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Diego Gutierrez (EBA 98 Maroon) Commits To Hastings College


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."


Jonathan Lopez (EBA 98 Maroon) Commits To Hastings College


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!"


Elite Girls Academy Alums Begin NWSL Pre-Seasons All Over The Country


National Women's Soccer League

It was the start of a busy week this past Monday (3/13) for three Elite Girls Academy Alums who officially began their National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) pre-season with their respective teams.  On behalf of Elite Girls Academy we would like to congratulate and wish all three players good luck!

Paige Nielsen: Seattle Reign 

Caroline Flynn: Portland Thorns 

Jaylyn Odermann: Houston Dash


Avery Smith (2001 Maroon) Commits To The University of Kansas


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.

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!!"

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!!"

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."


Aaron Noddle (EBA 98 Maroon) Commits To Hastings College


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."


Ethan Wolter (EBA 98 Maroon) Commits To The University Of Alabama-Huntsville


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 04 White chosen to represent Nebraska in Region 2 President's Cup


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 Girls Academy 99 White - 2017 SC Del Sol PDT U18G Champions


Samantha Marek (01 Maroon) Commits to University of Missouri Kansas City


University of Missouri Kansas City Roos

Samantha Marek who is a midfielder for Elite Girls Academy 2001 Maroon has verbally committed to the University of Missouri Kansas City (UMKC).  Sam becomes the first commit on the 2001 Maroon team and the fourth of the 2019 class.

Kyle & Cassie Marek's Comments:

"We are extremely excited and proud of Samantha's commitment to play college soccer at UMKC. Samantha is a very caring person who is a hard worker and is always dedicated to whatever she sets out to accomplish. We love watching her play. Coach Cissell and Coach Cole run an amazing and successful soccer program at UMKC. We are blessed that she will be a part of it. We want to thank Marcus for his dedication and commitment to Samantha and her team. We also want to thank Marcus for providing a platform at EGA where players can compete at the highest level. We look forward to watching Samantha and her teammates in the coming years excel even further at their game under Marcus and we very much look forward to watching her and her future teammates play at UMKC. Go EGA! Go Roos!"

Samantha Marek's Comments:

"I am so excited about my commitment to UMKC! It has always been my dream to play college soccer and it feels good to finally realize that dream. I feel extremely blessed to be given this opportunity by Coach Cissell and Coach Cole. I want to thank all of my coaches and teammates, past and present, for pushing me to be my best and for making me the player that I am today. I look forward to continued growth as a player under Marcus and I am excited to see where my teammates end up in this unique process. Lastly, I want to thank my parents and siblings for all their love and support. Go Roos! Go EGA!"

Marcus Kelcher's Comments:

"I am thrilled for Sam and the entire Marek family. I have had the pleasure of working with Sam for many years and I have seen her grow into not only an amazing soccer player, but more importantly an amazing young women. I think that UMKC will provide Sam with an excellent college playing experience and I look forward to seeing all that she accomplishes in the future both for EGA and the UMKC soccer program."


Elite Academy Announces 25 Player National Signing Day Commitment List

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!


Emma Phillipson (EGA 99 White) Commits To Bellevue University


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!"


Zach Robbins (EBA 98 Maroon) Commits To The University of Tulsa


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!"


Kalen Keegan (EGA 99 White - Omaha) Commits To Hastings College


Hastings College Broncos

Elite Girls Academy would like to congratulate EGA 99 White player Kalen Keegan on verbally committing to Hastings College. Kalen becomes the second player on the 99 White team to verbally commit to playing College soccer after High School. 

Kalen Keegan's Parents Comments:

"We are thrilled KK committed to play soccer at Hastings College! KK's college search included visits to 12 colleges in 5 states over the past year and she always ended up comparing each to Hastings. We have no doubt Hastings College is the perfect fit for KK as she continues her academic and soccer career and are so very proud of her and her college decision. It is great that Hastings is close enough for our families and friends to attend games and watch KK play.  Coach Clements' knowledge and ability to recruit talented players, including fellow EGA players, will give KK the opportunity to play on a competitive powerhouse which will become a proverbial team at Nationals.  In addition, trusting Coach Clements and knowing he will look after KK on and off the field will make the college transition seamless.  We are looking forward to watching KK flourish as a player and as a strong, intelligent woman at Hastings College.  Thank you to all KK's former coaches, Skutt Catholic coaches, Marcus for his support, and Brandon Palmer for invaluable training developing KK into a collegiate soccer player. GO BRONCOS!"

Kalen Keegan's Comments:

"When I was younger I wanted to play soccer for a Division 1 college, but that changed when I visited Hastings College where Coach Clements and all the girls were so nice and welcoming. I attended a Hastings soccer camp last summer where the coaches and players pushed me to play stronger and I felt deep down inside that Hastings is where I belonged. The college has everything I need to get my advanced education and the soccer program is perfect for me. I can't wait to start a new chapter at Hastings and be a part of an amazing team. I wouldn't have been able to do this without all the support from my coaches, my parents, and teammates! I also want to thank Coach Clements for giving me this awesome opportunity and promise to keep upping my skills until Fall, 2018."

Brandon Palmer's Comments:

"Kalen is a tough character and has a committed personality and it is because of these two traits that she has been able to get to where she is. It has been a pleasure to coach her and I look forward to continuing to work hard to prepare her for her future endeavors with High School, club and Hastings College" 


EGA Alum Caroline Flynn Drafted #40 By Portland Thorns In The NWSL Draft


Caroline Flynn - Portland Thorns

Elite Girls Academy Alum Caroline Flynn was drafted by the Portland Thorns of the NWSL on January 12, 2017 as the #40 overall drafted player. Caroline becomes the second ever player in Nebraska history to be drafted to the NWSL.

Caroline played for Toro Bravo since she was 15 years old and was a member of the U19 Elite Girls Academy Bravo team that won a USYS Region II Championship in 2012. Over the last five years she was a member of the University of Nebraska Women's Soccer Program.

Marcus Kelcher's Comments 

I could not be any prouder of Caroline. I had the pleasure of coaching Caroline for 5 years and I can say without a shadow of a doubt that she embodies everything that makes an Elite Girls Academy player so very special. Her commitment to the game is unlike that of virtually anyone I have ever coached.  Her tireless commitment to improvement both during her club career and then for her five years at UNL has provided her with the platform to now show her ability at the highest possible level. Portland is getting a fantastic player but an even more amazing young women. Caroline I am so incredibly proud of you.

See links below for more information!

http://nwslsoccer.com

http://www.timbers.com/thornsfc


98 & 01 Maroon Finish A Successful USYS National League Season In Florida


2016/2017 USYS National League

The 2016/2017 USYS National League season has come to and end for both the Elite Girls Academy 98 and 01 Maroon teams.  Both groups finished up divisional play in Orlando, Florida over New Years at the Disney College Showcase.  

Elite Girls Academy 01 Maroon

National League Record: 4-0-3 (15pts)

Division Placement: Currently in 1st place (final placement dependent upon final National League weekend results in Las Vegas).

Elite Girls Academy 98 Maroon

National League Record: 3-3-1 (10pts)

Division Placement: Currently tied for 2nd place (final placement dependent upon final National League weekend results in Las Vegas).

2016/2017 USYS National League Scores and Schedules Link

http://tournaments.usyouthsoccer.org/events/2016-17-National-League/

On behalf of Elite Girls Academy, we would like to congratulate both teams on a fantastic National League season!


Jose Angel Perez (EBA 98 Maroon) Joining Liga MX Academy Team


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!"


Nolan Dillon (EBA 98 Maroon) Commits to University of Alabama-Huntsville


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! 


Ryan Schmidt (EBA 98 Maroon) Commits to University of Alabama-Huntsville


University of Alabama-Huntsville Chargers

Elite Boys Academy would like to congratulate 98 Maroon defender Ryan Schmidt on verbally committing to the University of Alabama-Huntsville. Ryan is the second player from the 98 group to commit to play college soccer. 

Darrin and Kristin Schmidt's Comments:

As parents, we couldn’t be more proud of Ryan!  He has worked so hard for this opportunity to play in college, which has always been Ryan’s goal from the start.  We are so excited for him to achieve what he set out to do all those years ago on the pitch and UAH is a great place to start his new adventure. He will continue to grow as an athlete and excel as a student in Alabama. Ryan has had tremendous support—with great coaches and surrounded by his best friends/teammates.  We love watching him play and can’t wait to see what he accomplishes in Division 2 College Soccer.  Thank you EBA, Ryan’s coaches, trainers and the entire EBA 98 Maroon family!

Ryan Schmidt's Comments:

A couple years ago I would never have guessed I would be visiting a bunch of Universities to decide where I would continue my soccer career. I worked extremely hard to get as many offers as possible, which was pretty easy with all the opportunities the club provided our team with to excel in front of hundreds of schools. The University of Alabama in Huntsville had everything I was looking for with their excellent academics and a great soccer program. I couldn't be more excited for the next chapter of my life to begin in sweet home Alabama! It wouldn't be possible without the incredible help and support from my parents, my coach Chris Dunford, my teammates, and the whole EBA family. I am very excited to become a Charger!

Chris Dunford's Comments:

Ryan has gotten the reward for really embracing the challenge of trying to play college soccer at the next level. From training, to games, to adapting to a new position, to communicating with college coaches. He has done it all and I am delighted that he will have the opportunity to be a collegiate soccer player and gain further education from a highly rated institution. The hard work now continues to ensure that Ryan is ready for Fall 2017 and the start of his Alabama adventure! 


Elite Girls Academy 99 Maroon Attends Phoenix ECNL National Event


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.  


EGA Alum Maddie Elliston Selected For U.S. U20 2016 Fifa World Cup Roster

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.  

http://www.ussoccer.com/stories/2016/10/13/16/33/161013-u20wnt-french-names-roster-for-2016-fifa-u20-womens-world-cup