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  • ECNL Alums Dominate College Awards

    ECNL Alums Dominate All-Conference Awards in Power 5 Conferences
    The Staggeringly Dominant Path to College Soccer
    How do you define elite?  One starting point would be having the Freshman of the Year and 70% of the All-Freshman or All-Newcomer Team in the ACC, SEC, Big 10, Big 12, and PAC-12.  Those are just some of the awards earned by ECNL alums in the Power 5 Conferences in 2014.  In total, ECNL alums earned 118 individual All-Conference honors in the 5 best conferences in women's college soccer in the 2014 season.  No other league or platform can come close to preparing this many of college soccer's stars - and the ECNL has risen to this staggering position in only 6 years. The ECNL has nearly 1000 alums in the Power 5 Conferences, and ECNL alums dominate the award lists in every one of the conferences.  The reason is simple - the ECNL is the best, most competitive league in the world, and the best female youth development platform in the world. If you dream of playing college soccer, there is one platform that opens the door better than any other.  Competing in the ECNL and training in an ECNL club will put you on the field against the best players in the country, allow you to be train with the best, and prepare you to take the next step in your career. Are you serious about development and pursuing your goals, or just pretending?  The ECNL will answer that question.
    • 6 Years of ECNL
    • 960 Alums in the Power 5
    • 118 Individual Awards
    • Every Freshman of the Year
    • 70% of the All-Newcomer Teams
    Where are you playing your youth club soccer?  To read the full article, click here.
  • ECNL College Impact

    collegeimpact RICHMOND, VA -The Elite Clubs National League was created in 2009 with the mission to enhance the developmental experience of the best female youth soccer players in the United States, and by doing so improve and raise the level of female soccer at all levels. In only 5 years, the ECNL has quickly grown to become the top youth female league in the world. While the impact of the ECNL is primarily felt at youth levels, the ECNL has had a significant and growing impact on every level of the sport. ECNL players cover US Soccer youth national team rosters, and even more ECNL alums are now dominating the Division I college soccer landscape. The ECNL mission condensed into three words is "Elevate the Game." Since 2009, it has provided the opportunity for more players to reach their dreams on and off-the field. On-the field, the "ECNL player" has become the epitome of the next generation of collegiate soccer players. The ECNL is introducing "ECNL College Impact." The ECNL College Impact can be measured by the number of ECNL alums that have moved on to collegiate soccer, and the increase in this number every year since the league's inception. The ECNL College Impact highlights the ECNL's effect on collegiate athletic conferences all over the United States. After only five years of ECNL soccer, the number of ECNL Alums playing at college soccer's highest levels is staggering. In total, the Power 5 feature more than 960 players that played in the ECNL as youth players:
    • Pac-12 - 208 ECNL Alums
    • Big Ten - 205 ECNL Alums
    • Big 12 - 149 ECNL Alums
    • ACC - 207 ECNL Alums
    • SEC - 194 ECNL Alums
    ### About Elite Clubs National League: The Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) was founded in 2009 to enhance the developmental experience of female youth soccer players in the United States through: (i) Improving the competitive environment through creation of a true national competitive league; (ii) Improving the process for identifying elite female soccer players for the U.S. Soccer youth national teams through a systematic scouting and identification program based on national competitions; and (iii) improving the daily training environment at top female youth soccer clubs through developing best practices and training and organizational guidelines for its member clubs. The ECNL is sanctioned by US Club Soccer and is sponsored by Nike Soccer.
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  • National Letters of Intent Signed by 2015 Class

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    February 4th 2015 is the day that thousands of college bound athletes across the country will sign their letters of intent. Signing this letter will commit these young athletes to the Universities where they plan to spend their next four years earning their degrees while playing collegiate sports. Today Utah Avalanche Girls Soccer Club will have Twenty-Three young women sign these letters with only a few remaining in the club's 2015 class waiting to decide their futures. The club is well on its on the way to completing yet another class of 100% placement so we will report those decisions as they are made, but for now we will recognize those that will be signing their letters throughout the day.

    Congrats ladies and we will be watching for the great things that you will continue to do!

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    PresleyAzerconPresley Azarcon - Gonzaga

    AnesaCAnesa Curic - MidAmerican Nazarene University

    ashleydoyleAshley Doyle - Utah State University Eastern

    CaitlinGCaitlin Gomez - University of Texas Permian Basin

    AliKAli Koehler - Saint Martin's University

    EmilyMEmily McIntyre - North Park University

    Alyssa Montoya - Iowa Central

    AnnePAnne Powell - Southern Virginia University

    KateWKate Weil - St Edward's University

    BrittGarrettBrittany Garrett - Idaho State University

    LiznewmanLiz Newman - Dixie State

    CecileMCecile Murdock - Westminster

    Brittany Terry - Concordia

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    Bayley Bruner - University of Oregon

    Caroline Coats - Swarthmore College

    Kyra Fawcett - University of Oregon

    jogoodrichJordyn Goodrich - Dixie College

    Lexi Holden - Fairleigh Dickinson University

    McKell Kellogg - Westminster College

    Tatum Lefler - Idaho State University

    AllieMAllie Millerberg - University of Utah

    HannaRHanna Robertson - Fairleigh Dickinson University

    HaileySHailey Skolmoski - University of Utah

    Grace Sponaugle - University of Oregon

  • Avalanche 06 TP

    10407977_782545868465355_3062608706219679774_nAvalanche 06 TP - Presidents Cup Champions! Our U9's coached by Tony Pruitt and Rick Dunn established themselves as the Best of the Best in Utah taking the #1 spot in the Top bracket of the Presidents Cup in Mesquite, Nevada. Congratulations Ladies!
  • Ireland Dunn

    Ireland Dunn (Avalanche 98 ECNL) made the ODP Region IV All-Star Team. Ireland helped lead Utah to a 3-1 record at the ODP Championships in Phoenix, Arizona January 8th-11th. You can read more about her honor here. Congrats Ireland!
  • High School All Americans

    Kyra Fawcett and Hailey Skolmoski from the 97 ECNL Team were selected to participate in the 2nd Annual High School All-American Game. They were selected from among the top High School Seniors in Utah. The game was played in Raleigh, North Carolina on December 13th, 2014.

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    These two teammates showed the country what Utah and Avalanche soccer is all about. Hailey started the scoring for the West by breaking through a tough East defense on a well played ball to the top left corner of the 18. She calmly chested it down around the keeper who was coming out hard and gently settled it far post back of the net. She continued to cause the East defense stress throughout the game opening up opportunities for her teammates. Kyra's goal came in the second half on a beautifully crossed ball to a wide open Kyra who calmly placed it into the back of the net! The West went on to win 5-0. They were both awarded game balls for their goals.

    Both girls said they had an amazing time at this once in a lifetime experience and really enjoyed playing with some of the top talent in the country.

    Hailey was also named to the Best XI team for the All-American game by Top Drawer Soccer:

    "Hailey Skolmoski, Riverton (Utah), Utah : Skolmoski was a very underrated player, but emerged simply as a finisher. She just has a way of getting the ball in the net. Once the whistle blew, she simply made the defense work. She made a great play to get the West on the scoreboard. The profile on her was that she is a scorer, and she came through, sparking the West victory."

    Way to represent ladies and congratulations to both of you!

  • Karen Chin Elected to Utah Soccer Hall of Fame!!

    karen HoFOn August 16, 2014, Karen Chin was inducted into the Utah Soccer Association Hall of Fame. The Utah Soccer Association administers, regulates, and promotes the development of soccer within the State of Utah. The Association runs the adult leagues within the state, as well as creates programs and player opportunities at a regional and national level. The Hall of Fame recognizes the contributions at a state, region, and national level made by people within the organization. There have been 44 people inducted into the Hall of Fame since its inception in 1997. You can see pictures of all of the Hall of Fame inductees at Rio Tinto stadium on the west side of the stadium. 

    Karen helped form FC Utah, a women's team that played locally as well as out of state. During a six year span between 1995-2000, FC Utah won five State Championships, five Nikolai Challenge Cup Championships, and two Utah Open Cup Championships. The team traveled extensively to tournaments in Arizona, Idaho, Nevada, and New Mexico on an annual basis. In addition, Karen also formed the first over-30 women's team in Utah, which was put together to compete in over-30 tournaments outside Utah. During her playing time, she also served on the Board of Directors of the Association as a Vice President overseeing the women's league and was instrumental in helping to build new teams with interested players who needed a team. Her efforts were exceptional as that league had been in disarray and her organizational skills were instrumental in the revival of the women's league. Karen has been with Avalanche for 14 years now and has coached multiple teams with the club including the 92s, 93s, 94s & 99s. Since then she has taken over the Avalanche Academy program, driving the development of our youngest players. Karen is a beloved member of the club and we are very happy for her achievements and this award is a great indication of not only her value to the club, but her value to the state of Utah as a whole. Congratulations Karen!! Here's to another 14 plus years with the club!
  • Latest National Camp Invite

    courtney1Congrats to Courtney Handlen from the 99 ECNL team on her recent call up to the US National Camp! Good luck in camp Courtney!
  • Free Academy Clinic!!

  • With talent and belief you can go far

    A recent article put out by UYSA about the step by step process to reach the top in youth soccer.


    By Joe Cannon Listening to my twin brother tell me about the local soccer club scene in the San Francisco Bay Area, I realized this was a problem not restricted to his family. With AYSO, Cal North, NorCal, ECNL and the U.S. Soccer Developmental Academy, parents are overwhelmed with where to place or what to do with their aspiring little Messis, Ronaldos or Donovans. In my brother's case, it's his oldest son, Jace. Jace is 5 years old and is looking for a soccer club to help him get started in the sport. Not only are there so many programs, but there are so many parents with so many different opinions. Which one is right? Where will my son or daughter want to play? Will they be happy? Coaches, parents, and everyone in it seem to have an opinion on everything. Read More...    
  • Kealia Shines again!

    kealia USWNTKealia Ohia has come up big again for the USWNT. This time with the game winner for the U23s against Japan in the Six Nations Tournament in La Manga, Spain. The 56th minute goal was all the U23 needed to overcome a very good Japanese side. Read More... You can also visit the Avalanche Invitational Facebook page
  • Who is watching you play?

    ECNL_TEXAS-MAIN_LOGO SmallIn the last week of February 2014, our U15, U16 & U17 ECNL teams made their way to Dallas for the ECNL's Texas National Event. As is the usual, it was very well attended by college coaches. The ECNL has become the place to play according to "As each year passes, the Elite Clubs National League seems to add some speed to its growing head of steam. With 76 member clubs for the 2013-14 season, the girls answer to the U.S. Soccer’s Development Academy has flourished as the country’s premier stop for elite girls club development. Since its founding in 2009, the ECNL has consolidated its power nationally in a girls soccer landscape previously dominated by hyper-local high school programs. That meant shorter seasons, more unbalanced games and existent but more fragmented college identification formats. In that sense, the ECNL is beginning to grow into its next stages of life as the nation’s club league of record." If you don't believe them just take a look at who was watching Avalanche teams first hand over the weekend. This is just a list of the colleges (and other organizations) that sat down to watch an Avalanche game, although there were many other schools in attendance as well.
    US Soccer rep
    US Women's youth national team rep
    Top Drawer Soccer journalist
    Air Force
    American - (Washington D.C.)
    Baylor University
    Boise State University
    Boston College
    Brown University
    Carnegie Mellon
    Chicago University
    Colorado College
    Colorado School of Mines
    Colorado State university
    Dallas Baptist University
    Denver University
    East Carolina University
    Eastern Kentucky University
    Eckart College (Florida)
    Eckert College
    Florida International University
    Florida International University
    Fort Hayes State
    George Washington U
    Georgia State Universty
    Jacksonville Florida
    James Madison University
    John Brown University
    Liberty University
    Louisiana Lafayette
    Louisiana Monroe University
    Louisiana Tech University
    Loyola Marymount
    Loyola University
    Lynchburg College
    Macon University
    Memphis University
    Missouri Southern State University
    Montana University
    North Dakota State University
    North Georgia University
    Northeastern State University
    Northern Illinois University
    Notre Dame
    Ohio State University
    Oklahoma Baptist University
    Oklahoma State University
    Penn State University
    Princeton University
    Rochester University
    Seattle University
    Seton Hall
    South Carolina University
    Southeastern Louisiana
    Southern Illinois University
    Southern Mississippi U
    Southwestern University at Texas
    St. Edwards University (Austin , TX)
    St. Louis University
    St. Louis University at Edmunds
    Stetson University
    Stevens Institute Tech
    Stony Brook 
    Temple University
    Texas A&M at Corpus Christi
    Texas Christian University (TCU)
    Texas Women’s College
    Towson University Maryland
    Trinity University
    University of Alabama Birmingham
    University of Albany
    University of Arkansas
    University of California
    University of Central Arkansas
    University of Central Florida
    University of Connecticut
    University of Florida
    University of Houston
    University of Illinois
    University of Indiana
    University of Iowa
    University of Kansas
    University of Maryland
    University of Michigan
    University of Milwaukee
    University of Minnesota
    University of Minnesota
    University of Nebraska
    University of North Carolina
    University of North Carolina at Charlotte
    University of North Dakota 
    University of Oregon
    University of Pittsburgh
    University of Portland
    University of Southern California (USC)
    University of Tampa
    University of Texas
    University of Utah
    University of Virginia
    University of Washington
    University of Wisconsin
    University of Wyoming
    Utah State University
    Vanderbilt University
    Virginia Commonwealth --University
    Virginia Tech
    Wake Forest University
    Washington State University
    Wellesley College (MA)
    Wesley College
    West Carolina University
    West Texas
    West Virginia University
    Western Washington University
    William & Mary University
    these schools (along with many others) have seen us recently too
    Arizona State University
    Brigham Young University
    Dixie State University
    Idaho State University
    Oregon State University
    Southern Utah University
    Stanford University
    University of Arizona
    University of California Los Angeles (UCLA)
    University of Colorado
    Utah Valley University
    Weber State University
    The Avalanche teams had an overall record of 3-2-4 on the weekend against some very tough competition, and got some very good exposure. This was a very average weekend for us in terms of attendance, stay tuned to see who comes to watch us play in the next coupe events. With the ECNL's San Diego National Event about a month away, we expect to see a great turnout at the polo grounds. In San Diego last year we saw nearly every school in the west out and about. If you noticed, we also had a couple different representatives from US Soccer on hand to give our girls the opportunity to show themselves, in their natural environment, to National staff coaches which is another great opportunity for the girls.  
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  • 1% Club!! Are you dedicated enough?

    We'd like to congratulate our players that have earned their 1% club wristbands! Here's the list 96 ECNL - Hailey Skolmoski 97 ECNL - Ireland Dunn 97 Black - Lindsey Beeny, Kennedy Hibbard, Becka Olivares 99 ECNL - Haley Farrar, Hanna Olsen, Katie Whittington 00 ECNL - Gabrielle Beesley, Emily Boyce, Aubrey Butler, Alyssa Smith, Riley Wood,  01 White MM - Katie Reading, Taysia Webb 02 Black North - Taelor Anderson, Ashlyn Hall, Berkley Heileson,   Sophie Henley, Jenna Kelly 03 Black North - Aspyn Linke, Alyssa Seaich 03 White SB - Kamay Aldous, Sage Burt, Sophie Burt 03 White MM - Anna Gleason, Emily Werner 04 Black North -  Erin Bailey, Marianne Barber, Mylee Carver, Alli Heath, Lyndi Meyers, Taryn Steiner 04 White North - Karly Lastra 05 Black North - Lizzy Oldham 05 White North - Alli Barber
    06 Black North - Avery Dain, Edi Bayless
    Behind all the hours of practice, all the coaches that pushed you, there's the girl that kicked the ball, fell in love with the game and never looked back
    If you're not sure what the 1% club is yet, talk to your coach.
    We love the dedication these girls have shown to earn their wristbands. Keep up the great work girls!