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West Florida Flames U-16 ECNL Goalkeeper Laurel Ivory will suit up again with USA’s U-17 Women’s National Team this week. U.S. Soccer hosts the U-17 Women’s National Training Center Invitational in Carson, California From February 11-15. This third annual tournament will feature U-17 Women’s National Teams from the USA, England, Japan, and Korea Republic. All six matches will be available to watch on ussoccer.com.
“Since its inception, the U-17 Women’s NTC Invitational has been a tremendous showcase for women’s soccer and we are sure this year will be no different,” said Head Coach B.J. Snow. “We have brought in three great teams that will provide us an excellent platform to evaluate where we are as a team and help us prepare for World Cup Qualifying. It is critical that we continue to provide our top youth players with meaningful international games and we are excited for the opportunity to test ourselves against some of the best teams in the world.”
Yoyo Zavala, WFF ECNL Director states, “It was enjoyable to watch WFF player Jessie Scarpa recently during the World Cup qualification campaign, especially the team’s celebration after winning the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 National Championship. I expect the U-17 NTC Invitational to be just as exciting. I encourage all of our current players to take the opportunity to watch the games as part of their development process and to see the level of our YNT players.
We are so proud of Laurel and Jessie who have both become mainstays on their respective National Teams. In addition, numerous West Florida Flames players have been selected for Regional ODP competitions here in Florida as well as internationally over the years. Margaret Woodward had a memorable trip to Amsterdam last year, and Mikala Rhody (U-17 ECNL) and Ashley Frank (U-16 ECNL) have both made the rosters for upcoming Region III play in Brazil. U-20 Colombian National Team member Marcela Montoya (U-18 ECNL) returned from Brazil in November after a life-changing experience representing her country in the South American Cup.
We are dedicated to player development. With the ECNL, the girls are able to test themselves in competition against some of the best teams and players in the country. It is our goal to create opportunities beyond local and regional events for our girls to showcase their talent. We strive at placing them at the highest level in national and international venues.”
Congratulations and Best of Luck to Laurel! Go USA!
U-17 Women’s National Training Center Invitational Schedule
All games are noted on the website in Pacific Coast Time (PT) – we’ve converted to East Coast Time (ET) below.
- Thursday, February 11th at 6pm PT / 9pm ET – USA vs. England
- Saturday, February 13th at 6pm PT / 9pm ET – USA vs. Korea Republic
- Monday, February 15th at 4pm PT / 7pm ET – USA vs. Japan
The games will be live streamed on ussoccer.com (just click on Schedule & Tickets and the link for the games will appear).
West Florida Flames ECNL Director “Yoyo” Jorge Zavala, has released the current list of College Commitments for the ECNL Class of 2016.
In the initial 3 years of ECNL play, we are proud to have seen so many of our players continue both their academic and soccer success in colleges throughout the United States. Some have gone on to play in our US National Teams and in the International scene as well. 2016 kicks-off another impressive list of commitments for West Florida Flames graduates with a few players still undecided. Today is the start of the National Letter of Intent for the early signing period. The signing period continues through April, so there will be more additions to this list in the coming months.
West Florida Flames ECNL U18 Head Coach Grandy Streets comments, “I have thoroughly enjoyed working with these wonderful young ladies and look forward to watching them become the powerful women they are meant to be. It has been an honor and a privilege to walk beside them this season. Through difficult trials, our faith was tested. We learned how to redefine success in this life and focus on becoming significant in this world. May God continue to bless each and every one of them. I am so incredibly proud of their loyalty, commitment, and perseverance.”
ECNL Director Yoyo Zavala continues, “We are proud of the training, playing, and development environment we have created here at West Florida Flames. Our players are getting the best possible exposure to top schools in the country through showcases and league play. Our goal is always to place our players into the best schools they can attend to get the best possible education. Our 2016 graduates have worked very hard over the years to obtain these opportunities. I want to acknowledge all of their efforts, congratulate each of them on this exciting next phase of their lives, and wish them the best and brightest future.”
Class of 2016
Tatiana Cowart – North Greenville University
Abigail Harkins – Assumption College
Jackie Jarmolych – Rochester Institute of Technology
Rebekah McFadden – University of North Carolina-Greensboro
Haleigh Mercer – Troy University
Marcela Montoya – Georgia Southern University
Paige Napolitano – Nova Southeastern University
Emery Noll – Carnegie Mellon University
Julia Ortiz – St. Leo University
Tanna Townsend – Southeastern University
Brandi Walker – University of North Florida
The West Florida Flames PreECNL U13 Girls captured first place at this past weekend’s Disney Junior Soccer Showcase.The girls had an impressive start winning all 3 group games without conceding a goal. Leading up to the finals, the team scored a total of 10 goals and only gave up one. The championship was a hard-fought game, but the girls prevailed in penalty kicks hitting all of their shots from the mark and with two great saves from the keeper.Congratulations to Coach C-la Henriksen and the U13PreECNL team in their success at the Disney tournament over Thanksgiving weekend!
Head Coach: U15FSPL, U17NPL
Girls U16 Elite
Girls U18 Elite
At the collegiate level, Dris is an assistant coach for the Women’s program at Saint Leo University. He handles all aspects of coaching, including planning practices, analyzing opponent’s approach and strategies through the examination of game footage, and illustrating methods of improvement to individual players (utilizing various types of film editing software). In the aspect of recruiting, Dris covers the southeast region of the United States through college showcases, college/national ID camps, and various national tournaments.
Chris has experience coaching with Liverpool FC International as a coach and a coordinator. He helped coordinate training sessions and camps for youth soccer clinics on behalf of Liverpool FC International throughout the year. He also served as the assistant men’s soccer coach for Tampa Marauders FC, part of the National Premier Soccer League. In 2014, he helped the team to the Gulf Coast Cup Championship title, and the 2014 Sunshine Conference Finalist title.
Dris has worked in both local and national camps throughout the country over the past few years helping to educate youth players in both soccer and college recruitment. Such camps include Ged O’Connor Soccer Academy at Saint Leo University, Trinity College Soccer Academy, EXACT Sports ID Camps, and Liverpool FC International Soccer Camp.
Coach Dris has earned a National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Advanced National Diploma, Coerver Coaching Youth Diploma, and is in the process of obtaining his U.S. Soccer Federation “C” License.
WFF ECNL Director, “Yoyo” Jorge Zavala, announced that Coach John Clare has agreed to be a part of the Elite Clubs National League staff at West Florida Flames.
“I’m excited to have Johnny as a member of our staff. He is a coach that I have always been very fond of. I have admired his ability to transform players for the best. Our coaching philosophies and style are very similar. Having him on board to further develop our players’ individual abilities is a tremendous positive for our program. Johnny brings a vast amount of knowledge of the game, having played professionally and coached for so many years has made him one of the top coaches in the state.”
John Clare is a USSF “A” Licensed Coach. He has been coaching for more than 20 years, most recently as the Director of Coaching at Dynamo of Tampa. He was a professional player in the American APSL, NPSL and USISL leagues; as well as a reserve team player at Werder Bremen (a German Bundesliga club).
Please join us in welcoming Coach Clare to West Florida Flames!
Marcela Montoya has been selected to the Under 20 Colombian National Women’s Soccer Team. She will be one of a 25-player roster that will compete in the South American Cup in Brazil from November 18th through December 3rd. Congratulations Marcela!
Marcela plays on the WFF U18 ECNL team and is committed to play college soccer at Georgia Southern upon graduation in June 2016.
We are a month away from the largest military sporting event in the world. West Florida Flames (WFF) is proud to announce the selection of our ECNL staff members to the coaching staff for the U.S. Armed Forces Women’s Soccer team competing in the upcoming 6th Conseil International du Sport Militaire (CISM) Military World Games. We are pleased to host training at our J.C. Handly Sports Complex in Brandon before the team travels to Mungyeong, Korea in October. And, we are excited for the opportunities and experiences this brings to our players, coaches, and to the greater soccer community.
WFF ECNL U18 Staff Coach, Dale Buterbaugh, has been chosen as Head Coach. Our ECNL Director, “Yoyo” Jorge Zavala, will be the Assistant. Coach Buterbaugh, an Air Force sergeant who spent 21 years of active duty before retiring in 2011, was a previous assistant for the Armed Forces team. “I believe anyone that is selected for this position would feel honored. I am extremely honored. I also feel very confident in the players and coaching staff that we have put together. It is my role to keep them united and focused on our mission: to compete at our highest level and to represent our country to the best of our abilities. To be selected is an honor but, for me, it is what each member of this team does after we have been selected that matters” states Buterbaugh.
West Florida Flames’ Brandon Campus is the team’s designated training site. The J.C. Handly Sports Complex provides a central location, play on regulation-size fields, access to the WFF Performance Facility, and close proximity to MacDill Air Force Base. In addition, Coach Buterbaugh goes further to say that “the area offers a variety of options to compete against high-caliber teams, both collegiate and youth club, to ready the team for play. Personally, it brings together my home, the military, my club, women’s soccer, and the local soccer community.”
The military team is composed of women from all branches of the armed forces (Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard) with various playing experiences: from the academies, to former collegiate players who are currently on active duty. The players are set to arrive on September 13th. Coaches Buterbaugh and Zavala will make use of the full WFF ECNL coaching staff and will bring in University of South Florida Women’s Head Coach Denise Schilte-Brown to augment the team’s training and preparation.
There will be opportunities for our West Florida Flames family to take time to get to know, hear the stories of, and to play with the #amazingyoungwomen on the team. We are united as a club and community to cheer on the U.S. Armed Forces Women’s Soccer team as they represent our country and the beautiful game on their road to Korea and in the Military World Games. West Florida Flames and the WFF ECNL program are grateful for this chance to give back to the military community and to support these women and women’s soccer in all aspects.
West Florida Flames ECNL will give game updates (October 2-11) using their Twitter @WFFlames_ECNL. For more information, go to the 6th CISM World Games Korea Facebook page, the United States Armed Forces Sports Facebook page, Twitter (@USMilitarySport), and with #2015USACISM, #armedforcessports, #2015MilGames.
West Florida Flames and the ECNL program Director is pleased to announce the hiring of Cecilie Henriksen to the ECNL staff as its newest coach. Cecilie or “C-la” her American name, is a former D1 Women’s soccer assistant coach. As a collegiate player, she was on the NSCAA/NAIA All-America team in 2011 as a senior at Embry-Riddle University and has played several years on the Denmark national team. A standout soccer player, Henriksen played on the U14 and U15 Denmark Northern Region team from 2000-02. She played on Denmark’s U17 National team in 2002-03; U19 National team in 2003-04; and U21 National squad in 2004-2005.
Currently she has been working with the staff at the University of South Florida under Head Coach Denise Schilte-Brown. Prior to arriving in Tampa Florida, she was the Women’s Soccer Assistant Coach at Idaho State University. Before that, she was the assistant coach at Northwestern State University of Louisiana from 2012-2014.
“To have someone on our staff who has played on their national team since her youth career, played professionally, and who has coached at the D1 collegiate level and been named a collegiate All-American, I think is a tremendous gain for our ECNL program,” said Zavala. “Her international and collegiate experience brings a different perspective to our ECNL program that the players and the rest of the coaching staff alike can learn from and appreciate.”
Prior to her collegiate career Henriksen played professionally for Fortuna Hjorring in Denmark from 2003-2007. Henriksen began her collegiate career at Baylor in 2007, then transferred to Embry-Riddle in 2008, but before that, she played for the Ottawa Fury of the USL W-League in Canada in 2008. She was also member of the Louisiana Soccer Association ODP Coaching Staff from 2012-2014.
Henriksen earned her Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies at Embry Riddle in 2011 and minored in psychology, human factors, and communication. She is in the process of attaining her USSF “C” and currently holds the NSCAA Goalkeeping Diploma I, II, and III.