The ECNL 96s qualified for the U18 ECNL National Championships this past weekend with a 5-3 win over Albion.
The 96s have qualified for the ECNL National Championships 4 straight years at U15,16,17,18! The team won the National Championship in 2011. The National Championships take place June 24-29th in Seattle Washington. "I know this is the team's fourth appearance at the National Championships but this one is special to me, says ECNL DoC JD Cochran. We have played every game with injured players, down a man or with players helping the team from other rosters. Every player has played out of position to make this happen. I am so proud of this group for pulling through and sticking together to achieve another chance at winning a National Championship. We are into the the sweet sixteen now 5 games away from winning it all. Congrats to the Club, Parents and Players for this years achievement."
Congratulations to our 00G White South team who won the State Cup this weekend for the second year in a row.
The team advance to Regionals in Alabama in June!
Good luck girls!
Good Luck at Regionals Ladies!
On Saturday May 10th the U23 Lonestar ECNL team traveled to Carl Lewis Stadium in Houston, TX to play the WPSL Professional Team Houston Aces.
The game was in a great environment. The players had locker rooms, pre-game food, recovery food and Showers! The Aces put on a great atmosphere for the team. The game was end to end in the first half, ending 0-0. night's U23 Team was comprised of College Players from Baylor, Texas A&M, Rice, Texas Tech, University of North Carolina and University of Texas. The players have been off for 4 weeks finishing school and wrapping things up. "Fitness was a big issue for us in the 2nd half, said ECNL DOC JD Cochran, we had 13 players and we ran out of gas.
The U23 program is about getting these players opportunities to stay fit. This was our first day of preseason and it showed. We have 21 days to get ready for FC Dallas who went to the National Championships last year. Our goal is to train and play as much as possible and go to the National Championships in Seattle ." The Aces game ended 2-0.
Thanks to the entire Houston Aces Staff and program for the event!
Congratulations LSC CCU Breeze for winning Western District Director’s Cup and LSC CCU Infinity for Winning Western District South Texas Cup!
What a great night celebrating all of your successes last night at the Red & Black Banquet!
Lonestar 96,97 and U23 ECNL teams combined to play the Houston Aces to a 0-0 draw.
Lonestar was the first team to shut out the Houston Aces and only the second team to tie them this season. "Our ladies played great today, says ECNL DOC JD Cochran. "With 3 teams combining and playing together you worry that their could be miscommunication. I was very impressed on how each player worked together. This was a great opportunity for Lonestar Players and we are very fortunate to have a relationship with Ted Brumbaugh and the Houston Aces.
The Lonestar u23 team will travel to Houston May 10th to play the Aces in a rematch at Carl Lewis Stadium in Houston TX @ 6pm.
Sunday 27th April at 5pm the Houston Aces will play Lonestar SC at St Stephens Episcopal School.
The Houston Aces are a professional team from Houston, TX. They are the 2013 USASA National Open Cup Champions, Midwest Conference Champions, Big Sky Champions, and WPSL Finalists. They have defeated Houston Baptist University 2-0, Lamar 5-1, University of Houston 3-0, tied Texas A&M University 1-1 and lost to the Houston Dash in their preseason so far.
The Lonestar team is comprised of ECNL 96, 97 and u23 players. This is a great opportunity to come and watch a very high level of soccer.
The game is free and open to the public. Come along and support our girls!
Where:- Build-a-Sign Location: 11525a Stonehollow Dr. #100 Austin TX.
This year's Murray Hanson Lonestar Golf Classic was a great success and honored our dear friend so well.
We appreciate all of your support in this event and fundraiser. Thank you to all who came out in the windy cold conditions to make this a brilliant time!
A special thanks to the Hanson brother's for flying in to join us.
The 'Hole in One' Prizes have now been announced:
April 29 - May 1, Registration Now Open!
Sade Adamolekun, a member of the Lonestar U14 (00) ECNL team, has received an invitation to participate in the U.S. U15 National Team camp to be held April 19 – 26 in Carson, CA. Sade has 9 goals and 4 assists so far this season with her 00 ECNL team that currently sit undefeated atop of the Texas Conference.
Sade recently showcased her talents at the ECNL Dallas National Event after U.S Soccer Officials requested to ECNL coach Darren Warham to see her play. She didn’t disappoint them playing 2 games with the Lonestar 97 (U17) team and scoring 2 goals in the 3-0 win over the Colorado Storm.
Don Cameron, Executive Director of Select Soccer, had this to say: “I am delighted to hear of this great opportunity for Sade. To be selected for a National Camp two years up is an outstanding achievement. I have known Sade since she was a young girl in the club and she has an outstanding skill set and work ethic. I am sure she will make the most of this opportunity. Sade will be a great ambassador at the National Camp for all the outstanding female soccer players at Lonestar Soccer Club.”
Lonestar SC and Austin Aztex alumni, Kris Tyrpak and Kekuta Manneh come off the bench in the Chivas USA vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC game last night and make an instant impact! Kekuta ties up the game in the 80th minute with this great counter-attacking goal - watch here!
Great work guys! Brilliant watching you out on the field, and we look forward to see what's next for you both!
National Women’s Soccer League preseason officially began for all nine clubs on Monday, and the kickoff to the 2014 season is now just a month away. The Thorns continue to operate without the services of U.S. striker Alex Morgan, who has considerable recovery left — there is not even a timetable — on a stress reaction in her left ankle. So with Danielle Foxhoven shipped north to Seattle this offseason, who could fill in alongside Christine Sinclair in the interim?
Mexico forward and former Lonestar player Jackie Acevedo could have her opportunity, the Oregonian’s Jamie Goldberg reports.
“I love her,” Thorns coach Paul Riley said of Acevedo. “I hadn’t seen much of her, just game tape. But just to see her with our kids – she’s good, she’s sharp, she’s got a good brain on her, she moves well off the ball and she’s crafty around the net.”
We will be watching Jackie!
Lonestar SC's own Orrin McKinze Gaines put on a show for all in attendance on Wednesday night, scoring all three goals as the U.S. U17 Men's National Team defeated Portland 3-2 at Merlo Field.
Great work McKinze!
The Elite Clubs National League has released the roster for its upcoming Texas ECNL PDP (Player Development Program) being held at Toyota Park, in Frisco, on March 8-9, 2014. Player selections are made based on individual performance in all ECNL competitions as well as by ECNL staff coach recommendations. Final rosters and selections are then formed by ECNL PDP Director Sean Nahas and other non-affiliated ECNL National Staff members.
Lonestar players attending the PDP include:
Katie Uhler: Lonestar 96 ECNL/ Notre Dame
Patricia Fernandez: Lonestar 97 ECNL/ West Virginia
Katie Glenn: Lonestar 97 ECNL/ University of Texas
Claudette Lassandro: Lonestar 97 ECNL/ Texas A&M University
Nakia Graham: Lonestar 98 ECNL/ University of Texas
Emily Strouphauer: Lonestar 99 ECNL/ US U15 National Team Player
A seventh and eighth Lonestar Player was also selected (Chrissy Pitre and Mikaela Harvey) but was unable to attend.
Player Development Programs (PDPs) are regionally-based identification and development programs within US Club Soccer’s id2 Program with three primary goals:
(i) Provide the top players within specified elite leagues with an opportunity to be identified and evaluated for higher levels of play
(ii) Provide a high quality developmental experience
(iii) Recognize and reward individual performance and achievement.
The ECNL PDP in Dallas will include a training session and two 11 vs. 11 games for each player. Top players from each ECNL PDP, along with other players scouted in ECNL competition throughout the year, will be considered for invitations to the ECNL / id2 National Training Camp in August and potential inclusion in US Youth National Team training camps.
The ECNL will be hosting nine PDP events across the country between February and May 2014, providing an opportunity for top players in every ECNL club. There are no player costs for participation and the ECNL covers all staffing, facility rental and equipment costs for each event. The only responsibility for participating players will be the cost of travel and accommodation (if necessary).
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. The Army National Guard is the official military branch of the ECNL.
Chivas USA have signed defender and former '90 Lonestar SC player for their upcoming season - making a total of 5 Lonestar Alumni going pro just this Spring!
The 23-year-old last played for the Charlotte Eagles in the USL PRO. Okiomah, whose brother Karo was a Supplemental Draft pick of the Houston Dynamo in 2012, played four years at High Point University in North Carolina from 2009-12. He also featured for the USL PDL's Carolina Dynamo while in college. Listed as a midfielder by his college, it will be interesting to see if he will play in central defense or as a full back with Chivas.
He also has been around the Chivas set-up for some time, as he played in the friendly against FC Tucson last November and also featured in MLS Reserve League action for the Goats.
Everyone at Lonestar is so proud and look forward to watching your further success with Chivas USA!
The former '87 Lonestar SC forward Jackie Acevedo moves up from the Houston Aces to the NWSL after earning her first Mexican cap in November. The NWSL revealed its national federation allocation list for the 2014 season and in Portland, where the Thorns are holders of the league's inaugural championship, only one change came through the allocation process - Jackie Acevedo, a 5'1" Mexican-born forward from Austin, Texas has been added to the Thorns' roster through the Mexican Football Federation (FMF).
Acevedo, 26, an impact player for the Houston Aces of the Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL) in 2013, Acevedo ranked among the league’s scoring leaders with five goals and four assists in nine league appearances and earning All-WPSL Team honors. Her assist total was tied for third-best in the league. Acevedo helped the Aces to a 12-1-0 (36pts) record, capturing both the division and conference titles as the team reached the WPSL Championship match, and she scored the team’s lone goal in the final.
Brilliant work Jackie, best of wishes to you in Portland!
Congratulations to Katie Turner, goalkeeper for the '96 ECNL team who won the national championship in 2011, on her signing to Houston Baptist University.
Coach Jones on Turner: "We are excited to add Katie to our mix of stellar goalkeepers. Katie has played at the highest possible level of club soccer, with her Lonestar ECNL team, winning a national title in 2011. Her experience at such a high level will make her an immediate competitor for a starting position in the net. We have watched her make numerous game-changing saves in the past few years. She has fantastic distribution and is a dominant force in the box."
Turner on why she chose HBU: "I chose HBU because I really liked the school and the coaches when I visited. I want to attend a school where I could see playing time and receive a good education." on her signing to Houston Baptist University!
Congratulations to our Senior player Nikki Belts on the announcement of her signing to Liberty University.
We at Lonestar SC would like to congratulate one of our coaches - Zack Pope on being appointed Assistant Coach at the Austin Aztexs. Zack will continue to coach for LSC whilst in this role and we wish him the best of luck.
Read the official Press Release below for more information:
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"I am very pleased to be working with Zack," Aztex Head Coach Manuel Buentello said. "He thoroughly understands the goals of the organization and what it takes to achieve them. Zack has been involved with the Aztex since the beginning and he is intimately linked to its success. He has represented the organization very well during his time as a player."
Pope, 27, was the team captain for the Austin Aztex and appeared in 32 games during their previous two seasons. Playing as a defender, Pope helped the Aztex stand among the league leaders in fewest goals allowed through both seasons.
"Zack was not only the captain of the team, but also a leader off the field,” Buentello said. “Through his hard work and dedication, he earned respect from both his teammates and the coaching staff.”
“We are Austin's team and I was looking for the perfect candidate that could represent the Aztex's heart and soul. With the success we achieved on the field last season, I felt it important to keep the same continuity. After looking at a long list of possible candidates, I was delighted to hear of Zack's interest in moving his career in a new direction. He is a product of Austin and has been a constant in Austin's soccer scene from his early beginnings as a successful local youth player to playing for the PDL National Championship team in our city.”
Pope has an extensive history of playing soccer in the Austin area. Pope attended Stony Point High School in Round Rock and played collegiately at Duke University, where he graduated with a psychology degree and a minor in sociology.
Pope was drafted 40) — Austin Aztex Head Coach Manuel Buentello has named Zack Pope as assistant coach of the reigning USL PDL Champions as they look to defend their title in the 2014 season.th overall in the 2008 MLS Supplemental Draft by the Chicago Fire and appeared in reserve games for the Fire and FC Dallas. In 2009, Pope made seven appearances for the Austin Aztex USL1 team.
Pope gained coaching experience as an assistant coach with Southwestern University men’s soccer team, Stony Point High School’s boys varsity team, and head coach of St. Andrew’s Episcopal School’s girls varsity soccer team. Pope served as trainer and technical director of Cen Tex Soccer Training from 2008 to 2010 and is the owner of Acurix Elite Performance Training. In addition, Pope serves as staff coach for Lonestar Soccer Club, with whom he will continue to coach.
“It is an honor to be able to continue my relationship with the Aztex organization and I look forward to being part of its growing success,” Pope said. “There's no better way I can think of making my transition to the other side of the game than to be here with Austin’s team. It means a lot that Manuel and the Aztex front office believe in me and provided this opportunity to continue with the organization on a new career path. That's what the Aztex are all about.”
Returning members of the Aztex coaching staff include Assistant Coach Ben Crawley and Goalkeeper Coach Ric Granryd.
The Aztex return to the field in 2014 to begin their title defense when they host the Houston Dutch Lions on at House Park. The Aztex will conduct their final try outs with the Collegiate Trial on and the Open/Community Trial on .
About the Austin Aztex
The Austin Aztex compete in the USL Premier Development League (PDL) under the helm of head coach Manuel Buentello. The team won the 2013 League Championship in just their second year in operation. The Aztex finished the 2013 season with one of the top records in the league as well as individual accolades, including Coach of the Year (Paul Dalglish), PDL Most Valuable Player (Kris Tyrpak), and PDL Championship MVP (Sito Seoane). The Aztex finished the 2013 campaign with five consecutive single-game attendance records and were among the top ten highest-drawing teams in the league, earning the USL PDL Franchise of the Year award. The franchise is owned and operated by ATX SOCCER LLC, chaired by Rene Van De Zande, President and CEO of Emergo Group and founder David Markley, VP of Technology Development for Fallbrook Technologies. For more information, visit www.austinaztex.com.