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Vela Signs Las Cruces Player
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  03/20/2006
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

March 20, 2006

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.- University of New Mexico head women's soccer coach Kit Vela has announced the signing of Las Cruces, N.M. player Veronika Strnadova to National Letter of Intent for the 2006 fall season. Strnadova, originally from the Czech Republic, lettered in soccer for three years at Las Cruces High School and has been a member of two New Mexico club teams.

Strnadova led her high school team to three consecutive 5A district titles as well as a state championship title during her sophomore season. Her high school accolades include, first team all district as a freshman, all-district honorable mention as a sophomore, second team all district and all-state honorable mention as a junior.

In club soccer, Strnadova played for the Jornada Sharks (2000-05) and AUFC `89 (2005-06) as a midfielder. The Sharks earned state championship titles in 2002 and 2003 while Strnadova was on the team and were also Region IV quarterfinalist in both years. During her time with the AUFC `89, Strnadova helped the team finish third in the state championships in 2004 and 2005.

In 1999 and 2004, Strnadova was a 3v3 National Champion and was also a 3v3 National Finalist in 2001 and 2003. Her soccer experience also extends to the ODP level as she played for the NM State ODP team from 2002-05.

This April Strnadova and her sister, who is currently a junior, are traveling back to the Czech Republic to play for its U19 national team. The team will be playing in one international friendly match against Slovenia to prepare for the European Cup Qualifiers and will also be playing against the Czech Women's National Team.

Strnadova is currently on track to be the Valedictorian of her high school. She has excelled in the classroom, earning the Outstanding Academic Achievement Award all four years. While at UNM, she plans to major in computer science.

"Veronika is a very crafty and experienced central midfielder," said Vela. "We are really looking forward to adding a top in-state player like Veronika to the team. She has great potential to make an impact her freshman year. She has the talent and is a player that comes from a terrific soccer family."

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