A long-time participant in the USA’s Youth National Team programs, she’s played at the U-14, U-15, U-16, U-17, U-18 and U-20 levels … A consistent call-up during this U-20 cycle, she traveled to Papua New Guinea with the U.S. team for the pre-World Cup test run in May of 2016 … Heads into the Women’s World Cup with 13 caps … One of eight players on the roster that was not on the U.S. team that won the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Women’s Championship in Honduras as she was helping Penn State win a NCAA title.
College / High School: Attends the Penn State University, but is red-shirting what would be her junior season to play in the World Cup … As a sophomore in 2015, she helped Penn State to its first NCAA championship … Missed the early part of the season due to a foot injury ... Played 47 minutes in her season-debut in her hometown against Nebraska on Sept. 25 … Made seven starts on the year ... Played the full 90 minutes against Purdue (10/15), UAlbany (11/13), No. 4 West Virginia (11/28) and No. 9 Rutgers (12/4) ... Played in 11 shutout victories. … As a freshman in 2014, she was named to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team … Started all 24 games, logging 2,085 minutes … Registered two assists … Played at least 90 minutes in 18 games, including 102 minutes vs. North Carolina … Attended Omaha Marian High School and was a two-time Nebraska HS Player of the Year … An NSCAA All-America ... Two-time Lincoln Journal Star Class A All-State First-Team Omaha World Herald All-Metro First-Team honoree ... In 2013, she helped lead Marian to an 18-1 record and its 12th-straight Class A state title ... The Crusaders reached the Class A State Qualifier in 2011 and 2013, and the State Championship in 2012.
Club: Played a year up on her brother’s boys team for Azzuri, from U-5 until she was eighth grade … Then she moved to Toro, playing a year up until she was a freshman and the team become Elite Girls Academy … Her club won the 2009, 2010 and 2012 Nebraska State Cup Championship ... Helped lead Sporting Blue Valley to the 2013 ECNL Heartland Division Championship.
Full name is Madeline Marie Elliston … Nickname is Maddie or Mads … Majoring in Nutrition … Named Academic All-Big Ten as a sophomore ... Also competed for Marian's cross country team in high school ... Three words that best describe her off the field are “smiley, funny and kind” … One word that best describes her on the field is “hard-working” … Her favorite quote is: “Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God’s kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes and kindness in your smile” – Mother Teresa … Favorite food is baked beans and ham … Favorite snack is apples … Does not like cinnamon … Favorite women’s soccer player is Mia Hamm ... Says the best part about being a soccer player is “the people you meet, and competing” ... Favorite TV show is Grey’s Anatomy … Some of her favorite musical artists are Adele, Sara Bareilles and Hillsong United … Favorite desert is mint chip ice cream.