La­tour joins the Bi­son

North Point se­nior signs to Howard Univ. for soc­cer

Maryland Independent - - Sports - By AJ MA­SON aj­ma­son@somd­news.com Twitter: @aj­ma­son301

For the most part, Ai- mee La­tour’s high school ca­reer at North Point was played un­der the radar.

La­tour, who will be grad­u­at­ing with her se­nior class in June, epit­o­mized ev­ery­thing Ea­gles head girls soc­cer coach Kiante Webb stresses to his play­ers: be­ing opened to change, ac­cept­ing new roles, learn­ing re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and thriv­ing in each level.

And La­tour now has a new level to leap to as she will play col­le­giately at NCAA Di­vi­sion I out- fit Howard Univer­sity in Wash­ing­ton, D.C. There, her fu­ture coaches and team­mates will likely learn that La­tour’s game re­volves around get­ting oth­ers in­volved in the ac­tion and do­ing what is best for the team.

La­tour, who had a sign­ing cer­e­mony in the North Point gym­na­sium Feb. 8, was re­cruited to play her pri­mary po­si­tion as a de­fender, but with her ver­sa­til­ity can play in the mid­field or even as a striker.

“It was a very re­ward­ing and re­liev­ing feel­ing to sign with Howard, a Di­vi­sion I school,” said La­tour, who main­tains a 4.5 GPA in the class­room and will ma­jor in archi- tec­ture. “Howard was the best choice for me be­cause of the lo­ca­tion. I love be­ing in D.C. That is where my club team that I play with in the off­sea- son is lo­cated. I’m ex­cited to go to a school in such a his­toric city with many op­por­tu­ni­ties.”

The Howard women’s soc­cer team, a mem­ber of the South­west­ern Ath­let- ic Con­fer­ence, came off a strong last fall, fin­ish­ing with a 13-5-2 over­all sea­son, 9-0-1 mark in the SWAC — also earn­ing the SWAC reg­u­lar sea­son crown. The Bi­son’s head coach is Brent Leiba.

La­tour led the Ea­gles to a 14-3-1 over­all mark and a 6-0 record in the South­ern Mary­land Ath­letic Con­fer­ence’s Po­tomac Di­vi­sion en route to their sec­ond straight di­vi­sion crown and the pro­gram’s first-ever Class 4A South Re­gion cham­pi­onship, ad­vanc­ing to the state semi­fi­nals.

She is hop­ing to keep the Bi­son go­ing on the win­ning track.

“Howard’s soc­cer style fits me per­fectly and two big things that I think I will bring to their pro­gram is my abil­ity to build out of the back and my pa­tience on the ball in keep pos­ses­sion,” said La­tour, who vis­ited the Howard cam­pus in July. “Over­all, I’m very ex­cited about the fu­ture and I’m happy with my de­ci­sion of se­lect­ing the Bi­son.”

Not only has La­tour grown on the high school cir­cuit the last four years men­tally, but phys­i­cally her over­all soc­cer skills grew tremen­dously as she played with the boys dur­ing that span. In the off­sea­son, she spent her time play­ing with Cap­i­tal FC U-18 boys club team based in Wash­ing­ton, D.C., where she was coached by Ja­son Gross.

“Play­ing with and against the boys helped me play the game a lot faster and it also helped me to make smarter de­ci­sions on the ball,” La- tour said. “Play­ing with the boys the past four years im­proved my skill level a lot.”

La­tour, who played var- sity for 3 1/2 sea­sons, was an All-County first-team se­lec­tion in her ju­nior and se­nior sea­sons, where she scored a com­bined 11 goals and 10 as­sists.

She also was an Al­lSMAC first-team se­lec- tion as a se­nior and an All-SMAC hon­or­able men­tion se­lec­tion as a ju­nior. The Ea­gles were 47-13-3 over­all dur­ing her ca­reer.

“It is a great op­por­tu­nity and she’s earned it,” Webb said. “Her men­tal growth re­ally took her over the top and you can put her any­where on the field. She is also a great stu­dent in the class­room.”

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO North Point High School se­nior Aimee La­tour signed her na­tional let­ter of in­tent Feb. 8 to play soc­cer at Howard Univer­sity in Wash­ing­ton, D.C., in the North Point gym­na­sium. La­tour, pic­tured in the mid­dle, is is sur­rounded by many of her Ea­gles team­mates.

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