Lina Lundgren has come a long way from home. The 6’1 freshman goalkeeper left her hometown of Malmo, Sweden, to pursue her dream of playing college soccer in the U.S.
Lundgren heard about Lynn University through a family friend. After contacting Head Coach Cally Morrill, Lundgren made the decision to further her academic and soccer career as a Fighting Knight. The weather in South Florida sold Lundgren.
“I had some other options, but who doesn’t want to live in Florida’s nice weather and play soccer,” said Lundgren. Her transition from Malmo to Boca Raton, Florida has not exactly been easy.
For many international students, going to school abroad can be a tough adjustment. “In the beginning it was rough to see my family leave,” said Lundgren. “I got really homesick my first few weeks here.”
However, as time went on, Lundgren started to feel more at ease about living abroad. “I’ve been settling in nicely and have made wonderful friends,” she said.
She is grateful to have the opportunity to develop her soccer skills and learn from the athletic department coaching staff. Lundgren recorded her first shutout against Florida Southern University and is looking forward to accomplishing many more.
She cannot wait to see her family and friends in Sweden when she returns home for winter break.
In the meantime, she reminds herself to enjoy the present moment and take advantage of the opportunities at Lynn.
Lundgren’s teammates have been supportive in her adjustment to college soccer as well.
Make sure to watch for Lundgren this soccer season. She is the tallest player on the field so you can’t miss her.
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