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 central defender Claire Pappas to a National Letter of Intent for the 2019 season, Head Coach Paul Stumpf announced.
Pappas arrives at UCSB from Danville, Calif., having played her club soccer for Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) Mustang SC. A team captain for her club team, she contributed to top-four finishes in the ECNL National Playoffs in 2016 and 2018, while winning the ECNL Northwest conference three times from 2016-18. She was also part of a unit responsible for the fewest goals allowed in the ECNL 2016 season.
"Claire has been a starting center back for her very successful ECNL club Mustang SC. She has played in a number of national championship events, and with her speed and soccer IQ, we expect her to come in and compete right away," said Stumpf on Pappas.
The 5' 6" defender also played for Monte Vista High School (MVHS) of the East Bay Athletic League (EBAL) in the CIF North Coast Section (NCS) under coaches Chris Lum and Karen Huether. While playing for MVHS, Pappas earned an NCS Championship and NorCal State Championship, while achieving a #1 national ranking, in the 2017/18 season. With her in the backline, MVHS allowed the fewest goals in the EBAL in the same season.
Pappas made her ECNL team during tryouts in her first eligible season and has been on the same team since 2009. She has also played midfield, forward, as well as her current position in defense.
She also was a member of her track and field team in high school.
In the classroom, Pappas was a member of her high school's honor roll all four years.