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2015-04-15 / Sports

Amherst resident signs pro contract with soccer team from Sweden

¦ Tori Christ expected to start Saturday
PATRICK NAGY
Sports Reporter


Amherst resident Tori Christ recently signed a professional contract to be the starting goalkeeper for Västerås BK30, a women’s pro team based an hour outside of Stockholm, Sweden, through the end of September. 
File photo by Kevin Hoffman Amherst resident Tori Christ recently signed a professional contract to be the starting goalkeeper for Västerås BK30, a women’s pro team based an hour outside of Stockholm, Sweden, through the end of September. File photo by Kevin Hoffman Tori Christ has not been overseas since she was a child. For at least the next five months, she will be in Europe living a dream.

The Amherst resident signed a professional contract to be the starting goalkeeper for Västerås BK30, a women’s pro team based an hour outside of Stockholm, Sweden, through the end of September.

“It is something I have worked my entire life for,” Christ said. “I didn’t know if it would happen, so it is an incredible opportunity. I am so grateful for it.”

Christ was selected to the team after attending a soccer combine in San Diego in January. Pro Soccer Consulting Soccer Academy — an agency at the combine — called her two weeks ago and said they were interested in her services. Christ signed the contract April 2.

“My goal was to someday get a professional contract,” Christ said. “They finished third in the division. Their hope is to within this season or the next season advance to the first division. I’m excited about the pro contract, but I am also looking forward to coming in and impacting the team.”

Christ’s first game with Västerås BK30 is slated for Saturday.

According to prosocceracademy.com, Christ was first seen by PSC Agency staff at the agency’s inaugural women’s pro soccer combine held last year in Carlsbad, California.

Three players were selected to try out in Sweden but Christ was not among them. However, her performances were noted by Premier League coaches in attendance.

Christ, a 2014 graduate of Cornell University, started her junior and senior years and was a two-time captain. She led the Ivy League in saves during her junior year. She is ranked 11th in program history for saves in a single season.

In her senior year, Christ earned an invitation to the Boston Breakers of the Women’s Professional Soccer League’s preseason training camp. She was named to the reserve team where she trained daily with the first team.

She was invited back to the Breakers’ team for the 2015 preseason before she got the call from Västerås BK30.

Christ called her time with the Breakers as an incredible learning experience and led her to the opportunity in Sweden.

“The pace was so much quicke r,” she said. “You don’t have as much time to think. You need to know what you are going to do with the ball before it even gets to you. It was the pace I wanted to maintain.”

Beyond the opportunity to play pro soccer, Christ said she is looking forward to the cultural experience of living in Sweden.

“I’ve heard a lot of younger people in Sweden speak English, but I would love to get there and know a couple Swedish phrases,” she said.

Christ, 22, started playing goalie at age 6 when the starting goalie for Young America, a youth travel team out of Hamburg, broke her finger. Christ, who had been playing forward, decided to give it a try.

She went onto play for the Niagara Falls Fury in Canada, Buffalo United, and the NY-West Olympic Development Program.

Christ played her high school soccer at Nardin where she broke the WNY shutout record with 12 and was named All-New York State First Team, All-Western New York, Monsignor Martin Athletic Association MVP and a three-time First Team All-Catholic all-star.

Christ also earned a gold medal for the Western Region open division at the Empire State Games.

Christ thanked her family, the Breakers’ organization and all of her coaches throughout her career.

“Without them, I would not be the goalie or person that I am,” Christ said. “I am very grateful to everyone who supported me along the way.”

email: pnagy@beenews.com

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