EUGENE, Ore. – UO women’s soccer head coach Kat Mertz has announced the signing of Halla Hinriksdóttir, a product of Iceland’s Youth Women’s National Teams. The 5-foot-7 goalkeeper is Mertz’s 10th addition to this year’s signing class. Hinriksdóttir will be eligible as a freshman to play in the fall.
A native of Reykjavik, Iceland, Hinriksdóttir has competed in Iceland’s U14, U16 and U19 Youth Teams and started in all six of her country’s UEFA Women’s U19 qualifying games the past two years.
Hinriksdóttir currently plays for the Breiðablik club team, and recently won the 2014 FM Tournament. She competed on the Afturelding club team from 2005-13, climbing the ranks from the U12 team to the Women’s Team.
Hinriksdóttir will join Oregon’s squad in the second season of the Mertz era following last season’s 4-12-3 campaign. The Ducks are returning 18 letter winners, and will be welcoming 10 newcomers including Hinriksdóttir.
Goalkeeper / 5-foot-7 / Reykjavik, Iceland (The Commercial College) / Breiðablik
About Hinriksdóttir: Product of the Icelandic Youth Women’s National Team hailing from Reykjavik, Iceland … starter in every one of Iceland’s UEFA Women’s U19 games … led Iceland to shutouts over Slovakia and Moldova to advance past the UEFA U19 opening qualifying round … registered a 1-0 shutout against Portugal in the second qualifying round … started two games for Iceland in a friendly tournament in La Manga, Spain … has been called in for all of Iceland’s U19 training camps the past two years … recently joined Breiðablik, a club team based in Kopavogur ... won every game in the 2014 FM Tournament with ... Breiðablik ... competed for Afturelding club team from 2005-13 … named Afturelding’s most promising player by coaches and players’ vote in 2012 … named the starting GK for the Afturelding Women’s Team in the Borgunar Cup … led Afturelding to a second place finish in the 2012 Indoor Tournament and the Lengjubikar Tournament … started in seven games in the 2012 Pepsi League for the Afturelding Women’s Team … was the starting GK for the Afturelding U19 team in 2011 and the U16 team in 2010 … led the Afturleding U19 team to a second place showing in the 2011 National Tournament, staring in all games … made her first start for the Afturelding Women’s Team in 2009 … has attended prep school at The Commercial College of Iceland since 2010 … was a taekwondo national champion in 2006.
Coach Mertz on Hinriksdóttir: "We are excited to have Halla join our Duck family. It will be great to have such talented goalkeepers on our roster. Halla brings experience playing at the highest level internationally."