Lexi Thomsen’s comments:
First I would like to thank my parents for their endless support throughout this journey. I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for them and their belief in me. Moving to EGA was the best decision I’ve made, and I owe so much to Taylor and Marcus for developing me into the player that I am today. Marcus has pushed me to be the best that I can be in order to continue to reach my potential. I also want to thank Marcus for all of his help and guidance during the recruiting process. Thank you to my teammates for providing a positive and competitive environment that has not only made me a better player, but a better person on and off the field.
I am so excited about committing to the University of Nebraska. It has been a dream of mine to attend UNL, and to be able to wear the red and white jersey since I was little. Seeing the campus and the amazing coaching staff reassured my decision. I am so grateful that Coach Walker, Coach Everding, and Coach Bridge have given me this amazing opportunity. I am eager to see what the future holds as a Husker! Go Big Red!
Marc and Neely Thomsen’s comments:
We could not be more happy and proud of Lexi and her opportunity to continue her education and play soccer at the University of Nebraska. The journey to get to this point has been a roller coaster, but one that Lexi never gave up on and persevered with hard work, determination and a positive attitude. Lexi set a goal of playing soccer in college, and watching her reach her dreams of becoming a Husker has been a joy to watch.
With that said there are so many people that deserve a sincere thank you for their part in her journey. First off, Taylor Haynes withstood our 2-3 hour interrogation on why we should bring Lexi to EGA. He made only one promise, that Lexi would have the opportunity to play on the best 01/02 team in Nebraska and the region. He wasn’t lying!
Thank you to Marcus for demanding nothing less than her best. Marcus was incredible throughout the whole recruiting process. We leaned heavily on him for advice and he always had Lexi’s best interest in mind. All the work he does behind the scenes is amazing!
Thank you to all of Lexi’s teammates for their passion of the game and pushing each other to be the best they can be! These girls are like family and are there for each other for support when times are tough!
Thank you to all the parents, we have made friendships that will last a lifetime. We are grateful for all the support and encouragement you have all shared through the years. I most appreciate the lobby “therapy sessions”!
Thank you to the club and all the opportunities that have been given to these athletes. The ID Camps, Showcases and ECNL exposure that EGA athletes receive is second to none!
Thank you to Coach Walker, Coach Everding and Coach Bridge for offering Lexi the incredible opportunity to become a member of the Nebraska Soccer program! We are extremely grateful to be able to watch Lexi fulfill her dreams as a Husker!
Lastly, we look forward to the next two years of watching Lexi and her incredible teammates continue their path to the next level!!
Go Big Red!
Marcus Kelcher's comments:
I am so incredibly proud of Lexi. In all my years of coaching I have worked with very few players who put their trust in the process the way that Lexi has over the last sixteen months. Her commitment to her team, the coaching staff and to the recruiting process has helped provide her the amazing opportunity to play at Nebraska. I believe that Lexi is one of he premier outside backs in all of Nebraska and I am certain that she will not only be a success at Nebraska but an impact player on day one. I would also like to congratulate Marc and Neely on Lexi's commitment. The Thomsen family has been incredibly supportive throughout Lexi's recruiting journey. They have always put their trust in the process and have been incredibly committed to the team and to the club and for that I am very thankful. I look forward to continuing my work with Lexi and I am excited to see her growth over the next two years as she prepares for the next level at Nebraska.
Reagan Raabe - 2001 ECNL
Elite Girls Academy would like to congratulate Reagan Raabe, who is an attacker for Elite Girls Academy 2001 ECNL, for committing to the University of Nebraska. Reagan becomes the 15th player on the 2001 ECNL team to verbally commit, all of which are to an NCAA D1 program.
Reagan Raabe's Comments:
"I am so excited to have committed to continue my education and play college soccer at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln! Ever since I was little, I dreamed of playing college soccer at a top level school like Nebraska. I have been blessed with great coaches all along the way and I want to thank Marcus especially for always expecting the best from me, and for helping me be the player I am today. I also thank my teammates for pushing me to be my best and my parents for supporting me through it all. I am so thankful for the coaches at Nebraska who believed in me and continue to believe in me even after my injury. Most of all, I want to thank God for getting me to this point because He put this opportunity in my life. I can’t wait to see what the future holds! Go Huskers!"
Chris and Melanie Raabe's Comments:
"Ever since Reagan was little, we knew she had a knack for athletic activities. Whether it was gymnastics, softball, basketball, or soccer, she always played hard and had a lot of fun. Little did we know, that her passion for sports would lead her to playing soccer for the University of Nebraska, we are humbled and thankful for this opportunity. She grew up as a Husker fan, and now she will get the chance to play on the collegiate stage in the Big 10 as a Husker. Reagan has always worked hard to perfect her game on the pitch. When the weather is above freezing, she escapes to the backyard to juggle or work on moves, or she finds a way to get to Millard West to shoot on goal or play soccer tennis with friends.
Reagan has always been competitive. Even when no one kept score, she would track the score in her head. Her drive has given her unbelievable opportunities with Elite Girls Academy. A lot of her success can be attributed to the coaches who were patient and tapped into her passion to improve. Reagan would not be able to chase her dream of playing soccer at the highest levels, if it wasn't for her coaches at EGA. Mike Felker, Chad Gleckler, Kari Kirchofer, and Taylor Haynes each did their part to create a love of the game and assist Reagan with improving her skills early in her career, and Marcus Kelcher has encouraged and pushed Reagan, allowing her to stretch her limits and realize her potential. We are extremely thankful for Marcus' guidance and genuine care for his players. There is not a better man in the region when it comes to high level youth soccer and college recruiting. We are grateful for the friendships that have been built both on the field and the sidelines with like-minded teammates and parents over the years.
We also feel blessed about the opportunity for Reagan to play for the staff at the University of Nebraska. Coach Walker, Coach Bridge, and Coach Everding genuinely care about each player in their program and focus on creating an environment where their team is a family affair and players are pushed to take ownership to excel in the game they love on a daily basis. We are so excited to watch Reagan grow both academically and athletically at UNL. We knew God had a plan for Reagan, we just didn't know it would keep her close to home. GO BIG RED!!"
Marcus Kelcher's Comments:
"I am so incredibly thrilled for both Reagan and her family. Reagan is one of the most talented young ladies I have ever had the pleasure of coaching. Her tireless commitment to the game has provided her with this great opportunity and I cannot think of a more deserving player to receive it. It has been a season of adversity for Reagan and I believe that it was God’s plan for her to end up at Nebraska. I believe the Husker women’s soccer program is the perfect fit for what Reagan wants to accomplish within the game. I am certain that the coaching staff at Nebraska will provide her with the developmental platform necessary to achieve her goals of playing beyond the college level. I look forward to my continued work with Reagan as she prepares for college soccer and I look forward to watching her incredible journey in the coming years. Congrats Reagan!"
Maddie Augustine - 2001 ECNL
Elite Girls Academy would like to congratulate Maddie Augustine, who is a defender for Elite Girls Academy 2001 ECNL, for committing to Missouri State University. Maddie becomes the 14th player on the 2001 ECNL team to verbally commit, all of which are to an NCAA D1 program.
Maddie Augustine's Comments:
"I could not be more excited and grateful for the opportunity to play at the next level at Missouri State! I couldn’t imagine what my life would be like without soccer in it, and I’m so excited to see what the next chapter has in store. It is a dream come true being able to play college soccer, and it’s all thanks to everyone who has supported and helped me along the way. My parents have been super supportive throughout this journey and I can’t thank them enough for always believing in me. A huge thank you to Kyle Droege and Marcus for all of their help in the recruiting process, always pushing me to be the best player I can be, and providing me with amazing opportunities through EGA. I also want to thank all of my teammates for always pushing me to improve as a player and being there for me. I’m so grateful to coaches Rob, Kirk, and Maryse for making me feel welcome and at home at Missouri State and for providing me with this amazing opportunity. I can’t wait to be a Bear!"
Mark and Angie Augustine's Comments:
"We are incredibly proud of Maddie for pursuing her dream of playing collegiate soccer at Missouri State University! She developed a love for the game early on, tearing up the turf in pre-K 3v3, and has never looked back. Her hard work, perseverance and passion for the game have never wavered. As proud as we are of her for her athletic accomplishments, we’re truly blessed to watch her develop into an amazing young woman of character.
It’s hard to imagine what this journey would have looked like without the support, friendships, and coaching from our EGA family. We are extremely grateful to Kyle Droege and Marcus for not only providing a platform to play at the highest level, but for pushing her to excel in every aspect of the game. We know Marcus will have her ready to step into the next level of her soccer career at MSU. And shout out to all of her 00/01 team mates and parents who have shared smiles & tears, wins & losses, and forged life long bonds as soccer family on and off the field.
We are also very thankful to coaches Rob, Kirk and Maryse and ecstatic to be a part of the Missouri State family! Maddie felt an immediate connection with the culture, coaches and players, and is excited for the next step in her soccer and academic careers."
Marcus Kelcher's Comments:
"I am thrilled for both Augie and her family. The opportunity to play NCAA D1 soccer at Missouri State University is a reward for all the hard work and dedication that Augie has put forth over the years. I am excited for her to play under my friend Coach Rob Brewer and I look forward to working with Augie as she prepares for the next level."
Elite Girls Academy is proud to announce that on Wednesday, February 7 the club was announced as the 113th member of the Women's Professional Soccer League (WPSL).
Marcus Kelcher's Comments:
"I am incredibly excited to bring WPSL soccer to Omaha. It has always been our goal at Elite Girls Academy to provide a quality training environment for the EGA Alumni who come back every Summer. Being a new member of the WPSL will allow for us to offer not only a professional level training environment but also meaningful games within our designated conference. We feel that as an organization, the developmental opportunities we provide our members should not end when they leave for college. This is yet another example of how we commit to our players from their first kick of the ball to their last. "
Grace Ostergaard - 2001 ECNL
Elite Girls Academy would like to congratulate Grace Ostergaard, who is a midfielder for Elite Girls Academy 2001 ECNL, for committing to the University of Nebraska Omaha. Grace becomes the 13th player on the 2001 ECNL team to verbally commit, all of which to a NCAA D1 program.
Grace Ostergaard's Comments:
"I am so excited to play soccer at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. I thought long and hard about different opportunities at different universities, but in the end, UNO will provide me with the best opportunity to reach not only my soccer goals, but more importantly, my goals beyond the soccer field. Thank you Coach Walters for believing in me from the very start, and following my journey along the way; it meant a lot and was a big factor in my decision.
A big thank you goes out to my parents and my family. Without your support and guidance, my goal of playing Division 1 soccer would be beyond my reach. To Kari, Taylor, and Marcus thank you for everything you have done for me. Also, thank you to my teammates. Thank you for your friendship and for pushing me to be the best I can be. We have been through a lot together, and I look forward to all that we can accomplish in the next two years. Go Mavs!"
Adam and Jill Ostergaard's Comments:
"Jill and I would like to start out by conveying how incredibly proud we are of all that Grace has accomplished as a player and as a person. Her commitment to the University of Nebraska-Omaha is a milestone in a journey that we hope, will lead her to all of her highest hopes, dreams, and aspirations. I know Grace’s decision did not come easy. In the end, we believe Grace found the best fit for her. Coach Walters was the first coach to show genuine interest in Grace, and we appreciate his belief in her, and his patience during the process; it allowed Grace to make an informed and educated decision.
Throughout this process, Grace’s coaching support has been essential. Kari Kirchhoefer, thank you for recognizing Grace’s talent and fostering her love for the game. Taylor Haynes, thank you for your belief in Grace’s potential and for your role in her continued development. Marcus Kelcher, thank you for providing a platform to play soccer at the highest level. That platform and opportunity for excellence provide Grace and countless other young women essential life lessons: including hard work, disappointment, perseverance, teamwork, failure, friendship, loyalty, and accomplishment, just to name a few. Last, but certainly not least, we want to thank Grace’s teammates and their parents. They have not only been there for support on the field, but more importantly off. The bonds formed, in good times and bad, are strong and will last us all a lifetime.
Now that Grace has arrived at this milestone, it’s time to look forward. Preparation for the next level will be the focus, and we can think of no better way of doing that than competing in the ECNL. We welcome the opportunity, challenge, and competition that EGA and the ECNL offer, to put Grace in the best possible position to compete when she arrives at UNO. We are so excited for the journey that lies ahead for Grace! Go Mavs!"
Marcus Kelcher's Comments:
"I am so incredibly proud of Grace. Her tireless commitment over the years has provided her this incredible opportunity. She is a player that takes great ownership of her own personal development and I am certain she will have great success at UNO. I look forward to continuing to work with Grace as she prepares for the next level."
CLASS OF 2018
Congratulations to our 34 player commitment class and their families! Their commitment to this game and their teams has earned them a chance to play College soccer. We look forward to watching you continue to show this passion at the next level!
Good luck to all!
Katie Stoneburner - 2001 ECNL
Elite Girls Academy would like to congratulate Katie Stoneburner, who is a midfielder for Elite Girls Academy 2001 ECNL, for committing to the University of Nebraska. Grace becomes the 12th player on the 2001 ECNL team to verbally commit, all of which to a NCAA D1 program.
Katie Stoneburner's Comments:
"First, I want to thank my parents. Without their endless support, this would not be possible. I also want to thank Marcus for all of his help and guidance over the past 7+ months since joining the 2001 ECNL Team. Marcus has pushed me to be the best soccer player I can be and his knowledge of the recruiting process has been so helpful. Thanks to my teammates for welcoming me into the team and for creating such a competitive (and fun) environment.
I am so excited about committing to The University of Nebraska. My dream has always been to play soccer in college and the Big Ten is one of the top conferences in the country for college soccer. The facilities and winning tradition at Nebraska are second-to-none and the coaches and players made me feel very welcome. The soccer program's commitment to student-athletes goes well beyond the soccer field. The culture is very strong and I absolutely love their commitment to player development. I can't wait to be a Husker in 2020…GO BIG RED!"
David & Kim Stoneburner's Comments:
“We are thrilled that Katie has chosen to attend The University of Nebraska and play college soccer in the Big Ten Conference. She has worked so hard to put herself in this position and it has been very rewarding to see the hard work pay off. Special thanks to Marcus for all of his support and ongoing feedback, especially the past few months as Katie got closer to making her college decision. We look forward to watching Katie continue to develop at EGA under Marcus’ leadership. We also want to thank Katie’s teammates and families for welcoming us into the EGA family. The culture inside this club is unique and special. We feel fortunate to have two daughters playing in the Elite Clubs National League (ECNL). We look forward to watching Katie grow as a player and person over the next two years as she prepares for the transition to college.”
Marcus Kelcher’s Comments:
"I am thrilled for both Katie and the Stoneburner family. Since joining the 2001 ECNL team, Katie has shown tremendous growth which has led to a vast increase in confidence. Her desire to take real ownership of her individual development has been incredibly impressive and, in my opinion, has led her to making the decision to commit to Nebraska. Coach Walker also places a huge emphasizes on individual development and I believe this emphasizes goes hand in hand with what defines Katie as a player. I have zero doubt that Katie will be massive success and that her work over the next twenty-eight months will prepare her to compete on day one at Nebraska. I look forward to working with Katie over the next several years as she prepares for life as a Husker."
Emma Paule - 2001 ECNL
Elite Girls Academy would like to congratulate Emma Paule, who is a midfielder for Elite Girls Academy 2001 ECNL, for committing to Creighton University. Emma becomes the 10th player on the 2001 ECNL team to verbally commit, all of which to a NCAA D1 program.
Emma Paule's Comments:
"I am truly blessed to be able to play at the next level at Creighton University. I’ve wanted to play college soccer since I was little and seeing that dream come true is amazing. I just wanted to thank all the people involved with making my dream come true. When I moved to Omaha in the middle of eighth grade, it probably was the hardest thing I’ve ever gone through and the only thing that was a constant in my life was soccer. I am so lucky that I moved because EGA has made me into the player I am today. Also I what to thank my teammates, they played a huge role in making this happen. I am so excited for what both my current team and Creighton hold for me. Go Jays!"
Ross and Laurie Paule's Comments:
"We are so grateful that Emma has been provided the opportunity to play soccer at the next level at Creighton University. We are certain that Emma will rise to all the challenges and opportunities that comes from playing soccer with Creighton. We are so thankful EGA has helped develop Emma’s abilities and character to play at this next level. Creighton is the perfect fit for Emma that help her grow both academically and athletically. We are so excited to watch her and to see where the Lord’s path takes her. Moving to Omaha during her 8th grade year was hard and EGA has become part of our family. We know Creighton women’s soccer offers an amazing family atmosphere which we are now blessed for Emma to be part of. Emma your future is bright! Go Jays!!"
Marcus Kelcher's Comments:
"I am thrilled for both Emma and the Paule family. I feel that Emma will be a great addition to the Creighton women's program. The opportunity to play Division 1 soccer and furthermore for her Father makes this decision a special one for her whole family. Creighton will provide not only a great soccer experience but more importantly an incredible academic opportunity. I look forward to working with Emma over the next 18 months as she prepares for the next level."
UMKC Women's Soccer
Elite Girls Academy would like to congratulate Sophie Limongi, who is a defender for Elite Girls Academy 2001 ECNL, for committing to the University of Missouri Kansas City (UMKC). Sophie becomes the 9th player on the 2001 ECNL team to verbally commit, all of which to a NCAA D1 program.
Sophia Limongi's Comments:
"I am very excited about committing to the University of Missouri Kansas City! I am so 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 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 also grateful for UMKC for giving me this opportunity. I am very thankful to be a part of the EGA soccer family and appreciate all the support first Taylor and now Marcus have given me. I look forward to continue to grow under him the next few years. Go Roos!"
Paul and Aimee Limongi's Comments:
"We couldn't be prouder of Sophia! We are truly blessed to have a daughter whose high character is her greatest trademark. She is very caring, a tremendously hard worker and gives her best in whatever she does. We are thankful that 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 at UMKC. 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, Coach Taylor and especially Marcus, for his belief in Sophie, his continued effort to make her the best player she can be and the opportunities to be able to play at such high levels. We are very grateful to have two awesome daughters who will be playing Division I soccer!"
Marcus Kelcher's Comments:
"I could not be any happier for Sophie and her family. I have had the pleasure of coaching Sophie for several years and this opportunity is the just reward for her many years of hard work. I look forward to working with Sophie over the next several years as she prepares to play NCAA Division 1 soccer in Kansas City."
Congratulations to Elite Girls Academy Technical Director and founder Marcus Kelcher on being named 2017 Midwest Girls Coach of the Year by the United Soccer Coaches organization!
The press release can be seen at the link below along with all other regional award winners:
On behalf of Elite Academy, we would like to congratulate Elite Girls Academy Alum, Mallory Broady and her University of Central Missouri teammates/staff on winning the NCAA DII National Championship.
Mallory was a member of the 98 Maroon team who won back to back Region II Championships.
Elite Academy Nebraska League Success
U15B Nebraska State Soccer Champions - EBA 03 Maroon
Congratulations to our Elite Boys Academy 2003 Maroon team for making club history and becoming the first EBA team to win a State Championship!
After 110 minutes of scoreless soccer the boys triumphed 4-2 in a penalty shootout to claim the U15 boys title and book a trip to the 2018 USYS Regional Championships next June in Indiana.
Well done to all involved!
Patty Kliver / EGA / ORU
Elite Girls Academy would like to congratulate Patty Kliver, who is a forward for Elite Girls Academy 1999 ECNL, for committing to Oral Roberts University. Patty becomes the 20th player on the 1999 ECNL team to verbally commit to play at the next level. In all, Elite Girls Academy has 24 players committed in the 2018 class making it one of the most successful female recruiting classes in the history of Nebraska soccer. Congrats Patty!
Lisa and Kirk Kliver’s comments on her commitment:
"Words cannot express how very proud we are of Patty on her decision to become a part of the ORU women’s soccer program. We are overjoyed! ORU combines excellent academics with a spiritual emphasis that will provide her with the opportunity to prosper on and off the field. Thank you to Marcus Kelcher and all the EGA staff for their hard work and dedication in helping Patty develop into the soccer player she is today. We feel so very fortunate to have been a part of EGA and what it represents. For every smile, word of encouragement, and loving friendship, we sincerely thank all of her talented teammates and their families. Can’t wait to see where this opportunity will take her."
Patty Klivers comments on her commitment:
"I feel beyond happy with my decision to play collegiate soccer at Oral Roberts University. When I first stepped on campus and met the coaches, staff, and players it felt like home. I would like to thank my parents and my teammates for always supporting me and also my coach Marcus Kelcher and all EGA staff for creating a platform which allowed me to grow and strive. A special thanks to my future coaches, Roger Bush, Wes Branstetter, and Preston Wiruth for welcoming me into the ORU family. Throughout my recruiting journey I have learned many positive lessons along with realizing my appreciation for the opportunities soccer has given me. I believe that playing sports reveals character and I cannot wait for this blessing to begin and allow the character I build over these next four years to thrive. ORU Golden Eagles 22"
Marcus Kelcher's comments:
"I am both proud and excited for Patty and the entire Kliver family. Patty has overcome great personal adversity over the last twelve months and this is a fitting reward to her tireless work in recovering from her ACL tear. I look forward to helping Patty prepare for the next level and to watching her future successes at ORU."
Maddie Weichel - 2001 ECNL
Elite Girls Academy would like to congratulate Maddie Weichel, who is a forward for Elite Girls Academy 2001 ECNL, for committing to Kansas State University. Maddie becomes the 8th player on the 2001 ECNL team to verbally commit, all of which to a NCAA D1 program.
Mark and Jenny Weichel's comments:
"Maddie began playing soccer at three years old and other then the one year she decided to not play the entire year (about five years old) she has never looked back. As the proud Mom and Dad, we look back on all of those seasons and simply smile. The training, the talks on the drives to and from practice, the out of town tournaments, the energy of the girls on the team and having fun with our soccer family parent friends will always be a highlight.
Thanks to all the past and current EGA coaches. Kari with the chalk on the boots and yelling, "MADDIE WEICHEL"!! Taylor yelling, "FOR THE CLUB", and Marcus for the infamous wake up call talk in Denver that Mom didn't care too much for, we know that you were all pushing Maddie and her teammates to keep getting better. To see this all culminate with an opportunity where a college like Kansas State wants her to keep playing the sport she loves beyond club and high school is outstanding. With Marisa at Texas Tech and Maddie committed to K State, the Weichel family will get to know the Big 12 very well.
Thanks again EGA Family!"
Maddie Weichel's comments:
"I am super excited about committing to Kansas State. My goal has been to play Division 1 soccer and Kansas State has allowed this to happen. I would like to thank my teammates that have pushed me to become a better player and all the coaches like Kari, Taylor, Kyle and Marcus who have believed in me along the way.I loved everything about K State from it being a new program to the coaches (Mike, Jess and Gabe) to the facilities, to the majors it offers and also the fact that so many EGA players will be there playing with me. Also, thanks to my Mom and Dad for their never ending support. I am thankful that EGA was formed and for the work that the club does to set up opportunities for my teammates and I to keep playing soccer in college. Thanks K-State Coaches!
Marcus Kelcher's comments:
"I could not be any happier for Maddie and the Weichel family. I have the pleasure of coaching both Maddie and her sister Marisa and I feel blessed to have been apart of their recruitment experience. Maddie, like her sister will be competing in the Big 12 conference and I look forward to watching the two Weichel sisters battle it out for a conference championships in a few years time."
EBA 02 Maroon - JUSC Fall Cup CHAMPIONS
5 Elite Boys Academy teams made the short trip to Des Moines, Iowa to compete in the 2017 JUSC Fall Cup and congratulations to four of those teams on being crowned CHAMPIONS. A terrific start to the 2017/2018 soccer year!
U12B Silver - EBA 06 Maroon Omaha - CHAMPIONS
U14B Silver - EBA 04 Maroon - CHAMPIONS
U16B Silver - EBA 02 Maroon - CHAMPIONS
U17B Silver - EBA 01 Maroon - CHAMPIONS
EGA 2002 Maroon - Lincoln
Congratulations to the teams below for a great start to the 2017/2018 soccer year! Of the 7 teams entered into the event 5 of them made the Final with 2 finishing as CHAMPIONS!
Roll of Honor:
EBA 07 Maroon Lincoln - Finalists
EBA 06 Maroon Lincoln - Finalists
EGA 06 Maroon Lincoln - Finalists
EGA 04 Maroon Omaha - CHAMPIONS
EGA 02/03 Maroon Lincoln - CHAMPIONS
University Of St Katherine Firebirds
Elite Boys Academy would like to congratulate Jaden Torbensen, who is a midfielder for the EBA 98 Maroon team, for committing to St Katherine University. Jaden becomes the 12th player on the EBA 98 Maroon team to either commit to a College program or Academy.
Jason and Robin Torbensen's Comments:
"We would like to thank Chris Dunford for his professionalism and personal support to our sons. One of the tough things about the military is the constant stress placed on the family. The loss of friends, the distance from things known and the uncertainty of future creates a lot of anxiety. Add to that every few seasons finding a new team and trying to work into a rotation that has sometimes been established for years and you find a recipe for giving up on soccer. We had considerable concern as we moved to Nebraska as Jaden’s wish list school's have zero need to recruit outside of the SoCal area. When we met with Marcus Kelcher he assured us that we had found the right club and coach for Jaden’s needs. Not only did Chris ensure the coaches interested in Jaden were kept abreast of his latest ventures he reached out to others who he thought meshed well with Jaden’s talents. Jaden found a family, we found a coach with whom we trusted with not one but two of our boys, and EBA found considerable success together. We wish each member of the team that adopted Jaden the very best as they move forward."
Jaden Torbensen's Comments:
"Ever since I was a little boy it was my goal to play college soccer and have worked hard all throughout my life to achieve this. Having moved around all my life, I have explored all regions of the United States and been blessed to figure out where I want to play. California is that place and I knew that was where I wanted to call home. Living in Nebraska made it a lot tougher to find that one right school for me. I had the best support group with Coach Chris Dunford, my teammates, and most importantly my wonderful parents. With the help of phone calls from Chris, many long nights, and lots of soccer I found a wonderful home at Saint Katherine University in San Diego, California. The soccer, academics, and close proximity to the ocean was the perfect fit for me. EBA was more than a team but a family that allowed me to make lifelong friends with classic memories. I am so thankful for the journey that got me to where I am and am excited to see what the future holds!"
Chris Dunford's Comments:
"Jaden has had an incredibly tough senior year with many trips in and out of hospital but throughout it all he still had the drive and desire to not just get back onto the soccer field but to chase his Collegiate soccer dream. He is a modern day box to box midfielder who can be defending at one end then be scoring at the other in a blink of an eye and he will be a tremendous asset to St Katherine's both on and off the pitch. I wish Jaden and his family all the best as they move back to their spiritual home of California. Good luck Scholesy!"
K-State Women's Soccer
Elite Girls Academy would like to congratulate Marissa Gohr, who is an attacker for the 01 ECNL team, for verbally committing to Kansas State University. Marissa becomes the sixth commit on the 01 ECNL team with all six of them committing to NCAA Division 1 programs.
Jeff and Traci Gohr's Comments:
"We are so excited that Marissa has chosen to continue her soccer career at Kansas State. It's thrilling to be joining a program as it starts on its' way to become one of the premier programs in the Big 12. There are so many similarities to the early days of Elite Girls Academy when Kari Kirchhoefer and Taylor Haynes convinced us that joining the team would make her a more complete player. Kari, Taylor, and Marcus all lived up to this promise and we owe them so much thanks for getting her to this point. We've enjoyed watching Mo and her 01 Maroon teammates excel at the highest level since that day. They all do such a great job of pushing each other to be better and are a big part of why Mo is the player she is today. We look forward to continuing to be a part of the EGA family and are excited to join the Kansas State family. Go Cats!!"
Marissa Gohr's Comments:
"It's been my dream to play Division I soccer and am so excited to have that opportunity at Kansas State. I have so many people to thank for getting me to this point. First, thanks to Coach Kari and Taylor Haynes for convincing me to join the club and start on this journey. Second, thanks to Marcus Kelcher for pushing me to do my best and always believing in me. Next, my teammates for being the competitive group they are and bringing the best out in me on and off the field. My family for supporting me from the first time I stepped on the field and always being my biggest fans. Finally, to the Kansas State coaching staff for believing that I can make an impact as part of their team. I'm looking forward to the challenges that are ahead of me as I get ready to play soccer in the Big 12. #EMAW and Go Cats!
Marcus Kelcher's Comments:
"I could not be any happier for Mo and the Gohr family. Mo is not only a very talented player, she is an even better kid. She will be joining a Big12 program that has a great staff and a number of other Elite Girls Academy players already committed to the K-State program. I look forward to working with Mo over the next three years as she prepares for her future college career as a wildcat."
Nebraska Wesleyan University Women's Soccer
Elite Girls Academy would like to congratulate Morgan Finley, who is a defender for EGA 99 Maroon Lincoln, for verbally committing to Nebraska Wesleyan University. Morgan becomes the 21st EGA commit in the 2018 class!
Aaron and Kristen Finley's Comments:
"We visited and researched several schools that had a good balance of academic success and a soccer program with great coaches, players, attitudes, and the potential for future greatness, and Nebraska Wesleyan was a perfect fit for us and for Morgan. Coach Flintham was organized, honest, and up-front with what she needs to focus on to help Wesleyan be successful in what is perhaps the most competitive conference in Division III. Academically, they are second to none in offering the experiences Morgan needs to be successful. We are thankful to Coach Nettleton at Lincoln Southwest and Leah Atherton, coach of the '99 Maroon team, for encouraging us to pursue this opportunity."
Morgan Finley's Comments:
"I feel Wesleyan is a good college for my major (elementary education). Coach Flintham and I have the same goals, I like the program overall, and I like the idea of being able to play close to home so my friends and family can follow my college career."
Leah Atherton's Comments:
"I am so happy and excited for Morgan and her family. Morgan is such a hard worker and a natural leader. I think that she will be an asset to the Prairie Wolves of Nebraska Wesleyan University. I look forward to helping her finish out her final club soccer season and progress to the next level of her development. Congrats Morgan!"
NWU Women's Soccer
Elite Girls Academy would like to congratulate Hannah Holles, who is a defender for EGA 99 ECNL Composite, for verbally committing to Nebraska Wesleyan University. Hannah becomes the 20th commit in the 2018 class!
Hannah Holles's comments:
"I'm so thankful that I have the opportunity to continue my soccer career with a school and a coach, Tudor Flintham, where I'll continue to be pushed to be better everyday. NWU also offers the academic programs to prepare me for medical school and a location that is close to home. EGA, and my coach Brandon Palmer, definitely played a huge role in preparing me for the next level. Brandon never gave up on me and helped me to fall in love with the sport every time I stepped on the field. I'm thankful for my teammates who have pushed me to be the player I am today and who believed in me. Our EGA team feels like a family and the memories we've created together will last a lifetime. I can't forget to give my mom and dad a huge shout - out for always supporting me, cheering me on and traveling with me to countless practices, scrimmages and games. I'm so blessed to be on this journey."
Hannah's parents comment:
We are very excited for Hannah to continue her soccer career, along with continued academic excellence, at Nebraska Wesleyan University. Hannah looked at schools near and far and was patient in finding the right fit to call home. And of course, we are excited about being close enough to watch her play! Nikki coached Hannah's first soccer team when she was four years old and Hannah fell in love with the sport right away! She's worked with a few different clubs but EGA has been such a blessing for Hannah. The coaching she's received has been second to none and we can confidently say that EGA is the reason she has the opportunity to play soccer at a collegiate level. We would like to specially thank her coach, Brandon Palmer, for believing in Hannah and for seeing the determination, dedication and heart that she brings to the sport. We are so happy for you and proud of you Hannah...way to go!
Brandon Palmer's comments:
It has been my pleasure coaching Hannah Holles the past five years, I wish I could say I had everything to do with her soccer success, but Hannah is the reason she is successful. I can say, this is definitely an accomplishment to one of the hardest working players on and off the field I have ever come across! Coaching Hannah has been an absolute pleasure with her"never give up" approach makes my job much easier. Hannah believed in our mission from the start in addition to my sometimes difficult coaching expectations, but in the end, Hannah prevailed the way EGA players do, with overwhelming results. I am very pleased with Hannah's decision to attend NWU to further her academic and soccer career and wish her nothing but continued success.
UNO Women's Soccer
Elite Girls Academy would like to congratulate Maria Eubanks, who is a defender for 01 Maroon Omaha, for verbally committing to the University of Nebraska Omaha. Maria becomes the fifth commit on the 01 Maroon team with all five of them being committed to a NCAA Division 1 program.
Todd and Ruth Eubanks Comments:
"We are thrilled for Maria to continue her soccer career as an Omaha Maverick. The Elite Girls Academy program has been a great launching pad for her. EGA has exposed Maria to many college programs and Coach Kelcher has helped to develop her skills and soccer acumen to play at the next level. Maria chose UNO because of the excellent programs and facilities to support their student athletes. We are confident that the leadership and commitment of Coach Walters and AD Trev Alberts will build the Omaha Maverick women's soccer program into one of the best in the country. Maria is excited to be a part of it."
Marcus Kelcher's Comments:
"I am thrilled for both Maria and the Eubanks family. I firmly believe that UNO will provide Maria with an excellent soccer and student athlete experience. Coach Walters is not only getting a great player, he is getting an incredible young lady. I look forward to all the work ahead in preparing Maria for the next level."
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."