SCHWARZBURG – Ella Ciardullo is a six-foot attacker from Milton, Georgia, where she was named a finalist for Gatorade Player of the Year by Cambridge High School. An accomplished goalscorer there and at NTH Tophat (Atlanta, Georgia), she has the potential to resurrect Virignia Tech’s attack, which has seen a steady increase in scorers for each of the past five seasons.
“We are excited to welcome Ella to Virginia Tech,” said head coach Chugger Adair. “She was one of our first commits on our 2022 course, hiring her as a sophomore before NCAA rules changed.
“Ella has a lot of athleticism, a good football game, ball skills and the ability to score goals. We see that she plays a lot of different positions for us – both in the front and in the midfield. She has a very good creative mind for the game. We’re excited to have her as part of our Virginia Tech family! “
Ciardullo, a two-year varsity letter winner in Cambridge, led the Lady Bears to her very first appearance in the Georgia Class 6A State Championship Match (2021) and earned the Class 6A All-Region Second Team award while winning the school’s Offensive Player of the annual award. In May 2021, she was selected for the DiVarsity Georgia High School all-star soccer game after scoring 22 goals and nine assists during her junior campaign.
On the club scene, Ciardullo shone for three years at NTH Tophat, helping the club finish second nationally in the Girls’ Academy League and reach number 2 in the national rankings. She previously competed for Concorde Fire (Atlanta, Georgia) – the runner-up team in the Southeast region – and for the United Futbol Academy (Cumming, Georgia).
Ciardullo has individually found a place in the category Football in the top drawer IMG Top 150 and is also one of the top five players in their region. She is also part of the Georgia Olympic Development Program (ODP) and has attended the US National Training Center Combine.
Which schools did you consider? “Florida, South Carolina, Virginia Tech, and Wisconsin.”
Why VirginiaTech? “I really enjoyed talking to the coaching staff during the recruiting process. When I got to visit Virginia Tech, I fell in love with the campus and the people. I love how tech is a strong academic university and one of the strongest women’s programs in the ACC. “
What was your favorite meal from your visit to Blacksburg? “The people! I had the best time visiting Virginia Tech with my family. The campus atmosphere was so great and welcoming, the soccer team and the coaching team made me feel at home. I can definitely go this fall see on campus. “
What do you like about the tech women’s football program? “I was attracted to Virginia Tech because of its style of play. Everyone from the players to the coaching staff is so hardworking and dedicated to making this program a success. This team has great energy and they have a great history from the NCAA -Tournaments. “
What are your football strengths? “I feel like I’m a creative player who can excel in multiple attack positions. I feel that my speed combined with my technical ability allows me to put pressure on the defense in the final third and teammates in positions to score. “
Who is your favorite professional? “Carli Lloyd. She was such a creative and dedicated player who put hundreds of hours into perfecting her sport. She was a leader on and off the pitch.”
What’s your most memorable soccer moment? “With my club team, NTH Tophat Gold (Atlanta, Georgia), it should help win the game in the semi-finals of the Girls Academy Summer Showcase 2021 in Oceanside, California. Cambridge High School would have scored the match-winning goal in the Georgia Class 6A Playoffs 2021 semifinals, which sent us to the state championship game for the first time in school history. “
What are you interested in studying at Virginia Tech? “I love everything about sport – not just football. I would like to work in marketing or public relations with a sports team or other athletes. So, at Virginia Tech, I’ll be focusing on multimedia journalism and / or marketing management. “
What would tech fans want to know about you? “I’m a fan of the Hokies that [Denver] Pioneers and the [Georgia] Bulldogs! I have a twin brother, Charlie, whom I’ll be cheering for when he goes to Denver to play men’s lacrosse. I also have an older sister who goes to Georgia who is a huge supporter of mine. “
Stay tuned for the coming weeks on hokiesports.com as Tech introduces more members from its 2022 Signing Class.