BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — A young woman who graduated from Nardin Academy was celebrating this week. She signed her second professional soccer contract.
Tori Christ made it official with the Finnish Women’s Premiere League.
Last year, she signed her first major contract with a team in Sweden. That experience helped her improve her goalkeeping skills, and catch the attention of the Finland coaches.
In an interview with Pro Soccer Consulting LLC, Tori said, “Sweden was a great experience, I think one of the biggest things was a growing confidence in the goal and in my ability. With the experience of starting and playing in every game, I felt like my team believed in me and trusted my instincts in organizing the defense and being a strong presence in the goal. I was exposed to a different style of play and training which pushed my skills to develop in a way that made me a more versatile goalkeeper. The league in Sweden was both possessive and physical, and I was challenged to be more aggressive on crosses and to communicate more efficiently and effectively because of the language barrier.”
In the same interview, when asked about what excites her about Finland, Tori replied, “I’m excited to be a part of the RoPS organization, as it is a very well respected club across Europe. It is a great opportunity in a soccer sense, and beyond that it’s an opportunity to continue to grow as a person and to immerse myself in a new culture. I’m looking forward to learning about Finnish customs, meeting new people, and hopefully learning a little Finnish along the way. The coaching staff and a few players have already reached out and made me feel comfortable and excited to join them for the season. I am extremely excited and grateful for this experience, and I sincerely thank Simon Deeley, PSC and the RoPS staff for believing in me and providing me with this great opportunity.”