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Congrats to Rachel Wood!

Rachel Wood Begins Soccer Career Abroad

Rachel Wood will be wearing No. 28.

Rachel Wood will be wearing No. 28.

IRVINE, Calif. —¬†The Anteaters’ global reach continues to grow in the soccer world. The latest member: Rachel Wood.

The Laguna Niguel native came home to southern California for her senior season after playing a majority of her collegiate soccer with the North Carolina Tar Heels. Just as quickly as she returned home, she catapulted herself back into the soccer world, this time across the pond in Europe.

Wood has found a spot with Icelandic club HK Kopavogur / Vikingur Reykjavik. The 1,613-seat Vikingsvollur (translated to Vikings Stadium) in Iceland’s capital city of Reykjavik is home for the club.

The team itself is actually a joint venture between clubs Handknattleiksfelag (HK) of Kopavogur and Knattspyrnufelagio Vikingur of Reykjavik exclusively for women’s soccer that first started play in 2006. They play in the top division of women’s soccer in Iceland called Urvalsdeild after being promoted from the lower division with a second-place finish in 2012.

The club is nine matches into its 2013 season with a record of 1-7-1. The season began in early May and will run until Sept. 9. The club was also a part of this year’s Icelandic Women’s Cup that reached the quarterfinals.

Wood’s first match came on July 1, a 3-0 loss to Afturelding. She started as a midfielder, wearing No. 28, and played 60 minutes until being subbed out.

Wood becomes the fourth Anteater to make the leap to European soccer. Julie Scheppele played for FK Teplice of the Czech Republic in 2005 after playing four seasons at UCI. More recently, goalkeeper Danielle de Seriere and All-American CoCo Goodson each joined FC Twente in The Netherlands. Goodson returned to the U.S. and now plays with Sky Blue FC of New Jersey. De Seriere is still a member of FC Twente.

Fans can track Wood’s and the club’s progress¬†here.

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