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Kristina O'Donnell - 2016 Commit

Kristina O'Donnell - 2016 (Spirits '98 ECNL)

Kristina O'Donnell

After 10 years being a part of San Juan Soccer Club, I couldn’t be more proud to announce that I will be continuing my soccer career at the Division 1 level at the University of Oklahoma starting in the fall of 2016. The first time I stepped onto OU’s campus, I knew it was the one for me because of the big college atmosphere and the competitive athletic and academic environment. Also, not to mention Oklahoma coaches, Matt Potter, Andy Varns, Buddy Huttanus, and Brandi Vega, that have built the soccer program to the national competitive level. I am so grateful and happy to have the opportunity to live the dream I have imagined since I have been able to kick a soccer ball and to continue the next chapter in my life at the University of Oklahoma. Being with San Juan has developed me into the soccer player and athlete I am today and has taught me countless life lessons on how to compete. I would like to give a special thank you to my past San Juan coaches, especially John DeMartini, Curtis Holmes, Zeca Neto, Erin Sharpe, and Tony Perez for their unwavering commitment and time throughout the years. I would also like to express how thankful I am for my teammates for pushing me to develop my skills and always being there for support. Without my San Juan family, there is no way this opportunity could have happened. Finally, one last very special thanks to my family. Thank you to my mom and dad for traveling with me from state to state for tournaments throughout all of the years and for always being there for me with support, love, and encouragement. Thank you to my older brother, Sean, for all of the support he has given me throughout the years and also thank you to my older sister, Kelsey, for training me and being a role model who was on the Spirits of 91s and continued her education and soccer career at Creighton University. To my coaches, teammates, and family: I love you guys. Although I will be an Oklahoma Sooner wearing crimson and cream in less than a year, I will forever always be a San Juan Spirit bleeding baby blue and white.  Go spirits!