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As the final whistle in the last regular season game of our inaugural season blew, it was only fitting that it was met with a loud cheer!  Year one of any program will always have its ups and downs, as they tackle the many new challenges they face.  Add in the task of competing against some of the top clubs in the country, and our brand new Rapids ECNL program had a huge hurdle to get over in year one.  Please join us in congratulating the girls, as well as the staff, in meeting the challenge head on, and succeeding!

The loud cheer previously mentioned was after our ’04 girls won their final regular season game, clinching a place at ECNL Nationals.   This accomplishment allows the girls to head to Seattle at the end of June and compete against the top 32 teams in the country.  What may be even more impressive is the way the girls earned the spot.  After finishing the fall season with only one win, the girls continued to trust the process, work hard, and ended up with a spring record of five wins, two ties, and only one loss.  Congratulations girls!

The ’04 girls will not be alone as they head to Seattle.  Based off their success in the fall, our ’00 girls have also qualified for ECNL Nationals.  As our oldest ECNL team, the ’00 girls set the standard in the fall finishing conference play in 2nd place, only behind McLean who is currently undefeated and the #2 team in the country.  What is even more impressive than our ’00 girls qualifying to compete as one of the top 16 teams in the country, is knowing that in an age group dominated by seniors, our ECNL program only graduated seven players.  This means our ‘00s consistently had many sophomores and juniors playing up, and were still able to not just compete, but succeed!  We’d also like to congratulate our ’01 girls who have qualified for the showcase portion of ECNL Nationals, allowing them another opportunity to play in front of numerous college coaches.

In year one, three of our five eligible teams qualified for ECNL Nationals, with two qualifying at the highest level!

The team successes just barely scratch the surface of some of the highlights this season.  First, to say team success is a false statement.  They are really program successes.  The program consistently provided opportunities for players to play up.  So many players played up, or trained together, that really every player helped someway to help these groups succeed.  Add in the number of Burgundy girls who stepped in to train and play, and the success really goes beyond just the 3 teams!  Another huge success this year is the culture that has been created.  Throughout the year, the number one response from the girls when asked what they liked most has been the training environment.  The standards that have been set with hard work, competitiveness, and focus have been like nothing they’ve ever experienced, and has created the groundwork for more success in the future.  Lastly, we currently have fifteen girls within the program that are committed to play in college, including the entire senior class.  This number will grow exponentially considering the performances the girls put on at the showcase events.  In year one, getting nervous while playing in front of 50+ college coaches during a game would be understandable.  The way the girls handled themselves both on and off the fields at the national showcase events makes us really excited about the future for these girls!

Finally, we know the girls deserve a ton of credit for all the successes and amount of growth we’ve seen this season.  We would be remiss not to also say a job well done by our ECNL Director, Nathan Williams, and ECNL Staff, Stephen Glass, Jeremy Weeks, and Erin Lykon.  The time, effort, and professionalism means the girls in this program are in excellent hands!  What an amazing start to our program in year one, and we could not be more excited about this summer and the start of year two!


Information and registration is now live.  Read the most recent letter from Ray Fumo, Girls Director of Coaching & Player Development.  Any player interested in a USYS team in the South program for next year, or players who are interested in being considered for the Girls ECNL program can learn more and register on our Tryouts page

Coaching Staff for 2018-2019

'00/'01 Girls ECNL - Nathan Williams
'02 Girls ECNL - Nathan Williams
'03 Girls ECNL - Stephen Glass
'04 Girls ECNL - Stephen Glass
'05 Girls ECNL - Jeremy Weeks
'06 Girls ECNL - Jeremy Weeks


Abigal Olean Addison Benz Addison Galek
Alex Odle Amaya Beard Annamaria Evans
Annika Ford Ayden Vaughan Brooke Lavelle
Brooke Van Epps Caileen Almeida Camden Poole
Cameron Grainger Cameron Koster Caroline Pulliam
Catherine Murphy Charley Teckenbrock Chloe Hylton
Chloe Mullen Ella Crawford Fisher Daniela Evans
Elizabeth Navola Ella Futch Ella Joaquin
Ella Matthews Ella Simons Ella Smith
Emily Ashlin Emily Sansbury Emma Wakeman
Faith Adams Grace Joaquin Gracyn Chaffee
Hailey Matthews Helen Summerell Jenna Ryan
Jezik Martin Jill Flanders Julia Daley
Julianne Patterson Kaehler Marsh Kalea Pace
Kasey Hahn Katherine Phillips Katie Moore
Katie Sanger Kelly Poole Kendyl Lauher
Keri Geter Kyleigh Von Klahr Kylie Vilseck 
Lea Wissell
Lillian Rusher
Lily Suyao
Lindsay Bowman
Logan Boggs
Louisa Terry
Maddyson Kerley
Madisen Milliron
Madison Steele
Maelee Dudan
Maria Rayburn
Mary Alexander
Mckenna Woodhead
Meg McHugh
Meredith Sheridan
Mia Acosta-Nicholson
Nia Harley
Olivia McPherson
Reagan Cullen
Riley Milligan
Sage Branch
Savannah Bishop
Savannah Noll
Sejal Johnson
Skylar Noll
Sydney Smith
Tori Paul

NATIONAL Champions!

Congratulations to the 98s - US YOUTH SOCCER NATIONAL CHAMPIONS!

Game Highlights

U18s honored at halftime of Charlotte Independence game before heading to USYS Nationals

Girls ECNL Players in the News

February 20, 2018
ECNL Player Development Program

We are extremely excited to announce our Girls ECNL program had 9 players selected to attend the upcoming Mid Atlantic region Girls ECNL PDP.  The event will take place February 24-25 in Greenville, SC, and will be attended by the top performers from the division.

Please join us in congratulating Faith Adams, Meg McHugh, Alex Odle, Sydney Smith, Emma Wakeman, Addison Galek, Ella Joaquin, Kaehler Marsh, and Maria Rayburn!

The Girls ECNL Player Development Program works in conjunction with US Club Soccer’s  id2 Player Development Program (‘ECNL PDP’).  The Girls ECNL PDP events provide an opportunity for the top players within every Girls ECNL conference to play with and against the best players within their region at multiple age groups, and to attend presentations from leading coaches or experts in elite athlete development. The Girls ECNL PDPs are created with three primary goals:  identify the top players within each Girls ECNL conference at multiple age groups, provide a developmental experience, and recognize and reward individual performance and achievement.

February 16, 2018
Adams headed to Germany

Please join us in congratulating Faith Adams who was selected to join the Region III ODP team on an upcoming trip to Germany.  Faith, who has verbally committed to play at Wake Forest, will spend 10 days in April traveling to various parts of the country training and playing against some of the top female clubs in Germany!  We are so proud of Faith and can't wait to hear about this wonderful opportunity!

January 17, 2018
Wakeman headed to Costa Rica

Congratulations to Girls ECNL GK Emma Wakeman for being selected to go to Costa Rica with the '02 ODP Region III team.  Emma not only will represent the club, but she'll represent our state as the only North Carolina player selected.  Her week long trip beings Feb 22, and will consist of 3 games, multiple training sessions, as well as opportunities to tour the local area!  Congratulations and good luck Emma!!!

August 22, 2017
2017-2018 Conference Preview
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July 31, 2017
Congratulations to Faith Adams, Addi Galek, Alex Odle, Tori Paul, Kaela Rasenberger, and Emma Wakeman all made the ODP Region Team!

July 6, 2017
Molly McGarry name to NSCAA All America Team
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June 28, 2017
U18s Crowned Region III Champions!
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June 19, 2017
Ash Serepca earns 2nd straight NC Gatorade Player of the Year award!
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Meghan Lang
trains with Swedish club AIK Academy

March 27, 2017
Mia Thillet invited to join Puerto Rican Full National Team
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March 20, 2017
Congrats to McKenna Woodhead on being invited to US National Futsal trials.
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December 7, 2016
Ash Serepca invited to US National Team Camp
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September 20, 2016
U-16 GNT vs. Netherlands: Highlights
Ash's goal 1:45


September 15, 2016
Ash Serepca heading to Netherlands with U16 WNT
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September 1, 2016
Courtney Walker invited into U18 WNT Camp
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July 28, 2016

Jordan Taylor invited into U16 WNT Camp
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Player Interest form for 2018-2019

College Commitments

Congratulations to our ECNL athletes headed to play in college!

Hailey Matthews - Miami University, Ohio (2020)
Lily Suyao - UNC Charlotte (2020)
Lea Wissell - UNC Charlotee (2020)
Emma Wakeman - UNC Charlotte (2020)
Faith Adams - Wake Forest (2020)
Tori Paul - University of Maryland (2020)
Mia Thillet - North Carolina State University (2018)
Ashlynn Serepca - University of Virginia (2018)
Kursten von Klahr - NC State University (2018)
Madison Oracion - University of Maryland (2018)
Kaelee Van Gundy - University of Arkansas (2018)
Julia Honeycutt - UNC Charlotte (2018)
Sierra Davis - Catawba College (2018)
Lindsay Poff - App State (2018)
Seraiah Dunham - UNC Greensboro (2018)
Cyan Mercer - Clemson University (2017)
Olivia Odle - Virginia Tech (2017)
Courtney Walker - Ohio State University (2017)
Kate Hickson - UNC Charlotte (2017)
Molly McGarry - UNC Wilmington (2017)
Grace Lynn-Lato - UNC Wilmington (2017)
Abby Stapleton - UNC Charlotte (2017)
Brooke Freeman - Catawba College (2017)
Naomi Powell - NC State (2017)


 Girls' ECNL Staff

Girls Director of Coaching Ray Fumo
Girls' ECNL Director Nathan Williams
Goalkeeper Director Scott Schweitzer, Erin Lykon
Physical Development Program Performance Unlimited, John Lytton

2017-2018 Coaching Staff
U18/U19 - Nathan Williams
U17 - Jeremy Weeks
U16 - Nathan Williams
U15 - Stephen Glass
U14 - Stephen Glass
U13 - Jeremy Weeks


ECNL National Events: An Inspired & Unrivaled Playing Environment
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The College Numbers Proven Path
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We welcome Stephen Glass to the ECNL staff!
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Carolina Rapids Soccer Welcomes Jeremy Weeks to the Rapids Staff!
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The Carolina Rapids is pleased to announce the continued relationship between Performance Unlimited and our elite level girls program.
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Nathan Williams named as ECNL Director
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Carolina Rapids joins the Elite Clubs National League starting in the 2017/18 season
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Program Accomplishments

U18 Academy National Champions, USYS
U18 Academy Automatic qualification for USYS Nationals through National League play
U18 AcademyChampions, Disney Soccer Showcase
U14 Academy Finalists, CESA Soccer Classic (U16 Flight)
U18 Academy  Invited into National League 
U18 Academy  Semi Finalists, USYS Nationals 
U18 Academy  Champions, USYS Regionals 
U16 Academy  Finalists, US Club Regionals 
U18 Academy  Champions US Club Regionals