Girls Academy Post Season Recap 2022

Posted on July 01, 2022 BY Simon Boddison

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A record-breaking number of teams from the Girls Academy Program played in their respective national playoffs in Oceanside, California at SoCal Sports Complex from June 22-29. The Dash 2009 Girls had a great run, ultimately losing on a PK in the final against the Colorado Rush, 0-1. The event attracted hundreds of college coaches to recruit. Additionally, several USA national coaches attended the games, scouting for potential future players for the United States soccer youth national team(s). 

The Girls Academy teams continue to compete against the very best in the country with outstanding results.  Our challenging training environment, game schedule, and overall player developmental pathway help bring the best out of our players. Based upon our coaches’ care and our players’ efforts, DDY players receive a record number of college scholarship offers each year. 

"The GA put on an amazing event. Overall it was a great learning opportunity and experience. I can’t wait to go back to more events in the future," said Carden 'Flori' Allison, Dash Academy 2009 Captain. 

On all levels, the GA excelled on the national stage in Oceanside. "The Girls Academy playoffs highlighted our success and improvement in the last 12 months. We wrapped up the season with one (1) champions league finalist, two (2) semi-finalists, five (5) teams qualifying for playoffs, and one national championship finalist," remarked Steve Grave, Dash Academy 2009 Head Coach.  "More importantly, the event allowed our prospective student-athletes to showcase their talents in front of hundreds of college coaches. I could not be more proud of all the players, families, and staff involved in the program." 



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Coaching Education Spring 2022

Posted on April 11, 2022 BY Simon Boddison


This last week, the club wrapped up its Spring comprehensive coaching education series in partnership with the Houston Dash with a professional training session at Houston Sports Park. Lead by Dash Head Coach James Clarkson, fifty-five licensed Dynamo | Dash coaches observed a training session where they were able to learn from and ask questions of Clarkson and his staff.

Dynamo | Dash leads the way in employing the best youth soccer coaching staff in Houston and across the country which ultimately provides the best personal and professional development for the staff and our players. We invest heavily in the continual education of our coaches, providing paid licensing opportunities, seminar & workshop courses, employee attendance at the annual National Coaches Convention, educational topics presented by guest speakers / internal staff every Thursday along with the weekly Monday's opportunity to connect with the Dynamo Academy Partners in Development series.

"We have a responsibility to provide opportunities for our coaching staff to continually improve their credentials and attend innovative events that help them progress in their personal development," said Dave Dengerink, Academy Director. "The game is constantly changing daily with higher demands. It is up to the club to provide the necessary resources and tools for the staff to continue to lead the youth soccer marketplace in coaching education."

Coaches Training and Game Day Distractions Dave Dengerink, Academy Director
Season Planning / Mexico Trip James Clarkson, Houston Dash Head Coach
Using Rondos in Training Joan Olivia, LA TPD Elite MLS
Grit Justin Neese, Dash City Director
Video Analysis (Veo) Radojica Ristic & Trey Tesno - West Director / GK Director
Retention, Recruitment & Player Evaluation Alfredo Martinez, Boys Academy Coach
Dash Training Session Observation James Clarkson, Houston Dash Head Coach

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Girls Academy Champions League 2022

Posted on March 28, 2022 BY Simon Boddison

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The Girls Academy launched a separate, aspirational competition to add additional quality competition for the most competitive clubs in the GA. Qualification was a reward for a consistent commitment to player development and overall success.

Participants are decided based on final league standings and consist of two (2) clubs from each of the seven (7) conferences. Additionally, the top (2) best-performing and highest ranked wildcard teams at the National Playoff from each age group were added to the mix for a total of sixteen (16) teams per age group. The following elite clubs across the country were present: Colorado Rush & Houston Dash (Frontier), National & Cincinnati United Premier (Mid-America), TSJ-FC & Cedar Stars Academy-Monmouth (Mid-Atlantic), NEFC & South Shore Select (Northeast), Lamorinda Soccer Club & FC Bay Area Surf (Northwest), Tophat Gold & IMG Academy (Southeast), City SC & SC Del Sol (Southwest). Over two hundred and twenty (220) college staff were present along with professional scouts / staff from the USA and Mexico Soccer Federations.  

All six (6) Dash teams qualified for the prestigious event with the following groups highlighting the event:

  • 2009 group finished in 2nd place (lost on penalties, ranked #23 Topdrawersoccer)
  • 2007 group finished in 3rd place (won on penalties).
  • 2005 group finished in 4th place.
The following Girls Academy coaching staff were present throughout the event - Dave Dengerink, Steve Grave, Omar Morales, Marcus Watt, Brittain Rademacher.
"Overall the Champions League event was a great experience and a very good chance to showcase your skills in front of coaches," said Madison Taylor, 2007 Girls Academy. "The environment was very intense in a positive way.  I have never had a chance to truly know how it feels being tied in overtime and having to go to penalty kicks or the feeling of winning after a really competitive game that decides if you move on in the event. As far as the exposure, I thinks it’s really good, even though I'm pretty young.  It gives you motivation to go out and play like no one has seen you before. After the trip I couldn’t stop talking about it, and looking back and realizing how much fun I had."

"Had a great time at the Girls Academy Champions League event in Bradenton, Florida last week.  There was a lot of great soccer played by some of the most talented teams in the country, " said Bo Littleton, 2005 Parent. "The girls had a great time and the fields were in terrific shape.  We were very impressed with the amount of college exposure at each game by top NCAA Div. I schools.  This was a fantastic event!"
"The Girls Academy Champions League event provided an elite environment for the players. The competitive format, facilities, organization and execution of the event was excellent," said Marcus Watt, Girls Academy Staff Coach.  



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Dash Academy Games Host College Coaching Staff

Posted on March 03, 2022 BY Simon Boddison

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The Dash Academy hosted teams from the Girls Academy League Frontier Conference this past weekend at Bear Branch and Gosling sports complexes in The Woodlands.  Fifty-four elite level games were played on state-of-the-art turf fields during a three-day period. Participating clubs included: Lonestar Soccer Club (Austin, TX), Kansas Rush (Olathe, Kansas), Lou Fusz (St. Louis, Missouri), BVB International Academy (Carrollton, Texas) and Sporting St. Louis (Maryland Heights, Missouri).  The Dash Academy completed the weekend with a record of 10-4-4.  

Also in attendance were staff from multiple college programs.: Cornell University, Southern Utah University, UTEP, Texas Christian University, Newberry College, West Virginia, University of Iowa, Long Beach State University, Harvard University, Pittsburg University, Bowling Green University, Central Arkansas University, Texas A&M University, South Carolina University, Colorado Mesa University, Iowa State University, Stetson University, University of Utah, Virginia Tech University, Tufts University, University of Redlands, Davidson College, University of Miami, Liberty University, Emory University, Dickinson College, Penn State University, University of Florida, Columbia University, Point Loma University, University of Minnesota, San Diego State University, University of Rochester, Carnegie Mellon University, University of Texas, University of Houston, University of Kentucky, Michigan State University and Rice University.

"I would like to thank all the visiting teams, coaching staff, players, parents, volunteers and referees for making this weekend a tremendous success," said Coach Steven Grave, Girls Academy Coach | Event Director. "The club has a responsibility to continue to showcase and promote our players to college coaches from across the country.  This was accomplished during the weekend by hosting and playing the above clubs on first class facilities."

"When I think of the experience that our club had this past weekend in Houston during the Girls Academy league play, one word comes to mind...quality.  Quality opponents, a quality environment and quality facilities." Daouda Kante, Executive & Technical Director, Kansas Rush Soccer Club.

"Being brand new to the Houston Dash GA team, this showcase over the past weekend was a great experience for me to get more comfortable with my team and show off my abilities to the coaches present," said Abby Onstad, Dash Academy 2006 GK. "I think it was a good experience to showcase myself in front of top colleges because I was able to play with a great team against other elite level programs."

"Great showcase, good competition. I love how Dash reached out and welcomed top college coaches. Many were there to see their current recruits too. Two perfect venues to showcase our talented girls!  Thanks, Dash!" Debbie Staton, event volunteer / club parent.

"By continuing to host events in The Woodlands provides opportunities for our local residents to enjoy their youth soccer experience in their own back yard thus bringing further economic impact to the local community," said Simon Boddison, Director of Soccer Operations.  "I would like to thank The Woodlands Township, our hotel and food partners along with Memorial Hermann Hospital who covered all our athletic training needs for the event."

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Justin Neese - Dash City Director

Posted on January 21, 2022 BY Simon Boddison

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The club is excited to announce that Justin Neese has joined the Dynamo | Dash Youth Coaching staff as the Dash City Program (DCP) Director. Neese will have oversight for the development of U10-U12 players as they progress towards the Houston Dash Girls Academy (GA) and GA2 programs. In his former role as Dynamo Academy Catalyst Foundation Program Director, Neese built a thriving program preparing Houston’s best 9 to 12-year-old players to enter the prestigious Dynamo MLS Next Academy.

"I am grateful to the senior staff at Dynamo | Dash Youth Soccer Club for the exciting opportunity to join the club and I am thrilled about the opportunity to collaborate with all of the players and parents within the program," said Justin Neese, Dash City Director.  "I am looking forward to working alongside the staff to develop and continue to grow a national level program for these young, promising players providing a robust pathway for the best female players in Houston to the Dash Academy."

Justin Neese:

  • Academy Director License.
  • US Soccer 'A' Youth License.
  • NSCAA/ USC Premier Diploma and DOC Diploma.
  • Ten (10) years at the Houston Dynamo FC Academy working primarily with U10 to U12 players.
  • Catalyst Program Director for Dynamo Academy FC from 2019 to 2021.
  • Head Women's Coach and Assistant Women's coach for NCAA DIII program in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas before moving back to Houston in 2012.
  • Previous experience working in coach education for North Texas, South Texas, and the NSCAA/ USC.
  • Native Houstonian - grew up playing Club and high school soccer in Houston. 
“Our commitment to our youngest players only continues to grow stronger," said Andy Squire, Central Director. "Justin brings a wealth of knowledge into the program that will further elevate the impact we have on the players at such a critical time in their development.  Welcome to the club Justin!”  
"Justin brings extensive experience and a proven track record to the coaching staff and we look forward to having him lead the program," said Dave Dengerink, Girls Academy Director.  "Justin's experience and his knowledge of the Houston youth soccer market are extremely valuable and he'll be a fantastic addition to the club."

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ECNL Boys Fall Season 2021

Posted on December 21, 2021 BY Simon Boddison

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The Boys ECNL Program finished off a very long and successful season in the Texas Conference (South) with a league record of W48-L12-T11 and a showcase record of W8-L0-T1Five (5) out of six (6) teams finished top of the league standings heading into the Spring season.

U13 5-2-5 1st
U14 4-7-1 5th
U15 9-3-0 1st
U16 10-1-1 1st
U17 8-1-3 1st
U19 11-0-1 1st
U19 3-0-0 N/A
U17 2-0-1 N/A
U15 3-0-0 N/A

Team Leading Scorers:

U13 – Bryce Hubbard/Jaden White (4 goals each)
U15 – Axel Vazquez (5 goals)
U16 – Allen Rojas (7 goals)
U17 – Jose Ramos (11 goals)
U19 – Ashton Contreras (13 goals) 

"I would like to congratulate the players and the coaching staff for all their hard work during the last five months.  Our performances in the league and our showcases against the best teams in the country have been extremely positive," said Alex Cardenas, Boys Academy Director. "The players are continually developing through daily training and game day environments resulting in excellent league placements.  We look forward to the spring season with great anticipation in continuing the success."

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Girls Academy Showcase 2021

Posted on December 16, 2021 BY Simon Boddison


The Girls Academy Program (U13-U19) recently traveled to the GA Winter Showcase competing in the Champions League division (top 12 clubs in the country) at the SilverLakes Sports Complex in Norco, CA during December 13-19.  Collectively, the group played in eighteen (18) games in front of over 150 college coaches and US national team scouts from all across the country.

2009 South Shore Select Won 2-1
2009 Nationals Lost 1-2
2009 Colorado Rush Won 2-0
2008 Colorado Rush Tied 1-1
2008 TSJ Virginia Lost 1-2
2008 Nationals Lost 1-5
2007 TSJ Virginia Won 1-0
2007 Florida United Won 3-0
2007 South Shore Select Tied 1-1
2006 IMG Lost 0-1
2006 Albion San Diego Lost 0-3
2006 Lamorinda Tied 2-2
2005 South Shore Select Tied 1-1
2005 Cincinnati Cup Lost 0-2
2005 Cedar Stars Monmouth Won 3-2
2004 OL Reign Tied 0-0
2004 Nationals Lost 0-1
2004 City FC Won 2-0
Overall Record: 6-7-5    

Winter Showcase Team of the Week:

GK - Patty Staton (2007), Right Back - Lauren Littleton (2005), Center Back - Bella Rogers (2009), Center Back - Ellen  Persson (2004), Left Back - Jasmine (Lizzie) Stalter (2006), Def CM (6) - Kathryn Lennon (2004), CM (6/8) - Briana Flores (2008), CM (8/10) - Jasmine Diaz (2007), Attacking CM (10) - Mia  Brumlow (2005), Forward - Avia Hughes (2009), Forward - Jessica Molina (2004).

BenchHaydan Erck (2005), Kiley Polk (2006), Kialie Hudson (2004), Kendall Hemperley (2006), Madison Taylor (2007), Camryn LeTellier (2007).

Top Goal Scorer - Avia Hughes '09 - three (3) goals.

"Playing in the Champions League event this past week for all our GA teams brought a  level of competition that provided meaningful games unmatched by any other event I've seen in youth soccer," said Steven Grave, Girls Academy Staff Coach. "It was an honor to compete and represent the GA as one of the top clubs in the nation." 

"The club has a responsibility to place players on college rosters with scholarship support," said Dave Dengerink, Girls Academy Director. "Attending these national level events and playing in front of hundreds of college coaches from across the country provides the perfect opportunity for our players to showcase their playing abilities and get recruited."

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Michaela Abam Signs for Dash

Posted on August 13, 2021 BY Simon Boddison


Dynamo | Dash Youth Soccer Club is proud to announce that club alumnus Michaela Abam has signed a professional contract with the Houston Dash, making her the first player from our club to sign with the Dash first team.

“Home at last—so grateful to have the opportunity to represent my city after so many years away, and be apart of Dash and the organization. Definitely a testament to have my graduating club (Texas Rush) now the Dash Academy, and expand the opportunity ratio for our younger girls in the community to be apart of a club that continuously raises their standards in a competitive environment, " said Abam"I may be the first Houstonian born and raised to be with the club at the moment, but I know for sure I won’t be the last!”

“We are incredibly proud of Michaela – both as a player and a person – and look forward to welcoming her back home to Houston. The opportunity for current and future Dash Academy players to see someone who was once in their exact position now take the field at BBVA Stadium is truly special,” said Dave Dengerink, Dash Academy Director. “Michaela has continued to be a great supporter of Dynamo | Dash Youth as an alum, and our entire club family is excited to be here to support her and her career.”

Abam progressed from our club to West Virginia University, where she scored 42 goals with 16 assists from 2014-17. She was selected by Sky Blue FC with the 4th overall pick in the 2018 NWSL College Draft, and has spent time playing abroad in France and Spain before this return home.

As the official Academy affiliate of the Dash, we look forward to many more following Michaela’s path from our club to the Dash first team to pursue their professional dreams.

Michaela has been and continues to be a tremendous ambassador for our club, and we are delighted to see her dedication, skill, and humility back in our community.




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