Registration for the upcoming 2019/2020 Elite Girls Academy and Elite Boys Academy season is now open. Register today and find out what makes the Elite Academy the best developmental option in Nebraska.
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Full US Club Soccer press release is here:
Boys & Girls born in 2012, 2011, & 2010
Dates: June 4th & June 6th
Location: La Vista Soccer Complex (7346 S 66th St, La Vista, NE 68128)
What to bring: soccer ball/cleats/water bottle
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Elite Boys Academy would like to congratulate Parker Lundgren (EBA 01 Maroon) for committing to the University of Colorado - Colorado Springs.
Parker Lundgren's Comments:
"I am very excited to announce that I am committing to The University of Colorado Colorado Springs. When I first arrived on campus, I knew that this was the place that I wanted to attend. I cannot thank the coaching staff at Elite Boys Academy enough. Chris has been a great coach, trainer and mentor while Luke has strengthened my goal keeping skills. Marcus has always been supportive of my aspirations to play in college so I feel confident UCCS is a good fit. I want to thank them for leading me down the right path and helping me get to where I am today."
Drew & Kristin Lundgren's Comments:
"We could not be more thrilled for Parker and his decision to attend UCCS. As parents, we’ve always told him to choose a school based on academics and if the soccer program is a good fit, that’s a bonus. After visiting the campus and meeting with the coaches, he felt very confident in his decision. We feel very fortunate that he found a school that will not only allow him to continue playing the sport he loves, it will also provide him with a great education. We’ve seen how hard he’s worked on and off of the field and could not be more proud and grateful for this opportunity. A special thank you to Chris and the EBA staff for not only the training/coaching, but also for having confidence in Parker’s ability. It’s very rewarding to watch your child grow as an athlete, but more importantly to have respect for his coaches and the game."
Chris Dunford's Comments:
"It has been a real team effort since Parker really committed to wanting to make a push to try and play College soccer early in his Senior year. Parker has a great support base and this has been huge in allowing him to visit Schools and invest time in the decision making process. He has all the tools physically to make an impact at the next level and I am happy he's found a place and a school that he feels can provide all he needs and that he can call home for the next 4 years. I wish him all the best for the future!"
Elite Girls Academy would like to congratulate Annie Mulder, who plays for Elite Girls Academy U15 ECNL, for committing to the Kansas State University. Annie becomes the third player on the 04 ECNL to commit to a College program with all three committing to Division One programs.
Annie Mulder's Comments:
"I am so excited to commit to play at Kansas State! It has always been a dream of mine to play soccer at a collegiate level. I would like to thank everybody at EGA for helping me reach my goal. I am grateful for Jen and Tom Burkey for my early development, Chad Gleckler and Marcus Kelcher as my current coaches that help me improve as a player and a person. These people have had a big impact on my soccer successes. I also would like to thank my family for never giving up on me and pushing me to be my best. Without them I would not be where I am today. As K-State became the clear option after looking at not only their soccer program, their educational programs were a good fit for me. Lastly, I would like to thank all my EGA teammates that I think of as more as sisters. These girls are my friends that share a common love of the game of soccer. I’m going to continue to work hard so I’m ready to join the Wildcat family!
Dan and Jane Mulder's Comments:
"We are excited for Annie to pursue her academic career and play soccer at Kansas State University after completion of high school. After much thought as a family, we decided to accept the offer and feel it is a great fit. We look forward to Annie’s future as a K-State student athlete both on and off the field.
We are so appreciative of the support, instruction and direction Annie has received from prior and present coaches and assistant coaching staff. Without all of the commitment, encouragement and dedication to the girls at EGA, this would not be possible. A special shout out to Lucy, Annie’s sister, for instilling a love of the game of soccer and for always being a supportive big sister. We want to thank the amazing teammates and families with whom we have formed strong relationships as well as made memories that we cherish. Most importantly, we want to thank Annie’s grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins for always being Annie’s biggest fans.
Your Dad and I love you and are so proud of all of your accomplishments. You can always count on us to continue to support you in all that you do and will do in your bright future. Go Wildcats!”
Coach Chad Gleckler's Comments:
"I am very excited and happy for Annie and her family. I’ve had the pleasure of coaching Annie for 5 years now and know that she will continue to do great things on and off the soccer field. Kansas State University provides a great program fit for Annie and I look forward to watching her play at the next level. I’m confident that Annie will continue her work both on and off the field and I look forward to helping her develop into the best player she can be.”
Elite Girls Academy would like to congratulate Megan Kenny, who plays for Elite Girls Academy U18/19 ECNL II, for committing to the Eastern Illinois University.
Megan Kenny's Comments:
"I’m so excited to commit to play soccer at Eastern Illinois! Playing at the college level has been a dream of mine as long as I can remember. Playing for EGA not only helped me reach my dream, but is continuing to help me develop as a player and will prepare me for next fall as a Panther.
I would like to thank my parents for their love and support. I’d also like to thank Brandon Palmer and his belief in me that first year I came to EGA. He expected more from me and it made me better. He and the girls on the team had been together for years, but made me feel welcome and challenged me at the same time.
I would also like to thank my previous coaches at OFC and Gretna. Each of them helped with my soccer development and encouraged me. Finally, thanks to Kyle Marek and my current team. I’m looking forward to finishing out my club soccer career with them and EGA.
I can’t wait to play for Coach Plant at EIU. Go Panthers!"
Allen & Brooke Kenny's Comments:
"Megan’s love of soccer was evident to us from her first year of 3 v. 3 micro soccer. Megan tried all sports, but her natural ability at soccer, matched with her drive to get better and her genuine curiosity to learn everything she could about the game made it clear to us that soccer was going to be a big part of her future. Over the years, Megan not only loved playing in her games, but going to practice, taking individual lessons, watching soccer games and spent countless hours with us or on her own shooting goals and working on her moves at Millard West. Her love of the game only strengthened as she grew older, culminating in her commitment to continue her journey at Eastern Illinois University. We are extremely proud of Megan and all of her hard work!
The journey to EIU was long and a lot of people contributed to Megan’s success. We would like to give a huge thank you to her coaches at OFC, Gretna and especially Elite Girls Academy, for giving her numerous opportunities to play and develop at such a high level of competition. It has been a joy watching her grow over the past few years and to see her develop into the soccer player she is and young woman. We would especially like to give a big thanks to Brandon Palmer, who has really inspired Megan to push herself to achieve new levels of success.
We are excited to see what the future holds for Megan as an EIU Panther. We have no doubt she will do great things in the coming years."
Kyle Marek's comments:
"I am very happy for Megan and her family. Megan has been in the club for a few years. For her Senior year club season, I had the opportunity to coach her. She is a player who continues to work hard to develop her skills. I think Megan will do great things in the future for Eastern Illinois University."
Elite Girls Academy would like to congratulate Alyssa Hansen, who plays for Elite Girls Academy U17 ECNL, for committing to the University of Nebraska Omaha. Alyssa becomes the 8th player to commit on the U17 ECNL team, all of which are committed to an NCAA D1 program.
Alyssa Hansen's Comments:
"First, I would like to thank my parents for all the love and support they have given me. They've always pushed me to give 110% in every aspect of my life, and I am grateful for that. I would also like to thank Marcus for pushing me beyond my limitations and helping me strive to become a better player, and always keep improving. I am also thankful for all my past coaches who have helped through the years.
I am very excited to become a Maverick and to continue my education in Nebraska! I have always dreamed of playing soccer at the college level and to be given this opportunity is incredible!"
Corey & Monica Hansen's Comments:
"We are so excited that Alyssa has decided to play Division 1 soccer at UNO! We have enjoyed watching her play since she was little and are grateful to all the coaches that have helped her develop as a player over the years. We are excited that she has been given the opportunity for further growth and being able to take her love of soccer to the next level. She has been very blessed and we are proud of her!"
Marcus Kelcher's Comments:
"I am thrilled for both Alyssa and her family. I have witnessed considerable growth in Alyssa's game this past season and after working with her for the last nine months, I have zero doubt that she she will be a very good player at the next level for UNO. Alyssa is hard working, selfless and a great teammate, all attributes that I value very much as a coach. I look forward to working with Alyssa over the next sixteen months as she prepares to play D1 soccer at UNO. Congrats Alyssa!"
Elite Girls Academy would like to congratulate Ellerie Tarbox, who plays for Elite Girls Academy U18/19 ECNL II, for committing to Missouri Western State University. Ellerie becomes the 10th player on the U18/U19 ECNL II team to commit to play College soccer.
Ellerie Tarbox's Comments:
"I am so excited to continue my academic and athletic career at Missouri Western State University. It has always been a dream of mine to play soccer in college and I am extremely grateful to have this amazing opportunity.
Firstly, I want to thank my parents for all of the support they have given me, my dad was my first coach and he introduced me to soccer and gave me the confidence to challenge myself. Next I want to thank all of the amazing coaches I have had, Gary Young, Todd Newman, Corey Harold, Chris Hughes and Kyle Marek for all that they have taught me and how they constantly pushed me to be the best player that I could be. Finally, I want to thank EGA for introducing me to a new level of the game and giving me the opportunity to compete at a high level play."
Todd and Dawn Tarbox's Comments:
"We are extremely proud of Ellerie. She has had a huge love for soccer since the age of 3. Even only being with EGA for a one year, she has learned an enormous amount from Kyle and Rick. We are proud of the girl she is now and the one she will become. We are very excited for her new journey at Missouri Western State University."
Kyle Marek's Comments:
"I am very excited for Ellerie and her family. Ellerie has only been with EGA for a year and has grown tremendously. She continuously works hard to develop her skills and pushes her teammates to the next level. Missouri Western is a great fit for Ellerie to continue her soccer career under Coach Edwards. I think Ellerie has a bright future ahead of her with her perpetual work ethic. Griff Up!"
Elite Girls Academy would like to congratulate Victoria Shradar, who plays for Elite Girls Academy 2000 Maroon Lincoln, for committing to the Central Methodist University.
Andrew and Morgan Shradar's Comments:
"When Victoria received a call on our trek home from the St. Louis Friendlies this fall, she was giggling and grinning from ear to ear. From the front seats, we assumed she was chatting with her friends, with all the "huh", "okay", "really"s, needless to say we were wrong. Coach Colin was calling Victoria to say that a coach from Central Methodist University had approached him following their game on Monday and wanted to know if Victoria had committed.
The journey to this point has been rough for her. Victoria had tried out for EGA multiple times, starting at U12, and was never selected as a player. She would tell us time and time again, "all I want to do is play for EGA". She played at other clubs within the city until the 2015/2016 season when she finally was given a spot on an EGA team. Victoria continued to work, fighting for playing time, hopping into other team training's and continued to set goals for herself. Two years ago, Coach Colin Smitsek entered into her soccer life; what a blessing he is. He would call after every game and every tournament to give his coaching insights into what she did well and areas for focus during the next training/game. Coach Colin was always challenging her to make the game easier and to not overthink.
When Victoria decided that she wanted to explore Central Methodist University as a recruit, I was shocked about how well-carried out the visit was. The coaches at CMU appeared to pull out all the stops. I cannot thank the coaches and administration enough for making my baby girl feel so special. While she had other offers to play college soccer this fall, she was right at home with the quaint campus and engaged professors and coaches. Her decision to become a CMU Eagle and continue her education was in thanks to all her years of never giving up, not listening to the naysayers and finding it within herself to continue to work and not give up on her goals.
Thank you to the EGA/EBA coaches for allowing Victoria to train with your teams, attend extra sessions and work with her on achieving her dream of becoming a college athlete and scholar. We are forever grateful to each of you."
Victoria Shradar's Comments:
"I am so excited to continue playing soccer at Central Methodist University this fall! This is a dream come true for my family and I.
If you would have told my parents eight years ago that I was going to be a collegiate athlete, they would have told you that you were incorrect. Thankfully, hours in my basement, the yard, and pick-up soccer at Norris Middle School worked! I would like to thank everyone who let me train with them when they did not have to. Your helpful tips, extra cones and jokes about my big-bang-theory-brain are much appreciated. I would not be the player I am today without you all! I want to especially thank Coach Colin Smitsek for tweaking my abilities! He put soccer concepts in academic words that I could understand much easier and trained me to believe in my abilities. All of teammates were absolutely amazing! Thank you so much for being great people and laughing at my horrible jokes. I am excited to play against you in the future!
As club soccer ends, I look forward to starting a new chapter at Central Methodist University. I look forward to growing as a soccer player and person under the great coaching staff, along with furthering my education and career goals with the wonderful staff at CMU.
Thank you to everyone who have been part of my journey! Let's go Eagles!"
Elite Girls Academy would like to congratulate Emma Prososki, who plays for Elite Girls Academy U15 ECNL, for committing to the University of Nebraska. Emma becomes the 2nd player to commit on the U15 ECNL team.
John and Shannon Prososki's Comments:
"We could not be more appreciative of the opportunity Emma has been given to continue her education and play soccer at the University of Nebraska and we could not be more grateful to Marcus Kelcher and the whole EGA family that has helped make Emma’s dream to play college soccer at the highest level a reality. While we are so proud of her athletic achievements, we are even more proud of the amazing young woman into which she is developing.
Emma’s love for the beautiful game began as a 6 year old playing for her first club team. Emma’s first coach on that team, Wayne Tate, pulled her out of her shell, began teaching her the fundamentals of the game and instilled in her a drive to always improve and develop that has never left her. We had the good fortune of joining the EGA family as Emma’s entire team joined EGA when it was formed in 2011. The training she has received from her coaches at EGA, Kyle Droege and Chad Gleckler, has been excellent and it has been a joy to watch Emma blossom as a soccer player under their guidance. We are also very appreciative of all the extra training opportunities EGA has provided. In addition to training with her own team, Emma has had the chance to join trainings with other EGA and EBA teams and has had access to countless hours of individual and group training sessions with EGA and EBA coaches including Marcus, Chad, Kyle, Angelo Bravo, Jim Whitaker and Chris Dunford and all of those coaches have been instrumental in her development. We are also thankful for all of Emma’s wonderful teammates, who all push each other to get better and develop as a team. We would like to give special thanks to Marcus. The level of dedication and care Marcus provides to the athletic and personal development of all of his players is amazing and the guidance he has provided Emma and us has been invaluable.
As two avid Husker fans, we are so excited to have Emma become a Husker. It is amazing to imagine that the little girl who once was so excited to serve as a ball girl at a Nebraska soccer game will soon step onto the pitch at Nebraska as a player and we thank Coach Walker, Coach Bridge and Coach Everding for giving Emma that opportunity.
Go Big Red!"
Emma Prososki's Comments:
"I am so thrilled and honored to be able to continue my education and soccer career at Nebraska. Since an early age, playing soccer in college has been a goal of mine, and growing up in Nebraska, I have always dreamed of wearing a Husker uniform. As I became more familiar with the school and the soccer program, I knew Nebraska was the place for me. The coaches are great and made me feel at home, and the facilities are amazing. It is such a blessing to be able to get a great education and play soccer at the highest level, all while staying close to home. I am so thankful to the Nebraska coaches for giving me this incredible opportunity. Thanks also to all of my EGA teammates who have helped me to develop my game, pushed me to get better, and been great friends. I am also very appreciative of all the great coaches I have had at EGA, especially Marcus Kelcher, Chad Gleckler, and Kyle Droege. All of these coaches have gone above and beyond in making me and my teammates better both on and off the field. Finally, I would like to thank my parents and the rest of my family for all the love and support they have given me.
Go Big Red!"
Chad Gleckler's Comments:
"I am excited and happy for Emma. UNL is getting a player that encompasses excellent touch and a great understanding of the game. Emma is a humble student of the game who is always willing to learn and push herself. Once again, I am excited to be apart of Emma's continued development and growth in the game she truly loves. Way to go Emma, Go Big Red!!"
Elite Girls Academy would like to congratulate Lauryn Anglim, who plays for Elite Girls Academy U15 ECNL, for committing to the University of Nebraska. LoLo becomes the 1st player to commit on the U15 ECNL team.
Greg and Brenda Anglim's Comments:
“Brenda and I are extremely happy about Lolo’s decision to study and play soccer at the University of Nebraska. Her journey to this point started at an early age when a select coach noticed her ability as a seven year old. Coach Eli Inungaray approached us after a soccer game and was very complimentary of LoLo's game and was hopeful she would play for him. We had no clue about select soccer, so we accepted his invitation and so it began. Coach Eli taught ball handling skills and stressed footwork at an early age, which laid the foundation for the soccer journey ahead.
At the age of nine or ten we set up an evaluation with Coach Marcus Kelcher who had started a new club in Omaha called Elite Girls Academy. Marcus recognized Lolo's ability and stressed that she had all the potential to become a very good player, which lead to her joining an EGA team coached by Angelo Bravo. Coach Bravo's dedication and commitment to his players is similar to that of all EGA Coaches in that he always was willing to provide additional coaching. Coach Angelo would even do extra training with Lolo in his basement during the Winter months.
After her time with Coach Bravo, she moved on to play for Kyle Droege's team. Coach Kyle is like a big brother to Lolo and we can’t thank him enough for all the time he dedicated to her development.
At the same time that the new birth year rules went into effect, the club was selected to join the Elite Clubs National League "ECNL" and after much consideration we decided she should play her own age and thus Chad Gleckler became her new coach. His fiery passion for the game and commitment to making this a winning team is something Lolo loves.
Lolo is a great athlete and thus has excelled at all sports but from the beginning her love of soccer has always been the most apparent. As parents, we have always supported her in helping her achieve her dream of playing D1 soccer at the power 5 level. We have tried to give her every opportunity to succeed within our means and she has taken those opportunities and has worked incredibly hard to achieve this goal. Extra sessions, attending camps, seeking feedback and work on her own, has helped her fulfill and obtain this incredible opportunity. She is so incredibly excited to be a Husker.
We can’t thank the EGA family enough for all they have done for Lolo. This includes her coaches, teammates and the parents who Brenda and I have traveled around the country with, all seeking to fulfill our kids dreams. Brenda and I would especially like to thank coach Marcus Kelcher for believing in Lolo. Thank you for your incredible work ethic and dedication in the development of all of your players, the sacrifice of your time away from family and the straight forward and honest opinions you give to players and parents.
Chad Gleckler's Comments:
"I am extremely proud of Lauryn and her family. There is nothing more rewarding as a coach than seeing a player accomplish her goals. The University of Nebraska is getting not only a great soccer player but a wonderful individual. I'm confident that Lauryn will continue her work both on and off the field and I look forward to helping her develop into the best player she can be."
Nolan Fuelberth (EBA 03 Maroon) recently traveled to Bradenton, Fl to take part in the Boys ODP Interregional held at IMG Academy.
Nolan was selected as one of eighteen 2003 birth year boys to represent the Midwest region based on his performances at the Midwest ODP ID Camp held in Michigan during July, 2018. The Interregional event featured teams in the 2001 through 2005 age groups and comprised some of the top male players in the country training and competing against one another in their regions.
Due to bad weather for portions of the event only two of the scheduled games went ahead and Nolan conceded 0 goals in his two 45 minute halves played. A stat every goalkeeper can be proud of!
Well done Nolan!
Elite Girls Academy would like to congratulate Allison Baker, who plays for Elite Girls Academy U18/19 ECNL, for committing to the Illinois State University. Allison becomes the 18th player to commit on the U18 ECNL team, all of which are committed to an NCAA D1 program.
Allison Baker's Comments:
"I am so excited to continue my academic and athletic career at Illinois State University! It’s been a dream of mine to play collegiate soccer since I was young and I am forever grateful to receive this amazing opportunity.
I️ would first like to thank my parents for all of the love and support throughout this long soccer journey. They’ve pushed me to become the best person and soccer player I can be, and I can’t thank them enough for always believing in me. Next I’d like to thank all of the coaches I’ve had over the years, Angelo Bravo, Kyle Droege, Taylor Haynes, and Marcus Kelcher. Each one of these coaches have helped develop me into the player I am today. Their patience and dedication to the teams I’ve been apart of is extraordinary. The coaching staff at EGA is amazing and for that I am so grateful. After every practice session you are surely going to take something away from it. I am also very thankful for my teammates I’ve been able to play with. I’m so proud of my teammates for also all reaching their goals in playing collegiate soccer. Being able to travel across the country with your best friends while playing in such a competitive soccer environment, I don’t think it could get much better! I truly am proud to say I get to play with Amazing Young Women everyday.
The moment I went to Illinois State I knew it was the place for me. Coaches Brad, Scott, and Angela, have big goals for their players and want nothing but the best for their girls in the future outside of soccer, and I can’t wait to chase after those goals with them! I know it will be a great fit for me. Go Redbirds!"
"To say we are proud of Allison would be an understatement. Allison has been determined to play collegiate soccer since she was 3 years old. Growing up at sporting events provided her exposure to multiple sports however it was no surprise that she chose soccer as her sport of choice as she was born to play.
For Allison, Illinois State felt like home the second she stepped foot on the campus. Brad and Scott have been excellent to work with and have provided Allison with honest feedback over the years. The expectations they have for the team and players is very impressive and we know this is one of the main reasons Allison chose to continue her academic and soccer career there.
The road has been difficult to say the least however without Marcus Kelcher and the EGA coaching staff, Allison's dream may not have been reached. Marcus has invested multiple hours in developing his players and it was very apparent when Allison joined his team this year. He pushed her to give her best and to push her own limits with her style of play which lead to multiple successes throughout the season for the team as a whole.
To the teammates and parents that have supported Allison and our family throughout the years, thank you! We have enjoyed being part of the EGA family and will continue to cheer on all the EGA teams."
"We are extremely proud of Allison!!
Ever since she was little she’s had a dream of playing college soccer, now that dream is going to become reality. She has worked so hard over the years. From YMCA to EGA and all the time spent traveling around the country to play the game she loves. It has been a joy watching her grow into the beautiful young woman she is today and we couldn’t be more proud!
A special Thank You to Angelo, Kyle, Taylor, Marcus and all of the EGA coaches for pushing her to better herself and her teammates. We are so excited for her as she starts this new chapter as a Redbird at Illinois State!"
Marcus Kelcher's Comments:
"I could not be anymore proud and excited for Allison and her family. Having the opportunity to play soccer at the NCAA Division 1 level is incredibly difficult and to earn this opportunity after tearing her ACL last year speaks volumes to her desire and commitment to playing at the next level. I am certain that Allison will have a very successful college career and I am excited for the development ahead of her under the incredible leadership of Illinois State University Head Women's Soccer Coach, Brad Silvey."
Elite Girls Academy would like to congratulate Alyssa Kellar, who plays for Elite Girls Academy U17 ECNL, for committing to the University of Iowa. Alyssa becomes the 7th player to commit on the U17 ECNL team, all of which are committed to an NCAA D1 program.
Alyssa Kellar's Comments:
"First, I would like to thank my parents for all the endless support they give me and for believing in me, without them I wouldn’t be where I am today. Coming to EGA in the clubs first year was one of the best decisions that I have ever made. Little did I know back then that it would lead me down the path of playing D1 soccer.
I would like to thank all the coaches that I've trained with at EGA. They have all helped me develop in to the player and person I am today and they all pushed me to be the best I could be. Thank you to Marcus especially for pushing me the most and demanding a lot out of me, and with all of his help during the recruiting process.
Also, thank you to my teammates for supporting me and giving me a competitive environment to play in this year. Playing D1 soccer has always been a dream of mine, and committing to the University of Iowa and playing in the B1G has been a great accomplishment for me and my family. I am glad I picked Iowa because of the strong academics, great facilities and coaching staff, and the feeling of staying home for college. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for me!
Mitch and Heather Kellar's Comments:
"We are beyond proud and so excited for Alyssa and her opportunity to play B1G soccer at the University of Iowa. Her hard work, sacrifices and dedication to the game of soccer have helped her achieve her goal of playing D1 soccer. She's always been a good all around athlete but we could tell there was something extra there after a couple of years playing youth soccer.
When Alyssa was 9, we made the decision to change clubs which led us to the Toro Rowdies. We were worried she wouldn't fit in but the coaches and players couldn't of been more welcoming. She really grew as a player at Toro and then EGA because of her amazing coaches and teammates.
EGA and ECNL have given Alyssa the best opportunity for recruitment that we could ever hope for. Playing in the best league in the country in front of dozens of college coaches provided her with several opportunities. After some long talks she chose Iowa and we couldn't be more happy for her.
It's been fun traveling around the country with Alyssa and her EGA family. Our family has made life long friends from all around the area. We're excited about the next 2 years at EGA and to see how much more she can grow as a player.
Thank you to all her teammates that helped make Alyssa a better player. Your dedication to training and pushing each other to get better have been a huge help to her growth as a player.
Thank you to the coaches at Toro that welcomed her mid-season. Thank you to all the EGA staff that have trained her for the past several years to make her the player she is today. Alyssa was always given the chance to train or guest play with other coaches in the club.
A special thank you to Marcus for believing in Alyssa and pushing her to be the best player she can be. You told us she would play D1 soccer and that's pretty rare for someone from our small town in Iowa. We all trusted the process and with her hard work and your commitment to your players, she has achieved her dream. We know you will push her to get better and stronger these next 2 years to get her ready for B1G soccer."
Marcus Kelcher's Comments:
"I couldn't be anymore proud and excited for both Alyssa and her family. This particular recruiting process was shorter than most and that is because Alyssa was fortunate enough to find the perfect school for her early in the process. After several discussions it became apparent that Alyssa was only going to be a Hawkeye. I am certain that Alyssa will be a tremendous success at the University of Iowa and will be a great attacking addition to the Big 10 conference. I look forward to continuing to help Alyssa prepare for her college career over the next few seasons."
Elite Girls Academy Alum Maddie Nolf has been drafted by the Utah Royals in the second round of the NWSL draft. Maddie recently finished her last season for Penn State University, and now will look forward to playing professional soccer in Utah.
Maddie becomes the third player drafted by the NWSL in Nebraska history with all three players being drafted in the last four years from Elite Girls Academy.
On behalf of Elite Girls Academy we would like to congratulate Maddie and to wish her good luck in the months ahead as she begins her new journey as a pro.
Marisa Weichel: Texas Tech University
Skylar Heinrich: Creighton University
Emma Paule: Creighton University
Morgan McLaughlin: University of Missouri Kansas City
Lily Gonzalez: University of Missouri Kansas City
Sam Marek: University of Missouri Kansas City
Allison Baker: Illinois State University
Georgia Wimmer: Iowa State University
Maddie Augostine: Missouri State University
Maria Eubanks: Univeristy of Nebraska Omaha
Megan Kenny: Eastern Illinois University
Amanda Finnell: University of Illinois Springfield
Josey Arduser: Augustana University
Isabella Whiston: University of Nebraska Kearney
Alexis Naujokaitis: University of Sioux Falls
Riley James: University of Sioux Falls
Taylor Hofbauer: Nebraska Wesleyan University
Makenzie Rowe: Nebraska Wesleyan University
Taren Newman: Hastings College
Hali Hansen: Hastings College
Olivia Ways: Doane University
Elite Girls Academy would like to congratulate Gabbi Zuerlein, who plays for Elite Girls Academy 2001 White, for committing to Benedictine College.
Gabbi Zuerlein's Comments:
"The first thing I want to do is to thank my parents and family for always supporting me throughout my soccer career. They’ve been there for every game and practice to cheer me on and push me to be the best that I can be. Without them, I couldn’t be where I am today. I’d also like to thank the coaches and trainers at EGA for their amazing support over these past three years. Playing for EGA has been one of the best decisions I’ve made. It’s provided me with numerous possibilities for my future both athletically and academically.
I am so excited to continue my athletic and academic career at Benedictine College. Playing at the next level has been my dream since I was a little kid and I am thankful to receive this amazing opportunity. I can’t wait to continue to grow both as a player and a person and I’m excited for what this experience can bring. Go Ravens!"
Chris & Wendy Zuerlein's Comments:
"Gabbi has truly exceeded our expectations in all aspects of her life. It's amazing to think about her as an infant born five weeks early and spending 10 days in the NICU to the intelligent and kind young woman she's become with a drive and focus that's unrivaled. When she decides she wants something, she makes it happen. As her parents, we always encourage her to work her hardest both academically and in sports but she sets even higher standards for herself. It's inspiring! It makes us extremely proud to see that pay off as she continues her academic and soccer career at Benedictine College.
We want to thank Elite Girls Academy and the staff, especially Brandon Palmer, Marcus Kelcher and Kyle Droege. In Gabbi's first tryout with EGA, we knew Brandon could provide the skills to help push her to the next level. He didn't disappoint...he not only developed her soccer skills, but he also made her both physically and mentally stronger. Thank you to Marcus as well who made contributions to Gabbi's development by offering camps and additional training but more importantly, he helped Gabbi and us during the recruiting process. His relationship with college coaches and insight into the process was a huge help.
We look forward to seeing how EGA can continue making Gabbi an even stronger player over the upcoming seasons before the next exciting chapter in her life begins at Benedictine College!"
Elite Girls Academy would like to congratulate Dulce Lopez, who plays for Elite Girls Academy U17 ECNL, for committing to Missouri State University. Dulce becomes the 12th 2020 player to verbally commit, and the 6th on the U17 ECNL team, all of which are committed to an NCAA D1 program.
Dulce Lopez's Comments:
"First and foremost I would like to thank my parents for always supporting me throughout my soccer career no matter what. Also, I am extremely thankful for the coaches of EGA and past clubs that have pushed me to do my best. I have recently joined EGA and it has been one of the best decisions I have made. Marcus has only been coaching me for a short period of time, but has already brought out my best soccer and continues to prepare me for the future challenges that I will face. Along with Marcus, I would like to thank Kyle Droege for introducing me to the next level of soccer.
I am so excited to continue my education and athletic career at Missouri State! It has always been a dream of mine to commit to a division 1 school and I couldn't be happier that MSU is the school that I will continue to be doing what I love while getting an education. I would like to give a huge thank you to the MSU coaches for truly making the recruiting process a great experience. Go Bears!"
Wendy Lopez's Comments:
"Ever since Dulce was a little girl, we knew soccer would become a big part of her life. If anyone saw Dulce around, chances are she would have a ball at her feet. Her passion and love for the game only strengthened as she grew older and we are so thankful that it will continue to grow not only in EGA, but at Missouri State as well. This is such a great opportunity for her and we know that she will continue to surprise us with her hard work and dedication.
We would like to give a huge thank you to EGA and Nebraska Select for giving her numerous opportunities to play at such a high level of competition. She has grown so much in these past few years and it is amazing to see what she does with each team.
We would also like to give a big thanks to Marcus Kelcher. Marcus has really pushed Dulce to be the best she can be and in the short amount of time he has been coaching her we have seen so many improvements in her playing. We are so thankful that Marcus has given Dulce this opportunity and he continues not only to work on her weaknesses but her strengths as well. Dulce would not be where she is today without great coaches!
Thank you to the parents and teammates of EGA. The girls have been so welcoming to Dulce and it has been really nice to see all of the bonds being formed on and off the field. It can be nerve-racking meeting new people but the parents and girls at EGA have made it so easy and we are so happy to have met everyone.
We are so excited to see what the future holds for Dulce at both EGA and Missouri State! We could not be happier with where she is at and where she will be going. We have no doubt she will do great things in the coming years."
Marcus Kelcher's Comments:
"I could not be any happier for both Dulce and her family. Having had the opportunity to work with Dulce over the last several months, it has become very clear that she is truly committed to the sport and to developing to her full potential. The Lopez family took on a massive commitment this year with traveling to and from Hastings each week for training and I personally believe their commitment to Dulce and her development will pay huge dividends as she prepares for the next level. I am very excited to see the growth in Dulce over the next few years and I look forward to continuing to work with her as she prepares to be a Missouri State Bear. I also would like to thank Nebraska Select for their tireless work with Dulce over the years and especially to Coach Munch for the amount of time he spent working with both Dulce and her teammates in Western Nebraska. Your work has prepared a way for Dulce to commit to a NCAA D1 school and I look forward to adding to that work by now preparing her to be ready on day one of her freshman season."
Both players were selected to attend the 2018 Midwest Regional ODP camp held in Saginaw, MI last July by State ODP coaches. From these camps the Midwest ODP Regional staff then selected the top 18 players from each age group to go and represent our region and compete at upcoming Thanksgiving/Winter ODP Showcases.
Nolan (EBA 03 Maroon) will represent Midwest 2003 ODP Boys at the Boys ODP Winter Showcase in December held at IMG Academy, FL.
Elizabeth (EGA 03 ECNL DP & Iowa Rush 2003) will represent Midwest 2003 ODP Girls at the Girls ODP Thanksgiving Interregional in November held in Boca Raton, FL.
Well done to both players and we hope that you enjoy the experiences that these events will provide!