HUNTINGTON, Ind. - The Huntington University women's soccer program has added a Golden State standout to its 2012-12 roster with the signing of Napa, Calif., native Crystal Andreas.
A prolific scorer for Vintage High School, Andreas was a two-time MVP of her varsity squad. She helped guide the Crushers to a Monticello Empire League (MEL) Championship this past season and for her efforts was named MEL All-League in addition to earning First Team All-County honors. Andreas was also recently named the 2011-12 Napa County Girls Soccer Co-Players of the Year by the Napa Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association. Click here
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Andreas has also made a name for herself on the club scene where she has racked up over ten tournament titles playing for Vallejo Strikers and Napa Elite. As Napa Elite's top goal scorer, she recently led her team to a first place finish in league play.
"Crystal is going to be a huge problem for our competition,” noted Coach Burgher. “She is strong, fast and can finish. We are expecting some great things from her this upcoming season. She plays at the type of level that will translate into the college game very quickly. This is a big signing for Huntington!"
The exercise science major has been equally successful in the classroom as evidenced by the plethora of awards earned throughout her prep career which include being a four-time Lamp of Knowledge honoree, Earth House Student of the Week and recipient of the Block V Award. Andreas is also a member of the National Honor Society.
"I chose Huntington University because I took into consideration that I wanted something unlike what I am used to in California," stated Andreas. "I want to have new experiences and meet new people who will impact my life even more than some already have.
"I love the fact that Huntington is a private school, is giving me the opportunity to join its women’s soccer team and is providing a great kinesiology major for me to study. Coach Burgher's welcoming way of approaching me is surely the one of the greatest factors for me choosing Huntington. From the start, he wanted to me to know as much as I could about the school before I made a final decision. A few of the girls on the team, all of whom I have not met yet, have contacted me to let me know that if I need anything just let them know and that has already made me feel more comfortable about coming to an unfamiliar school."
Andreas is the daughter of Emanuel and Frances Andreas of Napa, California.