Foresters add Maldonado to roster

/uploadedImages/News/News_Release_Images/Athletics/Maldonado-Karina.jpgHuntington, Ind. - Huntington University women’s soccer coach Ryan Burgher has announced the signing of a top prospect out of Northern California. Karina Maldonado has signed her national letter of intent to continue her playing career and education as a Forester.

Maldonado from Keyes, California, is heading to Indiana after a stellar career at John Pitman High School where she was a three-year starter for the Lions. During her junior year she was named team captain and was selected First Team All-League in the All Central California Conference. As a senior captain she is currently in the midst of her final campaign and has led her team to a 10-1-1 start.

In the club scene, Maldonado played with Cal Nike Rush from 2003-2007 in the US Club Soccer premier division. From 2007-2010, Maldonado played in the Super Y league for the Cal Cougars, also in the premier division. Maldonado attended the Nomads College Showcase in 2007, 2008, and 2009.

Maldonado’s biggest accomplishment came in 2007 when she was a starter for the Cal Cougars team that made it to the US Club Soccer National Tournament in North Carolina. That same year Maldonado was also a key contributor when her team traveled to Florida to compete in the Super-Y National Tournament.

Off the field Maldonado keeps a 3.6 GPA. She is a three-time member of the Principal’s Honor Roll and received the Academic Achievement Award in 2010.

Maldonado, who plans to major in biology or pre-med looks forward to attending HU. “I am excited to be a college soccer player. Even though I am a bit nervous to live out of state without my parents, I’m really excited to experience life on my own. I chose Huntington because it was the best fit for me. It is a small campus and since I’m going out of state, I didn’t want a big school. I like how my professors will actually know my name and I won’t just be another paper to grade. I really liked the campus and also the soccer team when I visited. I love Caitlin Adams - she is pretty much my sister!”

“When Karina came to visit, she fit in great with the team. Karina has a personality that can get along with anyone, she is just a really fun person to be around. She is a very mature girl and will develop into a great leader for her teammates at Huntington,” commented Coach Burgher. “On the field, we just picked up another great player. She has been playing at a very high level and I know she is going to bring that experience and standard to HU. We are expecting her to impact the center of the field for us right away.”
The Huntington University Foresters compete in 14 intercollegiate sports for men and women. In the past decade, Huntington has produced 53 NAIA All-America honors and 173 All-America Scholar Athlete honors. Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S.News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest.


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