CHARLOTTE, NC -- Johnson & Wales Women's Soccer Coach Matt Hisler has signed Trinity Knauf of Belmont, NC for the 2021 recruiting class. The forward was the Offensive MVP for the South Point High School women's soccer team in 2017-18, and holds multiple Gaston County scoring records. In 2018-19 she helped guide the Red Raiders to the second round of the state playoffs. Knauf played her club soccer for Carolina Football Club.
"I chose Johnson & Wales because from the start I felt welcome. The campus was absolutely amazing and everyone was so welcoming," reflected Knauf on why she chose JWU. "Out of all the tours I went on with coaches, coach Matthew Hisler knew the most about the academic standpoint of JWU. He makes sure that his athletes and their families feel comfortable about Johnson & Wales and gives them an answer to any question they may have. Johnson & Wales had always been my first choice from the start, and I'm so grateful I get to attend."
Knauf wasn't just a standout on the soccer pitch for South Point. She is also an accomplished wrestler, qualifying for the Varsity Men's Regionals three consecutive years. She also finished in the top 4 twice in the Women's State wrestling competition, and was named an All-American while wrestling for Sons of Ares in 2020. Additionally, she was a Varsity Golf Scholar Athlete in the 2017-18.
"I am really excited to add Trinity to our 2021 recruiting class. Trinity is an outstanding attacking player who will greatly add to our ability to impose ourselves on opponents. She is a tremendous competitor that raises the level of her team as the game becomes more challenging," commented Coach Hisler. "As a teammate I expect her to be an outstanding leader, that is unselfish in her efforts and always looking to pick others up."
Trinity is the daughter of Marcus Knauf and Elizabeth Knauf and has one sibling, Ashton Knauf. She has has 4.1 GPA and plans to major in Health Science at JWU. She was a member of the Spanish Club, HOST Club, NHS, and Junior Beta Club at South Point High School.