"The University of Minnesota is a great school with an amazing soccer team. Plus, it's close to home!"
Four-time All-Conference honoree (2009-2012)... Helped her team become DeLaSalle's first-ever section finalists in 2012...DeLaSalle Soccer Focus, Effort and Commitment Award...Pioneer Press Athlete of the Week...Star Tribune Athlete of the Week and Hardware Hank Nuts and Bolts Athlete of the Week...DeLaSalle Varsity Captain...Four-time varsity letterwinner in soccer...Also letter in Track and Field...MN State Track & Field State Qualifier for the triple jump...National Honor Society...Four-year Honor Roll member...Received Athletic-Academic Gold Award.
Played for Minnesota Thunder Academy...2011-12 ECNL National Flight B Finalists...2011-12 ECNL Flight B League 7th place...Currently in 5th place of the 2012-13 ECNL Midwest Conference.
Member of the Minnesota State Olympic Development Program from 2010 to 2012...Regional camp qualifier.
Daughter of Katie Johnston-Goodstar...Has one sibling, Jesse (20)...Born April 28, 1995...Plans to major in American Indian Studies and Kinesiology.
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING ABOUT VANESSA...
John Wooden said, "Understanding that the good of the group comes first is fundamental to being a highly productive member of a team." Vanessa has embraced that sentiment during her four years on the varsity squad. How else could you explain the willingness of a star forward to move to defense for the good of the team? Not only did she switch positions, but she also earned All-Conference honors the next two years while playing in an unfamiliar role. If a coach is looking for a player with heart, focus, effort and commitment, they need to look no further than Vanessa. She will give you everything she has every minute she is on the field and will impress you with her complete commitment to her team and the game. Vanessa will be missed at DeLaSalle High School. We are proud of her and wish her the best as she moves on to the Golden Gophers." - Tim McDonald, DeLaSalle High School Coach
"Vanessa has really improved her skills and game immensely over the last year and I think she has only scratched the surface. She is very fast and has really worked hard to improve her foot skills. Vanessa also has a knack for scoring goals in big games. As Vanessa makes this next step she will continue to grow and show just how good she can be. A great kid and fantastic teammate." - Mark Yueill, Minnesota Thunder Academy Club Coach
"Vanessa will add to our depth either up top or in the back as we have seen her play in both positions. Up top, she has a knack for scoring goals and hunts the restraining line. In the back, she makes really good decisions with her distribution to help her team keep the ball and does a great job keeping play in front of her. We look forward to continuing to develop Vanessa this fall." - Minnesota Head Coach Stefanie Golan
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