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Atholton keeper Kapcala nets soccer scholarship from UCLA Sun's top girls player hopes to start as freshman


In September, Atholton soccer goalkeeper Julie Kapcala sent a videotape containing workout and game footage of herself to a number of colleges in hopes of earning a scholarship.

One of those universities was UCLA.

"The tape got them interested," said Kapcala, The Sun's Howard County girls soccer Player of the Year. "They were impressed, and they saw me at the [Washington Area Girls Soccer] tournament. They thought I could be an asset."

Last week, Kapcala orally committed to a scholarship offer to attend UCLA next fall.

"I liked the big-school environment," said Kapcala, who chose between UCLA and the smaller University of San Diego, where her brother, Damian, is a sophomore. "It has a great reputation, both academically and athletically. And I liked the idea of warmth. I'm kind of tired of the cold weather stuff."

Kapcala, a second-team All-Metro selection, said she will have a good chance to start as a freshman. "They have a girl that will be a sophomore next year, but they expect me to beat her out because she was a walk-on."

Kapcala said the Los Angeles campus and her outgoing personality are a perfect fit. A good student with a 3.23 GPA and a 1,173 SAT score, Kapcala plans to major in communications or business.

"My dad has a few doubts about whether I'll be able to stay up with the academics," said Kapcala, who allowed eight goals this season had 88 saves and registered nines regulation shutouts.

Pub Date: 12/01/96

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