By Owen Gotimer
Viva Loudoun College Editor
(January 25, 2014) – Broad Run High School junior Stephanie Stahl has committed to play soccer for Virginia Commonwealth University starting in the 2015-2016 school year.
“Ever since I was a little girl, my dreams were to play DI soccer. The feeling of making my dreams a reality is without a doubt unbeatable!” said the 5-foot-3 Stahl.
Stahl noted VCU’s move to the Atlantic-10 Conference to improve their overall athletics’ program is one of a few reasons she decided to play for head coach Lindsey Vanderspiegel.
“VCU is the perfect distance because it’s not too close yet not too far,” Stahl said. “VCU also has good science and medical programs in which I am interested in pursuing when I attend there.”
In 2013, Vanderspiegel made her debut as the VCU head coach leading the Division I Rams to a 8-8-3 finish including a 3-3-2 record in the Atlantic-10 Conference before falling to Dayton in a one-goal thriller in the conference quarterfinals.
“Coach Vanderspiegel believes in a ‘blue collar’ mentality, meaning hard work and not giving up,” said Stahl who will play midfield for the Rams. “I’m hoping to add more of the same hard work to the Rams, as I have had to work hard for everything I have ever earned. This is why I would be a good fit for the Rams.”
Before she gets the chance to play for Vanderspiegel, Stahl will have the chance to improve on a 10-8-3 Broad Run season in 2013. The Spartans earned a 5-4-2 record in the Cedar Run District before getting knocked off by Forest Park in the Northwest Region quarterfinal.
“This season, my expectations for Broad Run are higher than ever,” said Stahl who plays club soccer for McLean ECNL Force ’96. “We have a great team this year with smart players and chemistry so with hard work and determination every day I know we have the ability to make it far.”
Born in Fairfax, Stahl stated she could not have made it the collegiate level of soccer without the “motivation and loving support” of her parents.
“I play soccer because I love being in a competitive environment,” Stahl said. “My teammates love the game just as much as I do, so they are constantly motivating me on and off the field to continue to get better and be the best that I can be. In the end, the reason I have made it as far as I have is because of my family.”
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. Contact us if you want Owen to do an article on the college commitment of your favorite local athlete.