BLACKSBURG – In preparation for the second round of the 2021 NCAA Tournament, the Virginia Tech women’s soccer team represents every member of its signed 2022 class. Join the Hokies this season Natalie Mitchellis a five-foot-seven forward who hails 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 Division I Southern Division Player of the Year, Mitchell is a recognized finishing offense with a winning mindset and is on her way to Virginia Tech to complete 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,” Adair continued. “She is the kind of person who wants success both for this team and for herself. We are excited to add her to our group and look forward to the impact she will have on 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 career assists, setting Golden Bears single-season records for goals (35) and points (87) during their CIF section and state championship run.
Thanks to Mitchell at his peak, Temecula Valley (24-1-1) went undefeated in the 2022 conference (10-0-0), ending the winter season with a #2 national ranking. United Football Coaches.
On the club scene, Mitchell showed off her offensive prowess at the San Diego Surf in San Diego, California, scoring 33 goals in 22 Elite Club League (ECNL) games, including five hat-tricks and one five-goal tally. She also outscored Arsenal FC Sporting Murrieta, California in scoring for four consecutive club campaigns, winning a string of cup titles and becoming ECNL’s Player to Watch.
Q&A with Natalie Mitchell
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 getting to know 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? “The most memorable football moment for me will 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 title in 2022 as we lost in the quarter-finals in 2021.”
What interests you at Virginia Tech? “I plan to study criminology at Virginia Tech. I’m interested in pursuing 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 lights on Thompson Field flashing as often as possible!”