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Caroline Flynn (EGA Bravo) (Nebraska Soccer) Invited To USWNT U23 Camp


Caroline Flynn

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!


Elite Academy Dominates at 2016 West Des Moines Premier Games

2016 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!


Alexis Christiansen (00 Maroon) Commits To The University Of New Mexico


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.  

Elite Academy at the 2016 PDT


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!

Results:

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!

 


Elite Girls Academy - National Signing Day 2016


National Signing Day 2016

Elite Girls Academy is proud to announce the players who have signed their national letters of intent today.   

Sophia Ketchmark - Wayne State College
I could not be any more excited for Sophia's commitment to Wayne State. I have known Coach Erickson for many years now and believe that under his guidance, Sophia will grow as a player. I believe she will be joining a program that will allow her to play her style of soccer and help the program out right away.
 
Coaching Sophia this season has been an absolute joy, she is a fantastic player, teammate and kid. I believe Sophia made the perfect choice and that WSC will be getting a player that will make the team better both on the field and in the classroom. I am thrilled for Sophia and her family and look forward to working with her as she prepares for the next level.
 
- Mirza
 
Courtney Ramaekers - Doane College
I am very excited for Courtney's commitment to attend Doane College. Doane has always been a top team in the GPAC and with the new coaching staff should get back to competing for the title. Courtney is a very talented player with great work ethic. I believe she will have a chance to go into her freshman year and make an impact right away. Having a player like Courtney, who comes to each event with a great attitude and work ethic is something every coach dreams for. Doane is definitely getting a player that will make the team better both on the field and in the classroom. I am very excited to work with Courtney the rest of the year as she prepares for the next level.
 
- Mirza
 
Lauren Stiles - Midland University
I am absolutely thrilled for Lauren and her commitment to Midland. She is not only a fantastic player but also a great kid. I am also excited for her to be coached by Greg Jarosik who is a long time friend of mine. I believe that Lauren will be joining a program that will fit her style of play and a program that she will be able to help right away. I am thrilled for Lauren and her family and look forward to working with her as she prepares for the next level.
 
- Mirza
 
Sally Stoltenberg - Hastings College 
I could not be any more excited for Sally signing her letter of intent to attend Hastings College, my alma mater. I believe she will be joining a program that is not only among the elite in the GPAC conference but is also one of the elite NAIA programs in the country. Broncos play a very similar style to Sally's current team and will fit the way Sally likes to play. Coaching Sally this season has been an absolute joy. She is a great teammate and the type of player each coach wants on their team. I look forward to working with her the rest of the year and helping her prepare for the next level.
 
- Mirza
 
Emily Jessup - Augustana University 
I am very excited to see Emily sign her letter of intent to attend Augustana University. I have known Coach Barkus for many years now and coached against him. I believe that under his guidance, Emily will grow as a player. She is joining a great program that won the Northern Sun Conference last season and will compete again her freshman year.
 
Coaching Emily this season has been an absolute joy, she is a fantastic player, teammate and kid. I am thrilled for Emily and her family and look forward to working with her as she prepares for the next level.
 
- Mirza
 
Sydney Nelson - Nebraska Wesleyan University 
I could not be any more excited for Sydney and her commitment to Nebraska Wesleyan. She is not only a fantastic player but also a great kid. Sydney's style of play will allow her to go into her freshman year and make an immediate impact. Coaching Syd this past year has been a pleasure. She is a great kid, fantastic player and a teammate. I am thrilled for Syd and her family and look forward to working with her as she prepares for the next level.
 
- Mirza
 
Brenna Ochoa - University of Nebraska 
Brenna is a player who I feel could bring an immediate impact to the Husker program for the 2016 Fall season.  She has all the attacking attributes to be successful at the next level.  In all my years of coaching I have witnessed few players with the technical ability that Brenna possesses.  I am excited to see her continue to develop and grow under Coach Walker and his excellent staff.  She has been a joy to coach and I look forward to helping her prepare over the next few months leading up to her arrival in Lincoln.  
 
- Marcus
 
Kaitlin Maxwell - Missouri State University 
Kaitlin is a player who I believe can and will make an immediate impact at the next level.  She is an incredible shot stopper who is is fearless in the 18yd box.  One of the best 2016 keepers I have seen anywhere in the nation. I look forward to working with her as she prepares for first college season in Springfield. 
 
- Marcus
 
Kayleigh Putnam - Missouri State University
KP is a player who I believe will fit into the college game perfectly.  She has a unique ability to control the tempo of most games.  She also has great range for a central midfielder.  She covers an incredible amount of ground as she is not only a play maker but also a player who has the ability to break up attacks in defensive transition.  She is technical and a strong header of the ball.  Overall a fantastic player.   I look forward to working with her as she prepares for first college season in Springfield.   
 
- Marcus
 
Jade King - Texas Tech University 
Jade is a player who I have had the pleasure of working with for the last eight years.  She is a fantastic talent who is undoubtedly one of the best attacking players Nebraska has ever seen.  She has all of the physical and technical attributes to be a huge success at TTU.  Beyond being a very good player, Jade is a kid who I absolutely adore.  I consider her and the entire King family not just friends but family.  I look forward to watching her develop further under the guidance of Coach Stone and the TTU staff. 

 

- Marcus

On behalf of the Elite Girls Academy staff, congratulations Ladies!


Sydney Peitzmeier (EGA 99 Maroon) Commits To Illinois State University


ISU Womens Soccer

Sydney Peitzmeier who is a member of the Elite Girls Academy 99 Maroon Omaha team has verbally committed to Illinois State University.  Sydney becomes the 9th player on the 99 Maroon team to commit to play at the next level and the 8th to commit to a NCAA D1 program.
 

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!

Sydney's comments on committing 
I am beyond blessed to have the opportunity to continue my soccer career at the University of Illinois State. Although the recruiting process was a bit stressful, I always knew Illinois State was the place for me. Both the head coach and the assistant coach’s personalities made my decision a lot easier. From the first time I stepped onto campus they welcomed me with open arms and made me feel like I was a part of the team. I believe that Illinois State’s brand of soccer suits my style of play almost identically and I think I will fit in very well there. The campus is beautiful and I love how the whole athletic side is close to classes, the dorms, the locker room, and the field. There is absolutely no way I could’ve gotten the opportunity to play college soccer without the time and effort that Marcus puts in to making our dreams come true. I am so very thankful to have not only have him as my coach, but to have someone like him in my life to turn to for help and advice. I could never ask for a better coach, no matter what the circumstances are. I would also like to thank my wonderful teammates for constantly pushing me and making me the player I am today. I could not ask for a better group of girls to get to train and play with. I also want to thank my parents for their support and all the time put in for me to play soccer. I cannot wait to be a Redbird!
 
Marcus Kelcher's comments on Sydney committing 
I am thrilled for both Sydney and her family.  I personally feel that Sydney will not only be an immediate impact player at ISU but that she will be a key component in their success over her college playing carreer  While she is a tremendous player, it is her personality and character that really makes Sydney special.  I look forward to seeing all she achieves at the next level and helping her prepare to play college soccer at the D1 level.  

Mallory Broady (EGA 98 Maroon) Commits To University of Central Missouri


Mallory Broady

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 comments 
 
I am so blessed to be committed to the University of Central Missouri. The process of finding the perfect school for me was very difficult at times, but once I visited Central Missouri I knew I found my dream school and soccer program. The way that UCM plays is the exact style that I play. The coach is amazing and I know in the future he will coach me to be the best soccer player I can be. UCM is the perfect soccer fit for me, but the school itself is also exactly what I was looking for. The campus is beautiful, everyone there was so nice, and it has the major I want to study. I am extremely thankful for Marcus and all his time and effort he put into my college process and into making me the best soccer player I can be. Without him, I wouldn’t be the soccer player that I am today and I can’t thank him enough for all that he has done for me. I also couldn’t thank my parents enough for all that they do. They have supported me throughout this whole process and have done so much in order for me to play the sport I love. Lastly, I am so thankful for each one of my teammates who push me to do my best and have been so supportive over the last year. I am so excited to be a Jennie and continue my soccer career at the University of Central Missouri!
 

Mallory's parents comments

We are very proud and extremely excited that Mal has made the decision to continue her education and soccer career at The University of Central Missouri.  UCM is a great school with a very accomplished soccer program.  The day we toured the campus, met the coach, and watched the team play, we knew it would be the perfect fit for Mal!  We want to thank Marcus for not only helping Mal to achieve her goal of playing college soccer, but also for pushing her hard to be her best, and helping her to build her confidence again!  We also want to thank her teammates for being such supportive and wonderful friends!  EGA really does show the girls that through hard work, dedication, and determination, it is possible to accomplish big things!  We could not be any happier!!!
 
Marcus Kelcher's comments 
 
I could not be anymore excited for Mallory's commitment to Central Missouri.  I believe she will be joining a program that is not only among the elite level NCAA D2 programs in the country but one that plays a very similar style to Mal's current team.  Coaching Mallory this season has been an absolute joy, she is a fantastic player, teammate and kid.  I look forward to working with her in the future and helping her prepare for the next level.  

EGA Alum Paige Nielsen Drafted #25 Overall By Seattle In The NWSL Draft


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.

See links below for more information!

http://nwslsoccer.com

https://www.reignfc.com


Winter Blast Success

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!


Evening With Elite 2015 - Award Winners


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)

 


Danyelle Walsh (EGA 98 Maroon) Commits To Missouri Western State University


MWSU Womens Soccer

Danyelle's Comments
 
I've always believed that when I visited the school meant for me, I would feel it.  The first time I visited Missouri Western and met the coaches, I knew. Everyone that I have met is so welcoming and supportive. The girls on the team that I met were so nice and had a team bond that I am so excited to be a part of. I'm extremely thankful for this amazing club, my teammates, and everyone in the EGA community who has supported me along the way. A special thank you to Marcus who I could not have done this without. He always pushes me to be best I can be. Also, thanks to Coach Chad Edwards and his assistant coach Alyx for showing me how perfect Missouri Western is for me! It's impossible to not want to be a part of something with such amazing people! It feels good to be a Griff. (: 
 
Danyelle's Parents Comments
 
"To say that we are ecstatic about Danyelle's decision to play for Coach Chad Edwards at Missouri Western State University, would be an understatement. 
 
Missouri Western is a perfect fit for Danyelle.  We love that it is close enough for us to watch her play, and the fact that she is playing for Coach Edwards, and also getting a great education.   Danny gets to pursue two of her dreams... to play soccer in College and also pursue her dream of studying Medicine.  
 
Thank you, Marcus, for preparing Danyelle for the next stage of her soccer career.  Because of the excellent training with you, and her coaches before EGA, she will be ready to play at this level.  Your desire to help each of the girls reach their goals, is evident.
 
We are also very thankful for the support and friendship from her teammates and their parents. "
 
Marcus Kelcher's Comments
 
I have been fortunate over the years to coach many players who have gone on to play college soccer.  Every college soccer career starts with a commitment similar to the one that Danny just made.  After receiving Danny's call about her commitment, I was overjoyed like I have seldom been before.  I am always excited to hear that a player from EGA has made the commitment to play college soccer but Danny's call was one that made me so happy.  I believe Danny made the perfect choice and that MWSU will be getting a player that will make the team better both on the field and in the classroom.  I am thrilled for Danny and her family and look forward to working with her as she prepares for the next level.  

Brylie Meyer (EGA 98 Maroon) Commits To Missouri State University


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.


Maddie Elliston (EGA Booyah) 2015 NCAA D1 College Cup Champion

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 (EGA 99 Maroon) Commits To The University Of Minnesota


Minnesota Soccer

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 (EGA 99 Maroon) Commits To The University of Kansas


Avery Ripple

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. 


Elite Girls Academy 99 Maroon - U16G Nebraska State Cup Champions


EGA 99/00 Maroon


Elite Girls Academy 98 Maroon - U17G Nebraska State Cup Champions


EGA 98/99 Maroon