Matthew LaPenna ‘19 Recruiting Profile

  • Wade Hampton High School
  • Taylors, SC
  • Men's Soccer
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Matthew LaPenna's Men's Soccer Recruiting Profile
United FC
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Personal Statement

My goal currently as a junior in high school is to strive to do the best I can in all areas of life including personal relationships, school work, and athletics and to develop good habits allowing me to pursue my highest capabilities. I wish to grow and improve and attain all that I can...If I do that the opportunities are endless!

For as long as I can remember, I have had my foot on the ball. I started playing soccer at the age of 5 and have never missed a season. Over the years I have gained a love for the game, and a passion that is still growing. I can see the field well, and as a defender have the ability to make quick decisions. My short and long passing are both excellent as is my 50/50 challenges and tackling.  Per my club Coach Pereira's player evaluation (2016), this season I have "Improved my confidence and have become a leader...Has a great attitude and commitment."  At the end of this 2017 season, I was asked to join the Elite team for their final regular season match and then on to State Cup. I am excited to be given the opportunity. My goal is to be able to play well and have a shot to play Premier level next year.  On another note, I also enjoy fencing...In the two years that I fenced, our team did very well. 2015 State Champions and 2016 Runner-up.  I believe that having fencing skills are a great addition to my agility on the soccer field. 

I have an interest in film and video editing...When I don't have a ball at my foot, I have a camera in hand. I have been working in film, photography and editing for the past few years and have also completed a summer internship with a local creative company. I hope to find the right college that fits my educational needs and to play Division I or II soccer while attending. 


High School Information

  • Years w/ Varsity:
  • 1 year
  • Varsity Starter:
  • 1 year
  • 2018 Varsity Team
  • Starter - Jersey: #19
  • 2017 Junior Varsity Team
  • Starter - Jersey: #17

Club Information

  • Seasons of Club Experience:
  • 7 seasons
  • 2018 United FC (01Boys Premier 2 National League Piedmont Conference)
  • Season Schedule
  • 2017 United FC (Challenge)
  • Notes: Made it to STATE (Presidents Cup) this year...Won in the Quarterfinals, but lost in the SemiFinals match.
  • Season Schedule
  • 2017 United FC ( Mens Summer League (6v6))
  • Notes: Furman United changed names this past year to United FC. Still training with the same club.
  • 2016 Furman United (PMLS 1)
  • Notes: Finished the season second in our division. Went to the SC State Championship (Publix President's Medal Cup) and placed third.
  • 2015 Furman United Soccer Club (PMLS1)
  • 2014 Furman United (PMLS1)
  • 2013 Furman United Soccer Club (PMLS1)

Coach References

  • Club Coach
  • Tony Koutsos
  • High School Head Coach
  • Damon Dixon
  • Club Coach
  • Dave Pereira
  • Club Coach
  • Karl Casida

Additional Sports

  • Fencing
  • F
  • 2 Years
  • Varsity Team
  • 2016 State Champions



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High School Information

High School:
Wade Hampton High School
(864) 355-0100

Academic Accomplishments

Honors Classes:
Yes. Honors Biology Honors Forensics
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Awards, Achievements and Activities

  • Award
    • Excellence Award in Robotics Engineering and Design at Indian Land 2014
  • Award
    • Excellence Award in Robotics Engineering and Design at Chapin 2014
  • Award
    • USC Design Award in Gateway to Technology 2014
  • Activity
    • Youth in Government 2016
  • Activity
    • After-hours Podcast 2016
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    • Community Service
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    • Photography
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    • Videography
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    • Editing
  • Activity
    • Started a video production business 2018.

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Statistic 2018 United FC 2016 Furman Uni
Goals 1 2
Assists 1
Shots on Goal 10+
Games Played 8


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