Bucs bolster back line with addition of Murua-Astorquiza
Bucs bolster back line with addition of Murua-Astorquiza
Friday, July 11, 2014

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (July 11, 2014) - Further strengthening the Buccaneers' incoming recruiting class, ETSU Women's Soccer Head Coach Adam Sayers has announced the addition of international standout Garazi Murua-Astorquiza (Getxo, Spain).

"We are thrilled that Garazi will be joining us," Sayers said. "She is a very accomplished defender, whose style of play fits our own philosophy very well. She is a very intelligent player, and is technically excellent."

Murua-Astorquiza, who plays primarily as a center back, brings a wealth of international experience and success to the Bucs' lineup.

As a member of the Spanish National Team's Under-17 squad, Murua-Astorquiza participated in a European Championship qualifying campaign, making her debut against Serbia. The Getxo, Spain, native later took part in a pair of European Championship qualifying campaigns as a member of Spain's Under-19 team, earning caps against Northern Ireland, Germany, Czech Republic, and Greece. 

Currently, Murua-Astorquiza is preparing for the UEFA Under 19’s European Championship Finals to be held in Norway later this month. She was selected in the 18-player squad to represent Spain in the tournament.

"Her experience at international and club level is very impressive, and will be invaluable," Sayers said. "I am sure she’ll be a success at ETSU."

The daughter of Juan R. Murua and Inma Astorquiza, Garazi attended Aixerrota High School, while playing for Athletic Club of Bilbao. She helped lead Bilbao to a Basque Cup title in 2011 and a Segunda División Nacional league championship in 2012.

Accruing numerous individual honors during her amateur playing career, Murua-Astorquiza earned a spot on the Basque National Team in 2012 and was named Best Central Defender in the 2013 Spanish Soccer Draft.

Murua-Astorquiza, who plans to major in economics at ETSU, cited the school's strong women's soccer program, along with its impressive economics and finance program. Her career aspirations are to become a professional soccer player, play in a World Cup, and to become a good professional in her field of study.

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