National Signing Day 2016
Elite Girls Academy is proud to announce the players who have signed their national letters of intent today.
On behalf of the Elite Girls Academy staff, congratulations Ladies!
ISU Womens Soccer
Sydney's parents comments on her committing
Michelle, Taylor, Haley and I are incredibly excited and proud that Syd has earned and committed to Illinois State University to play soccer and become a Redbird Student-Athlete in 2018.
ISU is has a great soccer program and annual powerhouse in the Missouri Valley Conference with many conference championships.
The coaching staff will begin their 2nd year and has already been successful in recruiting some top players in the St. Louis/Chicago area that will contribute to further success of the program. Syd’s decision to attend is a perfect fit for their style of play and has connected extremely well with the coaching staff and fell in love with their campus and academics, all of which influenced her decision to attend ISU.
Our decision to join EGA and play for Marcus Kelcher 4 years ago, to strengthen Syd’s soccer skills and personal development in order to position herself for a Division I soccer scholarship was the best decision we could have ever made. We would also like to thank Coach Marcus and staff for instilling the work ethic, skill development and passion that Syd has for the game of soccer while still having some fun at the same time.
We would also like to thank all of her teammates, friends and coaches at EGA for all of the support and friendships she has experienced over the past few years that have also contributed to earning a D-I soccer opportunity.
Way to go Syd and we are so proud of you and love you!
Mallory Broady who is a member of the Elite Girls Academy 98 Maroon - Omaha team has recently committed to player soccer at The University of Central Missouri. Mal becomes the 15th player committed from the 98 team.
Mallory's parents comments
Paige Nielsen - Seattle Reign FC
Elite Girls Academy Alum Paige Nielsen was drafted by the Seattle Reign of the NWSL on January 15, 2016 as the #25 overall drafted player. Paige becomes the first ever player in Nebraska history to be drafted to the NWSL.
Paige played for Toro Bravo since she was 15 years old and was a member of the U19 Elite Girls Academy Bravo team that won a USYS Region II Championship in 2012. Over the last four years she was a member of the University of North Carolina Women's Soccer Program and in 2015 she led the tar heels with 1,795 minutes played as a central defender.
Marcus Kelcher's Comments
I could not be any prouder of Paige. I had the pleasure of coaching Paige since she was a 15 years old and she has done nothing but amaze me ever since. It is incredible to see a kid fulfill a dream that so many would have predicted impossible. As the first player drafted professionally from Elite Girls Academy, it is my hope that her story can inspire many future EGA professionals in the future. One thing I know for sure, the Seattle Reign are getting not only a great player, they are getting an incredible young women.
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Congratulations to our Elite Boys Academy 06/07 Lincoln team for winning the Winter Blast Tournament held in Omaha over the December holidays!
The future is bright and these young players have much to look forward to!
Elite Boys Academy Player of the Year Abram Ehrhorn (EBA Maroon 98/99)
On December 11th, 2015 Elite Academy held its annual 'Evening with Elite' Banquet.
The evening is designed to celebrate the year that was for the club and as part of the event some awards are handed out to players and coaches selected by the EGA and EBA Technical Directors.
This year also marked the first time that an Elite Boys Academy Player of the Year was recognized as the boys side continues to gather momentum.
The inaugural EBA winner was current EBA 98/99 Maroon captain Abram Ehrhorn. Abram was a unanimous team captain voted for by his teammates and in addition to his outstanding play on the field he continues to excel in the classroom, where he holds a 4.25 GPA! A leader on and off the field Abram is a fine example for all our EBA players.
Abram was quick to praise his teammates when he accepted the award saying "I want to thank my teammates for their support and for selecting me to be the leader of this group. Without the hard work of everyone then nothing can be achieved and I have been fortunate to have their full support and that has made my job easy. I look forward to seeing more success on the soccer field and continuing to try to be a positive example off it".
Award Winners -
Elite Boys Academy Player of the Year:
Abram Ehrhorn (EBA 98/99 Maroon)
Elite Girls Academy Player of the Year:
Kayleigh Putnam (EGA 98/99 Maroon - Omaha)
Elite Academy Young Player of the Year:
Annabella Wiles (EGA 01/02 White - Omaha)
Elite Academy Leadership Award:
Morgan Mclaughlin (EGA 00/01 Maroon Omaha)
Elite Academy Newcomer of the Year:
Sarah Dunker (EGA 98/99 Maroon - Omaha)
Elite Academy Coach of the Year:
Taylor Haynes (EGA 01/ 02 Maroon Omaha and EGA 02/03 Maroon Omaha)
MWSU Womens Soccer
Missouri State University
Brylie Meyer’s comments on her commitment
Committing to Missouri State is something I am extremely excited about. Playing soccer at the next level has always been a dream of mine. The recruiting process was stressful at times, but the moment I ended my tour at MSU I knew there was something special about it. The campus is amazing and the atmosphere is one that I really believe I will fit into. And even though I won't be just down the street like everything seems to be in Nebraska, Springfield isn't too far from home, which only makes this place more of a perfect fit for me. Not only am I excited to continue my soccer career in college, but also I get the opportunity to play along side some of my closest friends and I am very grateful for that. I wouldn't be anywhere without the support of my teammates and Marcus especially. All of them have been very supportive and encouraging throughout this entire process and I want to thank them for that. I am proud to say I am a part of EGA and I can't wait to be a Bear!
Stephanie and Travis Meyer’s comments
Stephanie and I are extremely excited for Brylie and her opportunity to continue her soccer at a great school like Missouri State. We are very proud of how she handled the decision making process in deciding between the schools interested in her abilities. We would like to thank not only her teammates but also the great parents and families we have met and became friends with along the way. From rides to letting Brylie stay in Omaha. From encouragement to the daily rides from Lincoln to Omaha and back. Brylie has been very fortunate to have some great coaches along the way from Tom Burkey, to Vince Odirisio and Jose Vargas, and lastly, Marcus Kelcher and his great staff at EGA. We would like to thank them all for all they did, but particularly Marcus for his belief in Brylie, his time and efforts in helping to mold her into the player she is today and furthermore the player she will be down the road. The opportunities that Brylie has had in soccer, from coaching and training to the travel and competition, are second to none, not only in Nebraska but across the country. We can’t wait to see how all of her teammates and the rest of the EGA girls do at the next level as well as the up and coming young members of EGA and the path that soccer allows them to take.
Marcus Kelcher’s comments
I am have very happy for both Brylie and her family. I think that the Missouri State program is an excellent choice for Brylie. They have a dedicated coaching staff that has recruited many EGA players over the years. Brylie becomes the seventh player from EGA to play for MSU over the last four years. I am excited to see all that Brylie achieves in the future and I look forward to working with her as she prepares for the next level.
On behalf of Elite Girls Academy we would like to congratulate EGA Alum Maddie Elliston and her Penn State University teammates on winning the NCAA D1 Women's College Cup.
Delaney Stekr who is a member of the Elite Girls Academy 99/00 Maroon (Omaha) team has verbally committed to the University of Minnesota. Delaney becomes the sixth player on the 99/00 Maroon (Omaha) team to commit to play at the next level and the fifth to commit to a NCAA D1 program.
Delaney’s comments on committing
I am so excited and grateful to be committed to the University of Minnesota. I have always wanted to play college soccer, and Minnesota is an excellent fit for me. The coaches are amazing people, and the style of soccer matches mine as a player perfectly. I could not be any happier with my decision. I am extremely thankful for all of the time, and effort put in by my coaches, especially Marcus. I know that I would not be the player I am today without him. I will be forever appreciative of his efforts in helping me find a college where he knew I would be happy and excel, both on and off the field. Thank you to my parents who have sacrificed so much for me to be able to play the game I love. I am extremely grateful for everything they do for me. Finally, thank you to my teammates for all of their support over the years. I am so blessed to be a part of this club!
Delaney’s parent’s comments on her committing
We are incredibly proud of Delaney’s accomplishments, and could not be happier about her decision to commit to the University of Minnesota. This has been an amazing journey, and there are many people to thank for their support along the way. First and foremost, thank you to her teammates, who have become her sisters. Watching these little girls grow into beautiful young women has been a joy and a privilege. Her teammates pushed her to be her best, and continue to challenge her to be a better player every time they take the field together. Thank you to the many parents who have supported Delaney through the years. Countless carpools, long car rides, tournaments, shared hotel rooms, and most importantly, hugs and words of encouragement when they were needed most. It truly takes a village, and the support she has received is unsurpassable. Thanks to Vince Odorissio, who instilled the love of the game in Delaney, as well a belief in herself as a player. Last, but not least, thank you to Marcus (and all of the staff at EGA) for all you have done for her over the years. Your discipline and demand for excellence is what makes good players exceptional players. This will serve all of your players well many years into the future, both on and off the field. Thank you for your endless support and belief in Delaney. Without this her dream of playing college soccer at the highest level would not be a reality today. We can’t wait to watch her compete at the next level with an incredible soccer program and coaching staff at UM. Until then, we will treasure the next few years with EGA. Go Gophers!!
Marcus’s comments on Delaney committing
I am so happy for both Delaney and her family. The decision to play at the University of Minnesota was a really good one. I feel the Big10 is the perfect conference for a player of Delaney’s skill sets. I also feel that Delaney will continue to grow as a player and person under the guidance of the staff at Minnesota. I look forward to all the work over the next few years as Delaney prepares to play at the next level.
Avery Ripple who is a member of the Elite Girls Academy 99/00 Maroon (Omaha) team has verbally committed to the University of Kansas. Avery becomes the fifth player on the 99/00 Maroon (Omaha) team to commit to play at the next level and the fourth to commit to a NCAA D1 program.
Reggie and Tina Ripples comments on Avery's commitment
Soccer has been a huge part of Avery’s life since she was 5 years old. Our family decided to move from Oklahoma to Nebraska last year at a pivotal time in her life. We were blessed in that her former coach did his homework and found her an amazing team and a coach in EGA and Marcus Kelcher. Being a part of a soccer team before even arriving to the area took a huge amount of stress off of her. Even though she was new to the team, Marcus wasted no time in getting her involved with the girls and learning her abilities, wants and needs in order to get her exposed to college coaches.
Avery was fortunate to be able to visit several schools – but the University of Kansas stood out to her from the very beginning. It was on her 3rd visit to that campus, while watching a KU spring game that she sighed and said to me, “This is it – I want to play here”. I sent Marcus a text from the stadium at that moment, letting him know that of all the amazing places we had visited, she wanted to play in Lawrence, for these coaches. His response was simple – “together we’ll make it happen”. She has had a tough year battling through injuries and pain – but she has been incredibly strong and positive through it all. Watching her face as she was told that she had been offered the opportunity to play at KU was priceless. We will enjoy every moment of watching her dreams come true right in front of our very eyes.
We are so very thankful for all of her past coaches who have helped instill the love of the game and helped her skill grow over the years. And we are forever grateful for Marcus taking her under his wing and helping her see her dreams come full circle into a reality.
Avery Ripples comments on her commitment
I have been playing soccer since I was five years old and it has always been my dream to play college soccer. I have always wanted to attend a program that gives me my space from a location standpoint but one that also allows me to get home quickly if necessary. On my third visit to KU we got to see the team play a Spring game and it was at the moment that I knew I wanted to be a Jayhawk. Everything about the way the girls played, how the staff coached and the way the atmosphere felt in the stadium made me want to experience it for myself. The support system that KU provides is also a major contributing factor in my decision to commit to Kanas. I know that I will be getting great education while I also get to fulfill my dream of playing college soccer. I defiantly would not be where I am today without Marcus, he took me in a year ago and has helped me get exposed to other schools even beyond Kansas. He is always supportive and has pushed me to be my very best. It has been a long year of injuries and rehab but he never took that as an excuse to go easy on me. I could not be more grateful for him and everything he has done for me.
Marcus Kelchers comments on Avery's commitment
I could not be any happier for both Avery and her family. The last six months have been a very frustrating time for Avery with all the injuries. To be back healthy and to now commit to KU must be a dream come true. Avery is not only a great player but also really special young lady. I look forward to working with Avery over the next few years as she prepares for her arrival to Lawrence and the start to her Big12 soccer career.
2015 Fall Nebraska State Cup Finals Results
Elite Girls Academy 01 Maroon 0 Omaha FC Elite Mason 2
Elite Girls Academy 99 Maroon 2 (pk's) Gretna Prima Green 99/00 1
Elite Girls Academy 98 Maroon 3 Omaha FC Elite 98/99 0
Elite Boys Academy 98 Maroon 3 Omaha FC Elite 98/99 4
Congrats players, coaches and parents on a fantastic State Cup!
EGA 99/00 Maroon
EGA 98/99 Maroon
Kayls comments on her commitment
When I started thinking about college, I knew I wanted to stay close to home and family. I went to camp at Hastings and had a great experience. I came away feeling like I blended well with players, staff and thought I could be a contributor to the program. Coach Clements is well respected by Marcus and is going to take Hastings soccer to the next level. My hope is to go to Hastings and compete for a National title while receiving a excellent education. I am glad Marcus and EGA coaches have pushed me through the years so I am able to continue on to the next level. Go Broncos!
Tara Helms comments on Kaylie's commitment
I am so proud of Kayls efforts over the years and her choice to continue on at College level. When she was ready to commit I called Marcus and the fact that he was supportive of her choice I had no reservations that Hastings would be a good fit for her. Great leaders and athletes have come out of Hastings. The fact that she will be joining her brother was a extremely proud moment for me. I love that she will be close enough that I can watch her play. Marcus and EGA staff has set her up for a great college experience. Forever thankful.
Marcus Kelchers comments on Kaylie's commitment
UNO Womens Soccer
Bailey Cascio's comments on committing
I truly cannot explain my excitement for getting the opportunity to play at the University of Nebraska Omaha! Growing up I have always said that playing collegiate soccer was something I definitely wanted to do. It’s such a blessing having my friends and family’s support in all of the years I have prepared for this particular goal. I also want to thank Marcus for pushing me to be the best player I can be. With his guidance, I focused on what was important to me and choose my college visits based on exceeding those expectations. I can’t wait to continue to train and prepare for the next level and becoming a better player everyday. I am very excited for what The University of Nebraska Omaha has for my future as a student athlete!
Michelle Cascio comments on Bailey committing
The first day I met with Marcus he asked me for Bailey’s college list. He took our list, texted it to himself and the process began. Collectively we began reaching out to coaches, taking visits, discussing offers, and prioritizing colleges. Bailey’s best interest was at the forefront of the process at all times. Some visits were great, some visits were just ok… but that is what makes the process so necessary to make the best decision. Time, patience, and guidance allowed us to determine the best fit for our daughter. We are so happy to see Bailey achieving her goal of playing college soccer. We feel very blessed she will be playing at The University of Nebraska Omaha.
Marcus Kelcher's comments on Bailey committing
I could not be any happier for Bailey and her family. Since coming to Elite Girls Academy, I have been nothing but impressed by Bailey in all aspects of her game. I believe that UNO will be getting an extremely talented player in 2017, one that will contribute immediately. I look forward to working with Bailey over the next few years as she prepares for the next level.
Kelsey McSorley - ISU Commit
Kelsey McSorley who plays for the Elite Girls Academy 99/00 Maroon team has verbally committed to play soccer at Iowa State University. Kelsey becomes the fifth player on the 99/00 Maroon Omaha team to commit at the next level and the fourth player to commit to the NCAA D1 level (fourth Big12 commit).
Mike Mcsorley & Tricia McSorley comments on the commitment
We are very excited about Kelsey's decision to commit to Iowa State. This opportunity fulfills a lifelong dream for Kelsey and she has put in the hard work to attain it. We are very thankful for Kelsey's team, the parents and the great staff at EGA. Kelsey has been blessed with two extremely talented and strong head coaches over the years, from Vince Odorisio in her earlier years to Marcus Kelcher for the last several. She couldn't have asked for better. Everyone rallies behind the girls and provides amazing support. Marcus and his staff instill a discipline in these players that is unmatched. This teaches the girls dedication, perseverance and bonds teams in a way that is obvious on the field. Through her involvement with Elite Girls Academy, she has had exposure to schools with exceptional soccer programs from across the country, but Coach Minatta's program at ISU is a perfect fit for her and we all look forward to watching her at the next level.
Kelsey McSorley comments on her commitment
I am so excited to play college soccer at Iowa State University! This has always been my goal but to have it become a reality is overwhelming. I have so many people to thank, including my team, my parents and the staff at EGA, especially Marcus. I have been given so many unbelievable opportunities by playing with my team over the years. It is what has allowed me to make my dream of playing for a D1 team with another great coach and staff a reality. I appreciate everyone believing in me. I couldn't have done it without all the support.
Marcus Kelcher comments on Kelsey's commitment
I am thrilled for both Kelsey and her family. I have had the pleasure of coaching Kelsey since she was nine years old. Having had to opportunity to coach her for so long, it makes being apart of her college decision all that much more special. Kelsey will be joining a great program who has a great coach in Tony Minatta. I cant wait to see all that Kelsey accomplishes at Iowa State.
EGA 99/00 Maroon