Strasburg’s Guthrie signs letter of intent to play soccer at VCU

Beanie Guthrie

Soccer has taken Aileen “Beanie” Guthrie all around the world and now it is taking her to Virginia Commonwealth University.

The Strasburg senior signed her letter of intent Wednesday to play women’s soccer at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Guthrie declined to comment to The Northern Virginia Daily on Wednesday due to having a sore throat. Guthrie’s mom, Kim, said that Beanie Guthrie signed her letter of intent a little after 7 a.m. Wednesday.

“VCU, really, overall between academics and the soccer program was a great fit,” Kim Guthrie said. “The coaching staff was wonderful and they came highly recommended by her club coaches. And watching them the last couple years they’ve moved their way up in the rankings every year.”

Beanie Guthrie verbally committed to VCU on Oct. 24, 2016. Kim Guthrie said it is a partial scholarship.

Kim Guthrie said her daughter was also looking at a number of Division 1 schools, including Brown University, Virginia Tech, George Mason University, Old Dominion University and Vanderbilt University.

Kim Guthrie said that when Beanie was an eighth-grader they realized that they needed to take her out of the area to develop her game and she’s played on different club teams in the Northern Virginia area.

On March 20-28, 2016, Beanie Guthrie was part of Virginia’s Olympic Development Program team which went to Vienna, Austria and Budapest, Hungary.

Kim Guthrie said that her daughter’s state ODP team also advanced to the national finals, where they placed third last year. The national finals were held on March 3-5 in Phoenix, Arizona. Clarke County High School’s Sydney Staples and Danielle Toone were on the team with Guthrie.

Kim Guthrie said that her daughter also went to Spain last year with a private group to train and play against older teams, and that she also trains once a week with Tim Krout of Beast Mode Soccer in Manassas.

“The people she’s gotten to meet through soccer are incredible between the coaches, the other players,” Kim Guthrie said. “Everywhere she goes she knows someone. And that’s one of the huge benefits in coming into college, she already knows her (VCU teamnmates). Some of them have been in touch since a year ago last fall.”

VCU plays in the Atlantic 10 Conference and went 11-6-3 in the fall. The Rams had a 6-3-2 record in the A-10 and lost in the Atlantic-10 Championship game to La Salle University, 1-0, in double overtime. The Rams are coached by head coach Lindsey Martin.

Kim Guthrie said that her daughter can play various positions for the Rams and noted that she plays at striker and can play at any of the midfield positions.

Kim Guthrie said that her daughter, who chooses not to play for Strasburg’s high school team, is toward the top of her class academically at the school.

Kim Guthrie said that their family is planning on going to England over spring break, where Beanie Guthrie will be working with Gifton Noel-Williams.

Kim Guthrie said that they met Noel-Williams a number of years ago, when he came to the area  for a youth soccer clinic. Noel-Williams is a former professional soccer player in England.

“He’s phenomenal,” Kim Guthrie said. “So we’re actually going to go over there and make it a soccer vacation, and she’s going to train with him. And we’ll take day trips after her training in order to really get her ready for college.”

Kim Guthrie said that she believes all of her daughter’s experiences will help her in college and in life in general.

“We’re very grateful to the people that have helped her get here,” Kim Guthrie said. “I think between her club soccer and the ODP program they have really taught her all the life skills she’s going to need to be successful in anything she chooses.”