Brinlee Whitaker - Iowa State University
Brinlee Whitaker who plays for the Elite Girls Academy 99/00 Maroon team has verbally committed to play soccer at Iowa State University. Brinlee becomes the second player on the 99/00 team to commit to play at the next level.
Brinlee's comments on her commitment
Verbally committing to play soccer at Iowa State feels amazing. I am so excited and look forward to playing for such a talented coach, Tony Minatta. I would never have gotten this opportunity if it weren't for my awesome coach, Marcus Kelcher. He has helped mold me into the player I have become by believing in me and pushing me to be the best that I can be. I cannot thank Marcus enough. I would also like to thank my talented teammates who not only are great soccer players but also good friends. I would not be where I am today if they didn't push me at each and every practice. EGA is a great club and I feel blessed to be part of the EGA family. Last but not least, I want to thank my parents for their dedication and nonstop support in helping me achieve my dream of playing college soccer.
Jim and Shelly's comments on Brinlee's commitment
We are so proud of Brinlee and are very excited for this opportunity for her. She has worked extremely hard and to see her hard work pay off like this is amazing. We feel blessed to have Brinlee train under Marcus. His unwavering dedication to the players and his passion for the game of soccer is a true testament to his commitment as a coach. We are extremely grateful - so thank you Marcus! We would also like to thank the 99/00 Maroon team and their parents for their support. EGA is an amazing club and we are happy to be a part of it. We look forward to watching Brinlee play soccer at Iowa State - Go Cyclones!
Marcus Kelcher's comments on Brinlee's commitment
I am thrilled for both Brin and the entire Whitaker family. Brinlee is a very good player and will really fit in with way in which Iowa State plays. Her dedication to the game and her commitment to this team has always been second to none. I look forward to working with Brinlee over the next three years as she prepares for Big 12 soccer!
Kenzie Coons - Texas Tech Women's Soccer
Kenzie Coons who plays for the Elite Girls Academy 99/00 Maroon team has verbally committed to play soccer at Texas Tech University. Kenzie becomes the first player on the 99/00 team to commit to play at the next level.
Kenzie Coon's comments on her commitment
I am so excited to be a Texas Tech Red Raider! Without the help of Marcus, my teammates, my parents, and everyone at EGA I would not have had this opportunity. I am so grateful for everyone who has helped me get where I am today. Texas Tech is an amazing school and I can't wait to be a part of their program and play soccer at the collegiate level. I feel truly blessed. Guns up!
Jerry and Shannon Garcia's comments on Kenzie's commitment
We are incredibly excited and proud of Mackenzie for committing to Texas Tech University! Her hard work and dedication are making her dreams a reality. We would like to thank Marcus, the U15 Maroon Team, and EGA because without them, she wouldn't be where she is today. Thank you, Kenzie, for making us the proudest parents ever! We love you so much! Guns Up!!
Marcus Kelcher's comments on Kenzie's commitment
I am elated for Kenzie and the Garcia family. After any visits and several offers, Kenzie has decided to join one of the best programs in the nation. Over the last several years many of EGA's top players have committed to play soccer at Texas Tech. I have no doubt that Kenzie will be an absolute success in Lubbock. I look forward to working with Kenzie over the next three years as she prepares for the next level.
U.S. Women's National Team
Maddie Elliston who is a member of the Elite Girls Academy U19 Maroon team joined up with the U.S. Under-20 Women's National Team in La Manga, Spain for games against Norway, the Netherlands and Sweden. Maddie was a two time Nebraska Gatorade Player of the Year and is a freeman at Penn State University.
The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team will bring 22 players to a U-19 invitational tournament in La Manga, Spain, running from Feb. 28-March 10. At the 10-team competition that features three matches for each country, the USA will face Norway (March 5), the Netherlands (March 7) and Sweden (March 9).
The tournament also features Switzerland, Germany, England, Italy, Denmark and Scotland. As the U.S. players are in the first year of a two-year cycle, and all were born in 1996, 1997 or 1998, they are technically still U-19s.
U.S. head coach Michelle French has called up 11 players currently in college and 11 still playing club for the matches against three countries who have all sent their senior sides to this summer’s FIFA Women’s World Cup.
This age group is focusing on qualifying for the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, which has an age cut-off of players born on or after Jan. 1, 1996.
U.S. U-20 WNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Samantha Leshnak (Ohio Elite; Liberty Township, Ohio), Casey Murphy (Rutgers; Bridgewater, N.J.)
DEFENDERS (7): Maddie Elliston (Penn State; Omaha, Neb.), Sabrina Flores (Notre Dame; Livingston, N.J.), Natalie Jacobs (Slammers FC; Coto de Caza, Calif.), Annia Mejia (California; Bloomington, Calif.), Courtney Petersen (Michigan Hawks; Canton, Mich.), Kaleigh Riehl (BRYC; Fairfax Station, Va.), Parker Roberts (KC Metro Dynamos; Leawood, Kan.)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Rachel Corboz (Georgetown; Green Brook, N.J.), Marley Canales (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Savannah DeMelo (Beach FC, Bellflower, Calif.), Jordan Harr (Dallas Sting; Sachse, Texas), Mikaela Harvey (Texas A&M; Liberty Hill, Texas), Emily Ogle (Penn State; Strongsville, Ohio), Mallory Pugh (Real Colorado; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Taylor Racioppi (Players Development Academy; Ocean Township; N.J.)
FORWARDS (5): Michaela Abam (West Virginia; Sugar Land, Texas), Megan Buckingham (North Carolina; Novi, Mich.), Zoe Redei (Eclipse Select; Highland Park, Ill.), Jessie Scarpa (North Carolina; Lakeland, Fla.), Ally Watt (Pride Soccer Club; Colorado Springs, Colo.)
Ole Miss Women's Soccer
Sophie Dineen who plays for the Elite Girls Academy 98/99 Maroon team has verbally committed to play soccer at the University of Mississippi. Sophie becomes the seventh player on the 98/99 team to commit to play at the next level and the sixth to commit to a NCAA Division 1 program.
Sophie Dineen's comments on her commitment
I am so excited that I have been given the opportunity to play soccer at the University of Mississippi. This has been my dream for so long and I am so grateful to Marcus for helping me reach this dream. Marcus has been an amazing coach and has always pushed me to be a better player, and for that I am so grateful. I am also very thankful for my team who have always been there for me, and push me to be the best player I can be. The moment I went to Ole Miss I knew it was the place for me and I could not be more excited to go there! I know it will be a great fit for me and I can't wait to play with my sister! Go Rebels!
Marcus Kelcher’s comments on Sophie’s commitment
I am so happy for Sophie and the Dineen family. I have had the pleasure of working with both the Dineen sisters and to see them committed to the same great program is truly amazing. She will be joining a fantastic team led by a one of the best staffs in the women's college soccer. I look forward to working with Sophie over the next two years as she prepares for the next level and to later see all that she accomplishes at Ole Miss. Congrats!!
Azusa Pacific University Women's Soccer
Madeline Lupercio who plays for the Elite Girls Academy 98/99 Maroon team has verbally committed to play soccer at Azusa Pacific University. Madeline becomes the sixth player on the 98/99 team to commit to play at the next level.
Madeline's parents comments on her commitment
We are so thankful that this opportunity was available to Madelyne. We would like to thank Marcus Kelcher for helping her achieve her goal. Also a huge thanks to all EGA staff. We couldn't be happier. We are blessed to have a daughter like her. We believe this will be a great fit for Madelyne. We are excited to see her live out her dream. Go Cougars!
Madeline Lupercio’s comments on her commitment
I am extremely thankful to have this opportunity to commit to Azusa Pacific. I couldn't have done thing without the help of my amazing coach, the great EGA staff and my team. It has always been my dream to play collegiate soccer in California, and I am now able to fulfill it. Azusa Pacific is a great fit for me and I am excited to play soccer there. I am blessed to be a part of EGA. Go Cougars!
Marcus Kelcher’s comments on Madeline’s commitment
I am so happy for Madeline and the Lupercio family. Madeline had a dream of playing college soccer in California and she has now fulfilled that dream by committing to Azusa Pacific. She will be joining a great program led by a fantastic staff. I look forward to working with Madeline over the next two years as she prepares for the next level. Congrats!!
Elite Girls Academy - PDT 2015
A mixed group of 98/99 and 99/00 Maroon Elite Girls Academy players traveled to Phoenix, Arizona over Presidents Day weekend to compete in the U16G Super Group of the Presidents Day Invitational. After four days the girls defeated three State Champions and an ECNL team without conceding a goal to win the 2015 Championships.
Elite Girls Academy 1 FC United Select (IL) 0
Elite Girls Academy 2 Ahwatukee 99 Girls White (AZ) 0
Elite Girls Academy 3 Crossfire Alaska 99G (AK) 0
Elite Girls Academy 1 SC Del Sol 99 Girls ECNL 0 (PK's)
Great job ladies!
Jayhawk Women's Soccer
Olivia Pesek who plays for the Elite Girls Academy 98/99 Maroon team has verbally committed to play soccer at the University of Kansas. Olivia becomes the fifth player on the 98/99 team to commit to a NCAA Division 1 program and the second player on the team to commit to play soccer at KU.
Rick and Cheryl Pesek’s comments on Olivia’s commitment
The deepest thanks and gratitude to Marcus for what he has done to mentor and develop Olivia as a player and young lady. We are also grateful to all of her EGA coaches; Marcus Kelcher, Taylor Haynes, Steve Beberniss and Kyle Droege for their commitment and faith in Olivia. It is truly a blessing to be a part of the EGA family and share this journey. Huge thanks to Olivia’s teammates and their families for the friendship, comradery, rides and road trips. We are excited Olivia found such a great fit at the University of Kansas, both academically and athletically. We look forward to the continued success of EGA and our 98/99 girls. GO EGA! GO JAYHAWKS!
Olivia Pesek’s comments on her commitment
I want to thank Marcus and EGA staff for preparing me to play collegiate soccer at the University of Kansas. Their guidance and support has made this possible. I am forever grateful to all my teammates who have pushed me and supported me throughout this process. Big thanks to Taylor for seeing my potential and Patty Cassalia for everything she has done for me. I am so proud to be an EGA player and being able to take my EGA experience to the next level at the University of Kansas. Thank you Marcus and EGA!! Go Jayhawks!
Marcus Kelcher’s comments on Olivia’s commitment
I am absolutely thrilled for Olivia and Pesek family. I am certain that the University of Kansas will provide Olivia with everything she is looking for from a academic and athletic institution. Olivia is an extremely hard working player who without question will bring a tough, committed and hardworking mentality to the KU soccer program. I look forward to watching Olivia continue to improve over the next two years and I cant wait to watch her shine as a Jayhawk!
Elite Girls Academy Class Of 2015
The Elite Girls Academy would like to congratulate the class of 2015 on their college commitments.
Margaret Begley - Texas Tech University - Omaha Marian, Erin Clifton - University of Northern Iowa - Bellevue East, Megan Maenner - Missouri Western State University - Millard North, Madeline Wright - Texas Tech University - Omaha Marian , Caroline Janike - University of Missouri Kansas City - Lincoln East , Caron Lundgren - Texas Christian University - Elkhorn South, Faith Carter - Texas Christian University - Omaha Marian , Emily Talmon - University of Missouri Kansas City - Papillion La Vista , Susie Dineen - University of Mississippi - Omaha Marian , Karen Kozel - Missouri State University - Papillion La Vista, Sydney Wilson - University of South Dakota - Lee Summit North High School (MO)
Sydney Cassalia - EGA 98/99 Maroon
Sydney Cassalia who plays for Elite Girls Academy 98/99 Maroon has verbally committed to the United States Military Academy Westpoint. Sydney is the third player from the 98/99 Maroon team to commit to a NCAA Division 1 program.
Greg and Patty Cassalia's comments on Sydney's Commitment
We would like to thank God for Sydney & who He has created her to be. Her discipline & passion for academics & soccer has contributed to her success. We would like to thank Marcus, the EGA staff and the goal keeping coaches for pushing Sydney to do her best. Marcus has created the opportunities for Sydney to excel & the avenue for her ability to be showcased. We are truly blessed to be a part of EGA family and team! This would not have been possible without Marcus' dedication to the players and their families. Thank you Marcus. Sydney's desire to pursue a medical career and serve our Country make us truly proud. We are filled with boundless joy!
Marcus Kelcher's comments on Sydney's Commitment
I am so thrilled for Sydney. I have had the pleasure of working with Sydney and her sister Jordan for many, many years. During that time the Cassalia's have become more then friends to my family, they have become family. The education that Sydney will get at Westpoint will be first class and the opportunity that she has to come in and replace her sister as the next big time keeper for Army soccer is truly amazing. I look forward to working with Sydney over the next few years as she prepares for the next level.
On behalf of the entire Elite Girls Academy family, we would like to congratulate Sydney and the Cassalia family.
Jayhawk Women's Soccer
Kailey Lane who plays for the Elite Girls Academy 98/99 Maroon team has verbally committed to the University of Kansas. Kaliey becomes the first 2017 grad to verbal and the third player on the 98/99 Maroon team to commit to a NCAA Division 1 program.
Kelly and Tad Lanes comments on Kailey's commitment
Words cannot express our gratitude to Marcus for what he has done for Kailey as a mentor, coach and someone she can count on to be there for her. We would also like to thank Marcus for believing in Kailey’s ability, seeing her potential and giving her a platform to display her talents. We are also grateful for Kailey’s teammates and their families. You all have been extremely supportive of Kailey and our family and we truly appreciate it. Thank you to the staff at Going Vertical for your professionalism and applying your expertise which has assisted Kailey in her recovery and ongoing training. Tad and I are very pleased that Kailey found the exact fit academically and athletically at the University of Kansas. We are truly blessed to be a part of the Elite Girls Academy family! Rock Chalk, Jayhawk, KU!
Kailey Lane's Comments on her commitment
I am very thankful for the opportunity I was given to commit to the University of Kansas. I couldn’t have done it without the help from Marcus and the help from my teammates to push me to be the best that I can be. I am very excited with the decision I have made and couldn’t be any happier. I know it will be a great fit for me.
Marcus Kelcher's comments on Kailey's commitment
I am so thrilled for both Kailey and her family. After several years of not having the chance to work with her, I have absolutely enjoyed the opportunity to have her back at Elite Girls Academy. I have been very impressed with her work ethic and determination to come back from ACL injury and this commitment shows both the ability of Kailey and the overall focus on coming back from injury the right way. Coach Francis and the Kansas women's soccer program is getting a fantastic player and I look forward to working with her in the years to come as she prepares for the next level.
Elite Girls Academy would like to congratulate Kailey Lane on this fantastic accomplishment.
Missouri State University
I am very excited that I have committed to Missouri State University. I wouldn't be where I am today without Marcus and Kyle pushing me to be the best player I can be and to grow as a leader. I also want to thank my teammates for always pushing me to do my best and always having my back. I am so excited that I get to go to MSU with Katilin Maxwell and other girls from the EGA family. The first time I went to MSU I knew that I was going to go there because it was a perfect fit. It is the perfect size for me, it has the degree I want, and the campus is really pretty. I'm so happy that I get to go play soccer in college and with one of my teammates. Go Bears!!
Dave and Tana's comments on KP's commitment
Marcus Kelcher's comments on KP's commitment
I could not be any happier for both KP and her family. Kayleigh is not only a great player but a kid I really enjoy. Both KP and her family have been unbelievably supportive of both EGA and her team since she joined the club in 2011. Head Coach Rob Brewer and the Missouri State Women's Soccer team is getting a great player in KP. I look forward to helping her prepare for the next level over the next sixteen months.
Final Four Showcase Division Champions
The Elite Girls Academy 99/00 Maroon team traveled to Boca Raton, Florida this past weekend to compete in the Final Four Showcase. The girls went 3-0 on the weekend and won their group without conceding a goal. On behalf of the Elite Girls Academy we would like to congratulate the players and coaches on an excellent weekend.
Final Four Showcase Results
Elite Girls Academy 99/00 Maroon 2 Challenge 0
Elite Girls Academy 99/00 Maroon 3 Dallas Sting Royal 0
Elite Girls Academy 99/00 Maroon 2 Windy City Pride 0
Missouri State University
Lisa Sterlings comments on Kaitlin's commitment:
Words can not explain how excited we are that Kaitlin is going to play soccer at Missouri State. A dream of a little girl has now been realized and this would not have happened without Marcus and the rest of EGA. Marcus took the time to understand Kaitlin's priorities and desires in a school and then got her the exposure she needed. We can't say thank you enough for this opportunity for her and are incredibly proud of her. Determination and hard work does payoff. Go Bears!
Kaitlin's Comments on her commitment:
I'm very excited to get the opportunity to go to Missouri State and I think it'll be a great fit for me! The distance is perfect and I'll get to study what I want. I wanted to thank Marcus for all the help throughout the process. I'm relieved it's finally done and now I can focus on getting prepared to play for them!
Marcus Kelcher's comments on Kaitlin's commitment:
I could not be any happier for Kaitlin and her family. I have been incredibly blessed to coach many great keepers but I can honestly say that Kaitlin is among the best of them. She is an incredible talent and will be a fantastic addition to the Missouri State University program. I would like to congratulate Kaitlin on her commitment and I look forward to working with her as she prepares for the next level.
Twenty Fourteen San Diego Surf Cup
Congratulations to the Elite Girls Academy 98/99 Maroon team on winning the twenty-fourteen San Diego Surf College Cup.
US Club Soccer National Premier League
Both the 99/00 Maroon and 98/99 Maroon teams won their age group division of the Midwest Developmental League this past weekend in St. Joe, Missouri. With the league titles, both teams qualify for the US Club Soccer NPL National Championships.
The Elite Girls Academy would like to congratulate both teams on this tremendous accomplishment.
(Both the 00/01 and 01/02 Maroon teams will find out their final league standings at the conclusion of their age division play later in the Spring).
Maddie Elliston - Penn State University - EGA U19 Maroon
This has been an incredible Fall for many of the Elite Girls Academy players competing at the next level. No time in Nebraska history has so many of their former club players seen such success at the next level. EGA continues to produce more top level NCAA D1 level players then anyone else in Nebraska. As a club who prides itself on placing our players at the next level, it brings us great joy to see so many of our former athletes having so much success on the playing field. We would like to congratulate all the girls on their accomplishments below.
Gini Yost (Elite Girls Academy Booyah) (Depaul University ) BIG EAST Regular Season Champion, BIG EAST Tournament Champion
Maddie Elliston (Elite Girls Academy U19 Maroon) (Penn State University) BIG10 Regular Season Champion
Karlie Mueller, Taylor Saucier, Jackie Tondl (Elite Girls Acdemy Bravo) (Texas A&M University) SEC Regular Season Champion, SEC Tournament Champion
Paige Nielsen (Elite Girls Academy Bravo) (University of North Carolina) ACC Regular Season Champion
Sidni Trotter (EGA Booyah) (Minnesota State University, Mankato) NSIC Regular Season Champion, NSIC Tournament Champion
Hannah Wampler (EGA Bravo) - Summit League Defender Of The Year
Sidni Trotter (EGA Booyah) - NSIC Tournament MVP
Elite Girls Academy 98/99 Maroon Nebraska U16 State Cup Champions
Elite Girls Academy would like to congratulate the 98/99 Maroon team on defeating Omaha FC Elite 1-0 in the 2015 State Championship game.
We would also like to congratulate our two State Cup Finalist.
EGA 99/00 Maroon - 2015 Nebraska U15G State Cup Finalist
EGA 96/97 Maroon - 2015 Nebraska U18G State Cup Finalist
EBA 98/99 Maroon - 2015 Nebraska U16B State Cup Finalist
Congrats to the Elite Girls Academy 99/00 Maroon team on winning the Fall 2014 Midwest Regional League Premier II Division. The championship earns the team automatic qualification into the Fall 2015 Midwest Regional League Premier I Division.
On behalf of Elite Girls Academy, we would like to congratulate Erin Clifton on verbally committing to the University of Northern Iowa.
Erin is a member of the Elite Girls Academy 96/97 Maroon team.
Erin's comments on her commitment
I am excited to have committed to UNI and have the recruiting process behind me. I believe that UNI will be the perfect fit for me as it met many of my criteria. I really like the soccer program that Coach Price has created and look forward to being a part of his team. UNI offers the degrees that I am the most interested in and I feel that I am ready to explore those options.
Russ and Laura Clifton's comments on Erin's commitment
We feel blessed and are very excited about Erin’s decision to play at UNI. We are happy that the school is close enough for us to be able to continue to watch some of her soccer games and yet far enough away to allow her the college experience and independence. We would like to thank EGA and Marcus for the support and opportunity given to Erin. We look forward to watching Erin play for Coach Price.
The Elite Girls Academy would like to congratulate the 02/03 Silver team on winning the 2014 Gretna Centris Cup Championship.
Well done ladies!!
Congratulations to both the 02/03 Maroon and White team on qualifying for the 2014 Fall Alliance Premier League. The Maroon team qualified for APL by soundly defeating Elkhorn. White team posted a huge victory over Ofc Gold, narrowly lost to OFC Elite and soundly defeated NFC on their way to APL qualification. Both EBA teams qualifying is a huge success for the new program and it shows 50% of the top teams from NE are from EBA. The APL competition is going to be fierce which will provide excellent learning for our young men.
The four teams that qualified for APL are:
Congrats to Coach Tom, Coach Chris and the boys on this great accomplishment.