Julie Medina ‘21 Recruiting Profile

  • Lane Tech High School
  • Chicago, IL
  • Women's Soccer
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Julie Medina's Women's Soccer Recruiting Profile
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  • 2018 Highlights

Personal Statement

Growing up as a two-sport athlete has defined a lot of who I am today. Beginning at the age of six, I participated in two competitive sports, soccer and gymnastics. By the time I was 8 years old I was competing at the national level in both sports. Success in my sports did not come without sacrifice, though. I grew accustomed to late nights of homework and my teammates became my norm as I routinely gave up social events in order to be at practices, games, tournaments and competitions. But, if I could replay my life so far, I would not change a thing. Largely because of my athletic background, I am a disciplined, focused and confident individual. I know what it means to train hard in an individual sport, where you have to constantly become better than your previous self and endure the pressure of performing in front of judges and spectators. And, I also know what it means to be a teammate and work with a group of athletes for a common goal of individual and team success.

A few years ago I gave up gymnastics in order to focus on soccer and school. That proved to be a good decision because now I attend Lane Tech, a selective enrollment college prep high school where I am taking honors and AP classes. I have also played soccer at the varsity level since freshman year, helping my team win two City Championship titles. Winning these championships with my teammates has definitely been the highlight of my high school soccer career so far. However, I feel I grew more as an athlete from our loss at the regional finals this year, when our team was expected to win. Now I want to work even harder for next season's state playoffs and help lead my team to the regional title. This year I also excelled in ODP, having the opportunity to play competitively in Barcelona, Spain and receiving an invite to the regional camp in Saginaw, Michigan for the second year in a row.

I am open to many college options, but I hope to attend a large university where I will get a good education and be able to make an impact on a strong soccer team. I am interested in a number of different fields, such as environmental science, health science, and kinesiology, but ultimately I would love to pursue a Masters Degree in Architecture. My goals for the remainder of high school are to maintain my high GPA, continue to develop as a soccer player, and to find the university that is the best fit for me both academically and athletically.


High School Information

  • Years w/ Varsity:
  • 2 years
  • Varsity Starter:
  • 1 year
  • 2019 Varsity Team
  • Starter - Jersey: #23
  • Team Awards:
    Conference Champs, City of Chicago Public League Champions, Regional 2nd Place
  • Season Schedule
  • 2018 Varsity Team
  • Jersey: #11
  • Team Awards:
    Conference Champs, City of Chicago Public League Champions 2018

Club Information

  • Seasons of Club Experience:
  • 8 seasons
  • 2019 FC United (2002 Pre-Academy 1)
  • Notes: 2019/2020 Club Season
  • Season Schedule
  • 2019 IL ODP State Team 2002 Girls (ODP State Team )
  • Notes: I was invited to the 2019 Regional ID camp in Saginaw, MI; however, I was unable to attend due to an FC United 2002 Pre-Academy team commitment.
  • Season Schedule
  • 2018 FC-1 Academy (U17 Elite )
  • Notes: Futsal team, Step Ahead Sports Winter League, Palatine, IL
  • 2018 Region 2 ODP (region 2 pool player) IL state team (IL) (Midwest Region II Pool Player)
  • 2018 IL ODP State Team (IL ODP State Team Player)
  • 2018 FC-1 Academy (U18 - 2001 Girls Elite)
  • Notes: I "played up" with the U18 Girls, 2001 Elite
  • Season Schedule
  • 2018 FC-1 Academy (U17 - 2002 Girls Elite)
  • Notes: Primary club team from u15-u17; ranked 13th in Illinois by Gotsoccer (Fall 2018).
  • Season Schedule
  • 2015 Chicago Magic PSG (Elite)
  • Notes: Played for Chicago Magic from u8-u14; including for the highly ranked u12 Elite team that ranked second in IL. Travel experience with Chicago Magic: Orlando, FL; Cincinnati, OH, St. Louis, IL, Phoenix, AZ. U12 Elite took second place at the prestigious Presidents Del Sol tournament in Phoenix, AZ (in a finals that came down to a penalty kick shoot-out). I gave Chicago Magic a year after the elite team broke apart, and had to leave because there was no team left in my age bracket.

Coach References

  • Club Coach
  • Sean Palacios
  • High School Head Coach
  • Michelle Vale
  • Athletic Director
  • Adam Howarth
  • Travel/Club Coach
  • Tony Youhanna
  • Travel / Club Coach
  • Kyle Kurz
  • Other
  • Diniene Cheatom (Tumbling)

Additional Sports

  • Gymnastics
  • F
  • 8 Years
  • Club/Travel Team
  • USAG Tumbling Team 2008-2015. National Champion 2012 (Long Beach, CA); National Podium 2010, 2011, 2013. Local, state and regional medals. Travel: Virginia Beach, San Antonio, Long Beach, Kansas City, Louisville, Greensboro, Grand Rapids, Milwaukee, Spri



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High School Information

High School:
Lane Tech High School

Academic Accomplishments

Honors Classes:
Yes. 2018/2019: Honors Geometry, Honors Chemistry, Honors Media Computer, Honors Spanish 2
AP Classes:
Yes. 2018/19: AP European History 2019/2020: AP US History, AP Chemistry
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Awards, Achievements and Activities

  • Award
    • Lane Honor Roll 2018/2019; Lane Honor Roll 2017/2018. I graduated third in my 8th grade class at Philip Rogers Elementary School in Chicago with a 4.0 GPA
  • Award
    • graduating with straight A's for all grades
  • Award
    • K-8.
  • Activity
    • I work part-time as a soccer assistant referee for pay; I hold an active Grade 8 license. I have also worked as a soccer helper for Little Legends Soccer Academy in Glenview
  • Activity
    • IL. I enjoy indoor rock climbing
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    • photography
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    • graphic design
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    • Photoshop
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    • working out
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    • magic
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    • running
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    • biking
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    • movies
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    • spending time with friends and family.

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Statistic 2018 Varsity Te
Goals 2
Shots on Goal 7
Games Played 9


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