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 Summer 2012 -  Kate Ward (TH-12 Gold) is headed for Ankara, Turkey for her second tour with the

 US Deaf National Team.  She and her team brought home the 2010 Deaflympics Gold in the previous competition played in Taiwan.  (Pictures above)

Link to CNN report on 2012 Deaf World Championship


 '06 Tophatter Carrie Patterson joins the Atlanta Beat

Carrie Patterson, who played at Tophat for fourteen years, has just been picked up by the Atlanta Beat during the January 15th professional draft.  Carrie was the captain of the Tophat 06 Gold team, and went on to star at the University of Georgia. She set numerous scoring records during her college career, and we are very excited about her joining the Atlanta Beat. You can read more about Carrie here.


The new Atlanta Beat stadium is currently under construction and should be ready for this coming season which starts in April. Click here to see pictures and read more about the Beat.


'09 Tophatters Receive Fall Honors:

Laura Eddy, Georgia

Soccer America All-Freshman Second Team, SEC Freshman of the Year, Top Drawer Soccer National All-Rookie First Team, NSCAA All-South Region | Details


Meggie Graham, Appalachian State

Southern Conference All-Freshman team honors, becoming the first Appalachian State Women’s soccer student-athlete to earn the honor | Details


PA Upson, Mercer

A-Sun All-Freshman team | Details


2009 Gatorade Georgia Player of the Year | Details

  '09 Gold Laura Eddy


2008 NSCAA/Adidas Girls High School All-America Team

  Two Tophatters have been selected:

  '08 Gold Ashley Baker

  '09 Gold Laura Eddy


US Deaf Women's National Team

  '12 Gold Kate Ward will be competing at the 2009 Deaflympics in Taipei, Taiwan, September 5-15.

US women strike soccer gold in Taipei

11 Alive news story about Kate Ward


USA Junior (U17) Soccer Team wins silver at the Maccabian Games

  '12 Gold Haley Zwecker competed for the US in Israel this July. Click here for the trip blog and photos.


All Tophatters are invited to attend a Pace Academy community event featuring Joe Ehrmann, a former NFL player for the Baltimore Colts and the subject of the New York Times bestseller, “Season of Life” by Pulitzer Prize winning author Jeffrey Marx. “Parade Magazine” called him “The Most Important Coach in America.”


Joe's work as assistant coach at The Gilman School in Baltimore builds on his philosophy that athletes need to “have a cause beyond themselves” and leads young people to a new perspective on responsibility and relationships. His message transcends any particular sport, and teaches life lessons to parents, coaches, students and athletes. You will not want to miss Joe's inspirational message on Sunday, Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 3003 Howell Mill Rd. Atlanta, 30327. The event is free and open to the community.


For more information contact Pace Academy at 404-262-1345.

Committee members are: Ray Baltz and John Geraghty — Buckhead Baseball; David Burns — Trinity Presbyterian Church; Lou Corsetti — Buckhead YMCA Lacrosse; Mark Elliott — Northside Youth Organization (NYO); Matt Hall and Kris Palmerton — Pace Academy; Kristin McEwen — Buckhead YMCA; Cy Strickler — Tophat Soccer Club; Mike Muschamp and Steve Franks — The Lovett School; Rob Weltz — Holy Innocents' Episcopal School.

Ashley Baker (Tophat '08) heads to the U.S. Under-18 Women's National Team Training Camp

Details here.


Tophat-16 Academy girls meet Bill Cosby in Greensboro.


Little Hatter Corinne Flint, daughter of Northside Athletes Foundation President Mike Flint, presents a check for $2,500 to

Cy Strickler, President of Tophat Soccer Club. The contribution from NAF will go to the Tophat scholarship fund. 



2008 Celebration of Girls’ Education

Atlanta Girls' School


Enjoy a silent auction and conversation with Olympic Soccer Star Mia Hamm


Honorary Chairs:

Cy Strickler, President Tophat Soccer Club

Donna Orender, President WNBA


Thursday, May 1, 2008
6:00- 9:00 PM
Piedmont Driving Club

1215 Piedmont Avenue NE
Atlanta, GA 30309

NSCAA/Adidas 2007 All-Americans

  Jamie Pollack (Tophat '08)

  Stephanie Daniels (Tophat '07)


NSCAA/Adidas 2007 All-South

  Ashley Baker (Tophat '08)

  Laura Eddy (Tophat '09)


Video Links:

9/10 Year Old Girls Travel Soccer

Girls Soccer Drills

Title IX and Coaching Girls Soccer

   w/ Coach Dewi Hardman

Three Tophatters were named to the 2007 All-SEC Freshman Team

 Dani Abelson D Georgia
 Kelli Corless D Georgia
Mary Rachel Reynolds D Vanderbilt

Cy Strickler

Honored for Contributing to Girls' Healthy Development

Going for the Goal Luncheon

Friday, October 26, 2007

11:30 a.m. ~ Peachtree Ballroom at the Westin Peachtree Plaza


Cy Strickler has been chosen by GOAL (A Girl's Journey of Growth) as a 2007 honoree for his groundbreaking vision - providing a girl-specific approach to athletic and personal development. As President and founder of Tophat Soccer Club, Cy Strickler has impacted thousands of girls' lives. Through their association with Tophat, girls gain confidence in their abilities and develop leadership skills.



Cy, and the other 2007 honorees, will be recognized on Friday, October 26, 2007 from 11:30 AM to 2:00 PM at the Peachtree Ballroom at the Westin Peachtree Plaza. This annual event honors five individuals who have contributed to the development of healthy young women and girls.


Other honorees include Eve Ensler, keynote speaker and founder of; Stacey Abrams, Georgia State Representative and CEO of Sage Works LLC; BryAnn Chen, Executive Director of Women's Refugee Network; and Gretchen Collings, Program Manager with Raytheon and innovator of the Girl's Leadership Summit in Waltham, MA.


The Going for the GOAL Luncheon is the signature fundraising event for GOAL, an organization that promotes self-esteem, self-awareness and respect for individual differences in girls and young women, resulting in an enhanced capacity for leadership.


Please join us at the Going for the GOAL Luncheon as we celebrate Cy Strickler's commitment to the development of strong, competent and resilient young women and girls.


Ashley Marks '07 Gold

The Auburn University freshman was named SEC Freshman of the Week on September 10. The award comes after Marks scored three goals, including both game-winners, as Auburn went 2-0-0 over the weekend. More


Caroline Simpson '07 Gold

The University of Georgia freshman led the team to a 3-1 victory over Wisconsin with a hat trick. More


Carrie Patterson '06 Gold

The University of Georgia soccer forward was named a unanimous Preseason All-SEC selection, announced the Southeastern Conference office. More


Congratulations to Tophat's Kelli Corless '07 Gold

  She has been named to the Parade All-America Girls

  High School Team!  May 27, 2007 Issue