Lais Araujo is one of the most accomplished women soccer players to ever step on the pitch for ASA College, so it should come as no surprise that she was sought after by some of the more powerful D-1 colleges and universities.
Thursday was finally the day that the Salvador, Brazil native achieved one of her lifelong dreams, as she officially signed her National Letter of Intent to play at the University of Florida in the Fall of the 2017 season.
Araujo's list of accomplishments read like a medieval scroll. As a Lady Avenger in 2015, she was named to the NJCAA Division-I All-American Second Team. Her tenure at ASA was an illustration of wonder, as she finished her career as the program's all-time goal and assist leader with 20 goals and 16 assists in 21 games played. She was also recognized as the Region XV Division-I Player of the Year and made the All-Region Team.
The Criminal Justice major wasn't just stellar in regional action, as she also has international playing experience. While at ASA, she tried out for – and made -- the Brazilian Women's National Team and played center midfield for her country's U-20 FIFA Women's World Cup squad, last summer. She was also the team's captain. They eventually fell to Japan in the semis, but by then, Araujo had made her mark and an impression on numerous colleges and universities back in the states.
Now that she's poised to join the University of Florida's squad, Araujo can continue to raise her profile and show major colleges why her soccer skills were such a hot and wanted commodity. She'll likely step in and help fill the void on a very good UF team that recently saw two of its top players, All-Americans and All-Southeastern Conference players Meggie Dougherty Howard and Savannah Jordan, get drafted into the National Women's Soccer League.
Below is a YouTube video to better show off Araujo's skill set. The SEC has been warned.