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2001 Ajax Boys - State Champions

On October 28, the 2001 Ajax boys, led by Coaches Mirza and Nedim Hasanbegovic, were crowned the 2018 18U Boys State Cup Champions! The team had an incredible season going 6-0-1 in the Director's Division of Nebraska League and then made it look easy taking the State title. After clinching pool play victories by scores of 6-0, 5-1 and 7-0, they made a convincing run in the semifinal and final matches with 5-0 and 10-0 victories respectively. 

Congratulations to Mirza, Nedim and the boys!

Nebraska State Cup Best XI Selections

17B: John Meyers & Jeran Zapata
18B: Matt Anderson, Carlos Salazar & Michael Monico
19G: Taylor Haenggi & Abby Schwarz
19B: Zachary Smith

Amy Tilley is the director of our Hive 4U/5U/6U program and the head coach for our 2008G Ajax team and was named Nebraska State Soccer's Recreational Coach of the Year in October. There is no one more deserving of this award than Amy. 

You've probably seen Coach Amy working tirelessly to make sure that our youngest players start soccer off on the right foot by making it a fun, enjoyable experience for them. We are so proud to have Amy in our ESC family. Congratulations, Tilley! 

Soccer Sisters in Sweden

Cassie & Mia Gaul's ODP Team

Elkhorn Soccer Club player, Cassie Gaul, and her younger sister, Mia, earned the opportunity to travel to Europe with their ODP team this past summer. Cassie plays for Coach Anne Schafer on the 2002 Ajax squad as an outside back. 

From July 30th-August 8th, 2018, Cassie and her sister traveled with a group of girls, ages 13-16, from Nebraska and Iowa to Denmark and Sweden to compete in international friendlies and a tournament. 

When they first arrived in Copenhagen, the team visited the stadium of professional Danish team, Football Club  Nordsjælland, commonly known as FCN. The girls were trained by the professional coaching staff of FCN on their pitch. "I learned several new and different techniques on how to position myself when players are coming at me straight on which I find myself using in games I play for ESC now," said Cassie. 

After a couple of international friendlies, the team traveled to Sweden where they began their official tournament games. Before the first game, Cassie was named captain of her international team. "It truly was an honor," said Cassie. "I learned very quickly how best to lead the girls on and off the field." She was pleased with her team's performance in the tournament and left the field with lasting friendships, too. 

Aside from playing, the team was able to experience local culture including visiting a castle and watching two professional games, one in which the team got to walk the American flag down onto the field. "Getting that recognition for my country was something I'll never forget," said Cassie. They also were invited to have dinner with other teams they played against and get to know the players and their varying cultures. Cassie said she still keeps in touch with many of her friends abroad. 

Although her entire experience abroad was unforgettable, Cassie said her favorite part of it all was bike riding through Copenhagen. "I've never been in such awe of another culture before," she said. "And I won't soon forget it."

Cassie (right) and her sister, Mia (left)

Fall 2018 Celtic FC Visit

Elkhorn Soccer Club has been very fortunate to be an international partner with Celtic Soccer Academy for the past two years. Through our partnership, our club has access to world-class coaching curriculum and the opportunities to train with Celtic FC coaching staff here and abroad. 

In November, we welcomed coaches Ruaridh Macinnes and Zander Carruth from Glasgow, Scotland to ESC for training sessions with players from our 9U, 10U and A.D.O. futsal programs. There were over 60 players in attendance. 

On Monday and Tuesday, our Select teams training at Thrive Space were privy to having Ruaridh and Zander run their training sessions. The coaches worked with players 11U-19U throughout their collective 25 sessions in just two nights. 

Elkhorn was their last stop on a 3-week trip to the states where they also visited clubs in St. Louis and Dallas. Our international partnership with Celtic FC continues to provide our club with unique opportunities such as this and we look forward to many years to come!


 2018 ESC Coaching Symposium

On the weekend of November 16-18, ESC welcomed several professionals to speak to our coaches at all levels during our 4th Annual Coaching Symposium. 

Among those professionals were Doug Williamson, United Soccer Coaches Senior National Staff Coach; Diana Tedrow, Cox Business; and Dr. Jeff Ebel and Paul Murray, OrthoNebraska. 

ESC coaches left with insight on leadership skills, communication techniques, injury prevention and coaching strategies. We think it's important to offer continued education programming for our coaches across all levels to ensure that our players benefit from properly educated coaches. Thank you to all of the coaches who attended, and we look forward to seeing you at our spring CEP events! 

Upcoming Events:

- Saturday, March 16 from 9 a.m. - noon (Thrive Space)
- Friday, April 26 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. (JPM)
 Hive Futsal
Hive 4U-8U:
Elkhorn Soccer Club is proud to bring back the Hive Academy Winter Futsal Program. Training will be held at the *NEW* Thrive Space featuring two futsal courts and some great amenities for players and families! 

Players will register  individually for the Hive Academy Winter Futsal Program.

When: Saturdays from February 2 - March 9
- 5U's: 9:00-10:00 a.m.
- 6U's: 10:15-11:15 a.m.
- 7U Girls: 11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
- 7U Boys: 1:00-2:15 p.m.
- 8U Girls: 2:30-3:45 p.m.
- 8U Boys: 4:00-5:15 p.m.

$105 per player

The deadline for registration is January 25!

We are only able to take 40 players per age group so sign up today!

**Registrations submitted after January 25 will be charged a $20 late fee**
Nebraska League Fall 2018 Champions

Ajax 2007B - Premier Division
Sparta 2005G - 1st Division
Ajax 2001B - Director's Division
Ajax 2000G - Premier Division
Ajax 2000B - Premier Division

ENSA League Fall 2018 Champions

2006B Feyenoord (A.D.O.)

2018 College Commitments: 

Cole Jensen
Xavier University

Luke Waters
Creighton University

Duncan McGuire
Creighton University

Carlos Salazar
Creighton University

Lauren Coldiron
Rockhurst University

Bailey Kehrli 
University of 
Sioux Falls

Skylar Stueckrath
Wayne State College

Zion Osorio
University of
 Nebraska at Omaha

Hailey White
Benedicitine College

*If you have a player who has committed to play college soccer, please email Emily Michaels at marketing@elkhornsoccer.org so that we can properly recognize them!*
Elkhorn SC Sponsors for 2017-2018
Platinum Sponsor
OrthoNebraska -  www.neorthohospital.com
OrthoNebraska is the official Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine provider to the Elkhorn Soccer Club.

Silver Sponsor
The Mark -  http://markomaha.com 
Sawnerson Brothers

Bronze Sponsors
Coerver Coaching - www.coervergps.com  
Husker Hammer - www.HuskerHammer.com  

Interested in sponsoring ESC? Check out our new sponsorship program.
Near Post - Approa ching Events 

November 30 -  Nebraska Premier Futsal League Begins
December 3 -  Spring Registration Opens (Hive & A.D.O.)
January 12 -  Winter Coerver® Cup Registration Closes

Far Post - Upcoming Events 

January 25 -  Hive 5U-8U Futsal Registration Closes
January 25-27 -  Winter Coerver® Cup
February 2 - Hive 5U-8U Futsal Begins

You can view all of our events by clicking on the "Events" tab at www.elkhornsoccer.org
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