Photo Credit To: Greg Greene
SoccerViza client Caroline Murray signed her first professional contract with Finnish Ykkonen Women club Sudet. The contract is for the 2016 season, with an option to renew for the 2017 season. The Wolves have been climbing up the Finnish pyramid and are aiming to make their first trip to the Naisten Liiga, Finland’s top flight for women, following what they hope to be a successful 2016 campaign.
Caroline, a native of Connecticut, began her collegiate career at Ohio State University, where she had a super-sub role, appearing in 27 games and recording four assists in her freshman and sophomore seasons.
Transferring to the University of New Hampshire saw her career skyrocket, starting in all 40 games of her junior and senior years, recording three goals and 13 assists. She led the America East conference in assists in her senior year, posting eight for the season. After being named the America East Conference Midfielder of the Year and selected to the NSCAA All-Northeast Region Third Team, Caroline started gearing up for professional pursuits, and began working with SoccerViza.
“I’m excited to see what Caroline can do in the professional ranks,” SoccerViza Player and Team Relations Director Christopher McCollum commented.
“She’s an incredible athlete, a very dynamic, technical player who will help Sudet for sure. Her pace down the flanks will cause a lot of damage, and I fully expect her to have a breakout season.”
According to Sudet head coach Jari-Pekka Gummerus, Caroline is a very exciting signing for the club.
“The deal is big for Sudet. The club wants to take the next step on the way to the national top league … She has great stamina and can play on both sides of the pitch. She’s not expected to be the number one scorer, but to create chances for the strikers to score.”
For Caroline, it’s the next step in her journey to reaching her full potential as a player. Being in an environment where the sole focus is training and games will help with her development in a way that is unique to the professional game, yet comes with its own unique set of expectations and pressure. For now though, it’s the realization of a lifelong dream.
“Signing my first professional contract is a dream come true,” Caroline told SoccerViza.
“I am very grateful to Sudet for the opportunity, and SoccerViza for helping to capture it. I can’t wait to get to Finland and get into an environment that’s going to help me continue to develop and grow as a player.”
Caroline will begin her tenure with Sudet in a pre-season camp in Estonia next month, before kicking off the 2016 season in April. You can follow along with Caroline’s progress by following SoccerViza on social media.