Elite Academy 2016/2017
Over the August 19-21 weekend we had 22 of our teams competing in two events. 19 of our teams stayed in Nebraska to play in the 2016 Azzurri Invitational and 3 of our teams headed North East to play in the 2016 Eclipse Challenge Cup.
The weekends competition saw plenty of talent on display, plenty of areas to improve and lots of positivity!
Azzurri Roll of Honor:
EBA 07 Maroon Lincoln - U10B FINALISTS
EGA 06 Maroon Lincoln - U11G FINALISTS
EBA 06 Maroon Lincoln - U11B CHAMPIONS
EGA 05 Maroon Lincoln - U12G CHAMPIONS
EGA 02 Maroon Lincoln - Undefeated 2-0-1
EGA 02 White Omaha - U16G Semi Finalists (playing up one year)
EGA 00 Maroon Lincoln - U17G FINALISTS
Eclipse Roll of Honor:
EGA 03 Maroon Omaha - U14G FINALISTS
A great start to the year!!
Elite Club National League (ECNL)
We are delighted to announce that starting in August 2017 Elite Girls Academy teams will begin competing as part of the Elite Club National League (ECNL). The ECNL will be the only national league in which the club will compete, and the focal point of its competitive efforts.
“We are very excited that EGA will be bringing the ECNL platform to the best female soccer players in Nebraska,” said President Christian Lavers. “EGA has developed great players and teams that play with great style, and their philosophy and mission is totally consistent with the ECNL mission.”
EGA Technical Director Marcus Kelcher said, “The ECNL will provide our players with the ultimate developmental platform and will allow us even greater college recruiting exposure opportunities moving forward. Since 2009 the ECNL has set the absolute standard for elite level soccer on the girls’ side of the game, and we believe the bar set by the ECNL will only continue to raise the game for elite level female players for years to come.”
The Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) was founded in 2009 to enhance the developmental experience of female youth soccer players in the United States through: (i) improving the competitive environment through creation of a true national competitive league; (ii) improving the process for identifying elite female soccer players for college and youth national teams through a systematic scouting and identification program based on national competitions; and (iii) improving the daily training environment at top female youth soccer clubs through developing best practices and training and organizational guidelines for its member clubs. The ECNL is sanctioned by US Club Soccer and is sponsored by Nike Soccer.
The full announcement can be read here:
US Youth Soccer Best Eleven
Sydney Cassalia who is a member of the Elite Girls Academy 98 Maroon team has been awarded the U17G USYS National Championship Golden Glove Award. The award is apart of of the US Youth National Championship Best 11 Awards that are given out to the top performers in each age division at the USYS National Championships.
Sydney played 135M at Nationals without allowing a single goal.
On behalf of Elite Girls Academy, we would like to congratulate Sydney on this fantastic achievement.
USYS National League
The Elite Girls Academy 98 and 01 Maroon teams have been officially accepted into the 2016/2017 USYS National League.
Both the 98 and 01 Maroon teams will make two trips for the seven game league schedule. The first league weekend take the players to Wilson, NC for a four game schedule on December 1-4, 2016 and for the second league weekend the teams will travel to Orlando, FL for a three game schedule on December 31, 2016-January 2, 2017.
For more information please click the link below.
South Dakota State Women's Soccer
Elite Girls Academy would like to congratulate 99 Maroon forward CeCe Limongi on verbally committing to South Dakota State University. CeCe becomes the eleventh player on the 99 Maroon team to verbally commit.
From the very first time I stepped foot on campus, I fell in love with South Dakota State University. It felt like home to me. I am so very 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 to 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 very thankful to be a part of the EGA soccer family and appreciate all the support Marcus has given me. I can't wait to continue to grow under him. Go Jackrabbits!
Paul and Aimee's Comments
We couldn't be prouder of Cece! We are truly blessed to have a daughter whose high character is her greatest trademark. She is very caring, is a tremendously hard worker and gives her best in whatever she does. We are thankful 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 as SDSU. 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, especially Marcus, for his belief in Cece and his continued effort into making her the best player she can be!
TTU Women's Soccer
Elite Girls Academy would like to congratulate 00 Maroon forward Marisa Weichel on verbally committing to Texas Tech University. Marisa becomes the second player on the 00 Maroon team to verbally commit.
Mark & Jenny Weichel's comments on Marisa's commitment
As anyone in the soccer community knows, playing for clubs like EGA requires a full commitment where regular practices, small group sessions, one on one coaching, frequent travel, and excellence at school are all a part of the agreement. The entire Weichel family could not be more proud of Marisa in her commitment in these areas and earning the right to be recognized as a future Texas Tech Red Raider. When Marisa attended the 2015 Red Raider soccer camp at Marcus’ urging, we knew it was a definite front-runner if we were lucky enough to have this school interested in her. Fast forward a year later where we had the awesome experience of touring various campuses, meeting coaches, and experiencing various college towns, it always came back to Texas Tech.
While getting to know Coaches Tom Stone, Gibbs, and Neal, we feel like we have already formed a wonderful relationship with the Red Raider team. Texas Tech is a great fit where Marisa can see herself playing, excelling and going to school. The living, academic, and sports facilities, programs, coaches, girls on the team, and team culture were all impressive. We look forward to three more years with our EGA family and know that all of the girls’ successes in this club would not be possible without EGA, the coaches, the wonderful teammates/travel partners, and fellow parents.
2016 USYS National Championships
The 2016 Region II U17G Champion, Elite Girls Academy 98 Maroon, will be competing for a U17G National Title this upcoming week in Frisco, TX. See schedule below:
July 26th 7:30AM: Elite Girls Academy 98 Maroon vs. Legends FC 98 (CA-S)
July 27 11:30AM: Elite Girls Academy 98 Maroon vs. Beadling Bulldogs (PA-W)
July 28 7:30AM: Elite Girls Academy 98 Maroon vs. YMW Premier Xplosion 98 (PA-E)
Full details on their competition and the game schedule can be found here:
Some games can be watched live at this link too:
Good Luck Ladies!!
Elite Girls Academy 98 Maroon won 5 straight games culminating in a come from behind 3-1 Overtime Championship game win to be crowned 2016 US Youth Soccer Region 2 U17 Girls Champions!
In doing so the team became just the FIFTH team from Nebraska to become Regional Champions and the second Elite Girls Academy team since the club was formed in 2011.
The team will now head to the US Youth Soccer National Championships held at the end of July in Frisco, Texas to compete for the right to be called National Champions.
US Club Soccer NPL Finals
The Elite Girls Academy will be sending three teams to the US Club Soccer NPL Finals which is located in Aurora, CO. All three teams qualified for the Finals by winning the their age division in 2015 Fall Midwest Developmental League. You can follow the scores by clicking the link below.
Best of luck to the teams and staff!
2016 Regional Championships
Elite Academy will be sending 3 of our teams to the Semi Finals at the 2016 Regional Championships in Westfield, Indiana. The Semi Finals take place on Tuesday June 28th!
Good luck to our teams:
EGA 01 Maroon Omaha
EGA 98 Maroon Omaha
EGA 99 Maroon Omaha won two and lost one to finish second in their bracket but did not advance
2016 Spring State Cup
State Cup Roll of Honor:
U13 Girls: EGA 02 Maroon Omaha - Finalists
U13 Boys: EBA 02 Maroon Omaha - Finalists
U14 Girls: EGA 01 Maroon Omaha - Champions
U19 Girls: U19 EGA Maroon - Champions
Good luck to our winning teams in the upcoming 2016 Regional Championships!
Caroline Flynn - U23 USWNT
Elite Girls Academy Alum Caroline Flynn has been called into the US U23 National Team for the Nordic Tournament in England.
Caroline and her fellow U23 teammates will play Sweden, Norway and England from June 2-7 in England.
For more details, please see the link below.
US U20 National Team
Elite Girls Academy Alum Maddie Elliston has been called into the US U20 National Team for an event in Papua New Guinea. The event will consist of training and games in preparation for the U20 World Cup which will also be held in PNG from November 13-December 3.
Maddie and her fellow U20 teammates will play two games during their time in PNG. They will fave Japan on May 27 and Papua New Guinea on May 30.
For more details, please see the link below.
Gatorade Player Of The Year
Brenna Ochoa who plays for the Elite Girls Academy 98 Maroon team has been named the 2016 Nebraska Gatorade Player Of The Year.
Brenna becomes the fourth Elite Girls Academy player to win the prestigious award since 2011.
On behalf of Elite Girls Academy, we would like to congratulate Brenna on this amazing accomplishment.
*Brenna plays for Millard West High School and will attend the University of Nebraska to play soccer in the Fall*
Caroline Flynn who was a member of the Elite Girls Academy Bravo team that won a 2011 Region II Championship has been called into the upcoming USWNT U23 Camp.
Caroline is a senior at the University of Nebraska and has one final year left of eligibility.
On behalf of Elite Girls Academy, we would like to congratulate Caroline and wish her luck!
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.
See links below for more information!