By Owen Gotimer
Viva Loudoun College Editor
(March 6, 2014) – Briar Woods High School senior Briana Kulisch has signed her National Letter of Intent to continue her soccer career at Stetson University starting in the 2014-2015 academic year.
Kulisch noted the warm weather at the Florida school is just the cherry on top of her decision to play for the Division I Hatters.
“I chose Stetson because as soon as I stepped on campus I fell in love with the beautiful campus,” said the 5-foot-6 Kulisch. “As I learned more about the academics and soccer program, I knew it was the perfect fit. All of the hard years of work are finally paying off, and I couldn’t have asked to find a better fit.”
In 2013, the Hatters – under first year head coach Manoj Khettry – went 4-4-1 in the Atlantic Sun Conference and finished the season 6-10-2 overall.
This fall will be the first time in nearly four years that Kulisch – who will play center mid for Stetson – will take the field for her school’s team.
The senior’s road to college soccer is a little bit different than the stories of her seven Briar Woods classmates who also recently committed to play soccer at the next level: Kulisch has not played for the Falcons since her freshmen year.
“I haven’t played high school soccer the last two years because I wanted to develop more technically and focus on club,” said Kulisch who plays club soccer for Bethesda Freedom. “Ultimately club is the biggest factor into being recruited to play in college. I didn’t think playing high school was going to help me achieve that. As much as it is a fun experience, I am just coming back from a back injury, and I need to focus on strength and speed training at this point.”
At the age of three, Kulisch began her soccer playing days and soon after dreamed of playing collegiate soccer.
“My parents have always supported me and helped me achieve me soccer goals,” Kulisch said. “I would definitely say my first travel coach, Bill Bragg, really instilled a determination in me to always improve my game. To this day I am motivated to be the best player I can be and to help my team on the field as best I can.”
Owen Gotimer is a graduate of Heritage High School in Leesburg and is currently a sophomore at Syracuse University. Follow Owen on Twitter (@BigO_Gotimer) for up-to-date college signings and news. Contact us if you want Owen to do an article on the college commitment of your favorite local athlete or a story on a Loudoun County graduate playing in college!