Novi’s Katrina a force to be reckoned with

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Novi senior defender Katrina Koomen played soccer this spring with the force of a Category 5 hurricane.

After taking a year off to play with the Michigan Hawks of the Elite National Club League, Koomen re-emerged for Wildcats during her senior year and made quite an impact.

Finishing with 13 goals and 15 assists, Koomen was dangerous with her left-footed free kicks, even from 50 yards out.

“Katrina was one of our biggest offensive weapons this season,” Novi coach Todd Pheiffer said. “Even though she played outside back, she was constantly a threat whenever she had the ball. She is not only technically very good dribbling the ball and taking on her opponents, there is no player that serves the ball better into the box than Katrina. Whether she is serving a ball in from a corner kick, a free kick or just off the dribble, she knows exactly how hard to hit the ball and exactly where to play it.”

“Hurricane Katrina” was one of the big reasons the Wildcats, who finished 16-2-5, captured the KLAA Central Division, Kensington Conference, Association, Division 1 district and regional titles this season.

Koomen, named All-Area Girls Soccer Player of the Year, also earned all-KLAA, all-district and all-region honors while making first team Division 1 all-state.

“She is one of the hardest working players both on the field and in the classroom, which is why she is both a scholar-athlete and a Dream Team selection,” Pheiffer said of the College of Charleston (S.C.) signee.


Watch Michigan Hawks U17 ECNL Semi Finals Live

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Michigan Hawks U17 vs Slammers U17 at 1:00PM

The Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) will provide ongoing live coverage of the 2016 ECNL National Final Four, with all the Semi-Final and Finals games available on Stream Sports. The U15, U16 and U17 National Semi-Finals take place today, with the first games taking place at 9 AM EST.  The games can be viewed on the ECNL National Finals event homepage (click here), or via

U13 Wolves win Regional Championship

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U13Wolves RegionIIChampsFrom June 24th to 29th, in Westfield, Indiana, the U13 Wolves, coached by Sam Cheaib, achieved a perfect balance of technique, tactics, grit, cohesion, and joy and now find themselves one of four U13 boys teams heading to Frisco, Texas, to compete for a 2016 US Youth Soccer National Championship (July 26th - 30th).

At the Region II Championships, the U13 Wolves earned solid pool play victories over SC Waukesha Impact, Sporting Saint Croix, and Indy Premier, leading them into what proved to be a thrilling semifinal match against Chicago Fire Academy. Down 0-2 to Fire at half, the boys, with the help of their coaches, found a way to shift the momentum and work themselves back into the match with passion and play of the highest quality, ultimately resulting in a 3-2 victory and a spot in the finals.

In the finals, the Wolves faced a skilled Cincinnati United Premier team they lost to (0-1) and drew with (0-0) in the fall and spring, respectively. Once again, the match-up revealed itself to be an even one,  with both teams threatening to score at various points throughout the game, but an early goal off a set piece starting just outside the CUP box was the only one the Wolves would need to win (1-0) and become Region II Champions.

As their now-extended season moves toward its finale in Texas, the boys are playing their best soccer and having fun doing it. A National Championship is in sight, and they are looking forward to doing their best to give the Michigan Wolves and Hawks another star.

2016 ECNL National Finalists

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Congratulations to the U18 Michigan Hawks ECNL 2016 ECNL National Finalists!!

I would like to thank the '98 Michigan Hawks ECNL players for their tremendous contributions to the club over the years.  This team is everything we want a Hawks' team to be.   They work hard, they play great soccer, they laugh a lot and they are great kids on and off the field.  

Thanks also to all of their parents for their support and trust throughout the years.  When a team gets to their first National Championship game at U18, it means that the parents have had to trust in our process, coaches and club in the "lean" years.  Thanks most of all for letting us get to know and work with your families.

We wish everyone all the best in college and know that we will always be here if you need anything.


Doug Landefeld
Director of Coaching, Michigan Hawks

Which youth clubs produce the most U.S. Girls National Team players?

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With U.S. Soccer’s expanded Youth National Team programming over the past couple of years, more players than ever are getting the chance to represent the United States at the international level.

Since the start of the 2015 cycle, no youth soccer club has had more players named to U.S. Youth Women’s National Team rosters than the Michigan Hawks or San Diego Surf SC, which have each sent 14 players to Team USA events at the U-14 through U-20 levels.

Each of the top 13 clubs in terms of number of U.S. Youth Women’s National Team players represent the Elite Clubs National League (ECNL). In total, more than 80 percent of the total U.S. Soccer girls player pool is composed of players developed by ECNL clubs.

+Read: Which USSDA clubs have the most U.S. Youth National Team players?

See below for the full list of clubs that have been represented on U.S. Youth Women’s National Team rosters over the past two years.

U.S. Youth Women’s National Team call-ups by club (2015-2016)

MichiganWolvesHawks-logoT-1. Michigan Hawks (14)

Goalkeepers: Maciah Lipsey (U15)

Defenders: Isabel Rodriquez (U17), Ally Haran (U19), Malia Berkely (U19), Megan Buckingham (U19), Courtney Petersen (U19, U20)

Midfielders: Kaya Frazier (U16), Zoe Morse (U18, U20), Natalie Winters (U18, U19)

Forwards: Joyelle Washington (U14), Emma Hiscock (U15), Emaly Vatne (U16), Natalie Viggiano (U16), Alexa Spaanstra (U17, U20)

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U17 Hawks advance to Nationals

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Congratulations to the U17 Hawks as they finish up at Playoffs witha 2:0 win versue SC Del Sol and advance to Nationals. ECNL Finals will be held in Germantown, MD on July 8-9th, 2016.



U13 Wolves to play for a Regional Championship in Westfield IN.

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Despite being down 2-0, at halftime the U13 Wolves coached by Sam Cheaib had a historic comeback in the regional semi finals to win 3-2 over an exceptional Chicago Fire team.  

Shortly after a tremendous tackle by Casey McCarthy, Daniel Gutenberg added to the momentum with a huge first goal.  A few minutes later the continued pressing of the Chicago Fire paid off again with a goal by Christian Cole. The game winner was scored by Daniel Gutenberg, his second of the game. The defenders and goalkeeper, Wyatt Kuhlman, were able to hold off the talented Fire team for the final minutes of the game to keep them scoreless in the second half. 

The Final will be at 8AM on Wednesday June 29th versus CUP Gold

Region II Semifinals

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The U19 Wolves 97 team coached by Dave Hicklin comes out of the first three days of Regionals with a 2 wins and a tie.  Their Semifinal match will be on Tuesday June 28th at 12PM against Kansus Rush Academy Blue (KS).

The U13 Wolves 03 team coach by Sam Cheaib won 4:1 today for their third win and advancement to semifinals.  They play Chicagi Fire Academy on Tuesday June 28th at 8:00AM.

ECNL Day 3 Recap

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U17 2-0 vs
U16 0-0 vs
U15 1-0 vs SC Del Sol
U14 1-0 vs tophat
U18 2-1 vs

The U18's play at 10AM on Monday June 27th versus Eclipse.

The U17's have a 8:30AM match against DallasTexans on Monday

The U16's play Monday at 12:30PM against San Juan SC

The U15's also play at 12:30PM however their opponent will be FC Boston Scorpions


Regionals - Day 1

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The U13 Hawks 03 won their first game of the Region II championship series in Indiana. The Hawks beat home town rival Waza FC 03 Black 2-1 with goals from Jenna Faybrick and Eva Gaetino. ‎ 

Go Hawks!

Academy Standouts

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DA Showcase: U14/16 standouts on Thursday

FRISCO, Texas — Showcase action returned to the forefront in North Texas, as U14 and U16 teams stepped back on the pitched to compete under the searing sun.

MORE: 2016 Development Academy Showcase + Playoff Coverage

The morning saw 10 U16 games take place in front of college coaches, while U14 teams played their final game of the 2015-16 season.

There was plenty of excitement and entertainment taking place in the shadow of Toyota Stadium. Here is a look at some of the top individual performances watched by TopDrawerSoccer on Thursday.

M Kellan Landefeld, Crew Soccer Academy Wolves U14 – Simply put, Landefeld was brilliant. Deployed as a wide midfielder, he hardly put a foot wrong, scoring a sensational goal and moving the ball extremely well as the Wolves defeated De Anza Force 2-0.

DA Playoffs: Opening U16 + U18 Standouts

FRISCO, Texas — After two days dominated by showcase action, the Development Academy playoffs kicked off on Wednesday night in North Texas.

The intensity of matches was hit or miss, as players adjusted to the heat, sun and higher stakes offered by playoff soccer.

There were close games aplenty, as the chase for quarterfinal spots officially began.

Here’s a look at some of the top individual performances spotted by TopDrawerSoccer.

GK Logan Kowalczyk, Crew Soccer Academy Wolves U16 – Timely saves from Kowalczyk ensured that the Wolves would preserve the shutout against Sacramento Republic, who really dialed up the pressure as the game went on.

D Seth Chapman, Crew Soccer Academy Wolves U16 – Steady and solid at the back, Chapman put in a full shift as the Wolves won their opener 2-0.

F Roderic Green, Crew Soccer Academy Wolves U18 – Behind Green’s two goals, CSA Wolves got off to a quick start against Georgia United, eventually finding a way to win 3-2. Green’s aggression in the final third was a huge asset, as he pressured defenders with or without the ball.