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Saturday’s preseason match at Evergreen Sportsplex in Leesburg, VA was not only a historic first appearance for the Washington Spirit in the Commonwealth of Virginia, but it was also a homecoming of sorts for Spirit players DiDi Haracic and Whitney Church, who both grew up playing soccer in Loudoun County.
Loudoun Times-Mirror reporter Kevin Connell covered the match and penned a feature story on the Spirit duo, chronicling their paths to becoming professional women’s soccer players.
See below for an excerpt from the article, and read the full story on LoudounTimes.com.
by Kevin Connell
In a lot of ways, Whitney Church’s and DiDi Haracic’s involvement in soccer isn’t too uncommon from others.
Around the age of 5, they first started playing the sport. Just a few short years later, they started playing travel soccer. Then it was high school and college soccer later on after that.
But it’s that one final level that comes next that largely separates the two from the rest.
Both Church and Haracic are now playing professionally for the Washington Spirit of the National Women’s Soccer League – and they came to reach that point as lifelong Loudoun County residents and longtime friends.
“It’s funny, we actually played on the same club team growing up,” Haracic said. “We played for Loudoun [Soccer] together.”
And it’s through that where much of their story begins.