June 17, 2014
Over the past several months, Vanderbilt soccer has introduced members of its 2014 signing class. Today, we finish welcoming our eight freshmen by introducing a defender from Chino Hills, Calif.: Emily Sanchez
Late in the recruiting process, Emily Sanchez was still looking for a home to play collegiate soccer.
The defender from California reached out to Vanderbilt coach Derek Greene, who in turn called Jim Wain, Sanchez’s club coach at Legends FC. Greene and Wain have known each other for 15 years and Wain spoke highly of Sanchez’s play.
In March, Greene got a chance to see for himself. Sanchez participated in one of Vanderbilt’s ID camps and stood out to the Commodore coaching staff.
“Once we had a chance to watch how competitive and how hard working she was as an outside back it became a no-brainer to give her an opportunity to come in here and try to give it a shot at Vanderbilt and in the SEC,” Greene said. “We’re very excited to have her. She has a great personality and is a very hard worker.” Sanchez, who has played soccer since she was 4 years old, was a three-time all-league selection at Chino Hills High School. A three-year captain, who started the past three years, she helped the Huskies become a state power.
Chino Hills won a pair of Sierra League championships. The Huskies also reached the CIF semifinals her sophomore year and the quarterfinals her junior season. This March, Chino Hills advanced to the CIF-State Division I Southern California Regional final. Five of Sanchez’s high school teammates will be playing Division I soccer this fall.
On the club circuit, she played for Legends FC, which won the National League championship in 2011-12, was a finalist for the National Cup in 2013 and captured the Surf Cup championship in 2013.
She was named a scholar athlete twice and received the coach’s award in 2014. She graduated in the top five percent of her class and maintained a 4.2 GPA. Sanchez plans to major in medicine, health and society. She wants to become a doctor, travel abroad and offer medical care to less fortunate countries. Her sister, Tina, is a senior defender on the soccer team at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette.
Personal: Emily Sanchez... Born July 18, 1996 in Chino, Calif. ... Daughter of Eric and Gwen Sanchez... Has two sisters, Gabi (25) and Tina (20)… Tina plays soccer at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette… Plans to major in Medicine, Health and Society.