Already with an Australian in Aaron McGuiness on the coaching staff, VCU have now added an Aussie to the roster with the announcement that Northern Tigers defender Greta Kraszula has signed for the Rams and will join the team in 2021. Kraszula joins a growing Australian contingent in the Atlantic 10, alongside Massachusetts freshman Hannah Peric, Rhode Island sophomore Teresa Morrissey, and La Salle duo Alyssa Van Heurck and Claudia Jenkins.
Now with four seasons of NPL experience, Kraszula spent three seasons between 2017 and 2019 at Football NSW Institute, becoming a crucial part of the first team squad during her 54 appearances for the NTC program after several years in the junior grades for North West Sydney Koalas. During her stint at FNSW Institute, Kraszula played alongside a litany of young stars, including former UCLA midfielder Rachel Lowe, William Carey freshman Sheridan Gallagher, and several current W-League players including Kyra Cooney-Cross, Taylor Ray, and Tori Tumeth.
Following her stint at FNSW Institute, Kraszula returned to the north side of Sydney, this time playing for Northern Tigers and slotting straight into the squad to play 9 games in the shortened 11-game season in 2020. Playing alongside the likes of Ellie Brush and Eliza Campbell, Kraszula and the Tigers’ stingy defence helped them reach the playoffs despite being held scoreless in six of 11 games.
With an ability to play either in defence or deployed as a holding midfielder, Kraszula’s arrival looks set to improve a VCU defence that was solid but prone to the occasional slip-up as the Rams posted a 9-6-3 record in 2019. The Rams kept five clean sheets in 2019, but gave up three or more goals on three occasions, and it is those leaky performances that the VCU coaches will hope Kraszula can help prevent going forward as they look to bounce back to the 16-win level that they reached in 2018 before falling in the conference championship game.