After a successful two-year stint with Liberty women's soccer, Isabella Habuda will continue her playing career, signing with Umea IK in Umea, Sweden.
"I am excited to continue my soccer career on a professional level. I have trained my whole life for this moment!" Habuda said. "I am so excited to come to Umea and meet the players and staff and thrilled to start playing with this club."
Habuda appeared on Umea's radar in the middle of her senior season at Liberty and performed well enough to warrant a contract for the final four months of their season. Established in 1917, Umea IK has reached high levels of success, reaching the Premier Division and claiming seven Swedish Championships. The club has also appeared in the UEFA Women's Champions League twice throughout its history, most recently in 2004. Currently in the second division, Umea IK is one of the top teams in its league.
In just two seasons at Liberty, Habuda proved to be one of the most prolific scorers, ranking 11th in school history with 41 career points (16 goals, 9 assists). In 2017, Habuda ranked second during Big South contests with six goals and sixth in overall games while leading the Big South with four game-winning goals during conference play.
"The discipline required to play college soccer, working with your teammates and playing at high levels are all qualities I am going to take to Sweden with me," Habuda added. "Each day I step on the field is a day where I am able to prove myself. I have watched several of their games and I feel like I will be a really good fit for this team."
During the last two seasons in Big South play, Habuda recorded 24 points (10 goals, 4 assists) in just 17 games, averaging 1.41 points per game. After transferring from Louisville, Habuda was a two-time First Team All-Big South honoree.
Competing at an international level will be nothing new to Habuda as the Belle River, Ontario, Canada native competed with the U17 Canadian National team in 2012.
"It is a very difficult task to play at the professional level in any sport and maybe even tougher in women's soccer with the limited opportunities that are out there. So, it is a fantastic achievement for Bella to make a competitive team in Sweden," Liberty Head Coach Lang Wedemeyer said. "She was an incredibly influential player for Liberty these last couple of years and we are excited to see how her game progresses with an international team."
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