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Joel

Vartiainen

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Midfielder/Defender
Height: 5'8"
Weight: 163
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Kuopio, Finland
High School: Kuopion Klassillinen Lukio

Bio

JUNIOR (2016)

  • Played in 15 matches, while earning three starts
  • Notched first-career point, an assist, in a 4-1 victory over Jacksonville (9/17)
  • Fired two shots in consecutive matches vs. North Florida (9/21) and USF (9/24)
  • Made first start at Tulsa (10/15) and played 87 minutes
  • Started and played the full match at Temple (10/29)

SOPHOMORE (2015)

  • Appeared in 15 matches, making 13 starts on the back line
  • Recorded six shots and two shots on goal, while playing a full match eight times.
  • Helped UCF record clean sheets in back-to-back victories at home over Memphis (10/24) and Cincinnati (10/31)
  • First appearance came in season opener vs. Florida Atlantic (8/28)
  • Tallied two shots in first start at Northwestern (9/14)
  • Registered first shot on target against Tulsa (10/10)

HIGH SCHOOL

  • Played with the Kuopion Palloseura club team in the Veikkausliiga
  • Made 38 appearances including 22 starts and scored one goal
  • Finished runner-up for the Suomen Cup in 2013

PERSONAL

  • Born in Kuopio, Finland on Mar. 14, 1994
  • Son of Paavo and Paula Vartiainen
  • Brothers: Lasse and Tuomas
  • Majoring in sports and exercise science
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