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Cristian Torres of West Johnston High to play soccer at Louisburg College

Cristian Torres of West Johnston High signs with Louisburg College to play soccer with (seated, from left) West Johnston soccer coach Luke Waddell, his mom, Lubia Torres, (standing, from left) athletics director Jimmy Williams and principal Dr. Paula Coates.
Cristian Torres of West Johnston High signs with Louisburg College to play soccer with (seated, from left) West Johnston soccer coach Luke Waddell, his mom, Lubia Torres, (standing, from left) athletics director Jimmy Williams and principal Dr. Paula Coates. cbest@newsobserver.com

Height, Weight: 6-foot-5, 195 pounds

High School: West Johnston

Club Team: Cleveland United

Why Louisburg? “I wanted to go to a place where I had a chance to to go to a bigger, D-I school after improving and Louisburg offers a great chance to do it.”

Notable: Cristian is a big force to be reckoned with on the field with his height advantage. He says it always gives him a big advantage in winning 50/50 balls and seeing plays develop especially in traffic around the goal. He will continue forward at Louisburg as he did at West. … He’ll take away from the Wildcat program a recognition that all of the hard work he put in with the team helped him reach his goal of college soccer. … One of his more memorable matches was scoring the game-winning goal against Garner during his sophomore year. … Cristian wants to improve his work with his left foot. … He will go into the medical field for his career.

D. Clay Best: 919-524-8895, @dclaybest

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