SANTA CLARA, Calif. – With its long tradition of excellence, Santa Clara women's soccer is set to welcome a new class of freshmen to the Mission campus. SantaClaraBroncos.com will introduce one incoming player a day for the next eight days. Next up is Emily Johnson of Scotts Valley, Calif.
"Santa Clara has a soccer program that is not only successful and well developed, but the program is also inviting," said Johnson. "I was very impressed with Santa Clara's emphasis on collaboration rather than competition. As I see it, the goal at Santa Clara is not to be better than everyone else, but it is to work together so that everyone comes out of the college experience well-rounded and well-educated. Because of the soccer program, the academics and the overall welcoming atmosphere, I am looking forward to attending Santa Clara University."
"Emily Johnson will add to our goalkeeping corps next season as one of three goalkeepers," said Santa Clara head coach Jerry Smith, entering his 27th season leading the Broncos. "She's a very bright student studying engineering and is someone that will come in here very well prepared."
Johnson is a three-time Santa Cruz County Athletic League Goalkeeper of the Year, having won the award her freshman, sophomore and junior years. As a junior she had a 0.475 GAA, as a sophomore a 0.621 GAA and as a freshman a 0.243 GAA. Her high school team is also three-time Santa Cruz County Athletic League champions.
Johnson played for the Santa Cruz Country Breakers 94G White and was a Top Drawer Soccer National Top-100 Player and is a seven-time team captain. Eight times she was a U.S. Soccer Training Center invitee. In 2011 she took part in the 2011 Cal North ODP State Pool and Region IV ODP camp. In 2008 Johnson was in the Region IV ODP pool. Her team's accomplishments include a 2011 U.S. Club Nationals Premier Division third place finish, 2011 U.S. Club Regional Premier Division champions and 2011 NorCal Premier Regional Academy League Premier 2 champions. In 2012 her team was a NorCal Premier State Championship semifinalist and as a guest with the SCC Breakers 92G, Johnson was a 2010 San Francisco Cup champion. In 2009 the Breakers were NorCal Premier Silver Division state champions.
In high school Johnson spent three years on the Principal's list. In 2011-12 she was an Outstanding Student in IB History of the Americas and IB Spanish. In 2010-11 she was an Outstanding Student in Physical Education and in 2009-10 she was an Outstanding Student in Band.
Her interests include soccer and art.