Soccer Signs Lithuanian National Team Defender

EUGENE, Ore. – Karolina Jasaityte, a defender on the Lithuanian National Team, has signed a National Letter of Intent with the Oregon soccer program, head coach Graeme Abel announced Friday. She will join the five fall signees who will be part of the freshman class for the upcoming season.

From the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius, Jasaityte was named the best young player in Lithuania in 2022. She has played on her country’s junior and senior national teams for the last five years and was team captain for the U-16, U-17 and U-19 Lithuanian sides.

Jasaityte joins a freshman class that includes Springfield, Ore., native and Marist High School product Cloe Chase, Kailee Chavez (Makakilo, Hawaii), Carly Cormack (Honolulu, Hawaii), Ariane Haysman Boaler (London, England) and Taylor Person (Frisco, Texas).

Karolina Jasaityte, 5-11, D, Vilnius, Lithuania

Vilnius Ozo Gymnasium, Clubs: MFA Zalgiris / Utenos Utenis / FK Transinvest

A member of the Lithuanian National Team who has been representing her country in both junior and senior tournaments since she was 14. Was named the best young player in Lithuania in 2022. Prior to the Senior National Team, played on Lithuania’s U-15, U-16, U-17 and U-19 teams. Was the captain of the U-16, U-17 and U-19 teams. While with the MFA Zalgiris club team, was twice named the best defender in the elite league (2021, 2022) and the best defender of the First league (2020, 2021). MFA won both the elite league and the First league in 2021 and 2022.

Jasaityte on Oregon

“I decided to go to the University of Oregon, because it has always been my dream to play college soccer, and Oregon was the best fit for me. When I was talking to the coaches, I instantly felt welcomed, and comfortable, and I knew that I wanted to play here. Also the facilities at Oregon – the level was a big factor.”

Coach Abel on Jasaityte

“We are so excited to add Karolina as the final piece of our 2024 class. Karolina comes from a great soccer and athletic background which has already given her excellent tools as a player. She has shown her ambition and desire to be a top player with her Senior National Team experience. We are really looking forward to welcoming Karolina to Eugene and helping her continue her journey.”

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