Culton and Lukasewich to Join Professional Teams
March 20, 2012
RUSTON, La. – Seniors Scotti Culton and Olivia Lukasewich of the Louisiana Tech soccer team will be joining professional teams once they complete their degrees in May. They will be the first Lady Techsters to play professional soccer in program history.
“This is a great achievement and a result of a lot of hard work by both of them,” Louisiana Tech head coach Kevin Sherry said. “It is nice to see players who genuinely love the game, have the ambition to take it to a new level and get their reward. Scotti and Olivia have been such great examples for others to follow.”
Culton will be joining the Colorado Rapids Women based out of Fort Collins, Colo. of the W-League. The team, formerly known as the Colorado Force FC, joined in a partnership with the Colorado Rapids of Major League Soccer earlier this month.
“Continuing soccer is a dream of mine I honestly didn’t think I would have a chance to continue,” said Culton. “It is pretty tough after college is over and if you don’t go to a school that is in a major conference (Big 12, PAC-12, SEC, etc.) it is tough to get noticed.”
The W-League is top women’s professional soccer league in the United States after Women’s Professional Soccer suspended play for 2012 and will play a 14-game schedule beginning in late May. Notable players in the league are United States National Team members Alex Morgan and Hope Solo, who both signed with the Seattle Sounders Women.
Lukasewich will be playing in Scotland for the Spartans Women’s and Girls’ Football Club of the Scottish Women’s Premier League.
“I am looking forward to this opportunity and how it will make me a more rounded player,” Lukasewich said. “The game is more technical in Scotland than what I am used to which will challenge me to develop a higher level of ball control.”
The Premier League was founded in 2002 and is the highest level of women’s soccer in Scotland. The season runs from March through November with the league champion automatically qualifying for the UEFA Women’s Champions League.
Spartans WFC was founded in 1985 in Edinburgh, Scotland and has been affiliated with the men’s squad, Spartans FC, since 2008.
In 2004, Spartans WFC was promoted to the Scottish Women’s Premier League and has finished runners-up to Glasgow City LFC in 2009 and 2011. Spartans WFC won the Scottish Women’s Premier League Cup in 2007 while reaching the finals in 2009, 2010 and 2011.
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