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Women’s football scores eight inks on National Dedication Day

NOIRSBOURG – Eight incoming student-athletes have signed national letters of intent to play for the Virginia Tech women’s soccer team for the fall 2023 season, head coach Chugger Adair announced Thursday.

The Hokies recruiting class includes Ava Arengo, Ella Bjorklund, Samantha DeGuzman, Ellie Farrell, Emma Garrelts, Kylie Marschall, Savannah Sabo and Anna Weir. The recruiting class of 2023 was recently ranked seventh by TopDrawerSoccer.com.

Ava Arengo | Mason, Ohio | Prime Minister of the United States of Cincinnati

Position: Midfielder / Striker
Anticipated Major: Real Estate Financing


Achievements:
Recipient of the Principal’s Award in grades 9, 10 and 11 at William Mason High School… Winner of a four-year track and field letter… Received three All-Ohio honors in 2021 while placing at the meet 400m State Championship, 4x200m Relay and 4x400m Relay… 2021 Girls’ Academy National Championship Team Legend… 2018 USYF National Champion.

Why did you choose Virginia Tech?
AA: “I chose Tech for many reasons. I love the coaching style, the team culture, the location, and the academic support. Playing in the most competitive college football conference has always been there. one of my goals, while attending a school that ranks in the top 10 in the country for my chosen major.”

Ella Bjorklund | Wake Forest, North Carolina | NC Courage
Position: Defender / Midfielder
Anticipated Major: Human Nutrition, Food and Exercise


Ella Bjorklund Signing Day 2022

Achievements: National Honors Society Historian… Heritage High School Mathematics and Science Society Fellow… AP Scholar with Distinction… 2020 and 2021 ECNL Mid-Atlantic All-Conference Second Team. .. Member of the 2019-20 Southeast Division Conference Championship Team … 2018 NCYSA State Cup Champion while playing for NCFC Elite.



Why did you choose Virginia Tech?
EB: “I chose Tech because it will allow me to play at the highest level while having a solid education. Virginia Tech competes with the best of the best and has felt like the perfect place for me since my first ID Camp. Tech has fantastic resources and staff to help me excel on the field and in the classroom. Along with this, the coaches have created an environment that feels like family and I look forward to be part of the family.

Samantha DeGuzman | Manassas, Virginia | Virginia Development Academy

Position: Striker
Anticipated Major: Marketing Management

Samantha DeGuzman signing day 2022
Achievements:
Ranked #6 in the Mid-Atlantic (115th nationally) by TopDrawerSoccer… Competed in the ECNL Nationals in 2019 and 2021… Won the All-Conference Mid-Atlantic U17 First Team in the 2020 season -2021… District named Player of the Year in 10th and 11th grades while playing at Colgan High School… Named first-team All-Met in 2022… Received three academic letters.



Why did you choose Virginia Tech?
SD: “I chose Virginia Tech because as soon as I walked onto campus, I knew it would be the place I would call home. Surrounding yourself with great coaches and a supportive environment “Amazing team while playing competitively at the highest level is something I’ve always dreamed of doing and I felt Tech was the right place to make that dream come true.”

Ellie Farrell | Wilmington NC | Wilmington hammerhead sharks

Position: Midfielder
Anticipated Major: Sports Media and Analytics

Ellie Farrell Signing Day 2022
Achievements:
Named Club Player of the Year 2019 and 2022… Won ECNL First-Team honors in 2019, 2021 and 2022… Scored two goals in the ECNL National Selection game… List name TopDrawerSoccer National Top 150 (114th) … Yearbook Sports Editor and New Hanover High School Spirit Squad Leader.



Why did you choose Virginia Tech?
EF: “I chose Virginia Tech because of the coaching staff. Coach Chugger contacted me at 12 p.m. on June 15 and it was a big deal for me. Everyone believed in me even though I come from a nice little club with few college commits. Talking to the coaches, I really liked their style of play and the way they viewed me on the pitch. The other reasons why I chose Virginia Tech include the fact that campus is only five hours from my home and I can play in the ACC.”

Emma Garrelts | Park Ridge, Ill. | Chicago Sockers

Position: Midfielder
Anticipated Major: Human Development

Emma Garrelts Signing Day 2022
Achievements:
Received a talent invite from Mid-Atlantic in 2022… Named team captain in 2019-20… Member of the DA Winter Cup team in 2019… Competed in the playoffs of the AG U17 during the 2021-22 season.



Why did you choose Virginia Tech?
EG: “I chose Virginia Tech because I love the campus and the spirit of the school. I know I will be challenged on and off the field, and I wanted to branch out and create my own path .”

Kylie Marshall | Ashburn, Virginia | TSJ FC Virginia

Position: Defender
Anticipated Major: Business

Kylie Marshall 2022
Achievements:
Won the Independence Achievement Award for being in the top five percent of his class at Independence High School… Four-time conference champions at TSJ FC Virginia… Named All-American in 2021- 2022 by United Soccer Coaches organization.



Why did you choose Virginia Tech?
KM: “I chose Virginia Tech because everything felt like the right place for me. The campus and facilities are beautiful, but I was really impressed with the coaching staff and team. The dedication and the team’s love for the school are evident and I really wanted to contribute to the program.”

Savanna Sabo | Cumming, Georgia | IMG Academy

Position: Goalkeeper
Anticipated Major: Chemical Engineering

Savannah Sabo 2022 SD
Achievements:
Member of the 2019 U.S. National Indoor Team playing in Argentina… Starting goaltender for the Croatian U19 National Team… Qualified for the 2020 U17 European Championships and reached the U19 second round in 2021 and 2022… Member of the IMC Academy conference championship team in 2020 and 2021…Ranked eighth in the nation among club goaltenders by TopDrawerSoccer…Member of the National Honors Society for four years and worked with the UNICEF for three years.

Why did you choose Virginia Tech?
SS: “I chose Tech because the coaches are as good as they come and the players played a huge part in my decision. The players were so kind and welcoming when I visited. The facilities at Tech are top notch. order and it won’t get much better than ACC football.”

Anna Weir | Acworth, Georgia | top hat

Position: Striker
Anticipated Major: Interior Design


Anna Weir Signing Day 2022

Achievements: Holds three school records at North Paulding High School for most goals scored in a single game (7), most goals scored in a single season (34) and most assists in a single season (19). Year…Paulding County Player of the Year…Served as team captain in her junior and senior year…Part of the Tophat Gold team finishing third in the 2022 Champions League.



Why did you choose Virginia Tech?
AW: “I chose Tech for many reasons. The campus and surrounding town create the perfect college town atmosphere. Their academics are some of the best in the country, they have an amazing football program, and overall, it really feels like home.”