By Owen Gotimer
Viva Loudoun College Editor
(January 20, 2014) – Potomac Falls High School senior Tori Caldwell has committed to play soccer at the collegiate level for the University of South Carolina Aiken beginning in the 2014-2015 school year.
“Being committed to USC Aiken feels awesome. I verbally committed last January and received my official acceptance into the college in November,” said the 5-foot-3 Caldwell. “I am looking forward to signing my letter of intent on Feb. 5.”
Caldwell stated that USC Aiken is the one school that had everything she wanted including a great coach in Sue Vodicka and a high level of competition playing at the Division II level.
“Vodicka [was] a member of the historic 1985 George Mason squad that claimed the NCAA National Championship by beating North Carolina in the title match,” Caldwell said. “Sue knows what Northern Virginia players can bring to her team in the south.”
Caldwell also praised the school’s highly regarded academic programs.
“University of South Carolina Aiken has been is ranked for many years in the top three among top public regional colleges in the South according to the U.S. News & World Report’s guide,” Caldwell said. “I did a lot of research, and I feel I get the best
“I have played soccer for FC Virginia for the last 5 years in the Elite Clubs National League. The league consists of the top 70 clubs in the United States,” Caldwell said. “My weekends have been filled playing against the best players in the country. I will be ready to play and work with my teammates. I will play any position the coach wants me too. My adjustment to school and traveling would be very little: the ECNL and FC Virginia has prepared me for what to expect.”
Last spring, the Potomac Falls Panthers finished below .500 in the Dulles District at 4-4-1 and 6-9-1 overall. This season the Panthers will compete in the 5A North Region’s Conference 14.
“I hope to be a leader for Potomac Falls and work with all the players to stay confident and play their best no matter the results,” said Caldwell who will play either midfield or defense for the Pacers. “The division has very good teams, and I am sure one of the teams will be playing in Virginia state championship. We are a young team with only four seniors so I am sure this will be a building year for Potomac Falls.”
After moving to Sterling at a young age, Caldwell began playing soccer around age 5. She calls her mother the best team manager, best friend and best mom.
“I love running on the field and working with my teammates. I wouldn’t trade my friends and memories for anything,” Caldwell said. “Soccer has made me a better person and although the experience comes with its up and downs, I would not trade anything for the experiences I have had so far. I can’t wait to see what the next four years bring me.”
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.