Leesburg, VA (Mar. 15, 2017) – Tuscarora senior Dominique Davis has commit to play soccer for the University of Delaware beginning the 2017/2018 academic school year.
“After committing, it felt like a huge weight was lifted off of my shoulders,” said Davis. “Trying to find the school that was the best fit for me was a long and stressful process. I attended a number of summer camps, met with a lot of teams, and didn’t truly know where I wanted to go until I attended a summer camp at the University of Delaware. At that moment, I made my decision and knew that Delaware was my choice. When I was contacted by the coach, my response was an immediate yes.”
Located in Newark, DE, the University of Delaware’s ranking in the US News & World Report’s 2017 edition of Best Colleges National Universities is 79. UD ranks among the nation’s top 100 universities in federal R&D support for science and engineering, and offers a broad range of degree programs: three associate programs, 140 bachelor’s programs, 121 master’s programs (with 15 joint degrees offered within), and 61 doctoral programs through their seven colleges. UD’s student body encompasses more than 18,000 undergraduates, more than 3,700 graduate students and more than 700 students in professional and continuing studies from across the country and around the globe.
“Matching my academic interest with a soccer program, and the size and location of schools that appealed to me were a lot to consider,” said Davis. “I selected Delaware because I didn’t want to be too far from my family, I liked the quality and ranking of the education – especially in the field of physical therapy, and it has a great woman’s soccer program.”
Davis’ head soccer coach will be Mike Barroqueiro. Coach Barroqueiro, who built an impressive resume at the NCAA Division I level as an assistant and head coach over the last decade, was selected as the new women’s soccer head coach at Delaware on Jan. 18, 2017. A former head coach at Iona College, Barroqueiro spent the last four seasons at North Carolina State where he helped the Wolfpack reach new heights.
“Going into my first year, I expect there to be a lot of hard work and don’t expect it to be easy,” said Davis, “but I will be mentally strong and focus on being the best I can. I will have a lot to prove and am looking forward to making a difference on the team.”
Davis has played organized soccer since the age of four. When asked about one of her fondest soccer memories during that tenure, she shared, “The best moment I’ve ever had was in our 2016 state semifinal game. The game was tied 1-1, there wasn’t much time left in sudden death, and we needed to win in order to secure our spot in states. I was in a defensive position and played a long ball up to the forward, where she takes a short dribble and then scores for the victory. I just remember my team and I running up and hugging each other and almost crying because it was such a long season and we had worked so hard. This was the first time in Tuscarora’s history that we won the regional championship.”
“I am thankful for my parents for always pushing me even when I wanted to quit and give up. They drove me an hour each way to practice almost every day, and flew me out to all my college showcases. I also want to thank my coaches for pushing me to be the best player that I could be.”
Asked what advice she’d give others on pursuing their dream, Dominique shared, “Never give up, and that your goals are not always going to be easy to achieve. You have to be mentally strong, and if you focus and work hard there is nothing you can’t accomplish.”
Please join us in wishing Dominique Davis the very best on the soccer field, and in the classroom as she pursues degrees in kinesiology and business from the University of Delaware.
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