Top 10 College Women 2013: Julie Johnston
She’s the LeBron James of soccer. (Or is he the “Julie Johnston of basketball”?)
Julie Johnston, 21
Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, Calif.; communications major
“I didn’t grow up in a flashy place,” says Mesa, Arizona, native Johnston. “I wanted to push myself.” The All-American led the U-20 women’s national soccer team to World Cup victory last year, and has trained with the national team. Says Santa Clara coach Jerry Smith of his top scorer: “It’s like watching LeBron play basketball. She runs the game.”
Her goal: “I’ll be as proud to graduate as I would to win the World Cup,” she says.
Her tip: “Once you pick your dream, you have to sacrifice to get there,” she says.