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VAFC Xpress Player Rachel Nicely Signs Letter of Intent with Concord University

  Valley AFC wishes to congratulate Rachel Nicely who, this past week, signed her letter of intent to play for NCAA DII Concord University - beginning this Fall 2016.

Rachel first played for VAFC Xpress at aged 9 after being “spotted” at a local Recreation Tournament. Even from an early age it was clear that she had the potential to be a college athlete.

VAFC Xpress Director of Soccer, Dave Stuart, had the following to say:

“I have had the privilege of being directly involved in Rachel’s career since she was 12 years old. Watching her grow up and develop into the person and player she has become makes me extremely proud. Rachel has always been a gifted athlete but it was her hard work and determination that allowed her to grow into the talented soccer player she is.

Rachel is the type of player who demands constant feedback – always wanting to strive to make herself a better player. She has an innate desire to be the best player on the field whenever she crosses the white line.

When we have an athlete of her caliber it is our job to provide them with the tools to be successful - to coach and develop them as players and people. It is the player’s responsibility to take those tools and lessons and transfer them into something tangible. Rachel certainly did that.”

Rachel will begin her senior season at William Byrd High School in a few weeks. Tom Brown, William Byrd's Varsity Head Coach and a VAFC Xpress Director, stated:

"It is exciting to have a player of her ability and dedication.  As a coach, it gives me great confidence going into a game because of her ability to score and the defensive coverage that she draws opens up space for her teammates."

Congratulations to Rachel and her family. Good luck in the Fall and stay in touch!

Rachel (3rd from left) signing letter of intent, while parents Julie &        Rachel and her William Byrd High School teammates
Ben look on.