Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Another AMAZING Field for 2016

There is always a debate which is better, high school or club soccer.  

Well club soccer takes the cake the majority of the time but not in the case of the National Elite Prep Showcase where the teams come from all over the country, the best teams are matched up against each other, and the quality of play is second to none.  

This is a true college showcase event where college coaches love to watch their future commits play against older and younger players, in different styles, different roles, against their club teammates, and with future teammates.

This years field of 34 teams pits the top teams from California, Florida, and of course, Texas.  Ten of the Top 25 teams in the country will be playing this January in the first event of the 2016 high school season.  Four of those teams are in the Top 10 including the #1 team in the country and NEPS co-host, Southlake Carroll.

So, in total, 15 of the nations top teams will be at NEPS in January and a slue of other top teams will show off their talent to college coaches and fans from all over.

The showcase committee is in the process of matching up the teams; those match-ups will be out this week and the schedule will be out the following week.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

NEPS 2016 Fast Approaching

The 15th Annual National Elite Prep Showcase will be here before you know it.  The event is January 7-9, 2016.  Teams from coast to coast come to the Lone Star State to compete in one of the top high school girls showcases in the country.  With over 50 teams in the field the competition is world class.

Here is a a timeline of the event:
Rolling Invitations and Acceptances August-November 2015
Schedule Released November 30th
Payment and Rosters Due December 1st
Teams Arrive January 6th
Day One Competition January 7th
Day Two Competition January 8th
Day Three Competition January 9th

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Impressive Year for NEPS Teams

The National Elite Prep Showcase is arguably the top girls high school showcase in the country and each year it gets even better.  This year was the events 14th year and the teams didn't disappoint.  CLICK HERE to see Video Highlights.

The teams not only impress during the actual event but continue to impress throughout the year.  "We started the event to prove that high school girls soccer can produce quality and is an environment where college coaches can recruit," said NEPS director and Nolan Catholic head coach, Jay Fitzgerald.

The event started with 4 teams in 2000 and now has over 40.  The best teams come in from all over the country including California, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and of course North and South Texas.

The first decade of the event it was called the Nolan Showcase and then Nolan Catholic teamed up with Southlake Carroll and changed the name to the National Elite Prep Showcase.  Both the Southlake Carroll and Nolan Catholic women's soccer programs are nationally respected teams and find themselves contending for State Championships each and every year.

The 2015 NEPS field of teams included 14 of the Top teams in the country, 2 of which, were #1 at times throughout the year.  Coppell from North Texas and Cathedral Catholic from Southern California both spent time atop the national polls.  Coppell finished the year with an undefeated record, a UIL 6A State Championship, and as the nations #1 team.

Coppell head coach Chris Stricker and his Cowgirls have been competing in the event for the last decade.  Stricker mentioned, "Not only do you get to play in the #1 tournament in the country, you get to truly see what you are made of and where your holes are as a team.  You know if you get through NEPS unbeaten you could be in for a special year."

Other teams such as Bishop Lynch, Austin Vandergrift, Ursuline, American Heritage from Plantation Florida and host Nolan Catholic all advanced to their respective State Final Four Championships.  Bishop Lynch won their first State Championship and American Heritage won the Florida 3A State Championship.

Eight of the Top 10 teams in the country are former and/or current NEPS participants.

Fitzgerald commented, "Our event gets the year started for all these teams, teams find their identity, and the competition is the best in the country."

Southlake Carroll head coach and NEPS Co-Director Matt Colvin said, "You get to witness some of the most exciting match-ups in country.  It is the best of the best."

Two new teams accepted our invitation for the 2016 event.  Montverde Academy from Florida is the nations #10 team currently and had their 19 game win streak broken in the last game of their season.  Corona Del Mar from Newport Beach, California will be included as well.

NEPS16 is slated for Jan. 7-9, 2016 at the brand new Doskocil Stadium on the campus of Nolan Catholic High School, as well as Dragon Stadium, Keller ISD Stadium, and Gateway Park.

Friday, January 23, 2015

National Elite Tournament puts spotlight on area players Courtesy of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram

By Shawn Smajstrla
Special to the Star-Telrgram
By Shawn SmajstrlaSpecial to the Star-Telrgram Posted Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015

The National Elite Prep Showcase is an annual stop each January for girls high school soccer teams that subscribe to the theory you have to play the best to be the best.

The event, in its 12th year, brought top programs from around the state and the country to venues across Fort Worth for three days of high-caliber competition Jan. 8-10 as UIL regular-season play started.

“The purpose behind it was to let coaches — especially club and college coaches — know that high school soccer around this country is entertaining to watch, that it’s worth watching and recruiting at,” Fort Worth Nolan Catholic coach Jay Fitzgerald said. “We just wanted to put a true college showcase out there.”

Co-hosts Nolan and Southlake Carroll were among 36 teams that braved cold weather to test themselves against some of the state and nation’s elite.

“You get to see where your team is at,” Fitzgerald said. “You get to find out what is your identity. Who are we? What type of players do we have? Are they relishing this challenge? You’re playing teams that are Top 25 in the country or have won state championships. You get to identify who those players are that you can go to battle with.”

Nolan went 2-1 in its three matches, losing 4-1 to San Diego Cathedral Catholic, which is ranked No. 1 in the country by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

“Some teams get hit in the mouth, and they get right back up. Some teams, if they get hit in the mouth and they don’t get back up, at least you learned something about your team,” Fitzgerald said. “Being able to battle with the No. 1 team and it’s 2-1 with six minutes remaining and we have a chance to win it, we know now what we have to do to win it. We know what adjustments we have to make. These are games where you can really figure yourself out.”

Nolan also impressed with a rally against Belton. Trailing 3-0 at halftime, the Vikings scored four goals in the first 17 minutes of the second half to win 4-3.

“We figured out in that moment, that if we go down in a championship, or in a playoff game, we know that we’ve done it. We’ve come back from being 3-0 down. I look at that as being more valuable than anything,” Fitzgerald added.

Carroll also posted a 2-1 record, defeating Fort Worth Arlington Heights and El Camino (Calif.) sandwiched around a loss to Austin Westlake.

“You learn a lot, especially when you’re on the losing side,” Carroll coach Matt Colvin said. “We gave up a goal early in a match and the way we responded wasn’t as positive as I’d hoped. The adjustments I made didn’t seem to work. The team learned a lot, and I learned a lot about the team at that moment.”

Carroll has high expectations this season, and playing in the showcase provided them an early measuring stick.

“That’s something that we don’t mind figuring out early in the year, so that when we get in that situation again we’re able to handle it different. With that type of talent coming in, you’re going to get those situations and some high-pressure games. Although we’re never looking to lose, it’s something we definitely learn from.”

Another local team that had a successful showcase was Keller. The Indians, who were among the Star-Telegram teams to watch this season, won all three matches, defeating McKinney Boyd, Grapevine and Arlington Martin.

Another local team with high hopes this year, Trophy Club Nelson, defeated Katy Seven Lakes and Klein and lost to Coppell.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Watch it NOW: NEPS 2015 Highlight Video

We are having technical difficulties with the publishing of the 2015 NEPS Highlight Video.  We will get the video up soon.  We apologize for the inconvenience.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

And that is a Wrap; See you in 2016

The 14th Annual National Elite Prep Showcase is complete.  There were 56 games played between the 37 teams during the 3 day event covering 4 venues with 4 states represented if you count Texas at North and South Texas.  See who scored today...

Game #1 (10am at Nolan Catholic)

Plano West beat Amarillo 4-1

West Goals (Assists)
Laykn Pope (Abby Grace Cooper)
Nicole Stock (Ashley Aitken)
Stock (UA)
Stock (UA)
Record 2-1-0

Amarillo Goals (Assists)
Jordan Duke (Kelsey Johnston)
Record 0-3-0

Game #2 (10am at Gateway Rugby)

California Santa Margarita beat Round Rock 3-0

Santa Margarita Goals (Assists)
Machaela George
Claire Calcaterra
Taylor Gather
Record 3-2-2

Round Rock Goals
Record 1-2-0

Game #3 (10am at Dragon Stadium)

Colleyville Heritage beat Lubbock Monterey 1-0

Monterey Goals (Assists)
Record 1-2-0

Colleyville Heritage Goals (Assist)
Taylor Hamzy
Record 1-0-2

Game #4 (10am at Keller HS)

Grapevine beat California Liberty 2-0

Grapevine Goals (Assists)
Hayley Bargery (Ellen Colborn)
Colborn (Sophia Smith)
Record 2-1-0

Liberty Goals
Record 7-2-0

Game #5 (10am at Gateway #1)

Florida American Heritage Plantation beat Vandergrift 1-0

American Heritage Goal (Assist)
Isabella de Almargo (UA)
Record 14-1-2

Vandergrift Goals
Record 1-2-0

Game #6 (12pm at Nolan Catholic)

Nolan Catholic beat Fort Bend Clements 2-1

Nolan Goals (Assists)
Gabbie Puente (Sarah Brown)
Jordan Gamboa (PK)
Record 10-3-0

Clements Goals (Assists)
Jordan Loya (PK)
Record 1-2-0

Game #7 (12pm at Gateway Rugby)

California Steele Canyon beat Hockaday 3-0

Steele Canyon Goals (Assists)
Briana Daoust (Celeste Garmo)
Alyssa Campa (Savanna Nager)
Record 6-4-6

Hockaday Goals
Record 4-3-1

Game #8 (12pm at Gateway #1)

Kingwood beat SA Antonian 6-0

Antonian Goals (Assists)
Record 13-3-1

Kingwood Goals (Assists)
Breezy Moore (Lindsey Fitz)
Sloane Scharold (Fitz)
Mari Gillespie (Scharold)
Moore (Fitz)
Moore (Brian Prucha)
Moore (UA)
Record 1-2-0

Game #9 (12pm at Dragon Stadium)

Southlake Carroll beat California El Camino 4-0

Carroll Goal (Assist)
Mary Meehan (Lily DeFelice)
Neaka Khalilian (Danielle Dennis)
DeFelice (Meehan)
DeFelice (Natasha Santamaria)
Record 2-1-0

El Camino Goal
Record 2-6-0

Game #10 (12pm at Keller HS)

Martin tied Austin Westlake 1-1

Martin Goals (Assists)
Haley Ober (Melissa Fulfer)
Record 1-1-1

Westlake Goals (Assists)
Hailey Bishop (Kendall Ritchie)
Record 2-0-1

Game #11 (2pm at Gateway #1)

Byron Nelson beat Klein 2-0

Klein Goals (Assists)
Record 1-2-0

Nelson Goals (Assists)
Katina Tsapos (UA)
Ansley Bunger (UA)
Record 2-1-0

Game #12 (2pm at Gateway Rugby)

Liberty Christian beat Tyler Lee 1-0

Liberty Christian Goals (Assists)
Sophie Standifer (Maddie Willet)
Record 12-4-1

Tyler Lee Goals (Assists)
Record 0-3-0

Game #13 (2pm at Nolan Catholic)

California Cathedral Catholic tied St. Stephens 1-1

Cathedral Goals (Assists)
Sunny Dunphy (Riley Marshall)
Record 12-1-1

St. Stephens Goals (Assists)
Jimena Lopez (Ari Owens)
Record 1-0-2

Game #14 (2pm at Keller HS)

Arlington Heights beat Incarnate Word 3-1

Incarnate Word Goals (Assists)
Anne Boeckmann (PK)
Record 11-3-4

Arlington Heights Goals
Audrey Reynolds (Hannah Dixon)
Maddie Jennings (Dixon)
Rubie Quintana (UA)
Record 0-2-0

Game #15 (2pm at Dragon Stadium)

Coppell beat Seven Lakes 3-0

Coppell Goals (Assists)
Sarah King (Emma Jett)
Tyler Runnels (Tori Teffeteller)
Liat Even (Tara Vishnesky)
Record 2-0-1

Seven Lakes Goals (Assists)
Record 0-3-0

Game #16 (4pm at Nolan Catholic)

Ursuline beat California Santa Margarita 1-0

Santa Margarita Goals (Assists)
Record 3-3-2

Ursuline Goals (Assists)
Francesca Genera (Alexa Sheldon)
Record 10-2-0

Game #17 (4pm at Gateway Rugby)

Sacshe beat Belton 1-0

Belton Goals (Assists)
Record 0-2-1

Sachse Goals (Assists)
Kayla McKeon (Caitlin McDonald)
Record 3-0-0

Game #18 (4pm at Dragon Stadium)

Flower Mound ties Bishop Lynch 1-1

Lynch Goals (Assists)
Natalie McDoungh (Kaycie Tillman)
Record 11-1-1

Flower Mound Goals (Assists)
Jordan Mulnix (Ashlan Hustava)
Record 2-0-1

Game #19 (4pm at Keller HS)

Keller beat McKinney Boyd 2-1

Keller Goals (Assists)
Ryan Stickney (Audrey Ward)
Berklee Peters (Ward)
Record 3-0-0

McKinney Boyd Goals (Assists)
Lauren Mauldin (UA)
Record 2-1-0