Class of 2012 Academic Award 2nd Place Kyle Forbes (Tie) Lt. Becky Murphy (Tie)
Class of 2012 Academic Award 3rd Place Nick Voyton
Honorable Mention Casey Beyers, Cory Budka, Angela Longo, and Elise Davis (Ethridge)
Casey joined Academy One in the Fall of 2010. Much was expected from the 6' 5" honor student and he has not disappointed. Casey has focused on soccer only since his sophomore year of high school. From the time he was five years old, Casey was dedicated to baseball. By the time he entered high school, Casey was one of the top baseball players in the country. He played at the top levels of Legion and AAU baseball. After a year of high school at Archbishop Spalding, Casey decided to devote his athletic efforts to soccer. Archbishop Spalding was one of the top academic private schools in Maryland while Casey attended and fellow Academy member Bridget Bielski also attended the Annapolis area school. He has been the starter for the Spalding soccer team since entering the school his freshmen year. His school plays in the top private school league in the nation for soccer, the MIAA. He culminated his junior year with being named All-Conference among the highly competitive group of goalkeepers. He again matched that honor his senior year, as well as adding All-Met for both Baltimore and Washington, All-Anne Arundel County and ESPN All-State honors. At a school where boys soccer has had a poor history, Casey is considered one of the best players to have ever played at the school. As a club player, Casey played in the top division of the National Capital Soccer League. He played with one one the top team in Maryland and the region. His Bethesda club team played in the Region I League for top clubs in the Northeastern United States. During his Junior year of high school, they made the Maryland State Cup final four. They again reached that level the following year. Casey played two years for the Maryland Olympic Development program. During the ODP region tournament, Casey was offered a tryout for U-17 National Team residency. He turned down the offer for the sake of his academic life. Casey was one of the top students at his academically demanding Archbishop Spalding High School. Casey was a finalist for the Academy One Academic Award. Casey committed to a scholarship to play soccer and study engineering at The University of Wisconsin, despite numerous offers from other athletically and academically prestigious schools. It also fulfilled Casey's desire to go to a cold weather university and fellow Academy member Alex Horwath also attended Wisconsin. During his first year at Wisconsin, Casey took a red-shirt year. In his second season, Casey took over the starting position and led the Badgers to a 4-0-1 record in his first five starts, leading the team to a national ranking for the first time in many years.
Cory "Cornbread" Budka
Cory has been a member of the Academy One since 2008. He was one of the first members of the Class of 2012. In an Academy where every member is an excellent athlete, Cory is one of the most athletic, as well as an excellent student. He has been a member of his high school varsity team, starting from his freshmen year. In his senior year he was named All-County at a school with very little soccer history. He is also an honor student and an accomplished distance runner. As a club player, Cory's team made the State Cup semi-finals in 2009. In 2010, Cory left his then current club team to join one of the top teams in the region (Where he was teammates with Class of 2011 member Nate Ramsland). They finished second in the Region I Colonial League and moved on to finish impressively in the Region I Premier League. They also have an impressive record in the top tournaments around the country. In the Spring of 2011, Cory's team won the Maryland State Cup Championship and lost in the regional finals in overtime. They continue to be one of the top club teams in the nation (He is also teammates with Academy Class of 2012 member Kyle Forbes). At the beginning of Cory's senior year of high school, he accepted a scholarship to play soccer and attend Charleston University. Charleston is a NCAA Division II national power located in West Virginia. He is projected to make an immediate impact upon his arrival.
Katherine is one of the most successful multi-sport athletes the Academy has ever had, as well as an amazing person. Because Academy One has a policy of listing everyone who has ever trained with the Academy for any length of time and is still in good standing; we list Katherine even though she never was a full time goalkeeper. Katherine had the potential to be one of the best goalkeepers in the nation for her age, but her insistence on being a national team level defender kept her out of the goal even though she would train with Academy One as a keeper. She was dramatically better as a keeper then the goalkeepers on both her club and high school teams. Katherine led her club team to four Virginia State Club championships, one Region I Championship, another Region I finals appearance, and a third place finish at the US Youth Soccer Nationals. Her club team also won six consecutive league championships in the best club soccer league in the nation at the time. They were so dominate that they went years without losing a match in league or state cup play. They were ranked the #1 team in the nation for long periods of time and won most of the prestigious club tournaments across the country. As a high school player, Katherine was named All-Met and All-District/Conference and led her team to the only title the school has ever won despite being one of the poorest administrated and coached schools in the nation. Unfortunately, Katherine's ability and love for basketball won out over soccer and she accepted, along with her twin sister Caroline, a scholarship to play basketball at nationally ranked Villanova University. Katherine won multiple AAU National Championships and school titles for basketball and was considered one of the top prospects in the country. Katherine is also an honor student and actively involved in numerous school activities. We wish Katherine well in her basketball exploits, but we will wonder how great a goalkeeper she might have been.
Elise Davis (Ethridge)
Elise joined the Academy in the summer of 2011. She is the southern most member of the Academy, residing in Southern Mississippi. Elise is one of the top goalkeepers in Mississippi, as well as one of the top scholar-athletes in that region of the country. Elise plays for one of the top club teams in Mississippi and helped lead them to the Mississippi State Cup finals. As a high school player, Elise has been a member of her high school varsity team since she was a 7th grader. In her junior season, the team won the Mississippi State Championship. In her senior year, the team made the state finals, losing in overtime. Elise was named the team MVP at the end of the season. Elise was a member of the high school varsity basketball team her first two years in school, but gave up basketball to focus upon soccer. Elise is a member of the Senior Beta, Mu Alpha Theta tutoring club that helps fellow students with their academics. She is a member of Student Ambassadors and the Gunn Scholars. The Gunn Scholars is a club for students with excellent academics. Elise received the highest grade average award in her Spanish department and Art department. Elise earned one of the highest grade point averages for her school and Academy One class. In the Fall of 2011, Elise earned a scholarship to Millsaps College for academics and soccer. Millsaps is the best academic college in Mississippi and a regionally ranked soccer program.
Kyle joined the Academy in the Winter of 2010. Kyle was a starter for one of the top US Soccer Academy teams in the region. This was/is the same US Soccer Academy program that members Sean Killion, Nich Pera, Brian Gore and Graham Kindermann were/are members. He started at both the U-16 and U-18 level. Before playing at the Academy level, Kyle was on one of the top teams in the state. He led his club team to the Maryland State Cup final four twice and won a Maryland State Cup Championship once. He led his club team to top finishes in the premier tournaments in the region and a regional ranking. After years of US Soccer Academy play, Kyle went back to club soccer and joined Academy Class of 2012 member Cory Budka on one of the top teams in the country. Kyle has started for his high school varsity team since he was a freshmen. He has been named All-County every year of his high school career and helped lead his team to the high school state cup final four. He is considered one of the best players to have ever attended the school. Kyle is very involved with school beyond being an honor student and an athlete. He is a National Honor Society member and a member of the Model UN Assembly. Kyle is also involved with volunteering for Special Olympics. Despite offers from several top schools in the region, Kyle accepted a scholarship to play soccer and study at Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania. Gettysburg College is a NCAA Division III national power and Kyle is expected to be a major contributor upon his arrival. Kyle was named the Academy One Academic Award runner-up for the Class of 2012.
Andrew joined Academy One Goalkeeping back in 2008. He is considered by many to be the best goalkeeper in the country for his age. Andrew was invited to the U-18 National Team camp and is a member of the US National Team pool of players. The summer before his junior year, Andrew's US Academy team finished third in the nation. What was more impressive is that Andrew didn't give up a single goal during the Academy playoffs while playing in all the playoff games, except for the third place match. Andrew's Academy team also won the Disney Showcase playing up an age group in both 2008 and 2009 (Nick Voyton was Andrew's teammate). The previous year, Andrew's club team won the U-15 US Youth Soccer National Championship. Andrew's team also won the United States Youth Soccer National League for the top club teams in the US. Overall, Andrew's club teams have won three State Cups and have finished either second or third in Region. Andrew was a member of Maryland State ODP state team. Andrew has had huge success in his high school career. His high school team has never had a strong soccer history, but since Andrew has been in goal, he has led them to the greatest success in the school's soccer history. As a sophomore, Andrew was named All-Conference. In his junior year he led his team to the prestigious Baltimore private school championship (Considered the best boy's soccer conference in the nation) and a national ranking. As the team's captain, Andrew was named All-Conference, All-County, All-Met, All State, Regional All-American and High School All-American. He was also named the Baltimore Sun Athlete of the Week, Baltimore Sun Soccer Player of the Year and Baltimore Sun Athlete of the Year. In his senior year, Andrew again led his team to the finals, but lost in overtime to Academy member Matt Sanchez' team. Andrew was again named All-Conference, All-County, All-Met, All State, Regional All-American and High School All-American. Andrew was named Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Maryland. Andrew runs track at his high school and achieved an amazing feet when he high jumped his height. Andrew is an honor student at his high school, a Peer Educator and a member of the Spirit Committee. In the spring of his junior year, Andrew accepted a scholarship offer to play at Wake Forest University.
Undergraduate: University of Westminster
Talented, regal, elegant, mysterious, and Academy One's international woman-about-town. Sasha joined Academy One in the summer of 2010 as one of the top keepers in Maryland and the Eastern part of the United States in her age. She played club for one of the best teams in the country, Bethesda Soccer Club. Her club team played in the Elite Clubs National League. The ECNL, before US Soccer Academy for women, was limited to only the top teams in the nation and the best level of competition for women's club soccer. For a season, Sasha was a teammate with fellow Academy member Morgan Ruhl. In the past, her team has won one Maryland State Cup championship and also earned a spot in the Maryland State Cup final four. Her teams have always been a perennial power in premier level tournaments across the country. In the summer before her senior year of high school, Sasha's team qualified for the prestigious ECNL playoffs. At the playoffs in Denver, Sasha was offered a scholarships to nationally ranked colleges based on her playoff performance. Aside from club play, Sasha was a three year member of the Maryland State ODP team. Sasha has had one of the most successful high school soccer careers in Academy history in helping her Bethesda - Chevy Chase High School team to three Maryland State Championships. Sasha had been a starter since her freshmen year. She would have been a four year starter, but knee surgery prevented her from a fourth year, and most likely kept her team from a fourth state cup championship. Sasha was an honor student in the challenging International Baccalaureate/AP/Honors program at her high school. No one has broken our heart as much as Sasha. After graduation is where our heartbreak begins with Sasha. Sasha took a year off before college and decided not to accept the scholarship offers from several colleges, but she decided to accept an offer to play at Old Dominion University. Before leaving for Old Dominion, Sasha decided to take more time off before school and travel abroad. After returning to the US, Sasha decided to not play college soccer despite her ability to play at the highest level. She enrolled at the University of Colorado, but then changed her mind again and went back to work. She eventually ended up at University of Westminster in London where she studied business management. During her time at Westminster, Sasha interned at The Mortgage Bankers Association. She worked in public relations and meeting organization. When she finished at Westminster, Sasha took a position at Gucci. At Gucci, Sasha directly supports the managing director of a global campaign to raise funds for women’s issues. She helped develop, promote, and create content for Gucci's digital storytelling platform. Sasha travels the world, but she resides in Washington, D.C.
Undergraduate: Vassar College
Sebastian joined the Academy in 2014, when he was already a top college keeper. He grew up in the Connecticut area, but with family connections to France. He attended high school at Housatonic Valley Regional High School. He lettered four years and was a three-year starter. He was named Most Improved Player Award winner his sophomore year. He graduated as an honor student from his high school. He returned to France to earn a second place in Reserve League in France. He was later invited on trial by AS Monaco, AS Canves, and OGC Nice, but he decided upon focus on a more academic career. He chose one of the best academic schools in the United States, as well as a very competitive soccer program, Vassar College. Academy One members, Marshall Daly, Emma Nichols, and Charlie Waltz-Chesnaye also attended Vassar. In his four years at Vassar, Sebastian earned starting minutes three years. He was the team's main starter his last season. He earned Liberty League All-Academic Team his Junior and Senior years at Vassar. Sebastian was an excellent teacher of goalkeeping working camps for Vassar and Star Goalkeeper Academy. After graduating as an honor student, Sebastian forego opportunities to utilize his last year of eligibility to enter into his passion for politics and public service. He had volunteered for the Hilary Clinton presidential campaign and was Campus Organizer and Canvasser for the Sean Patrick Maloney Congressional run. Sebastian interned for Senator Liz Kreuger in the New York State Senate. Sebastian later interned as a field organizer for the Democratic Party in Virginia and then interned for US Senator and Minority Leader Charles Schumer as a Press Intern. Sebastian worked as a policy specialist in Washington, D.C. He is now a Legislative Correspondent and Special Assistant at the United State Senate. Sebastian lives in the Washington D.C. area with his beautiful wife.
Undergraduate: Pepperdine University
Angela is one of the most well traveled members of the Academy. Being a member of an important military family, she has lived all over the world. She is fluent in multiple languages. She was one of the smartest and instinctual goalkeepers in the Academy's history. As a club player in Hawaii, her team finished second in the state. She was considered the best club goalkeeper in the state of Hawaii. When Angela moved to the the Northern Virginia area she played in the top division of the top league in the DC/Maryland/N.Virginia area in what was then the best women's soccer league in the country, while playing up two age groups. Angela was a member of ODP Europe, while living in Germany, and then went on to earn a spot on the Region I ODP team before US Soccer Academy. A broken wrist prevented her from attaining the same position on the Region IV ODP team when she lived in Hawaii. Angela would have been a member of her high school team, but a second round of injuries have kept her from school soccer. She also has the misfortune of attending a school with one of the poorest women's soccer programs and coaching staffs in her state. She was a member of the golf team, where she qualified for states her junior year. She is one of the top golfers in the state. Angela was an honor student and earned one of the highest grade point averages and SAT scores in her Academy class. Angela made the very difficult decision to forego a college soccer career at several national powerhouse. She chose Pepperdine University to pursue her academics and golf career in college. Angela was very active in theater and art and taught religious education at her church. Once in college, Angela excelled academically. She was a Research Assistant in Inorganic Chemistry and a Chemistry Teacher's Assistant. She completed her honors Honors Thesis in Chemistry. She was President of the Chemistry Club. She was Volunteer Mentor for underclassmen for two years. Angela graduated Magna Cum Laude from Pepperdine. After college, Angela worked in London at The British Museum in the Middle East Department. She eveloped, organized, and proofread a naming system for 44,000+ files. She also post-processed and edited 4,800+ photographs. Handled, measured, and updated information on ancient artifacts. After London, Angela moved back to California and has worked for Snap Inc. She currently lives in Southern California.
Lieutenant Becky Murphy (USAF)
Undergraduate: United States Air Force Academy
Becky has been a member of the Academy since 2007. She is known as one of the toughest, fiercest competitors, and hardest workers in the Academy, as well as being one of the best goalkeepers in Pennsylvania her age. Becky grew up in Central Pennsylvania where she was a top honor student. Becky was a two year member of the cross country team and one year with the track team. She was a four year varsity starter and helped her high school team to the state finals as a sophomore. This was the first time her high school had ever reached that far in state championship play. In her Junior year, she lead her team to the Pennsylvania State, District, and Mid Penn Championships without conceding a goal in the playoffs. A great accomplishment for a school that hadn't had much of a soccer history before Becky's arrival. Becky was a top honor student at her high school and she was selected to the Junior Leadership Program of Central Pennsylvania. She graduated from her Cumberland Valley High School as one of the finest academic and athletic students ever. Becky tied with Kyle Forbes for Academy One Academic Award runner-up. Becky was a member of the Pennsylvania State ODP team. She helped lead her P A Classics club team to the State Cup semi-finals and top finishes in numerous tournaments in her sophomore year. They were ranked #1 in Pennsylvania and #15 regionally in her Junior year. In the Spring of 2011, Becky joined one of the best club teams in the nation, MSC, and led them to a Maryland State Cup Championship. Becky's team did well at Regionals, but was unable to advance to the final four. Becky was the North East Regional finalist for the Goalie Wars competition and was ranked 5th in the nation. With her desire to study engineering and a future serving her country, Becky committed to play soccer and attend the United State Air Force Academy in Colorado, where she was be teammates with fellow Academy member Kelly Stambaugh, and Bridget Bielski. Becky played soccer at Air Force for two years and was able to earn playing time, but the demands of her academics and her passion for aeronautics motivated her to retire from soccer. Becky was a member of the Rocket Club that competed internationally. She was able to do such great activities at Air Force as train with the Astronauts in Spain. She graduated from Air Force and then qualified as a helicopter pilot. She is currently a recruiter in the Air Force.
Undergraduate: Vassar College
Graduate: University of Washington / Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation
Doctorate: Johns Hopkins University
Emma joined the Academy in the summer of 2010, and she was our northern most member at that time. She is one of the most accomplished and well-rounded individuals to join the Academy. Emma grew up in suburban Boston where she was one of the finest students the Academy has ever had. Emma earned one of the highest grade point averages and SAT scores in the Academy's history. She won multiple academic awards in Science and Spanish, as well as being an accomplished and award winning musician. Emma is equally as talented as a goalkeeper. Her club team has won a Massachusetts State Cup and finished 2nd in Region I in 2009. They were also Regional New England Futsal Champions. Emma was a member of the Massachussets State ODP team over several years. All this is more remarkable considering that Emma only focused on soccer later in her high school life. For many years she was a regionally ranked figure skater in New England and after giving up figure skating, Emma was one of the top high school ice hockey players in her state. Emma founded a book drive for disadvantaged youth that has donated over 7000 books since 2007 while in middle school. In high school, Emma played on the soccer and hockey team, and also played in the orchestra. She lead her team to their first ever Middlesex League Championship. She was Rookie of the Year and Rotary Award Winner in hockey to go with her four years on the Honor Roll. She graduated as one of the top students in her class. Emma won the Academy One Academic Award for 2012 in one of the closest races in Academy history. With numerous offers from many excellent schools (MIT, Yale, Bowdoin, Johns Hopkins etc.) Emma committed to play soccer and attend prestigious Vassar College for the fall of 2012. She had an amazing career at Vassar and finished as one of the best goalkeepers the program has ever had. Her list of accomplishments is lengthy: three time Liberty League All-Academic Team, Liberty League First-Team all League, multiple ECAC Defender of the Week, multiple Liberty League Defender of the Week, CoSIDA Academic All-District, set program records for career shutouts (14) and single-season shutouts (8). She started every year she was at Vassar. And if that wasn't enough, Emma was a member of the Vassar Community Wind Ensemble and a member of the Phi Beta Kappa and Psi Chi honor societies. After graduating from Vassar, Emma interned at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health where she participated in the six-week immersion program in biostatistics, focused on statistical methods in clinical trials. After her internship, Emma attended The University of Washington and the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation. As a Post-Bachelor Fellow, she worked on modeling neurological disorders for the Global Burden of Disease Project. In this role, she conducted systematic reviews, extracted data from surveys and literature sources, ran statistical models, and vetted results. She was also heavily involved in a paper series on neurological disorders that was published in Lancet Neurology. Emma graduated from Washington with a near flawless grade point average. Emma chose to then attend Johns Hopkins University's world famous School of Public Health for her Doctorate. She is studying the measurement of cognitive decline and dementia. She is interested in the ways in which better measurement can lend new insights to etiologic questions. Emma lives in the Baltimore area while studying at Johns Hopkins.
Undergraduate: Louisiana State University
Morgan joined the Academy as a goalkeeper in the summer of 2010 when she was 15. She was one of the finest goalkeepers in the country when she played and is now one of the finest young coaches in the country. She attended McDonogh High School, where she led the team to numerous championships and numerous personal awards and honors in the toughest private school league in the country. She was multiple times All-State, All-Conference, All-County, and was named one of the top 100 players in the nation stated by Soccer America. She finished her high school soccer career as one of the greatest players to have ever played at her school. Morgan was also a member of the National Honor Society and played Varsity Softball. More than her high school accomplishments, Morgan was among the best club goalkeepers in the country. She was a three year member of the US National team. She was a four year member of the Region I ODP team and a four year member of the Maryland State ODP team. During her junior year, Morgan's club team won the Virginia State Cup, the Region I Championship and finished second at US Nationals (Before the days of US Soccer Academy or ECNL). Morgan went on to achieve the Golden Glove Award at the Adidas ESP Camp for the top 100 players in the nation. Morgan changed to a more local club team in her senior year and led them to national prominence in tournament and state cup play. In the fall of her junior year, Morgan committed to a scholarship to play at Louisiana State University. Sadly, a severe hip injury in the first days of her college career harshly restricted her ability to play. Even with a brutal hip injury that required multiple surgeries, she was still able to play some in college. More remarkable was that in her senior year, she was named the Goalkeeper Coach while still a player. After graduating from LSU, Morgan was hired at Loyola University in Baltimore, Maryland as an Assistant Coach. She coached at the US Soccer Academy level with Washington Spirit - Baltimore Armour where she was the Director of Goalkeeping and Assistant Coach. After a couple years as a full time university coach, Morgan was called back into the playing ranks joining the Washington Spirit as a goalkeeper at the highest level of women's professional soccer. Morgan finished the year with the Spirit in 2018 and returned to her coaching. Morgan left Loyola University and took a position with nationally prestigious Northwestern University as an Assistant Coach. She takes Academy One to the Midwest. Words do not express how proud we are to have Morgan and one of the Academy's Directors. Her knowledge and insight into goalkeeping and overall coaching are without measure. Morgan currently lives in the Chicago area with her beloved dogs.
Undergraduate: University of Maryland Honors College
Nick became a member of Academy One the spring of 2010. He is one of the most well liked and respected members in the Academy's history. Nick played for one of the top ranked high school programs in the state, region, and nation. River Hill High School is the same high school where Academy members Matthew Aguiniga and Tomas Potts also played. Nick was the school's starting keeper since his Freshmen year. In his Junior year, Nick was awarded Howard All-County and Maryland All-State honors as he had one of the best statistical seasons ever for his high school. In his senior year, Nick again had an excellent season and was named All-County and All-State, as well as All-Metro. His high school career was even more lionized when Nick was named to the Howard County All-Decade Team. Nick ended his time at River Hill High School as one of the best students in his class, as well as best athletes. Nick was a member of the SGA Government as well. Nick was a two time member of the Maryland State ODP team in the only two years he participated in Olympic Development. Nick played on one of the best US Soccer Academy teams in the nation, in the #1 ranked club program in the nation. Nick's Baltimore Bays US Soccer Academy team established their huge reputation finishing third in the national finals. They also won the Disney Academy Tournament twice playing up an age group (Academy members Andrew Harris, Matt Barth, and Brian Gore were Nick's teammates). In his second US Soccer Academy year, Nick helped his team to another Academy playoffs. Despite Nick's excellent academic and athletic record, he turned down scholarship offers at NCAA Division I programs and many more positions on nationally ranked or prominent NCAA Division III college programs. We were heartbroken with Nick's decision fueled by his burnout from soccer. Nick did accept an offer to attend the prestigious University of Maryland Honors College for top academic students. He made the difficult decision to not play college soccer, but he played club soccer at Maryland. He graduated from Maryland with honors and pursued his passion in the business world. We will always wonder what if, but Nick has always been an individual of remarkable character and achievement. Either way, we are proud to have him as alumni.