Juliana Batchelor heads to PHCC

On May 16, Juliana Batchelor signed her letter of intent to continue her soccer career at Patrick Henry Community College. Attending the signing are (from row, from left) Jennifer Batchelor, Juliana Batchelor and Marcus McLaughlin; (second row) Dakota Towler, Talisha Aldridge, PHCC coach Annalies Jobsis and GW coach Shannon Dudley.

George Washington High School senior girls soccer player Juliana Batchelor signed her letter of intent Thursday to continue her soccer career at Patrick Henry Community College in the fall.

Batchelor will lend her talents to the Patriots’ midfield where she’s expected to be a force.

“She brings a lot of feistiness on and to the ball,” said PHCC coach Annalies Jobsis. “She works hard and looks to go forward with the ball, which is something I like, and she’s such a kind and respectful young woman. She will do very well on this team and fit in nicely.”

For Batchelor, it’s the summation of the hard work she put in during her time at GW.

“It really does kind of validate things,” Batchelor said. “I’m excited to have the chance to play at the next level and it’ll be a good experience for me.”

Batchelor is a three-year member of the Eagles’ squad. In her tenure, she has served at defensive wing and as a center midfielder.

“We have loved having [Juliana] on this team since she came up in ninth grade,” said GW coach Shannon Dudley. “She played on the JV team as a central defender and we moved her up and she fit in really well. She started on defense for us, she played on the wing, and we had some holes to fill that year and I challenged her and she responded. She’s very aggressive, wins the ball and really moves it up the field for us so we can score. I love her to death.”

Jennifer Batchelor, Juliana’s mom, said of the signing: “We’re really excited and proud of her. She’s really worked to get to this moment and I’m looking forward to what’s next for her.”

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