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  • 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.  
  • Signing Day!!

    96 signing dayAs many of you know Wednesday February 5th was the first day for National Letters of Intent to be signed. We are proud to announce our newest class of graduates. Here are our 2014 commitments! Stacia Carroll - University of Central Arkansas Mariah Elmer - University of Utah July Gentry - University of Utah Aitanna Greenwood - Lyndon state college Meagan Griswold - Northeastern State University Lauren Groathouse - Lindenwood Wesley Hamblin - Utah State University Bailee Hammond - Utah State University Janie Kearl - University of Utah Kennedy Lawes - Western Nebraska Rilee Miller - Iowa Central Berkley Moulton - University of Dubuque Danielle Nowers - Utah State University Marley Olsen - Idaho State University Aubree Peterson - Coffeyville Kiley Porter - Florida International Jacqueline Williams - Westminster   To the 96 class: It has been our great pleasure to watch you all grow and learn over the years. We are so excited for you on your day of commitment, and wish you all the best as you go forward. You are well prepared for the next level. We look forward to watching you succeed in college and into your careers.  We are proud to call you a part of the Avalanche family and we know you will fit in well with the prestigious Avalanche Alumni that have come before you. Congrats girls & good luck!   Our two u18 teams have had 17 players sign NLIs so far; three are still undecided (all with offers on the table) & nine are 2015s (so we will await their announcements for another year)
  • Joanna Barney Interviewed by Dr. Pat

    After winning the prestigious Gold Stevie Award, Utah Avalanche Executive Director Joanna Barney was asked to do an interview with a national radio show. The Dr Pat Show is an award winning nationally syndicated radio show. In the interview Jo discusses her journey and the ideals on which Utah Avalanche was formed. Listen as Jo inspires someone known internationally for her ability to inspire others Check out Jo's interview with Pat by clicking here dr pat The Dr. Pat Show Dr. Pat Baccili is an internationally recognized expert in the human potential field who makes a positive difference helping others realize their dreams. To Pat, there is no such thing as failure. There are simply people, places and things that are placed in our paths to help us understand our true nature and what we are meant to do in this lifetime. In her various roles in the human potential field – as coach, teacher, adviser, inspirational speaker, consultant, and internationally acclaimed radio personality – Pat has helped thousands of people dramatically change both their professional and personal lives. She has helped them confront the long-held beliefs that have held them back, see themselves as Crust-Free, and realize that nothing stands in the way of successfully achieving their heart’s desires. Pat's specialty is helping people identify the limiting thoughts, actions and beliefs – the Crust that keeps them stuck, and remove those erroneous chunks of Crust to manifest the life they want. Her powerful messages of possibility, opportunity, and action have helped create startling and commanding change in millions of individuals worldwide. The underlying question that Pat explores whether in a one-on-one coaching session or with a group of senior executives is, “What would you do if you knew that you could not fail?” The result: Breaking through to their unlimited possibilities. As the founder of the Crust Busting Institute, she has developed a break through model using the Seven Practices of Positive Change to help people break through their “Ring of Crust.” In her upcoming book, Knock the Crust Off of Your Life, Pat shares her process for getting rid of years of Crusty conditioning. She knows Crust well because she has had to remove a few of the big chunks herself. Dr. Pat has overcome her challenging past and has now become an inspirational sought-after radio host, consultant, speaker, and Life, Career, and Executive Coach, who captures the hearts, minds, and souls of people who dare to tap into the world of unlimited possibilities. Pat is highly respected for her ability to help people and organizations zero in on their true aspirations, claim their good and get ready to go for it by being compassionate, action oriented and seeing the greatness in everyone. In the corporate world, Dr. Pat Baccili has championed challenging organizational initiatives for 25+ years as a consultant and senior organizational development and human resource manager. She has coached employees’ at all organizational levels and can do so because she has worked as a mail clerk as well as assistant to the President and currently CEO of her own company.
  • Get the Utah Avalanche App Today!

    If you want to keep up with everything going on in the Avalanche world get the Utah Avalanche App today. The App is FREE and it is available on both iOS and Android Simply search "Utah Avalanche Soccer" in your App Store download it and you're ready to go.   Tell your friends! avalanche app
  • Avalanche Alum Kealia Ohai selected #2 overall in the NWSL draft

    Avalanche Alum Kealia Ohai selected #2 overall in the NWSL draft

    Congrats go out to Kealia on her selection to the Houston Dash of the NWSL. Kealia continues to set the example of what is possible. She consistently raises the bar and we are very proud to see her continued success.  We're still cheering you on Kealia! More Stories... ............ SB*Nation

    Houston Dash Take Ohai With Second Pick of College Draft

    By   @dynamoreTNT on Jan 17 2014, 9:04a 3
    Tar Heel's forward is the Dash's first draft pick. Ever.

    Forward Kealia Ohai was taken as the Dash's first draft pick during Friday's NWSL College Draft.

    A native of Utah she scored 126 goals while in high school. She played all four years of collegiate soccer at the University of North Carolina. She helped lead UNC to a National Championship scoring the goal that got the team past Stanford and into the finals. She scored 11 goals starting every game this season.

    Ohai also has experience at the international youth level as part of the team that won the CONCACAF U-20 Women's Championship and qualified for the 2012 U-20 Women's World Cup. She played in four qualifying matches scoring 1 goal and 2 assists

    She has the pace and high work rate that Coach Waldrum prefers in his players and will make her valuable as a presence up top for the Houston Dash.

    And she does all of it without vision in her right eye. While vision loss in one eye can cause a loss of depth perception Ohai has found a way to adapt and overcome the problem.

    Ohai is the younger sister of Megan Cushing a former soccer player who is married to Brian Cushing linebacker for the Houston Texans. Hopefully, some of the Texans players will make it out to Dash home matches and show their support for the women's club and women's soccer!

    .......... The Equalizer

    Kealia Ohai lands in Houston, where family awaits

    JEFF KASSOUF JANUARY 17, 2014 10
    Kealia Ohai wil play for the Houston Dash after being selected second overall. (Photo by Meg Linehan for The Equalizer) PHILADELPHIA — When Kealia Ohai’s senior season at North Carolina began, the Houston Dash didn’t exist. The Dash weren’t even reality when the NCAA season ended in early August, but on Dec. 12, the National Women’s Soccer League added its ninth team and quickly turned an improbable scenario into reality. Ohai’s sister, Megan, lives in Houston and is married to Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing. Megan played collegiately at USC from 2007-10. “It’s funny, this August me and my sister joked about trying to start a team in Houston, because I love Houston so much,” Ohai said. “Then we heard the news that there might be a team and everyday it got a little bit more serious. Then there was the team, then they had the No. 2 pick and it was the most incredible – the craziest thing that has ever happened to me. I’m so excited.” Ohai was selected second overall by the Dash in the 2014 NWSL College Draft. She carries an international-caliber name with her to Houston as the scorer of the game-winning goal in the 2012 U-20 Women’s World Cup final, which she followed up three months later with the game-winner in the NCAA title game. This season with UNC, Ohai had 11 goals and eight assists for 28 points, finishing second on the team behind Dunn, who had 34 points. The family connection for Ohai to Houston was obvious to the many as soon as the Dash were announced. “As soon as I took the job I knew it was what we were going to do,” Dash coach Randy Waldrum said. Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing, husband of Megan Ohai, was publicly supportive throughout the process of the Dash announcing the team and was excited to see his sister-in-law drafted to their home city. Ohai recently moved up to the U.S. U-23 team following her 2012 U-20 World Cup triumph. Waldrum coached that U-23 team in 2013. “It says so much about coach Waldrum,” Ohai said. “I’ve had him for one camp with the Under-23s and he’s an incredible coach. When I heard that he was going to the Houston Dash I thought, ‘they are so lucky to have him.’ I know it was hard for him to leave Notre Dame, because it’s such an incredible program and they’ve done such great things. But I think it just shows his dedication to growing the sport in this country.” Dash coach Randy Waldrum will likely look to implement Ohai’s speed and as a major part of the team from the get-go. “We knew all along we were going to be taking her,” he said. “She’s got unbelievable pace; she can stretch defenses with her pace and get behind. She’s shredded my Notre Dame teams a few times over the years. It’s nice actually to get her on my team for a change.” ..........

    Dash draft Ohai, sister-in-law of Brian Cushing

    by Daniel Gotera / KHOU 11 Sports

    Posted on January 17, 2014 at 4:45 PM

    Updated Friday, Jan 17 at 5:07 PM

    PHILADELPHIA – With the 2nd overall pick in the 2014 National Women’s Soccer League Draft, the Houston Dash selected forward Kealia Ohai out of the University of North Carolina. Ohai already has some Houston ties as she is the sister-in-law of Houston Texans star linebacker Brian Cushing. “Getting drafted in the first round was amazing,” Ohai said. “Coming to Houston, which is my favorite place in the world and being with my brother-in-law and my sister is incredible.” In addition to Ohai, the Dash also selected forward Rafaelle Souza, defender Marissa Diggs and midfielder Jordan Jackson in the club’s first college draft and acquired midfielder Nikki Washington via trade. "I am so excited about today's draft,” Dash head coach Randy Waldrum said. “I couldn't have asked for things to fall into place so well. It was an amazing day for the Dash. Starting with the selection of Kealia Ohai, we got one of the nation’s best forwards. She has great pace, is extremely athletic, and can really stretch defenses with her speed. She is a proven player at the U-20 and U-23 national team level, and will be a great addition to our team.” Ohai’s sister Megan played soccer at USC. The two had been discussing the possibility of one day playing in Houston and luckily, everything worked out perfectly. “We thought there was no way Chris (Canetti) would be able to get it done by this year because there was so much work to be done,” Ohai said. “But then, he and Brian (Ching) were able to get it done and when I found out they had the second pick, then I was super excited.” Cushing, for one, is also excited to have another professional athlete in the family. “Obviously we found out that one, they’re having a team and two, they were drafting her, it was incredible,” Cushing said. “We’ll be at a lot of games and hopefully some of my teammates will be there. She will have a great impact on the city and we’re excited to see it.” Ohai is also hoping the Texans tie works out in the teams favor. “I think that’s going to be a good thing for the Dash because hopefully with our connection with the Texans, we’ll be able to get a lot of them to games and create a good fan base,” Ohai said. “The NWSL is growing so much and I think if we could just get fans to the game, then I think they’ll realize it’s a really fun thing.” On Twitter, some of Cushing’s teammates have already expressed their support, including defensive end J.J. Watt. .......... Houston Chronicle

    Dash use No. 2 pick on Kealia Ohai, sister-in-law of Brian Cushing

    Posted on January 17, 2014 | By 
      Kealia Ohai after winning the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in 2012. (Ian Walton/Getty Images) Kealia Ohai after winning the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in 2012. (Ian Walton/Getty Images)   Almost five years after her brother-in-law Brian Cushing was taken by the Texans with the No. 15 pick of the NFL draft, speedy University of North Carolina forward Kealia Ohai was selected by the Houston Dash with the second overall pick the National Women’s Soccer League. “We wanted to bring Kealia here since day one,” Dynamo and Dash president Chris Canetti said. “I am glad that everything lined up perfectly for us to get her. She is an exciting player and will be a great asset to our organization and community.” Ohai’s older sister Megan, who played soccer at USC, is married to Cushing. The former U.S. U-20 women’s national team forward will give the Dash offense speed to spread opposing defenses. “Very excited about Kealia!” Dash coach Randy Waldrum said in a text to the Houston Chronicle before the second round of the draft. “She’s fast, athletic, can get behind defenses and can stretch the opponent! Will be a great addition.” ........... Top Drawer Soccer

    Waldrum continues to build Dash at draft

    Article Written by Travis Clark, ESNN
    Published: January 17, 2014
    PHILADELPHIA, Pa. — A year ago, the National Women’s Soccer League was evolving into existence. This time around, instead of an entire league being built from scratch, just one team is slowing but surely building towards the 2014 campaign: the Houston Dash.
    Kealia Ohai Randy Waldrum NWSLWaldrum with first round pick Ohai.
    Former Notre Dame(w) head coach Randy Waldrum continued to add to his new side, selecting four players in Friday’s draft, enjoying the process of a new challenge. “I’m not watching 15 year old kids now and trying to see if I can convince them to come to my college,” he said after the 2014 NWSL draft. “I built the program from scratch at Baylor, and building a college program’s a little bit different than building a pro club, but it’s been exciting, been a lot of fun.” Of the four players the Dash selected from different colleges, there was a clear emphasis on adding attacking pieces. It started with North Carolina(w) star Kealia Ohai with the second overall pick. Mississppi(w) forward Rafaelle Souza came next with at No. 10, then the Dash traded up to the eleventh pick and took UCF(w) center back Marissa Diggs. The day wrapped up for the Houston franchise with the selection of Nebraska(w) attacker Jordan Jackson at No. 28. Ohai, the club’s first ever college draft pick, was pleased to be reunited with Waldrum. "I've had him for one camp with the U23s, and he's such an incredible coach,” she said. “When I heard he was going to the Houston Dash, I thought that they're so lucky to have him. I know it was hard for him to leave Notre Dame because it's such an incredible program, and he's done such amazing things there. But I think it just shows his dedication to growing the sport in this country.” Sharing the North Carolina(w) star’s enthusiasm for Waldrum’s addition to the league was NWSL Executive Director Cheryl Bailey. "It's great to have somebody of the caliber of Randy to come into the league. No doubt his pedigree and what he's done at Notre Dame and the other stops along the way in college really is great for the league. I think he's going to bring a great deal into this league to be able to bring that forward." From his new team’s perspective, Waldrum was unsurprisingly pleased with the draft-day haul. “We’re extremely excited, and then to have Jordan Jackson fall into our laps here at the end I think that’s a steal,” he said. “I think she’s a fantastic player, I had her with the 23s also and she can play anywhere on the field. For a new expansion franchise you need players with that kind of versatility so I couldn’t be happier with this day.” The addition of four players continues the team building process, as the Dash prepare for the opening weekend of the season – reported to be the weekend of April 12. And Waldrum is eagerly awaiting the team’s opening day, as the enthusiasm continues to build towards the team’s first game. “It’s been off the charts,” he said of the area’s excitement for the Dash. “I think the first day I got there I picked up 1,500 followers on Twitter as soon as I took the job,” he said. “The market’s been buzzing, I think we’ve sold over 2,000 season tickets and we haven’t really started our push for the tickets. It’s going crazy down there about it.”
  • 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!
  • Jo Barney wins the Gold Stevie Award


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    Joanna Barney, the Executive Director for the Utah Avalanche Girls Soccer Club in Salt lake City, was nominated for, and recently won gold, for the prestigious “Stevie Award” against a field of some of the top business women in the country.  Barney was nominated in the category of Coach/Mentor of the Year. The Stevie® Awards for Women in Business are the world's premier awards for women executives, entrepreneurs, and the organizations they run. The winners were selected by more than 130 preliminary judges and 100 final judges.   Awards in all of these categories were presented at the 10th annual awards dinner in New York City. Barney said she was honored just to be nominated in a field of so many amazing and talented women.  She said that she was completely humbled upon learning she had won.  Barney said, “I’m extremely proud of the Avalanche organization and the players and staff that have helped build it into one of the best clubs in the country!  We have had the privilege of sending almost 200 girls on to college soccer programs on millions of dollars in scholarships.  We are proud of that record and only see this organization growing stronger in the future.” The Stevie Awards were created to honor the achievements and positive contributions of organizations and business people worldwide. Beginning with The American Business Awards in 2002, The International Business Awards in 2003, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business in 2004, the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service in 2006, and the new Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards in 2013.  The Stevie has become one of the world's most coveted awards.  For more information go to   Jo at AGM   Jo keeps stretching the idea of what is possible for Women in business. This time she has won the prestigious Gold Stevie Award for her role as a mentor/coach. As the Founder and Executive Director for Utah Avalanche she has always stood up for what she believes in and she is a big believer in this great club that she created in 2001. Utah Avalanche has earned a reputation as one of the top soccer clubs in the country and the structure, mission and goals are all driven by Jo. Jo's incredible drive and determination have her being noticed yet again on a business level. Jo was nominated by a national sports writer for the award, and as she has always done; when she participates in something, she wins! This award follows her 2012 inclusion in the "30 Women to Watch" list put together by Utah Business Magazine. Read/See More... Stevie Award Presentation - video - Stevie Awards  30 Women to Watch - video - Utah Business 30 Women to Watch - Story - Utah Business Congrats Jo! The best leaders are those that lead by example.
  • First Avalanche ECNL Event of the Year Nov 9 & 10

    Come out and support Avalanche ECNL teams in their first league games of the year. Avalanche will be hosting FC Nova this weekend to kick off the season   Schedule Saturday - All games at the U of U soccer field 830a - U14 - Avalanche 00 vs FC Nova 00  1030a - U15 - Avalanche 99 vs FC Nova 99 1230p - U16 - Avalanche 98 vs FC Nova 98 230p - U17 - Avalanche 97 vs FC Nova 97 430p - U18 - Avalanche 96 vs FC Nova 96   Sunday - @ University of Utah 9a - U16 - Avalanche 98 vs FC Nova 98 11a - U18 - Avalanche 96 vs FC Nova 96 1p - U15 - Avalanche 99 vs FC Nova 99 @ Westminster College 9a - U14 - Avalanche 00 vs FC Nova 00  11a - U17 - Avalanche 97 vs FC Nova 97   The appropriately named Elite Clubs National League is the top girls soccer league in the country. Since the inception of the league it has consistently been the proving ground for the nations top players. The league consists of the clubs that are widely considered the nations best at developing players for the next levels. The majority (near 90%) of the players that make up the youth national teams come from ECNL clubs, and these clubs have been selected to the league for their history of developing these players, as well as their ability to send a high number of their players on to play D1 college soccer.
  • Avalanche 95 Alumni Allison Spencer Earns Player Of The Week Honors

    October 07, 2013

    Allison Spencer Named Ivy League Co-Rookie Of The Week

    Allison Spencer Named Ivy League Co-Rookie Of The Week
    Women's Soccer Release - Week 6 PRINCETON, N.J. – First-year goalkeeper Allison Spencer was named co-Ivy League Rookie of the Week after not giving up a goal in 110 minutes of play in a 0-0 draw against Brown over the weekend. In her first conference start, Spencer tallied four saves in the Lion’s Ivy League home-opener on Saturday night. The Salt Lake City native, has posted 14 saves in 335 minutes of play this season and holds a save percentage of  .875. For the second time this season, senior defender Shannon FitzPatrick made the Weekly Honor Roll. The Columbia defense worked as a collective unit in Saturday night’s shutout draw and Fitzpatrick showed remarkable senior leadership in the double overtime match. Up next, the Lions (5-3-2) will return to Columbia Soccer Stadium on Tuesday, Oct. 8 to host New Jersey Institute of Technology (4-8) at 7 p.m. Tuesday night’s contest against NJIT is part of Athlete Ally Week, a weeklong collaboration between the Office of Multicultural Affairs - LGBTQA Programming and Columbia Athletics to raise awareness about the impact of homophobia in sports and the importance of creating inclusive campus communities and allyship. “Our team is really happy that we are one of the athletic events during Athlete Ally Week. The values of having an inclusive group of people work together, play together and sacrifice for each other are inherent in our program and for us it makes a lot of sense that we are involved in it, “ said Head CoachKevin McCarthy. PLAYER OF THE WEEK Kerry Scalora, Penn (Sr., F – Berlin, Conn.) CO-ROOKIES OF THE WEEK Allison Spencer, Columbia (Fr., GK – Salt Lake City) Karly Zlatic, Harvard (Fr., F – La Jolla, Calif.) HONOR ROLL Kiersten Berg, Brown (Sr., F – Salt Lake City) Emma Brush, Dartmouth (Sr., M – Grosse Pointe Park, Mich.) Shannon FitzPatrick, Columbia (Sr., D – Johns Creek, Ga.) Claire MacManus, Cornell (Jr., M – Rosemont, Pa.) Marie Margolius, Harvard (Jr., D – Acton, Mass.) Mika Siegelman, Brown (Sr., F – Piedmont, Calif.)  

    Allison Spencer Tabbed College Sports Madness Ivy League Player Of The Week

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    Women's Soccer Players Of The Week NEW YORK - On Tuesday, October 8, first-year goalkeeper Allison Spencer was announced as College Sports Madness Ivy League Player of the Week following her first career shutout against Brown in the team’s last outing on Saturday, October 5. Spencer also earned co-Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors on Monday, as announced by the conference, for her strong performance in goal in her first Ivy League start. Her four saves and poised defense through 110 minutes of play, held the Bears scoreless in a 0-0 tie. Up next, the Lions (5-3-2) will return to Columbia Soccer Stadium tonight to host New Jersey Institute of Technology (4-8) at 7 p.m. Tonight’s contest against NJIT is part of Athlete Ally Week, a weeklong collaboration between the Office of Multicultural Affairs - LGBTQA Programming and Columbia Athletics to raise awareness about the impact of homophobia in sports and the importance of creating inclusive campus communities and allyship.  


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    Madness National Players of the Week
    NCAA College Basketball Logo Offensive Player Elise Krieghoff F Cal Poly
    NCAA College Basketball Logo Defensive Player Jessica Wiggins GK La Salle
                Madness Conference Players of the Week
    A-10 College Soccer Logo Atlantic 10 Jessica Wiggins GK La Salle
    ACC College Soccer Logo ACC Stephanie Skilton F Syracuse
    American Conference Logo American Sharla Passariello F South Florida
    America East College Soccer Logo America East Eve L'abbe F Maine
    A-Sun College Soccer Logo Atlantic Sun Anna Buhigas GK Lipscomb
    Big 12 College Soccer Logo Big 12 Caity Heap M Texas Tech
    Big East College Soccer Logo Big East Kirstyn Corder M Creighton
    Big Sky College Soccer Logo Big Sky Kimberly Mata GK Sacramento State
    Big South College Soccer Logo Big South Brittany Aanderud M Liberty
    Big Ten College Soccer Logo Big Ten Tarah Hobbs GK Minnesota
    Big West College Soccer Logo Big West Elise Krieghoff F Cal Poly
    Colonial College Soccer Logo Colonial Emory Camper F William & Mary
    C-USA College Soccer Logo C-USA Amanda Jones M Charlotte
    Horizon College Soccer Logo Horizon Brooke McCurdy GK Wright State
    Independent Conference Logo Independent Janell Cash M South Carolina State
    Ivy League College Soccer Logo Ivy League Allison Spencer GK Columbia
    MAAC College Soccer Logo MAAC Alexis McTamney F Monmouth
    MAC College Soccer Logo Mid-American Courtney Ksiazek D Northern Illinois
    MVC College Soccer Logo Missouri Valley Molly Brewer F Missouri State
    MWC College Soccer Logo Mountain West Morgan Castain M Fresno State
    NEC College Soccer Logo Northeast Samantha Jensen F Wagner
    OVC College Soccer Logo Ohio Valley Tatiana Ariza F Austin Peay
    Pac-12 College Soccer Logo Pac-12 Chandler Morris GK Arizona State
    Patriot College Soccer Logo Patriot Madison Clemens F Boston University
    SEC College Soccer Logo SEC Summer Clarke F LSU
    SoCon College Soccer Logo Southern Maureen Buff M Wofford
    Southland College Soccer Logo Southland Chelsea Schaefer F Northwestern State
    Summit College Soccer Logo Summit Nicole Inskeep GK South Dakota State
    Sun Belt College Soccer Logo Sun Belt Nora Abolins GK Western Kentucky
    SWAC College Soccer Logo SWAC Estelle Esperance M Alabama A&M
    WAC College Soccer Logo WAC Brianna Smallidge GK Seattle
    West Coast College Soccer Logo West Coast Micaela Capelle F Portland
  • Sam Gordon To Focus On Soccer At Avalanche And Not Football

    Sam GordonSam Gordon from the Avalanche 03 Black team has been through a whirlwind year. The last year has found Sam making headlines as a YouTube star, attending the superbowl as a guest of Roger Goodell (NFL Commissioner),  made the cover of a Wheaties box, became very close with Abby Wambach and has even attended US Women's national team games as an on field guest along with numerous other honors.   Sam Gordon 1Recently Sam made a very big decision. Sam has decided to take her talents to soccer on a full time basis and we at Avalanche, along with all of the football players across the Wasatch Front, are very happy about that decision.     See two recent stories posted about her decision. Sam Gordon Leaves Football In Her Dust To Focus On Soccer - Huffington Post Youth Star Samantha Gordon Chooses Soccer Over Football - SL Tribune Sam Gordon 2
  • Avalanche Invitational Top 10 goals

      Click here to see the Avalanche Invitational's Top 10 Goals   We also wanted to share a very nice story that we were sent today from the parent of a 2013 Avalanche Invitational participant... My daughter Kendall w/ TVSC Fusion U18G in Idaho did get scouted by a coach at UTPB in Texas at the Avalanche tournament. Even though we did not win any games at the tournament, this coach likes our team’s style of play, a good passing game.  Kendall is now at UTPB, a D2 school, studying engineering and starting as an outside defender as a freshman!   Thanks again for such a great time in Utah!   Vonda Teitenberg   Vonda, That is awesome! This is why we love our job! It is always about these girls and turning dreams into reality!!! Thanks for sharing!!!!
  • Jeannie Woller earns conference honors, again

    Courtesy of Salt Lake Tribune Jeannie Woller USULogan • If you ask goalkeeper Jeannie Woller, the Utah State soccer team’s biggest fan is Roger. Roger is a plastic pigeon that goes where Woller goes. It’s strapped to her backpack to and from practice. It hangs from the canopy on Utah State’s sideline at every game, home and away When the sophomore first brought Roger to practice, her teammates and coaches didn’t know what to make of it. Over time, the pigeon, like the Aggies’ quirky keeper, has blended into the team. "It’s a good luck charm," coach Heather Cairns said. "With a character as colorful as Jeannie, you’ve got to give her some leeway." Woller has been a good luck charm as well for the Aggies, which are 3-0-1 this season. Their 5-foot-6 starting keeper has presided over three shutout victories and has earned both Mountain West defender of the week honors thus far. jeannie woller Off the field, she’s a wacky comedienne. Last year, she was one of the hosts for the Aggies’ USTARS event, a end-of-the-year banquet for athletes, in which she did skits, performed an original rap and gently poked fun at other sports in a photo montage. Her dance stylings are a well-known feature on the sidelines of other events. She’s a creative writing major who one day hopes to emulate her idol, Tina Fey. But put Woller in goal, and she’s a whole different person: collected and calm, but a fierce competitor when her team needs her to be. "The beauty of Jeannie is when you see her on the field, she really turns it on," Cairns said. "I love when she makes a big save and takes our defenders and gives them a great shake if they make a great play. She’s definitely funny, but when she gets on the field, she brings that energy that is just magnetic." Woller’s outsized personality took roots at the Waterford School, where she was a four-year all-state keeper and won three state titles. In a graduating class of about 55 people, Woller shined. She cultivated her interest in music, writing, humor and sports. Naturally, she was the student body president. It was an adjustment from Waterford to a public university with thousands of students. But the bigger change for Woller was competition. She was the unquestioned starter for her club and high school team, but at Utah State, she sat behind Ashlyn Mulford on the depth chart. "Sitting last year was probably the best thing that could’ve happen to me," Woller said. "I learned so much from Ashlyn." After playing in six games as a freshman, Woller is now the unquestioned starter and one of the key leaders on defense. She started the season with three straight shutouts, complete with dazzling saves. Against Nebraska, she finally gave up a goal - two, actually, - in the first half. But her teammates came through with a pair of goals in the second half, and Woller corralled enough shots and loose balls in the box through two overtime periods to pull out a 2-2 draw. And that may be the biggest thing she’s learned in her time at Utah State: Acting witty and being dramatic has its place off the field, but on the pitch, she has to be composed. And even when she gives up scores here and there, her strength lies in believing she’ll stop the next shot. "We just get together as a team, it’s just I get in this mentality," she said. "I’m a goalie. I have to be the best goalie on the field today. Even if I’m not, if I think it, I become it."   Jeannie Woller file » Avalanche 94 » Shut out three of Utah State’s first four opponents » Two-time Mountain West defender of the week this season » Played in six games as a freshman for USU during the 2012 season » A four-time All-State honoree at Waterford   See this story at Twitter: @kylegoon
  • Lexi makes her U of Arizona debut

    Lexe AZAs a club, it sometimes becomes "business as usual" for us to send off multiple quality players every year to begin their college careers. This year is like many others with twenty-four girls currently going through their respective college training camps. So in a year with kids in the midst of playing preseason games at colleges like North Carolina, Portland, Utah, BYU, Washington State, Columbia, Louisiana Monroe, BYU-Hawaii, Westminster, SVU, Utah State, Southern Utah, UVU, Dodge City, Western Nebraska & Pacific; there is one freshman that has stood out from the crowd. lexe avalanche At the University of Arizona this year they will be in the presence of true greatness. The ultimate competitor has chosen to take her talents to the Tuscon campus to the delight of coach Tony Amato. Lexe Selman has been an inspiration to anyone that knows her story. Lexe was a phenomenal central midfielder, award winning player, field general, and a great student. That was all before the news that rocked her life and turned her into an inspiration to thousands. In the spring of 2012 Lexe was diagnosed with a rare form of Leukemia that had us all worried about whether she would even make it to her next birthday. At one point she was dubbed the sickest kid at Primary Children's Hospital by her doctors and there was a suddenly realistic fear that she wouldn't make it. Not only would Lexe make it to her birthday, her incredible competitiveness, fight, and will to live life to its fullest now finds her defying all the odds and playing soccer in the Pac 12 for the University of Arizona. lexe grad If you're thinking that maybe pity for her situation has her donning a uniform as a glorified mascot on the Wildcat's sideline you'd be very wrong. Lexe stepped on the field as a starter in the annual Red-Blue game and she scored the opening goal and followed that up with an assist shortly after in a 3-1 win for the Blue.     94s lexe Although we are extremely proud of all of our 2013 college freshman class, we can't help but have a soft spot for one of the most inspirational people you will ever meet. The staff at Avalanche couldn't be more proud of Lexe! She has shown the character, drive & fight that we could only hope to see in every kid that comes through the Club. We plan to follow her career very closely as we expect to continually see the unimaginable from her. Stories on Lexe U of A - Red-Blue Game U of A - Kicking Cancer: Lexe Selman's Journey Lexe Kicks Leukemia - the full blog story Lexe's Miracle: I can Breathe
  • Avalanche 03 White wins La Roca Cup

    03's win larocaThe 03 White team played better soccer every game in route to a Championship victory in the La Roca Tournament. Korina T. led the way with 9 goals on the weekend. Imani M. played great all weekend in the goal and the team as a whole got increasingly better as the weekend went along. The team will see if they can repeat the feat next week at the Sparta Cup. Good Luck Girls!  
  • Avalanche off to a great start in the NPL

    01s Kenli   Avalanche's 01s and 00s played their first NPL games a week ago with great results to show for their efforts. The 01s, coached by Kelli Smith, kicked off the weekend with a 7-0 win over Forza & followed that up with a 6-0 win over Utah Surf. The girls played some very good soccer through the weekend, displaying their possession style combined with quality finishing. Goalkeeper Erika Oldham led the team to the back to back shutouts with multiple players picking up goals over the two games. The 00s, coached by Justin Fite, kept to the theme of the weekend beating Forza 3-0 in the last game of the weekend. The team got out to an early lead with a fantastic set piece from Heaven Kelley. Sam Corbett then followed up with a well placed goal of her own to take the 2-0 lead into halftime. Corbett finished with a brace by adding her second goal of the contest midway through the second half to close out the scoring. Goalkeeper Riley Wood made a few big time saves to hold on to the shutout. Great work girls!   This coming weekend marks the second official weekend for the Utah Conference in the Mountain Developmental League of the NPL. Games will be played in Orem on the fields near the Orem Community Hospital. Schedule Friday - 7/26/13 10am - Avalanche 01 vs Forza FC 01 - Field 1 7pm - Avalanche 00 vs Forza FC 00 DB - Field 2 7pm - Avalanche 99 vs 99 Celtic Premier - Field 1 Saturday - 7/27/13 7pm - Avalanche 00 vs Forza FC 00 PM - Field 1