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Local soccer player exceeds all her own expectations playing in Women’s World Cup

By Gideon Rubin


Natalie Vinti has this habit of selling herself short, only to come up big.

Vinti didn’t give herself much a chance when she went out for a loaded soccer squad at University City High (before it became Cathedral Catholic) freshman year. She picked University of San Diego ahead of some higher profile programs figuring it was her best chance to get regular playing time at a Div. I college. She never dreamed she’d play organized soccer at any level after hanging up her cleats for the last time at USD.

Vinti has exceeded her own expectations at every turn.

She instantly became an impact player as...