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 goalkeeper Evann Smith to a National Letter of Intent for the 2019 season, Head Coach Paul Stumpf announced.
Smith arrives at UCSB from Santa Clarita, Calif., having played her club soccer from 2016-19 for Real So Cal Soccer Club in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy (DA) under coach Chris "Ozzie" Osment. With her help, the team won the 2017 SURF Cup in the Girls U17 DA division. Her season-best shutout streak was 838 minutes, while only conceding 0.17 goals per game. She was part of Real So Cal's roster for the 2017 Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) Player Development Program (PDP).
"Evann is a relatively local product, and a long, lean, athletic goalkeeper. Her shot-stopping and communication were the first few qualities that we noticed, and her sincere interest in UCSB was what made us decide to give her this opportunity," Stumpf said on Smith.
The 6' 0" netminder also played two seasons for Valencia High School in the Foothill League in the CIF Southern Section under Head Coach Kevin Goralsky.
In the classroom she earned several honors, including a Scholar Athlete award at Valencia High in the 2015-16 school year, Viking Valor Awards for Spanish in 2017 and U.S. History in 2018, and was a finalist in 2018 for the California NanoSystems Institute Nanovation Award.
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