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 midfielder Emiko Groth to a National Letter of Intent for the 2019 season, Head Coach Paul Stumpf announced.
Groth arrives at UCSB from Danville, Calif., having played her club soccer for Mustang Fury Soccer Club in the Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) under coach Mike Kelley. There, she played as a defensive midfielder and centerback. There, she was part of the Player Development Program (PDP) team from 2013-17.
"Emi is another product of the Mustang Soccer Club and fits very well into how we want to play. Her qualities include having a great engine, skill, and composure. All of that leads to her being a great connector of passes. That should translate into most likely seeing time in the central midfield for us," Stumpf said on Groth.
The 5' 1" midfielder also played for San Ramon Valley High School (SRVHS) in the East Bay Athletic League (EBAL) of the CIF North Coast Section (NCS) under coach Mark Jones. She played both as a midfielder and centerback and she started every game for SRVHS.
Groth earned All-League Honorable Mention honors and was part of the SRVHS team that won the NCS title in 2016.
She served as captain for both teams she played for, first for Mustang Fury in 2013-16 and 2018-19, and for SRVHS in the 2018-19 season.
In the classroom, Groth earned recognition for her success by earning a Renaissance Award and "Leader of the Pack" award.
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