Virginia Star Laney Rouse Finds, Gives Inspiration Through Soccer

Virginia Cavaliers Laney Rouse
Laney Rouse looks for room to operate in a Virginia win against Oregon State. ~ Photo courtesy Matt Riley/Virginia Athletics Media Relations

Laney Rouse is inspired to inspire.

From the time she was a little girl, Rouse was engulfed in her favorite sport: soccer. Since she was 4 years old, competition in the family has been fierce but backed with impactful mentorship and support. Her older brother, Jordan, had a successful career playing for St. John’s University for five years before continuing his passions professionally on an international level.

Laney accredits her love of the game and talent to Jordan saying, “the challenges of playing with my brother made me so much better. … My whole life I have really just been following in his footsteps and he’s given me great advice and great training. He has been one of the best mentors I’ve had.”

But, the family was not the only place soccer was important. Her hometown of Cary, North Carolina, is an epicenter of collegiate and professional soccer. Legendary programs like the North Carolina Tar Heels and the Duke Blue Devils along with professional teams like the newly founded NC Courage and the USL’s North Carolina FC (previously the Carolina RailHawks) were pillars of inspiration for Rouse.