JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (April 21, 2015) – The ETSU women’s soccer program announced Tuesday that Pauline Vienne (Lausanne, Switzerland) and Irina Brutsch (Zurich, Switzerland) have signed their national letters of intent to play for the Bucs starting in the fall of 2015.
“We are thrilled that Irina and Pauline are joining us,” said head coach Adam Sayers. “Together they have a strong on-pitch relationship and understanding from their time together in the Swiss national team. The experiences and education gained from playing at that level will be invaluable. I am very happy they will be joining our team.”
Vienne brings a multitude of international experience to ETSU. In her career with the Switzerland Women’s National Team, Vienne has played for the U16, U17, and U19 squads. In 2012, Vienne helped the U17 Women’s National Team reach the semi-final of the U17 European Championship, and recently competed in the Elite Round of the UEFA U19 Women’s European Championship.
“Pauline is a mobile, modern, positive attacking fullback” Sayers said. “She is technically excellent, and provides width from deep positions on the left side. She is defensively astute, with good positional awareness.”
Vienne has also gained experience playing at the Swiss Soccer Academy from 2010-2012. She currently plays for BSC Young Boys at the club level in the Women’s National A League.
Brutsch comes to ETSU having played soccer in Switzerland for FC Zurich since 2003. In 2013, Brutsch helped FC Zurich reach the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League Tournament. Brutsch, who has also gained experience at the international level, represented the U19 Women’s National team in the elite qualifying round of the 2013 UEFA U19 Women’s European Championship. During her time in the U19 National squad, Brutsch scored two goals in 12 games.
“Irina is a wonderfully talented attacking player,” Sayers said. “She is powerful and skillful in possession, versatile, intelligent, and provides great movement in the wide and forward positions.”
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