Local soccer star Aubrey Stacy signs to Northern Arizona’s Division I program

Published: Nov. 12, 2020 at 8:33 PM AKST
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November 11 marked the opening of signing day for most NCAA sports, but Fairbanks soccer standout Aubrey Stacy knew long before Wednesday where she wanted to take her talents at the collegiate level. After visiting the campus in December, Stacy verbally committed to Northern Arizona University’s Division I program in April. Now, Stacy is officially an NAU Lumberjack after signing her National Letter of Intent in front of masked supporters at Friends Church.

“I am really, really happy to finally be signing my NLI, it is a huge relief,” said Stacy. “I am also very happy with how this proceeded out and I am just ready to start the next chapter.”

Stacy has been a staple in the West Valley High School and Eclipse soccer programs over the years, turning heads with her tactile footwork on the pitch and her work ethic off of it. Although her junior season was canceled in the spring due to the COVID-19 pandemic, her body of work got the attention of Northern Arizona’s head coach Kylie Louw.

“I have always kind of wanted to have a female head coach heading into collegiate soccer,” said Stacy. “She has been doing a whole bunch of remodeling, she is doing a really good job down there in Flagstaff and I am super excited to be joining the team.”

In addition to her parents, Stacy was joined by a pair of her youth coaches who have helped develop her into the player she is today.

“[NAU] is getting a gamer," said Eclipse Soccer Club Director of Coaching Howard Maxwell. "When it is on the line and you look down the bench, sometimes some people shy away from that and Ms. Stacy is somebody who, the hand goes up and she wants to go in and she wants to make a difference.”

“Her future is definitely bright," added David Powers with Eclipse Soccer Club. "When I think of Aubrey, I think of her physical abilities and her technical abilities and I know that is where she is going to contribute, perhaps right away. I think it might take some time to adjust, but I think she is going to be right in the mix there competing and like Howard said, she wants to compete, so I think there is some success coming her way.”

“Honestly, if I didn’t have Eclipse, I wouldn’t really be playing soccer. I grew up playing Eclipse and they kind of shaped me into the player that I am,” she said of Eclipse, the largest soccer club in Interior, Alaska.

Given the uncertainty of 2020, Stacy was able to take away some characteristics she learned while on the pitch and apply it to her life.

“I definitely think that soccer has taught me to be patient," she said. "I have just appreciated every moment that I have gotten on the ball.”

It can be a difficult process to be recognized and achieve Division I-status in any sport in Alaska, and Stacy shared advice to those looking to follow in her footsteps.

“Always be sure that you’re putting in maximum work," she said. "Go to every single practice, train outside of practice yourself, make a highlight video, make sure to do all the nitty gritty stuff, but always just remember if it is really what you want, then you actually have to chase your own dream.”

Stacy will join an NAU program that finished 8-8-3 in 2019 and plans to study public health and minor in sociology. She hopes to finish her high school career with West Valley this spring if the season is played out. The first day of high school soccer practice has been tentatively set for March 22.

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