Chiara

Ritchie-Williams

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Defender
Height: 5'6"
Class: Sophomore
City/State: London, England
High School: Alexandra Park School
Major: Economics
Experience: 1 Letter

Bio

2017 Second-Team All-SEC
2017 LSWA First-Team All-Louisiana
2016 FA Youth Cup Winner
U-19 England Women's National Team

FRESHMAN SEASON (2017)
Solidified her reputation as one of the top young defenders in college soccer with an All-Southeastern Conference selection following the regular season ... Named a Second-Team All-SEC performer in a vote of the league's head coaches on the strength of her outstanding rookie season ... Her selection marked the 14th-straight season since 2004 in which at least one LSU Tiger was recognized as an All-SEC performer as either a first-team, second-team or all-freshman honoree ... Was among just four freshmen honored with first-team or second-team All-SEC accolades for the 2017 season as SEC head coaches voted 34 total players to the two All-SEC squads ... Added a first-team selection to the Louisiana Sports Writers Association All-Louisiana Team following the season ... Started all 18 matches of her freshman season while partnering with senior Jordane Carvery in central defense ... Made an impact on LSU's defense that slashed its goals against average and surrendered eighth fewer goals than it did in the 2016 season before her arrival ... Helped the Tigers finish the season with a 1.12 goals against average in 2017 ... Credited with one assist on the season as she was the provider of Alex Thomas' goal in the 72nd minute of a 3-1 home win over Austin Peay on Sept. 3 ... Earned her first varsity letter.

PRIOR TO LSU
A standout defender in the England and Arsenal youth setups ... Plays primarily as a center back ... Can also play right back ... Member of England's Under-19 Women's National Team ... Played for the Arsenal Ladies youth team for seven years from the age of 11 ... Helped lead Arsenal's U-17 squad to back-to-back TheFA Women's Super League Southern Development League titles in 2015 and 2016 ... Also a winner of the FA Youth Cup in 2016 ... Debuted for the Arsenal Ladies First Team as a 16-year-old in the team's TheFA Women's Super League and Continental Cup campaigns during the 2015-16 season ... Involved in first-team training with Arsenal Ladies ... Coached at youth level by Kelly Smith, Chris Phillips and John Bayer.

PERSONAL
Full name is Chiara Ritchie-Williams ... Born on Sept. 2, 1998 ... Mother is Irene Ritchie ... Has one older brother, Kyle, who introduced her to playing football ... Born and raised in London, England ... Plans to major in economics at LSU.

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