On the Pitch: ODU Junior Victoria Johnson
Nov. 11, 2010
Victoria Johnson has always been around the game of soccer. Her father was a standout player in Jamaica where he still holds high school records. Her sister, Julian, earned all-freshman honors and holds school's single-season and career assists record. And while her mom is not on the field, she is often the loudest one in the stands. Needless to say, soccer is a family affair for the Johnson's.
Growing up in Norfolk and attending high school down the road at Granby, Johnson and her sister made a name for themselves during their high school careers, leading the team to a district title in 2006. Victoria continued that successful trend after her sister left for Virginia Tech, earning all-Tidewater honors and twice being named to the all-District team and scoring 62 career goals.
When it was time for Victoria to decide on a college, one of the first things that came to mind was playing at Virginia Tech with Julian.
"We talked about it, we had always been together, when I was younger she would drag me out of the house to train," Johnson said. "We decided it was best if I went somewhere else, we wanted to be our own people."
Knowing that going to school with her sister was out, Victoria she wanted to stay fairly local, making Old Dominion an ideal situation.
"I wanted to stay close to home, and one night I had a dream that I was playing at Old Dominion, so that helped me make my final decision," Johnson said.
By staying in Norfolk, it gave Johnson's family an opportunity to see more of her games. Her father, Junior, is also a collegiate referee and is able to give Johnson a quality opinion on the game.
"My dad helps me out a lot, with his knowledge of the game, he gives me his opinion on calls and lets me know if he agrees with the officials," Johnson said. "He gives me feedback after each game which is really helpful."
Once Johnson decided to become a Lady Monarchs, she wanted to make sure she made a good early impression.
"I was really motivated to come in and play that first year, I refuse to sit on the bench," Johnson said."
Johnson certainly proved that she belonged, delivering one of the best freshman seasons in school history. She helped the team to a 14-4-2 record, finishing the season with nine goals, seven assists for 25 points to earn CAA All-Rookie team honors.
The Norfolk native continued that strong play throughout her career, leading the 2009 team with six assists while leading this year's squad with a team-best 10 points, on four goals and two assists.
She has made her mark on the ODU record book as well, ranking 10th in school history in points with 43, 10th in goals with 14 and sixth in assists with 15. She will look to continue to move up the record books in her final season with the Lady Monarchs next season.
By Cecilie Taylor and Brittany Pollard