ECNL CONFERENCE REVIEW | TEXAS CONFERENCE

  • December 16, 2014

RHP_6084eRichmond, Va. (December 16, 2014) – The Elite Clubs National League is the top female youth soccer competition and development platform in the country, consisting of 7 conferences across the United States and 77 member clubs.

ECNL conference competition is the heart of the ECNL, and the primary method by which teams qualify for the post-season ECNL Play-Offs every year.  Conference games feature some of the most heated rivalries in youth soccer, and winning an ECNL Conference Championship is a matter of huge pride for every player.

The ECNL Texas Conference is one of the most competitive conferences within the league, consistently sending multiple teams to the ECNL Finals, and with conference representatives earning several ECNL National Championships over the past few years.

Reflecting the strength of the Texas Conference, the 2013-2014 Club Standings saw three Texas Conference clubs listed in the top twenty Member Clubs in the country.

  • 5th: Dallas Texans
  • 9th: Dallas Sting (featuring the 2014 U17 ECNL National Champions)
  • 18th: Solar Chelsea SC

The bulk of the games in the Texas Conference are played in the fall, with ECNL National Event competition the primary focus of the spring season.  Every year, and at every age group, the race to be the Texas Conference Champion is tight, and it is this competition and high-pressure atmosphere that helps prepare players for college and beyond.

The Texas Conference is filled with notable players, players that have been to the ECNL National Training Camps, and players that have been a part of a variety of US Soccer Youth National Teams.  In fact, at least 25 players currently playing in the Texas Conference have attended a US YNT Training Camp, and 5 more players have been featured in the Mexican Youth National Teams.

ECNL TEXAS CONFERENCE AT-A-GLANCE:

Member Clubs (10): Albion Hurricanes FC, Challenge SC, Dallas Sting, Dallas Texans, D’Feeters SC, FC Dallas, Lonestar SC, Solar Chelsea SC, TSC Hurricane, and Texas Rush

2013-14 Conference Champions:

  • U14: Solar Chelsea Soccer Club ECNL U14
  • U15: Dallas Texans ECNL U15
  • U16: Dallas Texans ECNL U16
  • U17: Dallas Sting ECNL U17
  • U18: D’Feeters Soccer Club ECNL U18

2013-2014 Champions League Qualifiers:

  • U15: Dallas Texans, Solar Chelsea SC, Texas Rush, TSC Hurricane
  • U16: FC Dallas, Lonestar SC, Dallas Sting, Dallas Texans, TSC Hurricane
  • U17: D’Feeters SC, Dallas Sting, Dallas Texans, Lonestar SC, TSC Hurricane

2013-2014 ECNL Finals Qualifiers:

  • U14: Dallas Texans, Solar Chelsea SC
  • U15: Texas Rush
  • U16: FC Dallas, Dallas Sting, Dallas Texans
  • U17: Dallas Sting, Dallas Texans
  • U18: D’Feeters SC, Lonestar SC

Here is a brief look into each Member Club in the ECNL Texas Conference:    

AHFC FC 

Albion is the largest club in Houston, with over 1,200 players at both the recreational and select levels.  Beyond being the largest club in the area, Albion has affiliate relationships with two other clubs in the area, and three campuses to facilitate the large number of players.

Players to Watch:

  • Vanessa Flores (Mexican National Team)
  • Rebekah Jolly

Challenge SC

Challenge Soccer Club is one of the oldest girls clubs in Houston, founded in 1987 by Jim Huston and Bob Lyons.  The club has a rich history of success with players that have played at every level.

Players to Watch:

  • Alyssa Malonson (US YNT)
  • Chaylyn Hubbard (US YNT)
  • Olivia Ausmus

Dallas Sting

Dallas Sting is the oldest all-female soccer club in the country, with a long-standing tradition of great players and championship teams.  In 2014-2015, the U17s and U18s continue to show the club’s strength, as they both currently sit in first place.

Players to Watch:

  • Kate Hadju (US YNT)
  • Kacie Tillman (US YNT)
  • Jordan Harr (US YNT)
  • Julie James (US YNT)
  • Natalie McDonough (US YNT)

Dallas Texans 

In both of the last two seasons, the Texans have been listed in the top ten of the ECNL Overall Club Rankings.  Their dominance continues this season, as in the first 43 games of the season the Texans outscored opponents 107 to 42, with 20 shutouts.

Players to Watch:

  • Madison Haley (US YNT)
  • Emily Bates (US YNT)
  • Kendall Bates (US YNT)
  • Haley Berg (US YNT)
  • Eva Gonzalez (Mexican YNT)

D’Feeters SC 

D’Feeters SC was created in 1978 as an all-female club, and since 1992 has placed more than 350 players into Division I college soccer.

Players to Watch:

  • Julie Laskaris
  • Taylor Moon (Leading Points in TX Conference)
  • Lauren Bruffett

FC Dallas 

FC Dallas is a relative newcomer to youth soccer compared to some of its rivals in Texas, but the club has quickly established itself as a top level women’s soccer club.

Players to Watch:

  • Abbey Grace Cooper (US YNT)
  • Addison McCain (US YNT)
  • Halley Davidson
  • Taylor Lassiter
  • Sophia Fondren

Lonestar SC 

Lonestar SC, founded in 2004, is a full service youth soccer club with over 6,000 players of all levels of play.

Players to Watch:

  • Cameron Brooks (US YNT)
  • Ariana Owens (US YNT)
  • Katie Glen (US YNT)
  • Sade Adamolekun

Solar Chelsea SC

Solar Chelsea ECNL U14 & U15 are currently at the top of table in the conference, with only a handful of games left to play in the regular season.

Players to Watch:

  • Catiana Lychywek (US YNT)
  • Sydney Simmons (US YNT)
  • Karlina Sample (US YNT)
  • Taryn Torres (US YNT)
  • Sydney Nobles

TSC Hurricane

TSC Hurricane is the largest and most competitive girls club in Oklahoma, with 100 competitive teams.  TSC is the only ECNL Member in Oklahoma, drawing the top players from throughout the state.

Players to Watch:

  • Krissi Killion (US YNT)
  • Kaela Little (US YNT)
  • Ainsley Wolfinberger (US YNT)
  • Haley Melton (US YNT)
  • Parker Goins (TX Conf leading scorer)

Texas Rush 

Texas Rush is the youngest club in the conference, established only ten years ago.  Despite its relative youth, Texas Rush have sent more than 130 players to college within that time frame.

Players to Watch:

  • Sarah Piper (US YNT )
  • Briana Woodall (Mexican YNT)
  • Kim Rodriguez (Mexican YNT)
  • Emily Alvarado (Mexican YNT)

To learn more about ECNL Conferences, visit www.eliteclubsnationlleague.com.

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