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Player Profile: Vicky Krug

When Coach Tony Da Luz signed Vicky Krug to the 2017 class, he had discovered someone who could anchor the defense for years to come.

Krug, a prodigy from Drebkau, Germany and former member of German club FFC Turbine Potsdam, has been turning heads since she stepped foot on campus.  The appeal of Krug’s play comes from her versatility, as she is both athletic and very technical. 

Despite being 5’5,’’ Krug’s strength is off the charts, allowing her to take on any body type or skill set. 

What is most remarkable though is the unselfishness she has while playing as a freshman.  Rather than looking to one v. one to beat her opponent, Krug’s incredible vision, awareness, and soccer I.Q. allow her to scan the pitch, as she is always looking to push the counterattack with a pass. 

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Not only is Krug a physical, athletic and technical defender, she is also highly versatile. 

Despite being a freshman, Krug is also known for her presence verbally and has taken a leadership role during practices and games.

The outstanding start to the season has also caught the attention back home of the German national team who very recently decided to promote the young star from the U19 to U20 team.  Krug described that playing on the national stage “is the best thing that can happen to a player.”  Not only is there the honor of representing a country, but also everyone is playing at an extremely high level which makes the environment intense.

Growing-up, Krug followed the games of forward and former Bayern Munich and German national legend Miroslav Klose, as well as FFC Turbine Potsdam star and midfielder Tabea Kemme, who has now became one of Krug’s training partners.

When asked about the future, Krug mentioned that she sees herself back at her old club and hopes that she return home as a better player. 

She is in love with the city and the people. However, right now her main focus in on winning the NCAA championship for Wake Forest, and to do so she believes that the entire team, including herself, need to take each game one at a time while also taking more risks.

The team has proven itself capable of competing against top opponents, and they have high hopes moving forward.

Since Krug already played such a polished game within her first few weeks of her freshman career, there is no doubt she will see a larger role both with her club team back in Germany as well as on the international stage.

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