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Ashley "Sparkle" Newland - 2016 Commit

Ashley "Sparkle" Newland - 2016 (Spirits '98 ECNL)

Ashley Newland

I am excited to announce that I will be playing Division 1 soccer at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in the fall of 2016. The first time I visited the campus, I fell in love with it. From the awesome coaching staff with Scot Wieland and Nick Whiting to the welcoming girls on the team, this school is the perfect match. After 8 years of being a part of the San Juan Soccer Club, I would not have gotten anywhere without the support from all my coaches: John DeMartini, Mo Whitney, Curtis Holmes, Zeca Neto, Erin Sharpe and Tony Perez. Not to mention my high school coaches, Rosella Kelly and Maryclaire Robinson for believing in me. I would like to especially thank my trainer, Steve Frietas, who has taught me to be the player I am today and without him I would not be at this level.

Lastly, the unconditional love and support from my family has driven me to reach my goal of playing Division 1 soccer. I have gained lifelong friendships with my San Juan family and can’t wait to hear about all their success. I am ready to compete at the next level and could not be happier to play anywhere else. Go Ragin’ Cajuns!