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Sydney Wright Commits to UIC

Sydney Wright, a midfielder for the Academy United SC, has verbally committed to play soccer at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) in 2014.  She will join fellow Academy players, Mackenzie Fuller and Jennifer Novak, along with other extremely strong players she has faced over the past four years.  Head Coach Brian Rigby and Assistant Coach Juliana Zavala have put together an exceptional group of athletes for their inaugural season starting in 2014. 

“I am very excited to attend UIC and to play for a brand new program with such great coaches and recruits.  Coach Rigby and Coach J have put together the perfect opportunity for me to grow as a player and leader on the field and off.  UIC offers an excellent engineering program and I can’t wait to live in the city and to play at the collegiate level.”

Sydney is going to be a senior at Boylan Catholic High School.  She has played at the varsity level since freshman year and has been named to the NIC-10 All-Conference and IHSCCA All-Sectional teams.  She is in the top 5% of her 2014 graduating class and is class president, in addition to being involved in many other school organizations.

2013 Illinois State Champions U17

Abby Nordeen Commits To Minnesota State University

Abigail Nordeen, a defender with the Academy United SC 95/96 team, has verbally committed to play soccer for Minnesota State University in Mankato, joining the school’s 2014 recruiting class.  She will be playing under the direction of head coach Brian Bahl and Assistants Ben Jones, Sheila Reynolds, and Bryce Wick. Both Coach Bahl and Coach Jones are starting their first year at MSU after 6 years at Upper Iowa University. 

The Mavericks went 17-1-5 in 2012 and 74-21-13 over the last five years.  MSU claimed the 2012 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference regular-season title, going 14-0-1 in league play, the tie came against Upper Iowa in the regular season’s final game. MSU has appeared in the NCAA tournament in 2008, 2009, 2011, and 2012 over the past couple of years.

Nordeen’s comments: “I am really excited to join a team that has such great coaches and players. I look forward to helping MSU win a conference and NCAA championship. The soccer team has one of the highest GPAs and I am glad to be part of a team that holds academics just as high as athletics. The opportunities that MSU holds makes it a perfect place for me!”

Nordeen is a junior at Huntley High School in Huntley, IL. She is in the top 10% of her class and was a varsity player her freshman and sophomore years.  Abigail was named to the Fox Valley Conference All-Conference team, the IHSCAA All-Sectional team, and the Northwest Herald’s All Area 1st team. 


Sarah Warren, a defender with the Academy United SC 95/96 team, has verbally committed to play soccer for University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, joining the school’s 2014 recruiting class. She will be playing under the direction of head coach Janet Rayfield and Assistants Jeff Freeman and Leisha Alcia. 

The Fighting Illini soccer team has developed into one of the elite programs in the nation. Under the leadership of Janet Rayfield, Illinois has qualified for the NCAA Tournament in eight of the last ten seasons, including a trip to the Elite Eight and two appearances in the Sweet Sixteen and has won two Big Ten Championships.  The program has also produced multiple All-American and national team players.

In addition to success on the field, the Illini have excelled in the classroom. The Orange and Blue have consistently received the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Team Academic Award and numerous Illini have earned NSCAA Scholar All-America honors.  This year the team also posted the highest cumulative team GPA of all sports at the University.

"It is an honor to have been chosen to be a member of the Fighting Illini Soccer team," says Warren.  "It is truly a dream come true to be able to play on such an incredible team while at the same time receiving an outstanding education."  Warren plans on pursuing a degree in Bioengineering while at the University of Illinois.

Warren is currently a junior at Hinsdale South High School in Darien, Illinois, where she has received Academic Honors for the past three years. In addition to being a Captain for the Academy United SC, she is a member of Hinsdale South's varsity track team, holds school records in the 400 meter dash and 4x400 meter relay and is an indoor and outdoor state track finalist.  Warren is also a three-time national champion in Long Track Speedskating, competed as part of Team USA in Short Track Speedskating at the 2012 Inaugural Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck, Austria and most recently represented the USA in February 2013 on the Junior World Long Track Speedskating Team in Collalbo, Italy.

Mackenzie Fuller UIC Bound

SCHAUMBURG, IL – April 23, 2013 Mackenzie Fuller, a midfielder/forward for the Academy United SC 95/96 team has accepted a generous offer to play soccer at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) in 2014. Mackenzie will join fellow Cad, Jennifer Novak, in Brian Rigby’s stellar 2014 recruiting class. Fuller comments, “I have the opportunity to play at a brand new program and help make history. I have been with the Academy program since day one and we’ve had great success!   As a new program, we’ve grown into a nationally ranked team, while competing in MRL and National League in only four short years. Coach Rigby has recruited some of the top talent in the 2014 class – many whom I’ve competed against in National League.   Hopefully, I can help UIC find the same success. UIC allows me to be challenged academically and athletically. It’s the perfect fit!” 

Mackenzie is a junior at Waubonsie Valley High School in Aurora, IL. She was a varsity starter her freshman and sophomore years but opted to train with a U19 boys team for the spring. Fuller said, “The boys play a much faster, free flowing style and working with technical coach J.P Tokoto provides me with a better understanding of Coach Rigby’s style. She has received All Conference Academic awards her freshman and sophomore years and All Conference Honorable Mention her sophomore year. She also was named to the Illinois ODP State team in 2008-2011. 

Kelsea Berg Toledo Bound

Kelsea Berg, a midfielder with the Academy United SC 95/96 team has verbally committed to play soccer at the University of Toledo (UT) in 2014.  Kelsea joins Sophie Pohl in Brad Evans’ 2014 recruiting class.  UT has won theMAC tournament four times over the past seven years and has four NCAA tournament appearances over the same timeframe.  Academically, UT women’s soccer team has consistently finished with the highest GPA among UT’s 15sports programs.  The women’s soccer team had a 3.616 GPA for the Fall 2012 semester.  Berg comments, “I look forward to helping UT win the MAC championship in 2014.  Coach Evans and Coach Peterson have been very successful at UT and I want to help contribute to future success.  I plan on majoring in Criminology and my meeting with UT’s Criminology Department made me feel that UT’s mix of academic and soccer success was a perfect match for me.”

Kelsea is a junior at Hononegah High School in Rockton, IL.  Kelsea is currently ranked 4th in her 2014 graduating class and was named to the NIC 10 All-Conference team and IHSCAA All-Sectional team as a sophomore.

Grace Orndorff Commits to Northwestern University

Grace Orndorff, a midfielder with the Academy United SC 95/96 team, has verbally committed to play soccer for Northwestern University joining the school’s 2014 recruiting class. She will be playing under the direction of head coach Mike Moynihan and Assistants Dave Nikolic and Shannon Neeley. Coach Moynihan is starting his second year at Northwestern and has been successful in moving the team toward the objective of becoming a high performing Big Ten conference team as demonstrated by the Wildcats record of three straight wins against Big Ten opponents to finish the 2012 season. Orndorff comments “Northwestern’s top 10 ranking among colleges and the direction its soccer program is taking will offer me both the academic and athletic challenge that I have been looking for in a college education. I look forward to working with Coaches Moynihan, Nikolic, and Neeley in making Northwestern a strong contender in the Big Ten and beyond.”


Grace is a junior at Naperville Central High School in Naperville, IL. She has achieved All Academic honors her freshman and sophomore years and was named to the DuPage Valley Conference All-Conference team and the IHSCAA All-Sectional team as a sophomore. She also was named to the Illinois ODP State team in 2009, 2011, and 2012.

Jennifer Novak commits to University of Illinois Chicago

SCHAUMBURG, IL - February 9, 2013 - Jennifer Novak, a defender with The Academy United SC 95/96 "Cads" has verbally committed to Head Coach Brian Rigbys' 2014 recruiting class at the University of Illinois Chicago. UIC has added women's soccer as a sport for 2014 and Jenny becomes their second 2014 recruit.  Novak's comments: "The success the Cads have had this year playing in the National League has really given me the confidence and preparation to play at the next level.  I was interested in UIC for their Pharmacy program even before they added soccer.  To have the opportunity to play in a brand new program with the 14th ranked pharmacy program made becoming a Flame a very easy choice."

Jennifer is a junior at Prospect High School in Mount Prospect, IL.  She is a part of the Talent Development Program and in the top 25% of her class.  She has also been a starter on their varsity soccer team for the two years she has been a part of the program.

Cads Remain Undefeated in National League Play

The Academy United SC extended their win streak to 3 games at the CASL tournament in Raleigh with a convincing 3-0 win over Tennessee SC 14.  Sophie Pohl tallied twice at 9 minutes and 57 minutes while Jenna Kentgen hit the back of the net at the 15 minute mark.  Alyssa Sickler tallied another clean sheet behind a stout Cads defense that's allowed only one goal.

Cads Strike Again With Win Over Legends FC

The second day of National League play in North Carolina continued where the previous day ended with the Cads again striking first with a goal at the 7 minute mark by Grace Orndorff.  Grace followed up her goal with an assist on a goal by Alison Cerny at the 21st minute.  The Cads took their 2 goal lead into the half and played stout defense under a forceful attack by last year's second place finishers (#12 nationally) finally surrendering their first goal of the tournament at the 69th minute.  The Cads continue play today against Tennessee SC 2014. 

Cads Open National League Play With Victory Over Oklahoma FC 96

Academy United 95/96 (IL) scored in each half versus Oklahoma FC 96 (OK) to take a 2-0  victory in a battle of league newcomers.  Jenna Kengen (Iowa) scored the eventual game winner for Academy 14 minutes into the game and Kelsea Berg added an insurance goal five minutes into the second half as the defense held strong.

Cads Travel To CASL To Begin National League Schedule

After winning their bracket at the Indianpolis College Showcase, The Academy United SC will travel to Raleigh North Carolina to play in the first leg of the National League season.  The CADS face OFC 96, the number one team from Oklahoma on Thursday.  They follow with Legends FC 95 (#12 nationally) from California on Friday, Tennessee SC 14 (#2 TN) on Saturday, and finish on Sunday against Cleveland United White (#18 nationally).  

The second leg of the National League season will take place at the Disney College Showcase starting on December 30th.

Cads To Play In Elite National League


In only it's fourth year of existence, The Academy United SC is proud to announce their acceptance into the prestigious US Youth Soccer National League for the 2013-2014 season.  The league, entering into its seventh season, is for the top Under-15 through Under-18 Boys and Girls club soccer teams with each team having an individual proven track record of continued success in US Youth Soccer programs.  The Cads are the only team from Illinois in the U18 age bracket.

In 2012-2013, 25 of a possible 44 slots in the US Youth Soccer National Championships were taken by National League teams; 12 teams earned automatic berths via winning their National League division, while 15 National League teams won their respective US Youth Soccer Regional Championships, two of which were also National League champs. During the 2013 National Championships, National League teams claimed 14 of a possible 16 spots in the championship finals, with seven earning the National Championship.

"The US Youth Soccer National League continues to provide the top competition for boys and girls in the country as each team must prove itself to gain entry into the league," said Paul Luchowski, National League commissioner.

The seven game season will begin in Wilson, N.C., alongside the CASL Showcase with the boys playing Nov. 15-18 and girls Nov. 29-Dec. 2. Teams will participate in one of two other locations, the first being in Orlando, Fla., alongside the Disney Soccer Showcase, Dec. 27-29 for the boys and Dec. 31-Jan. 2 for the girls. The final play date will combine boys and girls in Las Vegas, March 15-17, and be held in conjunction with the Player's College Showcase.

As is the case with the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series events and the US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program, the National League creates another significant opportunity for the nation's collegiate, professional and national team staffs to see players in an environment of meaningful play.

Sophie Pohl commits to Toledo

SCHAUMBURG, IL - July 31, 2012 - Sophie Pohl, a forward with The Academy United SC 95/96 "Cads" has verbally committed to Head Coach Brad Evans' 2014 recruiting class at the University of Toledo. As the reigning MAC (Midwest Athletic Conference) champs, The Rockets 2011 season results were 14-7-2, 9-1-1 MAC. UT has been MAC Champs in 2006, '07, '08,'10, '11, received the West Division Title in '10,'11, holds a league record for tournament crowns in '06, '07, '08, '11, and has had 4 NCAA Championship appearances. Academically, UT women's soccer has been recognized as one of the top 10 team GPAs in the nation and is tied for fifth among Division 1 Soccer programs. Pohl's comments: "I am excited to be a part of the future for Toledo Women's Soccer. I had several other opportunities to consider, but knowing that Coach Evan's holds his team accountable for academic excellence in addition to their athletic development and team success makes me feel comfortable with my decision to be a Rocket."

Sophie attends St. Charles North High School in St. Charles, IL. The North Stars finished 2nd in State in 2012 and Sophie received an Academic All Conference award her Sophomore year. She has also participated in Illinois ODP and was part of the 2010 - '95 State Team.

Academy advances to first State Cup Final

LOVES PARK, IL - June 16, 2012 - The Academy 95/96 Cads punched their ticket into the IYSA State Cup final by way of a 3-1 decision over Team Chicago-Santos at Rockford's Sportscore Two Saturday.

Jenna Kentgen tallied two goals followed by a Sophie Pohl volley for a 1-2-3 punch that gave the Academy a 3-0 lead which they brought into halftime.  Second half play saw both teams battle for midfield superiority.  TC-Santos tallied a late lone goal to close the deficit to two goals, but the Academy closed out the contest in a defensive shell.

The Cads play FC United - winners over the Huntley Heat - at noon Sunday in Wedgbury Stadium at Rockford's Sportscore Two complex.  The winner will represent Illinois at the USYSA Region II playoffs in Saginaw, Michigan - June 21 through June 26.

Jenna Kentgen commits to the University of Iowa

SCHAUMBURG, IL - June 12, 2012 - Jenna Kentgen, a forward on the Academy United SC 95/96 "Cads" team has verbally committed to the University of Iowa as part of Head Coach Ron Rainey's 2014 recruiting class.  Kentgen will join a very successful Big Ten program that saw the Hawkeyes finish their 2011 season with a 13-4-3 record (5-4-2 in the Big Ten).  Iowa's 2011 success included key road victories over the University of Wisconsin and Indiana University before bowing out of the Big Ten tournament with a loss in pks following a 0-0 draw through two overtime periods to Michigan State.

Kentgen attends Metea Valley HS and was named to the IHSCAA All-Sectional team as a freshman in 2011.  She also has several ODP camp appearances on her record.  Congratulations to Jenna and parents Rick and Rene!

Update: Academy heads to State Cup semi-finals with win over FCX

LOVES PARK, IL - June 10, 2012 - It was another hot and windy day at Rockford's Sportscore Two complex as the Academy faced off against FCX - at stake was a berth in the IYSA State Cup semi-finals.  The Cads were seeking their third trip in as many tries.

With the wind at their backs, the Cads struck first, as Jenna Kentgen poked in a lazy FCX clear (from Grace Orndorff) for the 1-0 lead in the 21st minute.  Pressure continued with several near-misses throughout the first half as the Academy defense held the FCX strikers in-check. 

Orndorff later scored a goal off a free-kick in the 32nd minute and proved to be the game-winner as the team protected the 2-1 margin for the remainder of the match.

The Cads will face Team Chicago-Santos at Sportscore Two next Saturday at noon.  TC-Santos were 3-2 winners over Windy City Pride 45 Sunday.  The winner will face the winner of the FC United / Huntley Heat semi-final match next Sunday at noon.

Update: Academy opens State Cup with 4-0 win over Hononegah Lions

LOVES PARK, IL - June 9, 2012 - The Academy United SC 95/95 Cads defeated the Hononegah Lions on Saturday 5-0 Saturday at the Rockford, IL Sportscore Two complex.  Playing in high 80-degree temperatures, the Cads took a 2-0 lead into the half and pulled away in the second half to earn a spot in the quarter-finals.  The Academy will face FCX tomorrow at noon - at stake is a berth in the semi-finals.

Let's Go Cads!!

Cads' Illinois State Cup run begins on Saturday, June 9

LOVES PARK, IL - June 3, 2012 - The Academy United SC 95/95 Cads begin their 2012 State Cup title run on Saturday, June 9th, when they face-off against the Hononegah Lions SC from nearby Rockton/Roscoe, IL.  The Match starts at 2 p.m. at Sportscore Two in Loves Park, IL.  Field assignments will be finalized on-site.  Winners of the first mathes will compete on Sunday, June 10 at the same venue where matches will start at noon.  Semi-finals and the final will be held on Saturday and Sunday, June 16 and 17 in Loves Park.

Let's Go Cads!!

Tentative Schedule for Academy U17 Program

SCHAUMBURG, IL - MAY 1, 2012 - The Academy United SC has announced the proposed events for the 2012-13 year and the U17-95/96 team.

- MRL Premier Division
- SLSG Showcase
- Final Four Showcase
- Disney Soccer Showcase
- USYSA National League (pending application)
- Ohio Elite Showcase
- IWSL Champions Division 

Academy represented in over 18 IHSA 2012 spring soccer programs

The Academy United SC's student-athletes are involved in over 18 highly competitive IHSA soccer programs throughout the Chicagoland area.  As an important element in the Academy mission is academic performance, we - along with the IHSA - recognize that soccer is an extension of the classroom but also promotes honesty, integrity and sportsmanship.  Good luck to all the student-athletes!

Abby Banks commits to UW-Parkside

SCHAUMBURG, IL - March 7, 2012 - Abby Banks, a midfielder on the Academy United SC 95/96 "Cads" team has verbally committed to the University of Wisconsin-Parkside.  As part of the 2013 recruiting class for head coach Troy Fabiano's UW-Parkside team, Banks will join a very successful program that saw the Rangers finish their 2011 campaign with a 13-4-2 record following a 2010 NCAA Sweet Sixteen berth and a 2008 NCAA Elite Eight run.  UW-Parkside competes in the Great Lakes Valley Conference and recorded a conference championship in 2010.  Fabiano's Division II program has produced five All-Americans.   

Banks attends Plainfield South HS and she is a starter on Pete Glon's 95/96 Academy team.  She also has been named to the Illinois ODP (Olympic Development Program) State Team in 2009 and 2010 with invites both years to the Region II ODP camp.
"Abby has been a great addition to our pool of student-athletes.  She has demonstrated performance and dedication in the classroom, on the soccer field and also during the community service projects within the Academy program," said Academy Director Peter Glon.  "We wish the very best for Abby and the Banks family."

95/96 Cads at Wright State University

Academy U16 teams strong at Ohio Elite Showcase

CINCINNATI, OH - February 26, 2012 - The Academy United SC sent two teams to the 2012 Ohio Elite Soccer Academy College Showcase - the 95/96 "Cads" and the North/Central 95/96 team.  Both teams did very well, placing second in their respective divisions.  All the matches were played on turf with near-freezing temps and snow in the forecast for the first two days of the Showcase.

The 96/96 Cads tied Cincinnati CUP Crew Juniors (OH) 2-2 in their opener, followed by a 3-3 draw with host Ohio Elite ECNL.  The team capped of the event with a win over (KY) Mockingbird Valley SC, 1-0. 

The North/Central U16 team bounced back from an opening 1-0 loss to Commonwealth SC CSC 96 Chargers (KY) with a 2-1 victory over Cincinnati United Premier Crew Juniors Black (OH) 2-1 and Dynamo FC 96G Red (IN), 1-0.  The two key victories were good enough for a share of the lead for points in their group, but the Commonwealth Chargers took the group based on their head-to-head result.

"This event turned out to be very good for our program," said Academy director Peter Glon.  "We were able to play quality regional competition and give our student-athletes an opportunity to be seen by some good college programs."

Academy WIN initiative helps St. Elizabeth Catholic Community Center make a difference

SCHAUMBURG, IL - January 20, 2012 - While most soccer teams were spending the holidays preparing for the holidays, the Academy United SC U16 teams were engaged in a WIN (What's Important Now) initiative to make a difference for families in the Rockford area who have experienced a range of difficulties - through a service project with St. Elizabeth Catholic Community Center - a United Way Agency.

The project was led by Sydney Wright, Mackenzie Fuller, Ali Lokanc, Haley Chute and Jenna Blodgett.  Abby Nordeen and Kelsea Berg also helped with the project.  

The Academy raised a total of about $1,000.00 which was used to purchase Christmas gifts and baskets for three families in need; a total of 14 people in all.  Each Academy team (95/96 Cads, North and Central) were responsible for buying gifts for one of the three families.  While the Academy Central team was competing in Memphis at the Germantown Invitational tournament, the 95/96 team wrapped the gifts at a Christmas sleepover hosted by the Cerny family on December 10th.

Santa made a guest appearance in the Cerny home to give the Cads words of encouragement and holiday cheer to both the student-athletes and parents as well.

A total of 80 gifts in all were purchased, wrapped and given; they represented all the requests of the St. Elizabeth families in the form of clothes, toys and  and personal items.

"This WIN initiative was a great example of our student-athletes making a difference in the lives of others," said Academy director Peter Glon.  "The efforts put forth by all involved really made a significant impact to the families of St. Elizabeth Center.  Our WIN programs continue to be beneficial to both the associations we serve and also for the continued off-field development of our student-athletes."

St. Elizabeth Catholic Community Center was founded in 1911 and is located in Rockford, IL.  Its mission statement is to improve the community through many different programs.

Academy and Albion play to 1-1 tie; Cads fall in PKs

AUBURNDALE, FL - January 3, 2012 - The Academy United SC 95/96 Cads kept their unbeaten streak alive at the Disney Soccer Showcase on Tuesday in Auburndale by virtue of a 1-1 tie with Albion Hurricanes (USYSA National League).

The Cads gave up a strong Albion counter attack midway through the second half, but Jenna Kentgen's header from Alex Bukovac tied the score 1-1 with a few minutes to go in the contest.  The Academy was playing short because of a send-off, but still was able to pressure for the tying goal.

The Cads missed two penalty kicks as Albion carried the consolation title to Houston by converting on four of their five chances.

"We were able to play all of our student-athletes considerable minutes for the college coaches - which was our primary goal," said Academy head coach Peter Glon.  "This is a critical component of our development -  to play at the highest level, at speed and in a national venue."

Over 72 college coaches were recorded as being present and active at the Academy's matches at Disney and Auburndale.

The Academy resumes training in Schaumburg and will begin preparation for the Ohio Elite College Showcase in February.

Cads remain unbeaten - play Albion Hurricanes in semi consolation

AUBURNDALE, FL - January 2, 2012 - The Academy United SC 95/96 Cads kept the unbeaten streak alive with a 2-1 victory over Team Boca (FL) at the Lake Myrtle Complex in Auburndale on Monday afternoon.  Tophat's victory over Match Fit Clelsea 2-1 clinched the third tie breaker for the Hatters - on goals scored (6) to the Cads (5) which sends Tophat into the final against KCFC/Futura.  The Academy will play Albion Hurricanes - the US National League team and state runner-up from Texas-south.

Rachel Stoffregen opened the Cads scoring in the 15th minute as the Academy used a strong tail wind to keep constant pressure in the Boca team.  Several near-misses saw the game head into the half with a 1-0 lead.

Boca tied the game 1-1 midway through the second half on a breakaway, but the Cads found some extra energy and were poised to score the game-winner.  Sophie Pohl scored from 12-yards out in the 68th minute.

Because of the Tophat/Match Fit score, the Cads needed one more insurance goal, but it was not to be.  Two shots off the crossbar and one clear off the Boca line by their GK snuffed the last of the Academy opportunities as the game ended 2-1.

The Academy plays the Albion Hurricanes at Lake Mead Soccer Stadium in Auburndale, FL tomorrow at 9 a.m.  Weather is expected to be much colder.

Determination and grit key Academy comeback against Georgia's best

ORLANDO, FL - January 1, 2012 - In a skilled, hard-fought match under the lights at the Disney Showcase, both Tophat 14 Gold and the Academy United SC showed why soccer is a game of seconds.

Tophat opened the scoring in the 12th minute, but the Cads countered just three minutes later and it appeared the game would enter the halft with a 1-1 tie.  But Tophat broke through to make the score 2-1 with just enough time for the Cads to kick-off on the restart before the halftime whistle.  

The second half saw both teams fight tooth-and-nail, with the Hatters getting the best of second half play.  A late surge in the final eight minutes produced quality chances, but Allison Cerny's 18-yard shot into the upper corner in injury time knotted the score at 2-2, which would be the final result.

"There were two very good teams playing tonight, some good soccer that's for sure," said head coach Peter Glon.  "Our student-athletes never quit and fought until the end; just enough for us to earn a point tonight."

The Academy plays Team Boca Monday at 1 p.m. at Lake Mead Soccer Stadium in Auburndale, FL.  At stake is a berth in the finals of the Showcase.

photo courtesy of T. Giglio

95/96 Cads top Match Fit Chelsea to open Disney Showcase in Orlando

ORLANDO, FL - December 31, 2011 - The Academy United SC 95/96 opened pool play at the 2011 Disney Soccer Showcase with a 1-0 win against Match Fit Chelsea (national #41) from New Jersey.

The match saw play at both ends of the field with each team having opportunities.  Kelsea Berg was able to tap in a cross in the 62nd minute for the game-winner.  The Cads finished off the contest with hard, aggressive play.

"We played a formidable opponent," said head coach Peter Glon.  "This is a very good showcase with the top teams in the U.S. and it is a great opportunity for our student-atheletes to be seen by top college programs."

The Academy faces Tophat (#1 Georgia, #21 nationally) on New Year's Day at 7:00 p.m. at the ESPN Wide World of Sports. 

Academy Central/North Cads score three draws in Memphis Showcase

 MEMPHIS, TN - December 11, 2011 - The Academy Central/North team didn't lose a match last weekend at the Adidas Germantown Invitational College Showcase.  Three ties notched a second-place finish in the Cads division.

In the first match against Ohio Galaxies FC 95 Premier, Daisy Okpa opened the scoring on an assist from Linda Hucko.  The 1-0 lead stood throughout most of the contest, but a PK was awarded in favor of Ohio Galaxies in the last 15 minutes of the contest.  The PK was converted and the Cads walked away with a 1-1 draw.

The second match saw the Cads take on the American Eagles 97 GW (Texas).  Unlike the first match, the Cads found themselves down 1-0 early in the match.  Emily Novak's free kick proved too much for the Eagles' goalkeeper and the score was even at 1-1.  The Academy mounted a furious attack in the last ten minutes but could not find the back of the net.  The match ended in a 1-1 draw.

The final match on Sunday morning had the Cads facing off against a local Tennessee team, the Lady Lobos Blue.  Although the Lobos had won their first two matches, hard play was abound as both Daisy Okpa and Ryan Cainkar were fouled hard and had to leave the match.  Another Lobo foul against Linda Hucko drew a formal caution from the referee.  Jamie Furio and Danielle Hamzeloo worked together to contain a very speedy Lobo striker on a couple of breakaways.  The Cads almost had the game-winner, but Hannah Tuzi's shot hit the crossbar and the Lobo goalkeeper secured the shutout as the match ended on a 0-0 draw.

"We had plenty of opportunities this weekend, that's for sure," said Academy head coach Jennifer Pfeiffer.  "There was plenty of  good movement, patterns off the ball and physical play in all of the matches.  It was a very enjoyable weekend on and off the field and I am sure our student-athletes were exposed to a very good college showcase experience."

photo courtesy of Frank Novak

95/96 Cads sweep matches at Atlanta Showcase

DECEMBER 4, 2011 - Kennesaw, GA - The Academy United SC 95/96 team won all three matches at the 2011 Atlanta Final Four Showcase held in Atlanta this weekend, with all of the matches held in conjunction with the NCAA Division I Women's College Cup.

The Academy's first opponent was TNFC Impact, the state cup state finalist from Tennessee.  Two goals from Jenna Kentgen and one by Sophie Pohl added up to a 3-0 Academy lead 35 minutes into the match.  TNFC tallied a lone goal just before the halftime mark and the Cads held off a furious TNFC charge throughout the second half.

On Saturday, the Cads faced North Meck Red, the North Carolina state cup finalist.  Sophie Pohl's free kick in the 24th minute opened the scoring for Pete Glon's club.  Emma Krahmer scored in the 42nd minute and the 48th minute as the Cads set sail and controlled much of the rest of the match.

Sunday's contest saw the Albion Hurricanes from Houston, TX (state cup semi-finalist) battle the Cads to a 0-0 halftime score.  Kentgen headed in an Alex Bukovac corner kick for the match's first tally in the 51st minute.  Emma Krahmer buried another just 10 minutes later for a 2-0 lead.  Lots of help in the defensive third by the Cads gave Adrienne Giglio her second clean sheet of the weekend.

"This was a good weekend for our program," said Peter Glon.  "We were able to give our student-athletes an opportunity to play significant minutes and also to be seen by college coaches.  Our team put together some nice combinations and played very well under pressure from quality opponents."

The Academy will resume training at the Schaumburg Indoor facility on Monday for all teams.  The North/Central team heads to Germantown (Memphis, TN) December 10-11 for the ADIDAS Germantown Invitational and the 95/96 team will travel to Orlando, FL for the Disney Soccer Showcase December 31st.

photo courtesy of T. Giglio

OCTOBER 30, 2011 - Cleveland, OH - While the entire U16 Academy teams were busy playing soccer this weekend,  Sarah Warren (Cads 95/96 right back) was busy too - skating in Cleveland as she participated in the American Cup 2 - U.S. Junior Short Track Olympic trials.

Her cumulative results in the 500M, 1,000M and 1,500M earned her a spot on the team that will be traveling to Austria this winter to represent the U.S.A.

The short track speed skating events at the 2012 Winter Youth Olympics will be held at the Tyrolean Ice Arena in Innsbruck, Austria from January 20-22, 2012.

"Sarah has not only worked hard on her soccer skills, but also her skating accomplishments have been outstanding," said Academy Director Peter Glon.  "We are all proud of the dedication she gives to both the Academy and her skating career and we support her."

 Congratulations to Sarah - the entire Academy Nation is proud of you!

Sarah Warren on left

Academy expanding for 2011-2012. Check out the cool video

SCHAUMBURG, IL - FEBRUARY 1, 2011 - The Academy SC today announced expansion for teams U8 to high school with two teams at the U16 level.  The current coaching staff of Peter Glon, Jennifer Pfeiffer and Bunnyray Larmond will be retained with Glon serving in the same capacity as program director and head coach of the U16 college showcase team.

The expansion allows the Academy footprint to grow as it will add new training and match facilities.  The college showcase program will be strengthened - thanks to the success of the current U15 team.

"We are very excited about expanding," says Glon.  "We've come up with options for players to develop at different levels and then progress to as much of a competitive setting that they desire."

The video is a collaboration of a WIN (What's Important Now) initiative by some of the U15 players and it was filmed while the team was at the Disney Soccer Showcase in Orlando, FL.  It shows the various achievements, accomplishments and fun facts that our program offers and how our student-athletes perform at an elite level.

Fore more information on our program offerings, please e-mail info@theacademysc.com