One of the truest hallmarks of top level training and development is success beyond the youth club - players that move on to college and beyond prepared to play and succeed. In that regard, FC Wisconsin Eclipse has alumni succeeding everywhere - but this is an even more special week than normal.
Former player Mary Luba (a rising senior at Marquette University) was invited into the US Soccer Under-23 Women's National Team for their camp in Seattle, WA, last week. The camp was held in conjunction with the Under-20 Women's National Team, who is preparing for the U20 World Cup next month. It was Mary's first invite to a US Socccer national team camp, though she has not been a stranger to success in her career. Mary won a youth national championship as an Under-18 on a team coached by Christian Lavers in 2011, and was a member of the FC Wisconsin Eclipse U23 ECNL National Finalist team in 2013. While in camp the team played against the U20 World Cup team in their final tune-up before leaving for the World Cup, and attended the NWSL game between the Seattle Reign and the Chicago Red Stars. "Playing with the U23s was an incredible experience, and I will never forget it," said Luba. "I felt well prepared to step into the level of camp through the training I had at my youth club through the summer - the fast-paced training speed, multiple coaches giving me feedback all the time, and the competitiveness. I was in that environment for many years as a youth player, and it has helped me in college and now with the U23s."
While Mary was in Seattle, alumni Mady Vicker (Marquette), Jacie Jermier (Marquette), and Brittany Von Reuden (Notre Dame) were competing for the Chicago Red Stars Reserve Team, and helping the team earn qualification for the WPSL Final Four. Jermier scored in the Midwest Final to earn the berth, and giving the trio the opportunity to compete for a WPSL Championship in Maryland. All three of played in a previous WPSL FInal Four on a team coach by Lavers and former Eclipse coach Monica Cieslak, and all 3 were also youth national champions. The team fell in overtime of the WPSL semi-final to Beach Futbol Club, the eventual champion. "Playing in another WPSL Final Four with the Red Stars Reserves was a great opportunity to compete in an exciting, high intensity environment," said Jacie Jermier. "I come back to train with my youth club every summer, to the environment where I really grew as a player, to keep getting better and prepare for the next college season. Training with FC Wisconsin Eclipse again this summer helped me succeed with the Red Star Reserves and will make sure I am ready for my season at Marquette."
Luba, Vicker, Jermier and Von Reuden are only a few of the FC Wisconsin Eclipse alumni that are continuing to make their mark on the field long after ending their youth careers.
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