Three Challenge ECNL teams traveled to Greer, South Carolina to play in front of packed college sidelines at the second ECNL National Event of 2019/20 season, held December 6-8 : 2004, 2003, and 2002 Composite.
Over nine games, CSC ECNL secured a record of 4 wins, 1 draw and 4 losses while competing in front of hundreds of college coaches, from across the nation, and against some of the top clubs and teams around the US. Similar to the November Phoenix national event, every Challenge ECNL team was scouted/evaluated by US National Team scouts and staff.
04 ECNL had a stellar weekend, notching a perfect 3 wins over FC Alliance (2-1), McLean (2-0) and Match Fit Academy (2-0) and only conceding one goal in the process. The 04s performed in front of over 100 coaches evaluating the Freshman and Sophomore classes. Goals were scored by Salma Alheimer (2), Kate Tiedtke (2), Reagan Crawford and Michelle Breeden.
The Top 10 Nationally Ranked 03 ECNL held serve with 1-1-1 record, while once again competing against similar nationally ranked teams (McLean SC, Western New York Flash and Sunrise Prime FC) with OVER 180 college coaches packing the sidelines for all three of their three. 03 goals were scored by, Lorelai Stramrood (4), Maile Hayes (2), Courtney Koehler (2), Elle Smith, Samone Knight and Jaycie Silhan. The 03s are currently the 5th ranked team in the nation, sitting on a very impressive record of 14 wins, 4 draws and only 2 losses.
Despite suffering 3 very closely contested defeats, 02 ECNL Composite had a great experience in their first ever ECNL national event. Over 75 coaches watched our oldest group perform against Pride FC, Tampa Bay Rowdies and Stars of Mass, providing unmatched opportunity to our senior age players.
Finally, 03 ECNL and US u17 National Team goalkeeper, Nadia Cooper, was selected to participate in the second ever ECNL National Selection Game. The Selection Games are played “under the lights” at ECNL Girls National Events that are held throughout the season, at venues across the country, to provide top players an opportunity to shine on the league’s brightest stage. Games are live-streamed and broadcast on Facebook and YouTube, showcasing the country’s top youth players across America. The #ECNLSC game featured some of the best players in the country playing in an outstanding environment with several thousand supporters in attendance!
ECNL Girls National Selection Games also celebrate the unique and empowering environment at every ECNL Girls National Event, which is represented by the mantra “More Than A League.”™ ECNL Girls National Events bring nearly every college in the country to scout the next generation of talent in the clubs and league that have produced more collegiate soccer players than anyone else in America. In total, 99% of ECNL Girls players attend college and approximately 90% go on to be collegiate athletes.
The Challenge ECNL program will next play host to the top platform in girl’s youth soccer as the nation comes to Houston for the Texas ECNL National Event, February 15-17.
About Challenge Soccer Club: Challenge Soccer Club, an all-girls 501c3 not for profit organization, was founded in 1987 to provide youth girls soccer opportunities to both the Houston and Greater South Texas communities. Challenge’s goals are simple: (i) provide motivated female athletes the opportunity to pursue their goals in a structured and competitive environment (ii) provide top class coaching and educational support in a positive yet demanding setting (iii) improve the standard of girls youth soccer in South Texas while striving to be a power on the national stage by offering technical and tactically focused training sessions catered towards the female athlete. Challenge is a sanctioned member of US Club Soccer as well as a founding member of both the Elite Clubs National League and United Soccer Clubs South Texas based league.