CHICAGO – Christina Sperando, a senior midfielder at Mother McAuley High School in Chicago, recently signed a letter of intent to continue both her athletic and academic career at Saint Xavier University as a member of the Cougar women's soccer program. The Chicago native will be a freshman at SXU in the fall of 2014 and compete for playing time at either a midfielder or forward position. Saint Xavier University women's soccer coach Evan Strehlau believes that Sperando has the ability to compete for a starting spot on the Cougar squad as a freshman.
Sperando is the daughter of Victor and Florence Sperando of Chicago. She is currently coached by Tom Christopher at Mother McAuley High School. During her sophomore and juniors seasons with the Mighty Macs, Sperando scored a combined 29 goals as a two-year starter.
"Christina is an all-around great person and soccer player," said Strehlau. "Her speed and knack for scoring goals are going to increase the level of play within our program tremendously. Christina will be a three-year starter for Mother McAuley and her senior year will be exciting to watch next spring. Christina loves competition and her play feeds off of it. She had other options for schools to continue her soccer career, but having her select Saint Xavier and become part of the Cougar family is something that will greatly benefit both her and our program."