silver - U11 EBA Maroon Omaha - CHAMPIONS
U11 Girls Gold - U11 EGA Maroon Lincoln - FINALISTS
U11 Girls Silver - U11 EGA White Omaha - CHAMPIONS
U12 Girls Silver - U12 EGA White Omaha - CHAMPIONS
U13 Boys Gold - U13 EBA Maroon Omaha - CHAMPIONS
U13 Boys Silver - U13 EBA White Omaha - FINALISTS
U13 Girls Gold - U13 EGA Maroon Omaha - CHAMPIONS
U13 Girls Gold - U13 EGA Maroon Lincoln - FINALISTS
U13 Girls Silver - U12 EGA Maroon Omaha - CHAMPIONS
U13 Girls Silver - U13 EGA White Omaha - FINALISTS
U13 Girls Silver - U13 EGA White Lincoln - SEMI FINALISTS
U14 Boys Silver - U14 EGA Maroon Lincoln - CHAMPIONS
U14 Girls Gold - U14 EGA Maroon Omaha - CHAMPIONS
U14 Girls Silver - U14 EGA White Omaha - CHAMPIONS
Well done to all the players and coaches and thank you to all the families for your patience and support over the weekend in some difficult conditions!
Also a big shout out to the Elite Boys Academy teams who had 6 Finalists and 5 CHAMPIONS from our 9 teams present (including sweeping the titles in the three U11 divisions!).
A great start to the 2016 Spring season!
New Mexico Women's Soccer
Alexis Christiansen who is a member of the Elite Girls Academy 00 Maroon Omaha team has verbally committed to the University of New Mexico. Huey becomes the first player from the 00 team to commit to the next level.
Brant & Heidi Christiansen’s comments:
We are very proud of Huey for deciding to commit to play soccer for a great institution like New Mexico. She has been exposed to some great people along the way. Heidi and I would like to thank Marcus, Kyle, Chris and Taylor for their tireless work ethic and showing Huey what it takes to be a student athlete at the division one level. We feel she is very prepared for this journey because of the EGA leadership. Marcus has provided much guidance during this recruiting process. Huey has been able to travel the country playing a game and we feel blessed to be a part of the ride. She has met lifelong friends not only on her team but also throughout the club. As a family we sat down and talked about the risk/reward scenarios of committing as a freshman. However, Coach Dyche and Coach Nelson made the process very easy. They are building an incredible program in Albuquerque and after looking at a few other schools, UNM was the right fit. They are strong female leaders and people I would like my daughter to emulate.
Huey Christiansen’s comments:
I am very excited to continue my soccer and educational journey at The University of New Mexico. I would like to thank my coaches, Marcus Kelcher, Kyle Droege, Taylor Haynes and Chris Dunford for making me into the player I am today. I would also like to thank my teammates and family for always supporting me, and helping me make this big decision in my life. After visiting a couple of schools, New Mexico felt like home. UNM has a beautiful campus and also a great soccer program, that will let me succeed on and off the field. Coach Dyche and Coach Nelson both made me feel welcome and laid a path for me to join their 2019 recruiting class. I look forward to supporting my teammates as they go through this same process. I also look forward to meeting my future teammates at camps and recruiting visits. Go Lobos!!
Marcus Kelcher’s comments:
I could not be any happier for Huey and her family. After years of hard work and dedication to her craft, Huey has fulfilled her dream of having the opportunity to play NCAA D1 soccer. I look forward to watching Huey continue on her developmental path as she prepares for her freshman year in Albuquerque.
PDT is one the nations finest soccer events
Elite Academy had six teams travel to Phoenix, Arizona over the Presidents Day weekend to take part in the 2016 SC Del Sol PDT event. Over 400 teams were present and from all those we had four of our teams make it all the way to their brackets Championship games. Three teams all lost their Championship games by one goal each but our EBA 98 Maroon team came home as CHAMPIONS after winning a shootout!
EBA Maroon 98 - CHAMPIONS (3-0-1 record)
EGA Maroon 98 Omaha - Finalists (3-1-0 record)
EGA Maroon 99 Lincoln - Finalists (2-2-0 record)
EGA White 01 Omaha - Finalists (3-1-0 record)
EGA Maroon 00 Omaha - 2-1-1 record
EGA Maroon 01 Omaha - 1-1-2 record
Congratulations to all the teams on a fantastic weekend!
National Signing Day 2016
Elite Girls Academy is proud to announce the players who have signed their national letters of intent today.
On behalf of the Elite Girls Academy staff, congratulations Ladies!
ISU Womens Soccer
Sydney's parents comments on her committing
Michelle, Taylor, Haley and I are incredibly excited and proud that Syd has earned and committed to Illinois State University to play soccer and become a Redbird Student-Athlete in 2018.
ISU is has a great soccer program and annual powerhouse in the Missouri Valley Conference with many conference championships.
The coaching staff will begin their 2nd year and has already been successful in recruiting some top players in the St. Louis/Chicago area that will contribute to further success of the program. Syd’s decision to attend is a perfect fit for their style of play and has connected extremely well with the coaching staff and fell in love with their campus and academics, all of which influenced her decision to attend ISU.
Our decision to join EGA and play for Marcus Kelcher 4 years ago, to strengthen Syd’s soccer skills and personal development in order to position herself for a Division I soccer scholarship was the best decision we could have ever made. We would also like to thank Coach Marcus and staff for instilling the work ethic, skill development and passion that Syd has for the game of soccer while still having some fun at the same time.
We would also like to thank all of her teammates, friends and coaches at EGA for all of the support and friendships she has experienced over the past few years that have also contributed to earning a D-I soccer opportunity.
Way to go Syd and we are so proud of you and love you!
Mallory Broady who is a member of the Elite Girls Academy 98 Maroon - Omaha team has recently committed to player soccer at The University of Central Missouri. Mal becomes the 15th player committed from the 98 team.
Mallory's parents comments
Paige Nielsen - Seattle Reign FC
Elite Girls Academy Alum Paige Nielsen was drafted by the Seattle Reign of the NWSL on January 15, 2016 as the #25 overall drafted player. Paige becomes the first ever player in Nebraska history to be drafted to the NWSL.
Paige 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 four years she was a member of the University of North Carolina Women's Soccer Program and in 2015 she led the tar heels with 1,795 minutes played as a central defender.
Marcus Kelcher's Comments
I could not be any prouder of Paige. I had the pleasure of coaching Paige since she was a 15 years old and she has done nothing but amaze me ever since. It is incredible to see a kid fulfill a dream that so many would have predicted impossible. As the first player drafted professionally from Elite Girls Academy, it is my hope that her story can inspire many future EGA professionals in the future. One thing I know for sure, the Seattle Reign are getting not only a great player, they are getting an incredible young women.
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Congratulations to our Elite Boys Academy 06/07 Lincoln team for winning the Winter Blast Tournament held in Omaha over the December holidays!
The future is bright and these young players have much to look forward to!
Elite Boys Academy Player of the Year Abram Ehrhorn (EBA Maroon 98/99)
On December 11th, 2015 Elite Academy held its annual 'Evening with Elite' Banquet.
The evening is designed to celebrate the year that was for the club and as part of the event some awards are handed out to players and coaches selected by the EGA and EBA Technical Directors.
This year also marked the first time that an Elite Boys Academy Player of the Year was recognized as the boys side continues to gather momentum.
The inaugural EBA winner was current EBA 98/99 Maroon captain Abram Ehrhorn. Abram was a unanimous team captain voted for by his teammates and in addition to his outstanding play on the field he continues to excel in the classroom, where he holds a 4.25 GPA! A leader on and off the field Abram is a fine example for all our EBA players.
Abram was quick to praise his teammates when he accepted the award saying "I want to thank my teammates for their support and for selecting me to be the leader of this group. Without the hard work of everyone then nothing can be achieved and I have been fortunate to have their full support and that has made my job easy. I look forward to seeing more success on the soccer field and continuing to try to be a positive example off it".
Award Winners -
Elite Boys Academy Player of the Year:
Abram Ehrhorn (EBA 98/99 Maroon)
Elite Girls Academy Player of the Year:
Kayleigh Putnam (EGA 98/99 Maroon - Omaha)
Elite Academy Young Player of the Year:
Annabella Wiles (EGA 01/02 White - Omaha)
Elite Academy Leadership Award:
Morgan Mclaughlin (EGA 00/01 Maroon Omaha)
Elite Academy Newcomer of the Year:
Sarah Dunker (EGA 98/99 Maroon - Omaha)
Elite Academy Coach of the Year:
Taylor Haynes (EGA 01/ 02 Maroon Omaha and EGA 02/03 Maroon Omaha)
MWSU Womens Soccer
Missouri State University
Brylie Meyer’s comments on her commitment
Committing to Missouri State is something I am extremely excited about. Playing soccer at the next level has always been a dream of mine. The recruiting process was stressful at times, but the moment I ended my tour at MSU I knew there was something special about it. The campus is amazing and the atmosphere is one that I really believe I will fit into. And even though I won't be just down the street like everything seems to be in Nebraska, Springfield isn't too far from home, which only makes this place more of a perfect fit for me. Not only am I excited to continue my soccer career in college, but also I get the opportunity to play along side some of my closest friends and I am very grateful for that. I wouldn't be anywhere without the support of my teammates and Marcus especially. All of them have been very supportive and encouraging throughout this entire process and I want to thank them for that. I am proud to say I am a part of EGA and I can't wait to be a Bear!
Stephanie and Travis Meyer’s comments
Stephanie and I are extremely excited for Brylie and her opportunity to continue her soccer at a great school like Missouri State. We are very proud of how she handled the decision making process in deciding between the schools interested in her abilities. We would like to thank not only her teammates but also the great parents and families we have met and became friends with along the way. From rides to letting Brylie stay in Omaha. From encouragement to the daily rides from Lincoln to Omaha and back. Brylie has been very fortunate to have some great coaches along the way from Tom Burkey, to Vince Odirisio and Jose Vargas, and lastly, Marcus Kelcher and his great staff at EGA. We would like to thank them all for all they did, but particularly Marcus for his belief in Brylie, his time and efforts in helping to mold her into the player she is today and furthermore the player she will be down the road. The opportunities that Brylie has had in soccer, from coaching and training to the travel and competition, are second to none, not only in Nebraska but across the country. We can’t wait to see how all of her teammates and the rest of the EGA girls do at the next level as well as the up and coming young members of EGA and the path that soccer allows them to take.
Marcus Kelcher’s comments
I am have very happy for both Brylie and her family. I think that the Missouri State program is an excellent choice for Brylie. They have a dedicated coaching staff that has recruited many EGA players over the years. Brylie becomes the seventh player from EGA to play for MSU over the last four years. I am excited to see all that Brylie achieves in the future and I look forward to working with her as she prepares for the next level.
On behalf of Elite Girls Academy we would like to congratulate EGA Alum Maddie Elliston and her Penn State University teammates on winning the NCAA D1 Women's College Cup.
Delaney Stekr who is a member of the Elite Girls Academy 99/00 Maroon (Omaha) team has verbally committed to the University of Minnesota. Delaney becomes the sixth player on the 99/00 Maroon (Omaha) team to commit to play at the next level and the fifth to commit to a NCAA D1 program.
Delaney’s comments on committing
I am so excited and grateful to be committed to the University of Minnesota. I have always wanted to play college soccer, and Minnesota is an excellent fit for me. The coaches are amazing people, and the style of soccer matches mine as a player perfectly. I could not be any happier with my decision. I am extremely thankful for all of the time, and effort put in by my coaches, especially Marcus. I know that I would not be the player I am today without him. I will be forever appreciative of his efforts in helping me find a college where he knew I would be happy and excel, both on and off the field. Thank you to my parents who have sacrificed so much for me to be able to play the game I love. I am extremely grateful for everything they do for me. Finally, thank you to my teammates for all of their support over the years. I am so blessed to be a part of this club!
Delaney’s parent’s comments on her committing
We are incredibly proud of Delaney’s accomplishments, and could not be happier about her decision to commit to the University of Minnesota. This has been an amazing journey, and there are many people to thank for their support along the way. First and foremost, thank you to her teammates, who have become her sisters. Watching these little girls grow into beautiful young women has been a joy and a privilege. Her teammates pushed her to be her best, and continue to challenge her to be a better player every time they take the field together. Thank you to the many parents who have supported Delaney through the years. Countless carpools, long car rides, tournaments, shared hotel rooms, and most importantly, hugs and words of encouragement when they were needed most. It truly takes a village, and the support she has received is unsurpassable. Thanks to Vince Odorissio, who instilled the love of the game in Delaney, as well a belief in herself as a player. Last, but not least, thank you to Marcus (and all of the staff at EGA) for all you have done for her over the years. Your discipline and demand for excellence is what makes good players exceptional players. This will serve all of your players well many years into the future, both on and off the field. Thank you for your endless support and belief in Delaney. Without this her dream of playing college soccer at the highest level would not be a reality today. We can’t wait to watch her compete at the next level with an incredible soccer program and coaching staff at UM. Until then, we will treasure the next few years with EGA. Go Gophers!!
Marcus’s comments on Delaney committing
I am so happy for both Delaney and her family. The decision to play at the University of Minnesota was a really good one. I feel the Big10 is the perfect conference for a player of Delaney’s skill sets. I also feel that Delaney will continue to grow as a player and person under the guidance of the staff at Minnesota. I look forward to all the work over the next few years as Delaney prepares to play at the next level.
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.
EGA 99/00 Maroon
EGA 98/99 Maroon