2019 was a fantastic inaugural year for our Elite Girls Academy WPSL team. This special group of young ladies not only won the conference in their first year of competing in the Heartland Conference but also contributed to the team earning Franchise Of The Year honors.
Rachael Thigpen (Midland University / Keeper) won Defensive Player Of The Year and the club was also recognized as having one of top social media accounts in the entire league.
On behalf of Elite Academy, we would like to congratulate the players and staff on a tremendous season.
The Elite Boys Academy 2009 Maroon team coached by Alex Vazquez became the first team this Fall to win a tournaments championship. The boys had an amazing weekend winning all four of their games on the way to the U11 boys title.
On behalf of Elite Boys Academy, congratulations to the boys and Coach Alex!
#Elite Mentality #EBA
US Club Soccer - National Cup Nationals - Semi Finalists
Having made it to the US Club Soccer National Cup National Championships in Denver by winning the Midwest Regional title in June the boys advanced to the Semi Finals!
Winning their bracket on the final pool game with a 1-0 result the team then found themselves in the final four with three top 10 teams in the country (#4, #7 & #9) from New York, New Jersey and California.
Taking on STA (NJ, ranked #7) the boys battled before ultimately falling short in a 2-1 loss but leave the event with their heads held high. STA went on to become National Champions the next morning winning the Championship game 3-1!
They've represented the club and the State with great pride and shown that Nebraska boys can compete with the best of the best.
It's been a tremendous experience and the boys cap off a strong U16 soccer year:
SLSG Friendlies - Undefeated
Nebraska League U16B Premier - Champions
Nebraska State Cup U16B - Finalists
Rockford Raptors Boys Showcase - Undefeated
PDT - 3rd Place
Real Cup - Finalists
National Cup Midwest Regionals - Champions
National Cup Nationals - Semi Finalists
We look forward to seeing what the 2019/2020 soccer year brings for this talented group of players!
Elite Girls Academy U18/19 ECNL Forward, Reagan Raabe has been named a United Soccer Coaches High School All American.
Reagan had a standout year for both club and High School. She helped lead the U18/19 team to a ECNL Midwest Conference Title and an overall record of 17-1-3. She followed this up with a great season for Millard West High School and on top of her Gatorade Player Of The Year Award, she was also awarded first team all super state and was nominated Super State Captain.
2018/2019 Club Statistics: 14G 9A
2019 High School Statistics: 21G 11A
On behalf of Elite Academy, we would like to congratulate Reagan on this incredible achievement.
2019 US Club National Cup Midwest Regional Champions
EBA 03 Maroon have won the US Club Soccer National Cup Midwest Regional in Waukegan, IL.
After winning all three bracket games over the first three days (2-0, 2-0 & 3-1) the team advanced to the Semi Final where they beat Eclipse 03 NPL 3-1 to make the National Cup Midwest Regional Final.
In the Final they found them up against the Got Soccer #1 ranked 03 boys team in the Region, Sporting St Croix. A tense finale was settled by one goal and EBA got it with 6 minutes left to secure a Regional title and advance to the US Club Soccer National Cup Nationals in Denver in mid July!
Best of luck to the team later this month!
2019 Elite Clubs National League Midwest Conference Champions
Elite Girls Academy U18/19 ECNL have officially won the 2019 Midwest Conference ECNL title. Going 8-1-1 in conference play and 11-1-1 in all ECNL competition, the team not only qualified for ECNL Nationals as one of sixteen teams, but also won the first ECNL Conference Championship in club history.
On behalf of Elite Academy, we would like to congratulate the girls and staff on this amazing accomplishment.
Elite Girls Academy would like to congratulate U18/19 ECNL Forward, Reagan Raabe on winning the 2019 Nebraska Gatorade Player Of The Year award.
Reagan had an incredible season for both club and high school. She helped lead the U18/19 team to a ECNL Midwest Conference Title and an overall record of 17-1-3. She followed this up with a great season for Millard West High School and on top of her Gatorade Player Of The Year Award, she was also awarded first team all super state and was nominated Super State Captain.
2018/2019 Club Statistics: 14G 9A
2019 High School Statistics: 21G 11A
Reagan will return to lead this years U18/19 ECNL team prior to heading to Lincoln to play for the University Nebraska Women's Soccer Program.
Great job Reagan!
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 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 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!