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 forward Avery Shaffer to a National Letter of Intent for the 2019 season, Head Coach Paul Stumpf announced.
Shaffer arrives at UCSB from Carlsbad, Calif., having played her club soccer for both SoCal Blues '01 in the Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) under coach Greg Baker and San Diego Surf in the US Development Academy (DA). She played at forward for both teams.
With SoCal Blues, Shaffer won the Surf Cup and SoCal Blues Cup in 2016.
"Avery comes from the Surf Soccer Club, and is a very hard working forward. She is going to fit in well with our philosophy of pressing from the top. Her pace and fitness level will help us on the flank going forward," Stumpf said on Shaffer.
The 5' 7" forward also played for Carlsbad High School (CHS) in the Avocado West League. There, she played right, left, and center forward. She earned an award for most goals scored in her sophomore year.
Shaffer was also a member of the Olympic Development Program (ODP) pool from 2015-17. She made the state ODP team, CalSouth, and won the US Youth Soccer Region IV ODP Championships in 2016. In addition, she made the Region IV ODP team and won the International Cup in Costa Rica in 2017. In 2015 and 2016, she was also a US Training Center Player Invitee.
In addition to soccer, Shaffer also competed in track and field.
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