Our ninth and final signee is a hard-working forward from Colombia by way of Ashburn, Va. Meet Lina Granados.
Granados plays her high school soccer for Coach Ann Vierkorn at Briar Woods. A four-year starter for the Falcons, she has been named a team captain for her senior campaign. As a junior, Granados earned first-team all-district honors and was named to the All-Met second team.
She plays her club soccer for Coach Clyde Watson's McLean Strikers.McLean has been consistently ranked in the top 10 in the nation. The squad won the 2010 Virginia State Cup and were champions of Region I. The Strikers also reach the USYS national finals that year.
Granados has been a member of the ODP Region I team for past five years, competing at the ODP Inter-Regionals in Florida each fall. She was invited to national camp in 2009 and has participated in two international trips with the Region I side.
A native of Colombia, Granados first earned an invitation to try out for her country's national team at the age of 15. This spring, she earned a place competing with the U20 squad at the South American Women's Championship. Granados played in all seven games, registering two assists, as the Colombians advanced through group play before finishing third overall.
Personal: Lina P Granados... Born May 19, 1994 in Bogota, Columbia... Daughter of Hilda and Francisco... Has two brothers: Daniel (21) and Nicholas (10)... Daniel was the captain for the Thomas Jefferson Crew Team... Nicholas plays soccer and basketball... Planning an engineering major with a minor in management.
Coach Greene on Granados:
"One of the first things you want in a forward is the desire to defend and work hard to get the ball back for your team deep in the other team's end. That's the first thing you notice about Lina. Her work rate is tremendous. She's always defending and pressuring the other team's back line.
"As you watch her, though, you realize that she's an excellent 1-v-1 attacker. Lina is a great attacking personality. She has really quick feet, is a really smart player, and typically makes good decisions with the ball.
"What we need from Lina is just to come in with a lot of confidence and to build on her success at the youth level. She's been a part of the Region I team for several years now and recently was named to the U-20 Colombian National Team, which is a great accomplishment for her and certainly a testament to how far she's come. We know with her work rate she's only going to get better here."