By Owen Gotimer
Viva Loudoun College Editor
(May 19, 2014) – Broad Run High School junior Caroline Kerns has made an early verbal commitment to join one of the top soccer programs in the country as she will play for head coach Charles Adair at Virginia Tech beginning in the 2015-2016 school year.
“My college decision wasn’t easy, I was blessed enough to receive offers from some really powerful teams. However, I knew I wanted to stay in the ACC, when it came down to it, VT was just the best fit for me, as a student, and a player,” said the 5-foot-10 Kerns. “It’s a great school overall. My education has always been really important to me, and Tech will give me the opportunity to push myself on and off the field.”
On top of Virginia Tech’s academic reputation, the women’s soccer program is on the short list of top women’s soccer programs in the country. The Division I Hokies finished the 2013 season as the nation’s No. 4 overall team with a 19-5-3 record including a 9-3-1 mark in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Virginia Tech – including Broad Run High School graduate Ellie Zoepfl, Stone Bridge High School graduate Murielle Tiernan and Ashburn-native Kimberley Anderson – made a run in the DI NCAA tournament before falling to No. 3 Florida State in the tournament’s semifinal on Dec. 6.
“I’ve always wanted to play on a competitive Division I team, and Tech’s ranked amongst the top teams in the country,” said Kerns who plays club soccer for McLean ECNL. “After watching the team play in the national semifinals last year, I knew I had to play with them. The coaching staff is doing absolutely amazing things with the program, and the NCAA can definitely expect a lot out of the Hokies in the future.”
Virginia Tech and its coaching staff led by Charles Adair should be expecting big things out of the high school junior Kerns. The last Loudouner to commit to play for the Hokies women’s soccer team was Tiernan who was named the No. 18 freshmen in the country by Top Drawer Soccer after her performance in 2013.
“I just want to continue the hard work that the girls at Tech have already started,” said Kerns who will play forward for the Hokies. “They keep getting better every year, and I’m definitely going to do everything I can for the team to continue enjoying their well-deserved success.”
Kerns is a team player who gives her all year-in-and-year-out while competing for the Broad Run Spartans girls soccer team. The junior has led the 2014 squad to a Top 10 ranking in the Washington D.C. area.
“We’ve started off really well. Our junior class is solid this year, as well as our freshman class that just came in, so we’re definitely bound to stir up some trouble this season,” Kerns said. “I wasn’t able to play last season because of an injury, so I’m really determined to make this high school season a long one. My freshman year we barely lost the state finals in a PK shootout, so we’re still working to avenge that game, and we might just get the chance to do so this season.”
Still a junior, Kerns has committed to play for a country’s top program after playing just a season of high school soccer and noted that an early commitment has its ups and downs.
“Don’t get me wrong – I’m more than lucky to be able to sit back stress free during the college admissions process. I’m extremely thankful to be given the opportunity,” Kerns said. “However, the tough part is, that it just makes me so much more eager to get to college! Waiting for two years, when you already know where you’re going, can become a struggle in its own way.”
Something Kerns has not struggled with in her early years was finding her desire to play soccer as her mom served as a role model from the time she was young.
“My mom played DI soccer at North Carolina State, and she even played in the NCAA National Championship. I’ve wanted to follow in her footsteps since the first day I put a pair of cleats on,” Kerns noted. “She’s always expected a lot out of me, and I’m so grateful that she has. Soccer has allowed me to meet some of the most amazing people I’ve ever met – my coaches, teammates, physical therapists – and making them proud is what keeps me motivated to become the best player I can be.”
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!