Soccer Adds Netherlands Native Maruschka Waldus to 2014 Roster


Aug. 7, 2014

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Alabama soccer head coach Todd Bramble announced the addition of senior Maruschka Waldus, who comes to the Capstone from her native country of The Netherlands. 

Waldus, a 5-10 defender, becomes the 10th signee of the 2014 class and Bramble expects her to have an immediate impact on the team. 

"We are excited to have worked out the details to bring Maruschka into our program," Bramble said. "We've watched her play for a few years now and are confident she is going to be able to impact our team immediately. She is an intelligent, mature young woman who brings a lot of experience to the field." 

Waldus is the third player on the 2014 Crimson Tide roster from the Netherlands, joining a pair of All-SEC performers in Pia Rijsdijk and Merel Van Dongen. Alabama assistant coach Erwin van Bennekom is also a native of The Netherlands. 

Waldus played the last three seasons for her home town club team, Heerenveen. Playing in the premier league (BeNe), she was named to the league's first team for three consecutive seasons and was named team captain in each of the last two seasons. Playing primarily in the defense, Waldus scored 10 goals during her career at Heerenveen, including seven in 2013. 

A two-time member of the KNVB (translated in English as Royal Dutch Football Association) Academy's Talent Team (2009 and 2010), Waldus also played for v.v. de Blesse boys team since the age of 8 (1999-2012). 

Waldus attended Johann Cruyff University in the Netherlands and intends to major in operations management at Alabama.            

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