This release is part of a series announcing each of UCSB Women's Soccer's National Letter of Intent signees for the 2019 season. Check back regularly over the course of the next month to read about each signee.
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – The UC Santa Barbara women's soccer program has signed holding midfielder Sydney Arrillaga to a National Letter of Intent for the 2019 season, Head Coach Paul Stumpf announced.
Arrillaga arrives at UCSB from Los Altos, Calif., having played her club soccer for Mountain View Los Altos (MVLA) Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) Milan. While playing for her club team, she earned an invite to the ECNL Player Development Program in 2017.
"Syd comes from a club program that we like to recruit from. MVLA is a club that stresses a possession style, and Syd is coming in to play as a holding central midfielder. She is exceptional at winning balls in the air, and she is a very good swing-type player in possession," said Stumpf on Arrillaga.
The 5'10" midfielder also played for Mountain View High School (MVHS) of the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League (SCVAL) in the CIF Central Coast Section (CCS) under Head Coach Ivan Bandov. While playing for MVHS, she earned All-League First Team, Scholar Athlete, San Jose Mercury News All-SCVAL First Team, and All-CCS Honorable Mention honors in both the 2017 and 2018 seasons.
In those same seasons, Arrillaga contributed to MVHS's SCVAL league championships and their runner-up finishes in the CCS Open Division.
Arrillaga was also part of her high school's varsity track and field team in both 2016 and 2017.
In the classroom, she achieved a 4.3 cumulative GPA and was a member of the California Scholarship Federation for three years. She also was recognized for Outstanding Achievement in Chemistry in 2016-17 and as an Advanced Placement Scholar in 2018.