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!
University of Missouri - Kansas City
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.
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!
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!"
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!
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!"
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!"
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!
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!
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.
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
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.
2016 Sporting Lee's Summit Cup
Six of our boys teams headed southeast of Overland Park to compete in the 2016 Sporting Lee's Summit Cup in Missouri. Congratulations to 3 of those EBA teams who finished as CHAMPIONS!
Roll of Honor:
U11B Red Division - EBA 06 White Lincoln - CHAMPIONS
U13B Red Division - EBA 04 Maroon Omaha - CHAMPIONS
U13/U14B Blue Division - EBA 03 Maroon Omaha - CHAMPIONS
Elite Boys Academy
Congratulations to the following 22 EBA players across 4 different birth years for making the 2016-2017 Nebraska State Soccer player pools for the Olympic Development Program:
Johnny Le Jr
Elite Academy 2016/2017
Over the August 19-21 weekend we had 22 of our teams competing in two events. 19 of our teams stayed in Nebraska to play in the 2016 Azzurri Invitational and 3 of our teams headed North East to play in the 2016 Eclipse Challenge Cup.
The weekends competition saw plenty of talent on display, plenty of areas to improve and lots of positivity!
Azzurri Roll of Honor:
EBA 07 Maroon Lincoln - U10B FINALISTS
EGA 06 Maroon Lincoln - U11G FINALISTS
EBA 06 Maroon Lincoln - U11B CHAMPIONS
EGA 05 Maroon Lincoln - U12G CHAMPIONS
EGA 02 Maroon Lincoln - Undefeated 2-0-1
EGA 02 White Omaha - U16G Semi Finalists (playing up one year)
EGA 00 Maroon Lincoln - U17G FINALISTS
Eclipse Roll of Honor:
EGA 03 Maroon Omaha - U14G FINALISTS
A great start to the year!!
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:
US Youth Soccer Best Eleven
Sydney Cassalia who is a member of the Elite Girls Academy 98 Maroon team has been awarded the U17G USYS National Championship Golden Glove Award. The award is apart of of the US Youth National Championship Best 11 Awards that are given out to the top performers in each age division at the USYS National Championships.
Sydney played 135M at Nationals without allowing a single goal.
On behalf of Elite Girls Academy, we would like to congratulate Sydney on this fantastic achievement.
USYS National League
The Elite Girls Academy 98 and 01 Maroon teams have been officially accepted into the 2016/2017 USYS National League.
Both the 98 and 01 Maroon teams will make two trips for the seven game league schedule. The first league weekend take the players to Wilson, NC for a four game schedule on December 1-4, 2016 and for the second league weekend the teams will travel to Orlando, FL for a three game schedule on December 31, 2016-January 2, 2017.
For more information please click the link below.
South Dakota State Women's Soccer
Elite Girls Academy would like to congratulate 99 Maroon forward CeCe Limongi on verbally committing to South Dakota State University. CeCe becomes the eleventh player on the 99 Maroon team to verbally commit.
Cece Limongi's Comments:
From the very first time I stepped foot on campus, I fell in love with South Dakota State University. It felt like home to me. I am so very blessed to be able to have the opportunity to play soccer at the next level. It has been my dream since I first played in kindergarten. Hard work and determination are the cornerstones that got me to this opportunity. I want to thank ALL of my teammates and coaches throughout the years who have supported me and pushed me to be the best I can be. My family has been my greatest supporters and taught me effort and toughness. I am very thankful to be a part of the EGA soccer family and appreciate all the support Marcus has given me. I can't wait to continue to grow under him. Go Jackrabbits!
Paul and Aimee Limongi's Comments:
We couldn't be prouder of Cece! We are truly blessed to have a daughter whose high character is her greatest trademark. She is very caring, is a tremendously hard worker and gives her best in whatever she does. We are thankful she has had the support of great coaches and mentors throughout the years. We know she will continue to grow as an athlete and young woman as SDSU. We love watching her play soccer and can't wait to see what she accomplishes at the next level! Thank you to the EGA family, especially Marcus, for his belief in Cece and his continued effort into making her the best player she can be!
TTU Women's Soccer
Elite Girls Academy would like to congratulate 00 Maroon forward Marisa Weichel on verbally committing to Texas Tech University. Marisa becomes the second player on the 00 Maroon team to verbally commit.
Mark & Jenny Weichel's comments on Marisa's commitment
As anyone in the soccer community knows, playing for clubs like EGA requires a full commitment where regular practices, small group sessions, one on one coaching, frequent travel, and excellence at school are all a part of the agreement. The entire Weichel family could not be more proud of Marisa in her commitment in these areas and earning the right to be recognized as a future Texas Tech Red Raider. When Marisa attended the 2015 Red Raider soccer camp at Marcus’ urging, we knew it was a definite front-runner if we were lucky enough to have this school interested in her. Fast forward a year later where we had the awesome experience of touring various campuses, meeting coaches, and experiencing various college towns, it always came back to Texas Tech.
While getting to know Coaches Tom Stone, Gibbs, and Neal, we feel like we have already formed a wonderful relationship with the Red Raider team. Texas Tech is a great fit where Marisa can see herself playing, excelling and going to school. The living, academic, and sports facilities, programs, coaches, girls on the team, and team culture were all impressive. We look forward to three more years with our EGA family and know that all of the girls’ successes in this club would not be possible without EGA, the coaches, the wonderful teammates/travel partners, and fellow parents.
2016 USYS National Championships
The 2016 Region II U17G Champion, Elite Girls Academy 98 Maroon, will be competing for a U17G National Title this upcoming week in Frisco, TX. See schedule below:
July 26th 7:30AM: Elite Girls Academy 98 Maroon vs. Legends FC 98 (CA-S)
July 27 11:30AM: Elite Girls Academy 98 Maroon vs. Beadling Bulldogs (PA-W)
July 28 7:30AM: Elite Girls Academy 98 Maroon vs. YMW Premier Xplosion 98 (PA-E)
Full details on their competition and the game schedule can be found here:
Some games can be watched live at this link too:
Good Luck Ladies!!
Elite Girls Academy 98 Maroon won 5 straight games culminating in a come from behind 3-1 Overtime Championship game win to be crowned 2016 US Youth Soccer Region 2 U17 Girls Champions!
In doing so the team became just the FIFTH team from Nebraska to become Regional Champions and the second Elite Girls Academy team since the club was formed in 2011.
The team will now head to the US Youth Soccer National Championships held at the end of July in Frisco, Texas to compete for the right to be called National Champions.
US Club Soccer NPL Finals
The Elite Girls Academy will be sending three teams to the US Club Soccer NPL Finals which is located in Aurora, CO. All three teams qualified for the Finals by winning the their age division in 2015 Fall Midwest Developmental League. You can follow the scores by clicking the link below.
Best of luck to the teams and staff!
Caroline Flynn - U23 USWNT
Elite Girls Academy Alum Caroline Flynn has been called into the US U23 National Team for the Nordic Tournament in England.
Caroline and her fellow U23 teammates will play Sweden, Norway and England from June 2-7 in England.
For more details, please see the link below.