To this date, the Academy Class of 2007 is our "Golden Generation." Every member achieved a very high level of soccer and success in life. Every member earned a spot on a high level college program and almost all achieved post season success and accolades in college soccer. Every member played on club teams ranked among the best in the country. With multiple NCAA National Championships and even more NCAA Final Four appearances, NCAA All-Conference and All-American honors, Conference Freshman of the Year, the Class of 2007 has achieved more with its seven members than any age of goalkeepers from any club or academy in the country. We are so proud of all of our Academy One classes and they have all achieved AMAZING things, but we thank the Class of 2007 for establishing a true standard of excellence for Academy One.
Class of 2007 Academic Award Winner: Andrew Lyons Berg
Class of 2007 Academic Award Runners Up: Sean Daly Matthew McElroy
Undergraduate: University of Maryland
Graduate: University of Maryland
Yewande is the most accomplished female member of the Academy and one of the most accomplished goalkeepers ever from the state of Maryland. She became a member of AOG back in 2006, when she was already one of the best goalkeepers in the nation. Yewande’s high school accomplishments magnify that fact. A two-time NSCAA/Adidas Youth All-American, 2006 NSCAA/Adidas High School All-American, Parade High School All-American, two-time Washington Post first team All-Met, 2005 and 2006 first team all-state, three-time first team all-county, two-time first team all-Examiner, selected team captain as a senior, helped lead the Eleanor Roosevelt Raiders to the 2003 Maryland state 4A state championship and a couple trips to the state final four reflect only a small amount of the impact she had on the program. She also was a standout basketball player and track member, as well as a four time member of the National Honor Society and four year winner of the Minds-In-Motion Academic Award. Yewande has been a member of the Maryland State ODP team and the Region 1 ODP team from 2002 to 2010 and she was selected for the 2005 US Youth Soccer ODP U17 Adidas All-Star team. She was a U14-U17 U.S. Women's National Team pool selection for her age group and made several starts. Yewande was invited to the 2007 U20 National Camp. After high school Yewande chose from numerous offers to accept a scholarship to the University of Maryland. She became the starter for Maryland leading to her being named: 2007 ACC All-Freshman Team, 2007 SoccerBuzz All-Mid-Atlantic Freshman Team and 2007 SoccerBuzz Freshman All-American Third Team. Unfortunately, a foot injury ended her freshmen season. Yewande also played in the Summers for the Washington Freedom Futures in the prestigious W-League. Wendy redshirted the 2009 season and in 2010 she returned to be the Maryland starter. She was named 2010 Atlantic Coast Conference All-Tournament team in leading Maryland into the ACC tournament finals, where they lost in the finals in a shootout. The team made it to the second round of the NCAA tournament that year. In her final season at Maryland, Yewande again played every minute of every match and led the nationally ranked team to the NCAA Tournament "Sweet 16." She finished her career as one of the best players in Maryland history. She finished her career as the school’s career leader in goals against average (0.93), was third in games started (64), sixth in saves (242), and tied for second in shutouts (19). She defeated seven ranked teams — including four wins over top-10 teams, during her career. She also helped lead the Ottawa Fury of the W-League to the 2009 league semifinals and competed with the Washington Freedom W-League squad in 2010. In 2011, she was a member of the Chesapeake Charge in the WPSL, helping the team to an Open Cup finals appearance and a WPSL regional finals berth. After graduation from the Maryland Business School Yewande, finished her MBA. Injury ended her professional career, but Yewande moved into the coaching ranks. She coached at her alma mater Maryland and created Maryland’s “MenTERPship Program,” which connected women’s soccer student-athletes with the program’s alumni to discuss academic and professional interests, potential career paths, and assist with the transition from student-athlete to career life. Yewande also coached at American University. Yewande now coaches at University of California Davis and lives in California.
Major Sean Daly (U.S. Air Force)
Undergraduate: United State Air Force Academy
Graduate: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Sean is an Academy favorite, joining back in the early 2000s. Through a lot of hard work and character, Sean has achieved a great deal of success in his life. As a member of the Calvert High School team, Sean was three years All-County, two years All-Conference and All-Met one year. To show what an all around soccer player and athlete, Sean achieved each of these honors once as a sweeper and not a keeper. He helped the Calvert team to the state semi-finals. This is all the more impressive by what little soccer history or success the school had previous to Sean’s arrival. Sean finished his time with the Calvert soccer team as its MVP. Sean was also a standout in swimming and track and field while at the school. Sean was so respected by his high school coaches that he was assigned the position of goalkeeper coach to the other male keepers and to the female keepers. Sean was also very active in his community with coaching and refereeing for youth soccer in the Southern Maryland area. Sean finished his high school career as an honor student and was rightly voted by his fellow students as “Most Likely to Succeed.” As a club player, Sean played for the top teams in Maryland. As a member of Baltimore Football Club, Soccer Association of Columbia, Bethesda and Potomac, Sean teams were always among the best in the state and won several prestigious tournaments. Sean was able to reach the final four of the Maryland State Cup twice. Sean was also a member of the Chesapeake Dragons Super Y-League teams. Sean not only excelled at soccer, but after many years, Sean earned the highly prestigious Eagle Scout Award from the Boy Scouts of America. Sean and his father were very involved in numerous Boy Scout activities, including hiking the Appalachian Trail. After high school, Sean chose to attend the United States Air Force Academy and play for their soccer team. In a very tough decision, Sean chose to accept the Air Force's offer for him to start pilot training instead of play soccer. While at Air Force, Sean has excelled to become a Soaring pilot instructor for gliders, a combat survival training instructor and a flight commander for cadets. Sean has been such an academic success at Air Force that he has been chosen to attend either MIT or Embry-Riddle for graduate school to study Aerospace Engineering upon his graduation, but Sean chose an assignment testing missles before he goes to graduate school. Sean did end up attending Embry Riddle in Florida for their world class aeronautical engineering program. Sean remains in the Air Force and lives with his wife, who is also in the Air Force, and their children.
Undergraduate: Williams College
Graduate: Yale University School of Law
Andrew has been a member of Academy One since he was 12 years old back in 2001. He is the best academic student the Academy has ever had, as well as an excellent goalkeeper. Andrew attended The Sidwell Friends School in Washington, DC, considered one of the best academic schools in the nation, and never received anything less than an A for any class. When he graduated from Sidwell, he was ranked as one of the top students in his class. Even though he was a talented goalkeeper, Andrew wrestled and played football at Sidwell. He was the football team’s captain and its MVP his senior year. He was twice voted All-Conference as a linebacker. As a club soccer player, Andrew excelled. He was a member of the Bethesda United team (Along with fellow Academy One member Will Swaim) that was two time Maryland State Cup Champions, two time Region I Champions and went on to two appearances in the US Youth Soccer National Championship finals. The team also won the Region I Premier League, as well as won most premier level tournaments around the country. In the days before US Soccer Academy Leagues, Andrew played Super Y-League for DC United and the Chesapeake Dragons. Andrew was a four year member of the Maryland State ODP team. Andrew has been a passionate teacher of the game, working summers with youth camps all over the Maryland/N. Virginia area. Andrew earned one of the highest SAT scores of in Academy One Goalkeeping history, including a perfect score on his SAT IIs. He was the winner of the Academy One Goalkeeping Academic Award for his Academy class. After finishing high school, Andrew chose to attend Williams College (Ranked the #1 liberal arts college/university in the WORLD) over such schools as Stanford, Northwestern and Georgetown. Andrew earned starting time at Williams each year he has been a member of the team. Williams has won the conference once, made two appearances in the NCAA Tournament “Sweet 16” and made the NCAA Final Four in 2009, losing to the eventual national champions. As a junior, Andrew was named to the Academic All-Conference team (Eligible to only juniors and seniors in the NESCAC Conference) in the best academic conference in the country. In the spring of his junior year, Andrew studied in Rome. In his senior year, Andrew again was named Academic All-Conference. Andrew graduated from Williams Magna Cum Laude and immediately earned a position for a prestigious consulting firm in the Washington DC area. After a couple years in the business world, Andrew attended the prestigious Yale University School of Law. Since becoming a lawyer, Andrew has won a number of cases in the United States Supreme Court. Andrew lives in the Washington DC area with his noble wife.
Undergraduate: Davidson University University of Hartford
Matt has been a member of Academy One Goalkeeping since he was 12 years old. He is one of the more popular members of the Academy due to his commitment to helping and teaching other members, as well as his prowess as a goalkeeper, his big sense of humor, and his excellence in academics. Matt had a very successful club career growing up in the suburban DC area. Matt’s club team made the Maryland State Cup Final Four twice, including one appearance in the finals. They were among the top teams in the Region, did well in numerous premier level tournaments and they won the top division of the top club league in the nation. Matt was a member of the Maryland ODP State team for five years. He played Super Y-League for the Chesapeake Dragons. Playing for the Dragons, Matt earned a position on the Super Y-League All-Region ODP and a spot on the Super Y-League National Team pool. As a high school keeper, Matt suffered through injuries and sub-par coaching to still earn All-Met honors. After graduating high school as an honor student, Matt chose to attend Davidson College in North Carolina for the high academics and soccer opportunities. Matt earned starting time every year he was at the school. During his freshmen season, Matt set the school record for saves in a game, against Duke University. He sported a team best save percentage at the end of the year. During his college summers, Matt played for the DC United Super 20 team led them to the National Championship match, and did the same thing the following year with the Potomac Super 20 team. After three seasons at Davidson, Matt chose to transfer to the University of Hartford and a far superior soccer atmosphere. Matt was coached by international goalkeeping expert Dan Gaspar, as well as his highly regarded assistant Ryan Carr. Matt trained with the Real Maryland PDL team after his junior year, while working at a prestigious internship in the DC area. After a frustrating junior season, Matt was named to be captain of the team in his senior season, where, when healthy, he started. Unfortunately, Matt was not able to get healthy his final season at Hartford, but he did graduate from the prestigious business school. Matt has also shown a real expertise as a coach, working with DC/VA/Maryland area youth and local camps. Matt is an Academy One Academic Award runner-up. After college, Matt returned to the Washington D.C. area and is an accomplished manager in the business and aerospace industry.
Undergraduate: Virginia Military Institute
Graduate: George Mason University School of Law
Angela has been a member of Academy One since 2004. As a member of one of the most successful and talented Academy classes, Angela stands out as one of the hardest workers. Angela was a member of the WT Woodson varsity team for four years. Her high school team won one Virginia State Championship and Angela was the captain and MVP for the team. Angela was a member of the Team America Premier team that was one of the best teams in Virginia and a perennial finalist in the top tournaments. Angela was a member of the Washington Freedom Super Y-League team that was among the best teams in the nation. After graduating as a member National Honor Society, Angela accepted an athletic and academic scholarship to the demanding Virginia Military Institute. Angela has been the starter at VMI since her arrival. During her freshmen year, Angela earned Big South Conference All-Freshman Team honors. She ranked second in the Big South with an 80.8% save percentage and 80 saves. She saw action in three of VMI’s school-record four shutouts and helped the goalkeeping corps to what was the lowest team GAA in school history at the time (1.81). Angela made a season-high 13 saves in VMI’s first-ever postseason game, a 1-0 loss to top-seeded Coastal Carolina. At the end of the season, Angela was named to the Big South Conference Presidential Honor Roll (An honor she would earn every year in school). In her second season, Angela continued her success by setting more records and helping the team to greater success. She continued to excel in the classroom and among her fellow cadets by being named Company Corporal in the VMI Corps of Cadets. In her junior year, Angela had the top statistical season for a goalkeeper in VMI history where she posted the best Goals Against Average (0.81), the top save percentage (89.3%) and the third-most total saves in the history (100) of the program. Versus Winthrop she posted a shutout, which was the fifth clean sheet of her career, also the top mark in the program. She had an official record of 5-5-3 during the year, giving her 11 career wins, which is the most in school history. She led the Keydets to their furthest postseason success and was named the huge honor of Virginia All-State (A recognition given by the Athletic Directors of all the Virginia colleges and universities no matter if they are NCAA Division I, II or III). She held academic stars and served as one of the captains of the 2010 team. She was a Company Lieutenant. Due to numerous injuries and coaching incompetence, Angela was required to play most of her minutes as a field player during the 2010 season. She ended up graduating from VMI as one of its most honored members of her senior class and the greatest goalkeeper in the history of the program. She graduated with honors. Angela has proven to be an excellent coach, working with youth soccer players in the DC/Maryland/N. Virginia area. After college, Angela attended law school at George Mason School of Law. While studying, she worked as a paralegal helping with immigration related services. Angela married and is settled in Virginia.
Undergraduate: Drew University
Jeff joined the Academy back in 2004. He is considered one of the toughest of the Academy keepers. Jeff only became serious about soccer once he entered high school. As a high school keeper, he led his team to the State Final Four and was named All-Conference, All-County and named his school's Most Valuable Player. Jeff was also an honor student. Jeff played club soccer for the Baltimore Bays, which was rated as the top boys club soccer team in the United States. He led his team to the State Cup Final Four twice, as well as numerous tournament finals. Jeff graduated from Century High School (Fellow Academy member Chris Jones' alma mater, too) as an honor student. After high school, Jeff accepted an offer to attend Drew University, where he earned academic scholarship money to study Engineering. Jeff earned the starting spot at the beginning of his freshmen year and had a great first year. He led the team to a Landmark Conference Championship and was named All-Conference and Regional All-American. In his second year at Drew, Jeff led the team to Regular Season Conference Championship, but the team faltered and lost in the Landmark Conference Semi-Finals. Jeff was still named First Team All-Conference and the team earned an at large bid to the NCAA Tournament. Unfortunately, injury cost Jeff most of his Junior season, but he was able to return at the end of the season to help the team win the ECAC Men's Soccer Championship. Jeff was back and healthy and again starting at Drew for his senior season. He led the team again to second place finish in the regular season of the Landmark Conference. The Drew team was upset in the first round of the playoffs, but made it all the way to the finals of the ECAC Championships for the second straight year. They lost in the finals, but Jeff was named to the tournament team and to All-Conference status for the third time in four years in college. Jeff graduated from Drew with a degree in Engineering. He also is among the top in all major goalkeeping categories of the Drew University record books. After college, Jeff pursued professional opportunities with engineering, but eventually settled on his passion of being a brew master of his own beer. He has settled in Pennsylvania.
Undergraduate: University of Maryland
Graduate: University of Maryland
Will has been a member of the Academy since 2001 and he has been one of our most successful members and one of the best goalkeepers in the country. Will was two time All-County, All Met and All State as a high school keeper at Howard High School. He was a two time captain and the team’s MVP. Will was also a member of the basketball team and the lacrosse team. As a club soccer player, Will excelled. He was a member of the Bethesda United team (Along with fellow Academy One member Andrew Lyons-Berg) that was three time Maryland State Cup Champions, two time Region I Champions and went on to two appearances in the US Youth Soccer National Championship finals. The team also won the Region I Premier League, as well as won most premier level tournaments around the country. In the days before US Soccer Academy Leagues, Will played Super Y-League for DC United. Will was an eight year member of the Maryland State ODP team and three year member of the Region I ODP pool. After high school, Will turned down numerous offers to accept a scholarship to the University of Maryland. Will earned the job of starter as true freshmen and led the team to a NCAA Tournament “Sweet 16” appearance. In his sophomore year, Will started the season as the starter. Maryland went on to win the ACC Championship and then the NCAA National Championship. Every year Will has been at Maryland, the Terrapins have reached the NCAA Tournament “Sweet 16.” Will has also excelled academically with very good grades and a double major course load. Even with the large work load and dedication to high level soccer, Will graduated early with two degrees. Will took a red shirt year in his forth year, allowing him to play his fifth year at Maryland and earn a Master's degree in the process. In the summer of 2011, Will was the starting keeper for the Real Maryland Premier Development League team. The PDL is for the top amateur players to play and develop for a possible professional career. With Will in goal, Real Maryland finished third in the highly competitive Northeast Division.During his senior season at Maryland, Will led the Maryland team to a national ranking and a place in the NCAA Tournament, despite one of the worst performances by a college coach in the school's history. Will has participated in MLS training camps and is finishing up his Master's degree while he pursues his pro career. Will then made the difficult decision to forego a professional career and return to the University of Maryland to become an assistant coach and earn another Masters Degree. In Will's time as a coach at Maryland, the team won ACC Championships, earned appearances in the NCAA Final Four, and won an NCAA National Championship. Will has also done a great job helping coach younger keepers in training and in camps. Will coached at Maryland for several years and then he decided to enter the professional world. He is currently a lobbyist working on Capital Hill. He is married and resides in Northern Virginia.