HARRISON, N.J. – NJ/NY Gotham FC announced Wednesday that it had signed midfielder Taryn Torres from the University of Virginia to a one-year contract with the option for an additional year.

Torres was selected 23rd overall in the 2021 NWSL Draft by Gotham FC (then Sky Blue FC) and opted to return for a fifth year at UVA.

“We are over the moon to have Taryn here with us at Gotham FC,” Gothan FC head coach Scott Parkinson said in a statement. “She’s a hard-working footballer who is extremely gifted on the ball. She has great vision and is someone who loves to get on the ball under pressure. That is a key quality of the midfielders we want at our club. I’m excited to see her on our team!”

A native of Frisco, Texas, Torres makes the transition to the professional ranks after five seasons with UVA under head coach Steve Swanson. She started 93 of 100 appearances, logged 7,177 minutes, and tallied 14 goals and 14 assists. Torres was named to the All Atlantic Coast Conference third team in 2017, 2018, and 2021 and earned second team honors in 2019.

Torres was a fixture in the midfield for the Gotham Reserves in the Metropolitan Conference of the Women’s Premier Soccer League last summer. She helped the team win the conference title (9-0) as it outscored it foes, 39-7. When she wasn’t playing with the reserves, Torres trained with Gotham FC.

“I am really looking forward to joining Gotham FC in 2022,” Torressaid. “I feel so grateful for the opportunity to work with this amazing club. I cannot wait to get started, work hard, and learn from the best.”