10 - Aulona Velaj
Aulona Velaj
Height: 5-6
Year: Junior
Hometown: Stamford, Conn.
High School: Univ. of Bridgeport
Position: M/F
Club: Connecticut FC

2013 (JUNIOR):
Played in 17 games, making 11 starts … played mostly at center attacking midfield … registered 12 shots on the season, putting three on frame … nine of her 12 shots came during conference play … was assessed one yellow card on the year … twice tallied three shots in a game, at Lamar (10/13) and at SHSU (10/25).

UNIVERSITY OF BRIDGEPORT (2011-12):
Played two years at Bridgeport … appeared in 13 games for the Purple Knights in 2012 … posted a goal and an assist on the season … appeared 11 times in 2011, scoring a goal …was a member of the Dean's List her first year on campus.

HIGH SCHOOL/PREP:
Played for Westhill High School under Dave Flower … netted 12 goals and added 21 assists in her senior year … helped team to a state championship in 2009 and a runner-up finish in 2010 … was a two-time All-Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference selection … played club soccer for Connecticut FC under Dave Flower and Magnus Nilerud … was the team MVP in 2007, 2008 and 2009.

PERSONAL:
Aulona Velaj was born on Dec. 7, 1992, in Kosovo … daughter of Binake and Mhill Velaj … has four siblings – Simon, Nol, Linda and Furtuna … was invited to play for the Albanian National Team in 2012 and 2013 and is fluent in Albanian … intends to major in dental hygiene at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.

Caldwell on Velaj:
"Aulona is talented in 1-v-1 situations. Isolated on the outside, she has the potential to be very dangerous, and that will make her an asset offensively."