GREENSBORO, N.C. – After winning four-straight conference championships at the collegiate level, two at UNC Greensboro and two at Carson-Newman, Spartans midfielder Heida Ragney Vidarsdottir has inked a professional with Iceland’s Thor/Ka club.
“I am very excited for the opportunity to go back home and play in my native Iceland,” said Vidarsdottir. “The one thing that excites me the most is that I’m eager to see, after spending the last four years here in the United States, how much I have improved my game.
“Iceland is one of the better leagues in Europe and is super competitive,” added Vidarsdottir. “A lot of U.S. collegiate soccer players are coming there to play and it’s a more competitive league than when I was there before.”
Vidarsdottir played in 43 matches, tallied four goals, four assists and 12 points during her two-year stint at UNCG. She had 20 shots on goal (.513 shot on goal percentage) and recorded one game-winning goal against ETSU on Sept. 29, 2017, in her Spartan career. In her four-year collegiate career, Vidarsdottir played in 65 matches, scored 13 goals, tallied seven assists and recorded 33 points.
After beginning her senior season as a Preseason All-SoCon selection, Vidarsdottir went on to earn First Team All-SoCon, SoCon Tournament Most Outstanding Player and the league’s Student-Athlete of Week honors for her performance in the championship match. She played a critical role in helping UNCG earn back-to-back SoCon Tournament titles by assisting on the first goal of a 2-1 win against Furman in the 2018 title bout.
“Heida is an excellent player and at the U.S college level she has been ultra-successful in leading her teams to four conference championships,” said head coach UNCG Michael Coll. “She is the most complete player that I have had the honor of coaching in my five seasons at UNCG and I have absolutely no doubt that she will become better and better at the professional level. Her love of the game and relentless winning mentality are platforms that her teammates here saw and learned from every day and I can’t wait to follow her career in Iceland.”
It marked the third time in her collegiate career that Vidarsdottir received MVP honors in a postseason tournament, the first coming in 2015 when she was named South Atlantic Conference (SAC) MVP for Carson-Newman. That season she also was named First Team All-SAC, Third Team NSCAA All-Southeast Region and as a member of the SAC All-Tournament team.
She followed up an outstanding freshman season by earning MVP honors at the SAC Tournament, Honorable Mention All-SAC and Division II Conference Commissioners Association First Team All-Southeast Region accolades.