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Grace Ostergaard (2001 ECNL) Commits To University Of Nebraska Omaha

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'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!"

Jill and Adam'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."


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! 

#NationalSigningDay2018 #NextLevelBound #BeElite


Katie Stoneburner (2001 ECNL) Commits To The University of Nebraska

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’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’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) Commits To Creighton University

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'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."

Sophie Limongi (2001 ECNL) Commits To University Of Missouri Kansas City

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'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'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:

Mallory Broady (EGA 98 Maroon) Wins NCAA DII National Championship

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.  

Congrats Mal!

Elite Academy Teams Enjoy Nebraska League Success

Elite Academy Nebraska League Success

Elite Boys Academy 2003 Maroon Omaha - U15B NE State Cup Champions

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 1999 ECNL) Commits To Oral Roberts University

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 (EGA 2001 ECNL) Commits To Kansas State University

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! 

GO Wildcats!"

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."

JUSC Fall Cup Success

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 

#EBA #BeElite 

Azzurri Invitational Success

EGA 2002 Maroon - Lincoln

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 

#EGA #EBA #BeElite #Champ1ons 

Jaden Torbensen (EBA 98 Maroon) Commits To The University Of St Katherine

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!" 

Marissa Gohr (EGA 01 ECNL) Commits To Kansas State University

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."  

Morgan Finley (EGA 99 Maroon Lincoln) Commits To Nebraska Wesleyan University

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!"

Hannah Holles (EGA 99 ECNL Composite) Commits To Nebraska Wesleyan University

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.

Maria Eubanks (01 Maroon Omaha) Commits To University of Nebraska Omaha

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."  

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.

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."

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