Katrina Costales

Katrina Costales dribbles against Lalaine Pagarao during a Dove Women's League Spring 2021 game at the NMI Soccer Training Center.

ANOTHER local soccer player, Katrina Costales, will be taking her skills to the states where she will play for Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington.

Costales said she chose Whitworth for the academic opportunities it provides.

“The most important factor that influenced my college decision had to be academics,” she added. 

“Whitworth University is ranked #3 in Best Undergraduate Teaching on the West Coast so it was already high up on my list,” the Marianas High School graduate added.

“I will be studying Front-End Design Development which will ultimately lead to a career in user experience design.”

She said “after being offered a roster spot on the Whitworth women’s soccer team, I just knew it was the right place for me.”

Being able to play in the NCAA D3 is something that Costales has long desired and she will soon have the chance to prove her worth as an athlete from the CNMI.

“It really is a dream come true. For a long time I’ve known that soccer wasn’t going to end after high school. I am so thrilled to have been given this opportunity to further develop my soccer skills in a new environment.”

At Whitworth, her main goal as a soccer player is “to showcase my experience and playing style in the Northwest Conference. I am quite nervous yet eager to play at a collegiate  level.”

Costales is a CNMI National Team player and also plays for Shirley's Football Club in the Dove Women's League Spring 2021 where she is no. 3 in goals scored — a total of 12 so far in the season.

With her vast experience in international competitions, Costales believes she is ready for collegiate level soccer. “International soccer tournaments are definitely more nerve-wrecking I’d say. They include powerhouse countries such as China, South Korea, Japan, etc. Playing at an international level has given me the confidence to play at the collegiate level.”

She said academics are still her top priority although becoming a professional player is among her options.

“But again, as of now, my studies are my number one priority. I’d also make the most of the opportunities available. Playing professionally…is definitely something I’d consider should the chance arise.”

Meantime, she would like to thank  the NMI Football Association, its president Jerry Tan, her coaches, family “and most importantly, God. I couldn’t have done this without the love and support from all of them.”

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