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!"
EGA 01/02 White - Great Lakes Challenger Finalists
Congratulations to our EGA 01/02 White team for being Finalist at the 2018 Great Lakes Challenge event in Naperville, IL. The girls battled through four games over the weekend but fell short in the Final. We are proud of your efforts and well done to the players and coaching staff!
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!
Emma Prososki who is a midfielder on the Elite Girls Academy 2004 ECNL team has been invited to the 2018 ECNL/Id2 National Camp which is being held in Portland, Oregon the week of July 24-July 28.
On behalf of Elite Girls Academy, we would like to congratulate Emma on this amazing accomplishment and wish her the best of luck in Portland.
Congratulations to the 1999 ECNL girls for their impressive run at this years Region II Championships. The girls went 4-0 up until the final were they fell 0-2 to NSA Premier. The 1999 girls were an amazing representation of this club throughout the years winning five Nebraska State Cup Titles in six years. On behalf of Elite Academy, we would like to thank the girls, parents and coaches for the amazing journey the last seven years.
Best of luck to those heading to college. We wish you the best and remember to always #BeElite
See ya next Summer!
Georgia Wimmer - 2001 ECNL
Elite Girls Academy would like to congratulate Georgia Wimmer, who plays for Elite Girls Academy 2001 ECNL, for committing to Iowa State University. Georgia becomes the 17th player on the 2001 ECNL team to verbally commit, all of which are to an NCAA D1 program.
Georgia Wimmer's Comments:
"I️’m so excited to commit to a great school like Iowa State! Playing at the next level while pursuing high academics has always been a dream of mine. To achieve this, switching to EGA was one of the best decisions I️ could have made. It not only gave me this opportunity but is developing me as a player and preparing me for the next level.
I️ would first like to thank my parents for all of the love and support through this long soccer journey. I’d also like to thank my long time goalie trainer Cody Poteat for always believing in me and pushing me out of my comfort zone to make me better. Thank you to my coach Marcus Kelcher for holding me at a high expectation and pushing me to improve my game. And also thank you to my teammates for creating the competitive environment in training that pushes me to be better. I wouldn’t be where I️ am today without all of these people.
I’m so grateful and excited to be able to play for amazing coaches and people like Coach Minatta, Coach Wichman, and Coach Kerns at Iowa State. I can’t wait to rep the red and gold! Go Cyclones!"
Todd and Barb Wimmer Comments
"We are so incredibly proud and thrilled for Georgia to accept this offer from Iowa State! Georgia has grown into a fierce, intellectual competitor who strives to perfect her craft. All of Georgia’s hard work and dedication to constantly challenge herself to be better has come full circle with not only Iowa State but with EGA as well.
We are so happy we chose to come to EGA last year. It has been an amazing experience. The girls are supportive and all quality hard working athletes and EGA playing in the ECNL has provided the most unbelievable experience a player could ask for. The opportunity to play in front of hundreds of top colleges against the best teams in the country is unmatched. It exposed Georgia to the highest level of competition, provided her an avenue to explore many quality college options and it is the best avenue in preparing her for the collegiate level. I believe this also helped validate the Iowa State coaches’ decision to bring her on board.
We are also thankful in Marcus’s faith in Georgia to intrust her to goal tend for him and these very talented girls. They definitely make her a better player as she respects her team and wants to work very hard for them every day and she has the utmost respect for Marcus as her coach. She trusts the process and clearly understands the expectations he sets for his players and welcomes the challenge. Further, as parents, we cannot express enough our appreciation for his knowledge and assistance throughout the entire recruiting process. He works very hard to make sure his players are placed in the best opportunity for the athlete and her family.
Iowa State was one of the first schools to really show strong and genuine interest in Georgia. Coaches Tony, Jason, and Meagan have been nothing but respectful, kind, and patient during a stressful and overwhelming process. We believe the Iowa State coaching staff are dedicated to their players and we are placing our daughter in excellent hands. Iowa State will also provide an excellent education as their engineering program is among the top in the nation. This decision is truly a win win and WIN academically, athletically and logistically and we couldn’t be happier!"
Marcus Kelcher's Comments:
"I could not be any happier for both Georgia and her family. Georgia has been an incredible addition to our team this year. She is not only an outstanding keeper but an even more incredible young women. Both Todd and Barb were fantastic to work with over the last year and have been fully supportive of Georgia throughout the recruiting process. I would like to thank them for the commitment they have provided both Georgia and the 2001 ECNL team this past season. I feel very blessed to coach Georgia and look forward to helping her prepare over the next twelve months for life as a NCAA Division 1 athlete."
Lexi Thomsen - 2001 ECNL
Elite Girls Academy would like to congratulate Lexi Thomsen, who plays for Elite Girls Academy 2001 ECNL, for committing to the University of Nebraska. Lexi becomes the 16th player on the 2001 ECNL team to verbally commit, all of which are to an NCAA D1 program.
Lexi Thomsen’s Comments:
"First I would like to thank my parents for their endless support throughout this journey. I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for them and their belief in me. Moving to EGA was the best decision I’ve made, and I owe so much to Taylor and Marcus for developing me into the player that I am today. Marcus has pushed me to be the best that I can be in order to continue to reach my potential. I also want to thank Marcus for all of his help and guidance during the recruiting process. Thank you to my teammates for providing a positive and competitive environment that has not only made me a better player, but a better person on and off the field.
I am so excited about committing to the University of Nebraska. It has been a dream of mine to attend UNL, and to be able to wear the red and white jersey since I was little. Seeing the campus and the amazing coaching staff reassured my decision. I am so grateful that Coach Walker, Coach Everding, and Coach Bridge have given me this amazing opportunity. I am eager to see what the future holds as a Husker! Go Big Red!"
Marc and Neely Thomsen’s Comments:
"We could not be more happy and proud of Lexi and her opportunity to continue her education and play soccer at the University of Nebraska. The journey to get to this point has been a roller coaster, but one that Lexi never gave up on and persevered with hard work, determination and a positive attitude. Lexi set a goal of playing soccer in college, and watching her reach her dreams of becoming a Husker has been a joy to watch.
With that said there are so many people that deserve a sincere thank you for their part in her journey. First off, Taylor Haynes withstood our 2-3 hour interrogation on why we should bring Lexi to EGA. He made only one promise, that Lexi would have the opportunity to play on the best 01/02 team in Nebraska and the region. He wasn’t lying!
Thank you to Marcus for demanding nothing less than her best. Marcus was incredible throughout the whole recruiting process. We leaned heavily on him for advice and he always had Lexi’s best interest in mind. All the work he does behind the scenes is amazing!
Thank you to all of Lexi’s teammates for their passion of the game and pushing each other to be the best they can be! These girls are like family and are there for each other for support when times are tough!
Thank you to all the parents, we have made friendships that will last a lifetime. We are grateful for all the support and encouragement you have all shared through the years. I most appreciate the lobby “therapy sessions”!
Thank you to the club and all the opportunities that have been given to these athletes. The ID Camps, Showcases and ECNL exposure that EGA athletes receive is second to none!
Thank you to Coach Walker, Coach Everding and Coach Bridge for offering Lexi the incredible opportunity to become a member of the Nebraska Soccer program! We are extremely grateful to be able to watch Lexi fulfill her dreams as a Husker!
Lastly, we look forward to the next two years of watching Lexi and her incredible teammates continue their path to the next level!!
Go Big Red!"
Marcus Kelcher's Comments:
"I am so incredibly proud of Lexi. In all my years of coaching I have worked with very few players who put their trust in the process the way that Lexi has over the last sixteen months. Her commitment to her team, the coaching staff and to the recruiting process has helped provide her the amazing opportunity to play at Nebraska. I believe that Lexi is one of he premier outside backs in all of Nebraska and I am certain that she will not only be a success at Nebraska but an impact player on day one. I would also like to congratulate Marc and Neely on Lexi's commitment. The Thomsen family has been incredibly supportive throughout Lexi's recruiting journey. They have always put their trust in the process and have been incredibly committed to the team and to the club and for that I am very thankful. I look forward to continuing my work with Lexi and I am excited to see her growth over the next two years as she prepares for the next level at Nebraska."
Reagan Raabe - 2001 ECNL
Elite Girls Academy would like to congratulate Reagan Raabe, who is an attacker for Elite Girls Academy 2001 ECNL, for committing to the University of Nebraska. Reagan becomes the 15th player on the 2001 ECNL team to verbally commit, all of which are to an NCAA D1 program.
Reagan Raabe's Comments:
"I am so excited to have committed to continue my education and play college soccer at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln! Ever since I was little, I dreamed of playing college soccer at a top level school like Nebraska. I have been blessed with great coaches all along the way and I want to thank Marcus especially for always expecting the best from me, and for helping me be the player I am today. I also thank my teammates for pushing me to be my best and my parents for supporting me through it all. I am so thankful for the coaches at Nebraska who believed in me and continue to believe in me even after my injury. Most of all, I want to thank God for getting me to this point because He put this opportunity in my life. I can’t wait to see what the future holds! Go Huskers!"
Chris and Melanie Raabe's Comments:
"Ever since Reagan was little, we knew she had a knack for athletic activities. Whether it was gymnastics, softball, basketball, or soccer, she always played hard and had a lot of fun. Little did we know, that her passion for sports would lead her to playing soccer for the University of Nebraska, we are humbled and thankful for this opportunity. She grew up as a Husker fan, and now she will get the chance to play on the collegiate stage in the Big 10 as a Husker. Reagan has always worked hard to perfect her game on the pitch. When the weather is above freezing, she escapes to the backyard to juggle or work on moves, or she finds a way to get to Millard West to shoot on goal or play soccer tennis with friends.
Reagan has always been competitive. Even when no one kept score, she would track the score in her head. Her drive has given her unbelievable opportunities with Elite Girls Academy. A lot of her success can be attributed to the coaches who were patient and tapped into her passion to improve. Reagan would not be able to chase her dream of playing soccer at the highest levels, if it wasn't for her coaches at EGA. Mike Felker, Chad Gleckler, Kari Kirchofer, and Taylor Haynes each did their part to create a love of the game and assist Reagan with improving her skills early in her career, and Marcus Kelcher has encouraged and pushed Reagan, allowing her to stretch her limits and realize her potential. We are extremely thankful for Marcus' guidance and genuine care for his players. There is not a better man in the region when it comes to high level youth soccer and college recruiting. We are grateful for the friendships that have been built both on the field and the sidelines with like-minded teammates and parents over the years.
We also feel blessed about the opportunity for Reagan to play for the staff at the University of Nebraska. Coach Walker, Coach Bridge, and Coach Everding genuinely care about each player in their program and focus on creating an environment where their team is a family affair and players are pushed to take ownership to excel in the game they love on a daily basis. We are so excited to watch Reagan grow both academically and athletically at UNL. We knew God had a plan for Reagan, we just didn't know it would keep her close to home. GO BIG RED!!"
Marcus Kelcher's Comments:
"I am so incredibly thrilled for both Reagan and her family. Reagan is one of the most talented young ladies I have ever had the pleasure of coaching. Her tireless commitment to the game has provided her with this great opportunity and I cannot think of a more deserving player to receive it. It has been a season of adversity for Reagan and I believe that it was God’s plan for her to end up at Nebraska. I believe the Husker women’s soccer program is the perfect fit for what Reagan wants to accomplish within the game. I am certain that the coaching staff at Nebraska will provide her with the developmental platform necessary to achieve her goals of playing beyond the college level. I look forward to my continued work with Reagan as she prepares for college soccer and I look forward to watching her incredible journey in the coming years. Congrats Reagan!"
Maddie Augustine - 2001 ECNL
Elite Girls Academy would like to congratulate Maddie Augustine, who is a defender for Elite Girls Academy 2001 ECNL, for committing to Missouri State University. Maddie becomes the 14th player on the 2001 ECNL team to verbally commit, all of which are to an NCAA D1 program.
Maddie Augustine's Comments:
"I could not be more excited and grateful for the opportunity to play at the next level at Missouri State! I couldn’t imagine what my life would be like without soccer in it, and I’m so excited to see what the next chapter has in store. It is a dream come true being able to play college soccer, and it’s all thanks to everyone who has supported and helped me along the way. My parents have been super supportive throughout this journey and I can’t thank them enough for always believing in me. A huge thank you to Kyle Droege and Marcus for all of their help in the recruiting process, always pushing me to be the best player I can be, and providing me with amazing opportunities through EGA. I also want to thank all of my teammates for always pushing me to improve as a player and being there for me. I’m so grateful to coaches Rob, Kirk, and Maryse for making me feel welcome and at home at Missouri State and for providing me with this amazing opportunity. I can’t wait to be a Bear!"
Mark and Angie Augustine's Comments:
"We are incredibly proud of Maddie for pursuing her dream of playing collegiate soccer at Missouri State University! She developed a love for the game early on, tearing up the turf in pre-K 3v3, and has never looked back. Her hard work, perseverance and passion for the game have never wavered. As proud as we are of her for her athletic accomplishments, we’re truly blessed to watch her develop into an amazing young woman of character.
It’s hard to imagine what this journey would have looked like without the support, friendships, and coaching from our EGA family. We are extremely grateful to Kyle Droege and Marcus for not only providing a platform to play at the highest level, but for pushing her to excel in every aspect of the game. We know Marcus will have her ready to step into the next level of her soccer career at MSU. And shout out to all of her 00/01 team mates and parents who have shared smiles & tears, wins & losses, and forged life long bonds as soccer family on and off the field.
We are also very thankful to coaches Rob, Kirk and Maryse and ecstatic to be a part of the Missouri State family! Maddie felt an immediate connection with the culture, coaches and players, and is excited for the next step in her soccer and academic careers."
Marcus Kelcher's Comments:
"I am thrilled for both Augie and her family. The opportunity to play NCAA D1 soccer at Missouri State University is a reward for all the hard work and dedication that Augie has put forth over the years. I am excited for her to play under my friend Coach Rob Brewer and I look forward to working with Augie as she prepares for the next level."