Yes, Kristin Barbour has poured every ounce of energy into Monarch girls soccer the past two seasons, and yes, that will continue in full this coming spring as she ends her prep career.

However, as one of Colorado's premier defenders over the years, she's also always thought of herself as a Villanova Wildcat.

Wednesday, she made that commitment official on National Signing Day.

Unofficially, she knew she was going to 'Nova during her sophomore year of high school. So, putting pen to paper at the ceremony for all Monarch signees was a mere formality.

"As soon as I stepped on the campus, I knew it was where I wanted to be. The environment at Villanova stood out," Barbour said by phone on Tuesday night. "I obviously wanted to balance academics and athletics, and I felt like at 'Nova that's where I could thrive the most.

"It's been so long, now that it's official I'm just really excited to go there in a couple of months."

Barbour has garnered many all-league, all-region and all-state honors over the past two years, and she's known for having a booming kick. Last year, she was a first-team all-region selection.

She had the attention of Villanova coach Fran Kulas at the very beginning of his tenure as head coach with the program, and although the Wildcats had a rough 2015 season Barbour is certainly looking forward to the future.

This fall will mark Kulas's third season at the helm.

"I'm excited to be in an up-and-coming program and I feel like we can really do something special," Barbour said. "The players there seem to have so much energy to turn things around."


Monarch signings

Kristin Barbour, soccer, Villanova

Daniel Bricker, soccer, Colorado Mesa

Katherine Huntington, volleyball, Western Oregon

Mac Rowan, basketball, Johns Hopkins

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