BLACKSBURG – Natalie Mitchell is a 5-foot-7 forward from Temecula, California, where she was an elite scorer, captain and state champion at Temecula Valley High School. Named by the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) 2022 Southern Division 1 Player of the Year, she is an established finishing offense with a winning mindset heading to Virginia Tech to earn her degree in criminology.
“We are very excited to add Natalie to our roster in 2022,” head coach Chugger Adair said. “She is a proven scorer, attacking and can play in many positions.
“Over the past few years, Natalie has grown by leaps and bounds in her game. She is one of those who yearn to succeed both for this team and for herself. We are thrilled to add her to our group and look forward to her impact being part of the Virginia Tech women’s soccer program.”
A dual-sport student-athlete from Temecula Valley, Mitchell earned a total of seven varsity honors in women’s football and track and field, winning team Most Valuable Player awards twice in her senior seasons. In football, the 2022 Temecula Valley Athlete of the Year scored 70 career goals and 35 assists, setting Golden Bears single-season records for goals (35) and points (87) during their run in the CIF section and state championships.
Thanks to Mitchell at his peak, Temecula Valley (24-1-1) went undefeated in the 2022 conference (10-0-0), ending the winter season and finishing 2nd nationally. United Football Coaches.
On the club scene, Mitchell showed her attacking prowess at the San Diego Surf in San Diego, California, scoring 33 goals in 22 Elite Clubs League (ECNL) games, including five hat-tricks and one five-goal tally. She also outscored Arsenal Sporting (Murrieta, California) in scoring for four consecutive club campaigns, winning a string of cup titles and becoming ECNL’s Player to Watch.
What schools did you consider? “Boise State, Coastal Carolina, East Carolina, Gonzaga, Lehigh, Mississippi, Seattle, VCU, and Virginia Tech.”
Why Virginia Tech? “I wanted a school where I could train and play against the best players in the country. Virginia Tech, an ACC member, is the school that allows me to do both.”
What did you like most about your visit to Blacksburg? “I loved how beautiful the campus is, the Hokey Stone buildings, the training facilities and saw Drillfield in person.”
What do you like about Tech’s women’s soccer program? “This program will allow me to grow as a person and as a player in a competitive environment.”
What are your strengths in football? “I would say that my strong point is the ability to attack and go around the net.”
Who is your favorite professional player? “My favorite pro player is Rose Lavelle.”
What is your most memorable football moment? “My most memorable football moment would be winning the 2022 CIF Southern Section Division 1 Championship with Temecula Valley. We have won the highest level competition in southern California. Our team’s goal was to win the 2022 title as we lost in the quarterfinals. round in 2021.”
What interests you at Virginia Tech? “I plan to study criminology at Virginia Tech. I’m interested in a career with the FBI.”
What would you like Tech fans to know about you? “I love to compete and would love to help keep the Thompson Field lights flashing as often as possible!”
Stay tuned to hokiesports.com in the coming weeks as Tech introduces new members from their 2022 signing class.