SMC Soccer Forward Filippa Struxsjo Commits to Aquinas College

(Clyde Bates Jr/ The Corsair )

(Clyde Bates Jr/ The Corsair )

Filippa Struxsjo is a sophomore midfielder for the Santa Monica College (SMC) women’s soccer team. Struxsjo moved to Los Angeles from Finna, Sweden to play soccer and attend SMC. As the leading goal scorer for the Corsairs, Struxsjo was named MVP of the Western State Conference and made the dean’s list. She recently signed a letter of intent to play at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Mich. to continue her undergraduate education with a full-ride scholarship.

Playing since age five, Struxsjo has learned to balance her responsibilities as a student-athlete “I feel like you have to know how to manage your time because you don’t have a lot of time left when you’re playing soccer. You have to know how you’re going to make it all fit together, it’s a puzzle,” said Struxsjo

That is not to say that her experience made juggling academics and athletics any less challenging, but the support from the athletics department definitely played a role in Struxsjo’s success. “I started going to the athletic counselors… they’re really good and helpful,” Struxsjo recalls, citing her teammates and coaches as invaluable resources. “I got all my support from the athletic part of SMC.”

As the sun sets on Struxjo’s time at SMC, she reflects on the past seasons. “Obviously the fact that I won conference both my two years in college is a really great achievement and I’m happy,” Struxsjo said. “I’m happy to be part of the team.”