Feb. 15, 2013
Vanderbilt soccer will introduce each member of its 2013 signing class over the next few weeks. We begin this weekend with a Tennessee product that has made waves across the state: Laura Foster of Knoxville.
Foster was a four-year starter for Head Coach Reid Estus at the Christian Academy of Knoxville. She played primarily in the defense for a squad that has lost only seven games since 2009, posting a combined record of 89-7-8.
The Warriors advanced to the TSSAA state championship game in all four of Foster's seasons with CAK, winning state titles in 2009 and 2011. Foster was named the Defensive MVP twice before earning overall most valuable player honors as a senior.
Foster was a finalist for Gatorade Player of the Year in Tennessee this year after earning first-team All-South honors from the NSCAA. She has received All-State recognition from the THSSCA and TSWA in each of the past three seasons and was a Knoxville News Sentinel PrepXtra "Player to Watch" four times.
In 2012, Foster was a starter for the Brentwood 94 Premier squad that won Region III and became only the second team from Tennessee to reach the national championship game. Previously Foster had won a Tennessee state championship with Knoxville's FC Alliance 95 Black (2011) and earned three runner-up finishes KFC Crush 95 Blue (2008-10).
Foster started for the Tennessee 1994 ODP squad from 2009 to 2011. Off the field, she has excelled in basketball and track during her time at CAK. Twice named the school's most valuable sprinter, Foster earned All-State honors in track for four straight years.
Personal: Laura Elizabeth Foster... Born Oct. 10, 1994, in Knoxville... Daughter of LeeAnn and Brian Foster... Undecided on her major at Vanderbilt.
Head Coach Derek Greene on Foster:
"We are very excited to have Laura as part of this signing class in 2013. In talking to the high school and club coaches throughout the state about who the best kids are in Tennessee, Laura's name kept popping up in all of those circles. We are so excited about Laura because while we recruit nationally, it's very important that we find the top kids in Tennessee every year.
"Laura brings with her an awesome work ethic; she's an extremely hard worker. She'll play on the back line for us, most likely, as an outside back. She has the speed to get up and down the flank, to attack relentlessly and then get back and defend hard. She can cover the entire field, and that was something we needed to add to our team and to our back line.
"She is a great athlete who had an outstanding career at CAK in several sports. We love to recruit players here who have had good basketball careers. There are a number of connections to be made between the two sports, in terms of instincts."