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 outside back Emily Johnson to a National Letter of Intent for the 2019 season, Head Coach Paul Stumpf announced.
Johnson arrives at UCSB from Newport Beach, Calif., having played her club soccer for LAFC Slammers under coaches George Larsen and Ziad Khoury. She played right back, right midfielder, and centerback for her club team. With her help, the team won the Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) National Championship in both 2015 and 2016. In 2017, LAFC Slammers finished third at the ECNL Final Four. In 2018, they won the Academy National Championship and were Academy Southwest Division League Champions.
"Emily has played in a number of club national championship games for Slammers FC. She is about as solid and steady as they get, and consistency is a great quality to have in a student/athlete. She has mostly played as a right back, so, we will work with her in that role to begin with," Stumpf said on Johnson.
The 5' 5" defender also played for Newport Harbor High School (NHHS) in the Sunset League under Head Coach Justin Schroeder. In her time with NHHS, she played as a central attacking midfielder, central defensive midfielder, and central defender. In the 2016-17 season, she scored 12 goals and racked up 15 assists as a midfielder.
Johnson also earned first team All-Sunset League honors in her sophomore season and was recognized as first team All-County as she was a crucial part of NHHS' first CIF tournament appearance in seven years in 2017.
In the 2019 season, NHHS earned a Sunset League championship for the first time in school history.
Johnson was a multi-sport athlete, competing in track and field and volleyball in addition to soccer.
In the classroom, she earned a spot on the Principal's Honor Roll every semester of high school.