Midwest Mother's Day Classic 2017
Thank you to all the staff for their hard work and the families for spending a weekend out of town for their kids! It was hot, busy and certainly tiring but CONGRATULATIONS to the ALL our teams for their efforts but particularly the ones below on a great weekend in Kansas City!
Roll of Honor:
U11G Red - EGA 06 Maroon Lincoln - Finalist (lost in shootout)
U13G Blue - EGA 04 Maroon Omaha - Finalist
U13G Red - EGA 04 Maroon Lincoln - Finalist (lost in shootout)
U14G Blue - EGA 03 Maroon Lincoln - 2nd (5 team bracket)
U14B Blue - EBA 03 Maroon Omaha - 2nd (5 team bracket)
U15B Red - EBA 02 Maroon Lincoln - CHAMPIONS
Augustana University Vikings
Elite Girls Academy would like to congratulate Olivia Washburn, who is a defender for 99 White team, for verbally committing to Augustana University. Olivia becomes the third commit on the 99 White team and the eighteenth player to commit from the 2018 class.
Todd and Deb Washburn's Comments:
"The Washburn family is so proud of Olivia! Her commitments to soccer and academic achievement have combined to result in this incredible opportunity sure to shape her future.
Olivia started playing soccer as a four year old, so it didn’t come as a surprise when she decided she wanted to play at the collegiate level. Olivia’s search began and ended at Augustana University. Coach Barkus and Augie were the yardstick against which all other program visits were measured. AU is a great fit where Olivia sees herself learning, growing, playing, and excelling. Their team culture and academic rigor are the quality others aspire to achieve. We are excited to watch Olivia continue her journey at Augustana University, but we will always remember where we came from.
As parents, it is our responsibility to nurture her love of learning and to place her in the path of the best coaches. Our thanks go out to Vince Odorisio, Brandon Palmer and Marcus Kelcher. Each of these coaches provide the highest level of development, which is directly responsible for much of the player she has become. The culture at EGA inspires girls to dream big and pursue excellence.
We also owe a debt of gratitude to Olivia’s teammates and their families. This “village” has provided life long memories and relationships. Olivia has a sisterhood rarely found in such a competitive environment. We are blessed to call these people family. It is gratifying to watch so many girls grow into amazing women who set goals and make them happen."
Olivia Washburn's Comments:
"I am extremely excited and blessed to have the opportunity to continue my education and soccer career at Augustana University. Coach Barkus has had faith in me throughout my entire recruiting process, and I am so excited to call Augie home in 2018. I'd like to thank my family, at home and at EGA, for believing in me through times of adversity and helping me reach my full potential.
As for giving thanks, I'd like to give Vince Odorisio a shoutout for being like family to me and never giving up on me. I fell in love with soccer as a little Toro girl and couldn't imagine my life without it. Next, I want to thank Marcus Kelcher. Marcus elevated the game for me by showing me how adversity is actually a blessing and essential to developing and improving as a player. Marcus has helped me grow not only as a player, but as a person as well. Next, I give my thanks to Brandon Palmer. Brandon believed in me as a soccer player and as a leader, and has shown me that hard work pays off. Brandon took me under his wing and taught me lessons which shaped me into the person I am today. Thank you Brandon, for helping me fall in love with soccer all over again.
And finally, I'd like to thank all of my teammates, former and current, for not only pushing me to be better and being supportive, but also for all of the memories. I have made friendships to last a lifetime at EGA, and I am forever thankful. My soccer career has been a rollercoaster, and I am so excited to see where the ride will take me as I continue my adventure at Augustana. Go Vikings!"
Marcus Kelcher's Comments:
"I have had the great pleasure of working with Olivia since the age of eight. She is without question one of my all time favorite kids that I have ever had the pleasure of working with. She is an incredible soccer player but an even better young women and I am so thrilled with her commitment to Augustana. I am also incredibly happy for the entire Washburn family as they have been massively supportive of Elite Girls Academy over the years and for that I am so grateful. I cannot wait to work with Olivia as she prepares for the next level and I look forward to watching her achieve big things for Coach Barkus and the Augustana women's soccer program."
University of Kansas Jayhawks
Elite Girls Academy would like to congratulate Mackenzie Boeve, who is a defender for the 2001 Maroon team, on verbally committing to the University of Kansas. Mackenzie becomes the third commit on the 2001 Maroon team and the second of the 2020 class.
Todd & Cheryl Boeve's Comments:
"Cheryl and I are thrilled for Mackenzie and so proud of her. Being originally from Kansas, KU is a perfect fit for her. The last few years, it's been a dream of hers to go to school and play soccer at the University of Kansas, and she is so fortunate to get this opportunity.
There are so many people to thank. First and foremost, we can't thank Marcus enough for all the work he's put in preparing her and all the EGA girls to get to this point, and we feel so fortunate that she will be able to continue to train with Marcus to prepare for that next level of soccer in college. The EGA program he has built is truly "taylor made" to push players to compete at the highest level possible.
We would also like to thank all her teammates and all EGA staff and coaches that Mackenzie has played with/for the past 10+ years. A special thanks goes out to Tom and Jen Burkey, who introduced her to soccer and coached her for so many of those early years.
We couldn't be more excited to see Mackenzie continue her soccer career playing for Coach Francis, Coach Miller, and Coach Young at KU. A huge thank you goes out to them.
Mackenzie Boeve's Comments:
"I am so excited about my commitment to Kansas! It has always been my goal to play college soccer and I am very grateful to have this opportunity. I want to thank Marcus and all of my past and present coaches and teammates for helping me along the way and for always pushing me to be the best player I can be. I also want to thank my parents for supporting me and helping me throughout this whole process. I know Kansas will be a great fit for me. Go EGA and Go Jayhawks!"
Marcus Kelcher's Comments:
"I could not be any happier for Kenzie and the entire Boeve family. Kenzie will be joining a winning program and one that is led by an excellent staff. She will be joining one of the top conferences in the country for women's soccer and I am certain she will not only be successful but will be a player ready to compete day one when she arrives in Lawrence. I am also excited at the fact that she will be playing alongside so many other top players from Elite Girls Academy."
Hannah Davis (EGA 98 Maroon) & Diego Gutierrez (EBA 98 Maroon)
Hannah Davis (EGA 98 Maroon, Lincoln Southwest & Kansas State Commit) and Diego Gutierrez (EBA 98 Maroon, Ralston & Hastings College Commit) have both created Nebraska High School soccer history! Hannah broke the all time Class A scoring record and Diego has broken the all time any class scoring record.
Hannah has scored 100 goals in 58 games breaking the previous record of 97 goals set in 1997. Diego has scored 103 goals in 66 games breaking the previous record also of 97 goals set in 1998. Both players seasons are not over yet as they both look to push the records to even greater heights!
Congratulations to both of these outstanding soccer players!
It was an exciting weekend in Des Moines with 18 of our teams competing in the 2017 West Des Moines Soccer Club Premier Games. Of those 18 teams we had 8 of them making it to Semi Finals and 7 of those teams progressing to the Final. Of those 7 teams 3 went on to take home Championship medals! 3 of the 4 Final losses were in penalty shootouts, which only added to the drama. Congratulations to all our teams and especially those who were in some cases literally playing right to the very end of the event!
Roll of Honor -
U11G Gold - EGA 06 Maroon Omaha - Finalists
U11G Silver - EGA 06 Maroon Lincoln - Semi Finalists
U11B Gold - EBA 06 Maroon Lincoln - Finalists
U12G Gold 2 - EGA 05 Maroon Lincoln - CHAMPIONS
U13G Gold 2 - EGA 04 White Omaha - Finalists
U14G Gold - EGA 03 Maroon Lincoln - CHAMPIONS
U14G Silver - EGA 03 White Omaha - Finalists
U14B Gold - EBA 03 Maroon Omaha - CHAMPIONS
Hastings College Broncos
Elite Boys Academy would like to congratulate 98 Maroon player Diego Gutierrez on verbally committing to Hastings College. Diego is the tenth player from the 98 group to commit to play college soccer.
Jorge & Rosa Gutierrez's Comments:
"We are very happy and proud of Diego for committing. He has loved playing the game ever since we could remember. We are happy to see him grow as a player and person. He's put in a lot of work to get here and we're glad it finally paid off. Thank you to all the coaches who helped him get to this point. Can't wait to see him in grow in the future as a player."
Diego Gutierrez's Comments:
"I am glad that I am getting this opportunity to play for coach Champenoy and the defending National Champions. I've worked hard to get to this point. Playing at the college level is a dream come true. I want to thank my family especially my parents for always being there for me. I also want to thank all of my coaches that have helped me throughout my life, especially Chris for making this process a lot easier. I look forward to beginning the next part of my soccer career as a Bronco!"
Chris Dunford's Comments:
"Diego is a special player blessed with a devastating change of speed and the ability to score any kind of goal. There have been many occasions over the past few years of coaching him where you are simply amazed by a piece of skill he has done or a wonderful goal he has scored. Anybody fortunate to see him play knows what a talent he is and Hastings have got themselves a true goalscorer to build around. I am very excited to see how Diego does at the Collegiate level and look forward to helping him prepare for Hastings College once High School season is over."
Hastings College Broncos
Elite Boys Academy would like to congratulate 98 Maroon player Jonathan Lopez on verbally committing to Hastings College. Jonathan is the ninth player from the 98 group to commit to play college soccer.
Catalino & Nohemi Lopez's Comments:
"We are beyond proud of Jonathan for his recent commitment to study and play at Hastings College this fall. His dedication and commitment to the game has been there since his early days when the goal of playing college soccer was just beginning and it's awesome to see it paying off! Also, we would like to thank all of his coaches throughout his club and high school soccer career that have helped him reach this goal of his, without all of the help and knowledge you guys provided Jonathan with, this goal of playing at a higher level could not of been accomplished."
Jonathan Lopez's Comments:
"I am excited and blessed for this opportunity Coach Champenoy and the Hastings program have given me. It has always been a goal of mine to play at the college level and what better way to do it than to be able to defend a National Championship! I'd like to thank my family and also Coach Elam, Ausenbaugh, Cooney, Mosser and Dunford for all pushing me to the next level and for always being there for me on and off the pitch."
Chris Dunford's Comments:
"Jonathan is a fiercely loyal team mate and a player who gives his all out on the field every practice and every game. He plays the game at a high speed and is a technically gifted soccer player who can both score goals and create opportunities for others. I am excited to see all he accomplishes with Hastings College and where this next chapter takes Jonathan!"
University of Kansas Jayhawks
Avery Smith, who is a midfielder for Elite Girls Academy 2001 Maroon, has verbally committed to the University of Kansas. Avery becomes the second commit on the 2001 Maroon team and the first of the 2020 class.
Colby and Keleigh Smith's Comments:
"We are so excited about Avery committing to Kansas University. We believe it is a perfect fit for her. There are three groups of people we must thank for supporting our daughter up to this point in her soccer journey.
First, Avery’s coaches. Avery has been lucky to play for passionate coaches ever since she started playing. The Elite Girls Academy coaches for her include Chad Gleckler, Kari Kirchoefer, Taylor Haynes and Marcus Kelcher. We feel beyond blessed that each of them have impacted Avery as they have and we know Marcus will continue to develop her for the college level.
Second, Avery’s teammates. Avery’s teammates are the most competitve group of young females we’ve ever met. They have competed in every practice for each juggle, sprint, shot or pass. These are Avery’s best friends.
Third, Avery’s teammates’ parents. The soccer carpools we’ve been a part of over the years are key to helping us keep a balanced life. Being a member of a traveling club soccer team requires many out of state tournaments and league games. We have sent Avery many times with families that we know treat her as their own daughter.
Avery’s verbal commitment to play soccer for the University of Kansas is actually just the beginning…Therefore we look forward to continuing to support Avery or A-Bird or Goobies on her soccer journey… ROCK CHALK!!"
Avery Smith's Comments:
"I am so happy about my commitment to Kansas!! I am very grateful for this opportunity. One of my main goals in life is to play college soccer at a high level and I am excited to reach that point. I am very grateful to Coach Francis, Coach Miller and Coach Young for this opportunity. I have also been very blessed with many great coaches since I was little and they have challenged me to be the best I can be. I have also had many great teammates who are very competitive and have pushed me to be better. Lastly, my parents have had a big part in this process and I am very grateful for them. Go Jayhawks!!"
Marcus Kelcher's comments:
"I could not be any happier for Avery and her family. Avery had a fantastic year leading the 2001 team to their third consecutive State Championship and has showed tremendous growth in all areas of her game. In my opinion KU is getting one of the top midfielders in the 2020 class anywhere in the country. I look forward to working with Avery over the next three years in preparation for Big 12 soccer."
Hastings College Broncos
Elite Boys Academy would like to congratulate 98 Maroon defender Aaron Noddle on verbally committing to Hastings College. Aaron is the eighth player from the 98 group to commit to play college soccer.
Jay Noddle's Comments:
"Aaron’s recent commitment to become a Hastings College Bronco is a fantastic outcome for him. We are all very proud of the determination, effort and focus he put forth in reaching this milestone. All of the hard work and long hours on the practice field and in the classroom or study hall have produced this opportunity to play for the defending National Champion Broncos. Aaron has been dreaming of and striving to play College Soccer since he was a toddler, having had a soccer ball at his feet since he began to walk. He has always found a way to balance school and soccer, even when the other guys had the day off! The fact that Hastings College is rewarding him for his academic success, as well as, his soccer skills makes this even sweeter! Two years ago, Aaron’s decision to move to Coach Chris Dunford’s team, Maroon 98 at EBA, absolutely moved the needle for him. Coach Dunford’s teaching skills and encouragement provided Aaron with the added motivation and determination to get the job done. All of us would like to thank Chris and EBA for all of their hard work and never ending commitment to their players, it pays off in so many ways!"
Aaron Noddle's Comments:
"I am very blessed and excited to be given an opportunity to play soccer at Hastings College for Coach Aaron Champenoy. After a long recruitment process and visiting several different schools I found a niche in Hastings. It has been a dream of mine to play the sport I love 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 older brother, Sam, 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 cannot wait to start my journey of being a Hastings Bronco!"
Chris Dunford's Comments:
"Aaron is a kid who came to EBA tryouts 2 years ago looking for an opportunity to shine and has really earned everything he is getting. He is a tireless worker and practices just as hard as he plays and it is because of these two factors that his opportunity to join the NAIA National Champion program came along. Hastings College is gaining a polite, goal focused individual who will give his all whatever task is put in front of him. I look forward to being able to see Aaron contribute to a national powerhouse NAIA school and being able to watch another EBA player play at the collegiate level."
University of Alabama-Huntsville Chargers
Elite Boys Academy would like to congratulate 98 Maroon defender Ethan Wolter on verbally committing to the University of Alabama-Huntsville. Ethan is the seventh player from the 98 group to commit to play college soccer and the third to decide to become a UAH Charger!
Mark & Lisa Wolter's Comments:
"Mark and I are extremely proud of the young man that Ethan has become. He has made soccer a priority and by his devotion to this sport and his years of sacrifice, he has developed the talent and outstanding character necessary to take his passion to the next level. We are so pleased he has committed to the University of Alabama in Hunstville, where Ethan will be presented with great opportunities for personal growth, both in athletics and academics. We are thankful to the excellent coaching Ethan has received from a very early age that pushed him at every level. Chris Dunford and Elite Boys Academy have prepared him for this college commitment and we are grateful to be part of this winning program."
Ethan Wolters Comment's:
"It’s always been a dream of mine to play at the next level and I cannot be more excited to be given the opportunity to play at the University of Alabama in Huntsville next year under Coach Kranjc and Coach Guyer. Not only the soccer, but the academics were a perfect fit for me. I want to thank all of the coaches who have gotten me to where I am today and helped me achieve my goals, including Chris who has not only taught me a lot about the game, but character as well. A very special thanks to my teammates, some of which I have played soccer with for over a decade who have helped me train and make myself a better player everyday. I cannot wait to become a charger and start my soccer career at UAH!"
Chris Dunford's Comments:
"I am really happy that Ethan has taken the next step and decided to go for it at the College level. He has battled back from a knee injury sustained during the High School soccer season of his Junior year and it is great to see his personal drive rewarded. It is also great that he will become College team mates with two of his long time club team mates and the three of them will get to enjoy the next adventure together!"
EGA 2004 White
Elite Girls Academy 2004 White has been officially invited to represent Nebraska at the 2017 Region II President's Cup this upcoming June. The club would like to congratulate the players, coaches and parents on a great Fall season and on their invitation to represent both EGA and Nebraska in Overland Park, KS!
Coach Angelo Bravo's comments:
"After summer 2016 tryouts, Morgan and I had the good fortune of adding multiple players from other clubs to our existing EGA team. From our initial training sessions in August 2016 we could tell right away these girls wanted to work to get better with every practice. They displayed initiative and determination on the practice field. The Azzurri tournament was our first opportunity to play actual games together. They played good in that tournament and went on to the St Louis Friendlies with impressive progress. These tournaments were both great learning experience for the girls. The girls began to believe that they could be the best and that there is no "I" in team. The experience the girls learned from the first two tournaments transferred to the Nebraska League season. The girls improved every game and ended up having an undefeated Nebraska League Fall 2016 First Division (13G) season. Due to winning the division, we were asked to represent Nebraska in Region 2 President's Cup Tournament in Overland Park, KS. We are looking forward to this tournament in June. The last tournament the 04's played in 2016 was Socctoberfest. They went 3-0-1 and won this tournament. They did a great job. This bunch of girls have come a long way since tryouts. We are going to continue to get better every time we train and play games."
Marcus Kelcher -Elite Academy Technical Directors comments:
"I am thrilled for both the 04 White players and staff. They have done a tremendous job of representing the club and I know they will do an incredible job in Overland Park this upcoming June. Angelo and Morgan have done a very good job with this group of young ladies and I know that this accomplishment is just the beginning to what they will go on to achieve at EGA in the future."
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!
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!"
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's 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's 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!"
Caroline Flynn - Portland Thorns
Elite Girls Academy Alum Caroline Flynn was drafted by the Portland Thorns of the NWSL on January 12, 2017 as the #40 overall drafted player. Caroline becomes the second ever player in Nebraska history to be drafted to the NWSL.
Caroline played for Toro Bravo since she was 15 years old and was a member of the U19 Elite Girls Academy Bravo team that won a USYS Region II Championship in 2012. Over the last five years she was a member of the University of Nebraska Women's Soccer Program.
Marcus Kelcher's Comments
I could not be any prouder of Caroline. I had the pleasure of coaching Caroline for 5 years and I can say without a shadow of a doubt that she embodies everything that makes an Elite Girls Academy player so very special. Her commitment to the game is unlike that of virtually anyone I have ever coached. Her tireless commitment to improvement both during her club career and then for her five years at UNL has provided her with the platform to now show her ability at the highest possible level. Portland is getting a fantastic player but an even more amazing young women. Caroline I am so incredibly proud of you.
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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!
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.
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.