AX are delighted to announce their first official signing from the 2014 Women’s Pro Soccer Combine in California as goalkeeper Tori Christ puts pen to paper with Vasteras BK30 in the Swedish Second Division.
Christ first became associated with AX at the inaugural women’s combine in Carlsbad in 2014. The event proved to be a great success as three women secured trials in Sweden, but the 22 year-old shot stopper was not among them. Premier League scouts were in attendance and although they made sure to keep tabs on Christ, she was unfortunate to not secure at least a trial.
AX were quick to invite Christ on the Women’s Pro Combine later this year, so confident they were in her ability. She accepted, and went to pre-season training with the Boston Breakers
to ensure she was in peak condition for her next opportunity.
It was after a training session with the Breakers, however, that Christ returned to messages from AX women’s director Simon Deeley asking about her interest and availability to play in Europe.
“I was so excited and curious to see what the opportunity was and if anything would come of it,” Tori Christ told AX.
Using his contacts, Deeley then sent a highlight tape to Vasteras BK30 who immediately offered her a contract and a starting role in their bid for promotion.
“To say it was a dream come true was an understatement. I’ve worked my whole life for this and for it to actually happen is amazing.”
Vasteras have signed a goalkeeper with quite the pedigree. At Cornell University she was a four year Varsity player, two time captain and the first player in program history to receive the Randy May Coaches’ award in three of her four years in Ithaca.
Christ is very thankful to AX and Deeley in particular for being given the opportunity to join such an ambitious club: “Simon Deeley was always available to answer any questions I had. I’ve never been through anything like this and he helped me through the whole process.”
Having such a reliable performer between the sticks is sure to breed confidence in her new back four as they aim for promotion to Division One within the next two years.