The University of St. Thomas women's soccer team announced the signing of Julia LaVergne to a national letter of intent. Julia is a defender from Kempner High School and also plays for Eclipse Soccer Club.
"Today marks another great step forward for our program and week by week our team is starting to take shape. Julia will be a great fit for our team, she highly impressed me when we had her on campus and learning more about her mentality and also her personality made me sure she is the player we want to represent our team. Julia is an outside left defender, naturally left footed and this is not as common on the women's side. Our plan is to have her integral part of our defense, and we like our outside defenders to play very high and also to get involved with the attack," said Coach Barjaktarevic. "Learning from her high school coach Mr. Konkolewski made me very certain of her future on our team, and he spoke a lot about her leadership on and off the field and maturity that shows in each game and practice, besides her team role as a captain."
Her high school coach Ricky Konkolewski added: "Never have I had a player as respected by her peers and coaches alike. Julia is mature beyond her years as both a player on the field, and a student-athlete off the field. She has been an integral part of our defense since joining the Varsity team as a sophomore at Kempner High School. As much as we look forward to having her play for our team this upcoming high school season, we are all at excited to see Julia excel at the next level and without any question, knowing as strong-willed as she is, we know she will succeed and help establish a winning program at UST with Coach Barjaktarevic."
Julia is very involved in her high school where she serves as an active Student Council Member and senior class treasurer. She is a member of the National Honor Society, English Honor Society and received Academic Excellence Multiple Years in a row. On the field she was honored as Defensive MVP, 2nd Team All-District and Academic All-District Team, and she also serves as a varsity captain.
Her club coach at Eclipse Soccer Club Steve Williams added: "I have coached Julia LaVergne for the last 2 years; she is a very hard working and self-motivated player. Julia gives her all at each and every practice and game."
"This was such a great opportunity - to be able to study to become a nurse in such a great learning environment while playing the sport I love is just a dream come true," said LaVergne. "I can't wait to continue working hard with my new team and Coach Nik to create a winning standard for the girls to come."
LaVergne plans to major in Nursing at University of St. Thomas. She is the daughter of Mary Beth and Tommy LaVergne.