IRVINE, Calif. --- UC Irvine women's soccer mixes in some defense with the newest crop of Anteaters with the addition of outside defender, Kayla Valenzuela.
The Riverside native went to nearby Riverside Poly High School where she played soccer and also ran track and cross country.
"Kayla is a gifted player who we have worked with closely at our ID Camps," noted Anteater head coach Scott Juniper. "She impressed us with her tenacity for and her very sharp competitive nature."
Her fire helped three league titles in high school. She earned all-league in all four years including her freshman campaign where she scored five goals and had 11 points, and her team reached the CIF Quarterfinals and farther in each season.
"She has had extensive ODP experience and has played with all of the top players out of southern California. Those experiences will give a solid foundation here with the Anteaters."
That ODP experience culminated in a national title with her Cal South squad. She caught on years ago with the MGFM Soccer Club, and has worked her way through with Corona Eagles, IE Surf, and finally Albion SC for the last four seasons under coaches Bogy Draghici and Marr Bradbury.
Valenzuela has had her soccer mindset from a very young age, and joining the program is a huge step for UCI and her. "It is a dream school for me," she remarked as she as the program inches ever-closer to the 2017 campaign