Genevieve Cruz, who attended The REAL School academically, played soccer at Horlick High School in Racine, Wis., under Coach Peter Laboda. Cruz scored 126 career goals and had 38 career assists. She scored 43 goals as a senior to go along with 13 assists. She earned first-team All-Southeast Conference and first-team Racine County honors. Cruz was named Racine County Player of the Year, and claimed all-state honorable mention from the Wisconsin Soccer Coaches Association. The team captured the WIAA Regional Championship in 2017. Horlick made the sectional finals in 2015, while making the semifinals in 2014 and 2016. Cruz made second-team all-state and first-team all-conference in 2016. She was also named county player of the year, Southeast Conference Player of the Year and Offensive Player of the Year for her team. In 2015, Cruz earned second-team all-county honors. In 2014, she made first-team all-conference and first-team all-county.
Cruz played club soccer for Racine United. While playing under Coach Kevin Lawrence, Cruz scored 11 goals in 2016, 10 goals in 2015, 14 goals in 2014 and seven goals in 2013.
Genevieve is the daughter of Luis and Ashly Cruz, and was born on April 1, 1999. She has one sister, Leylanna, and one brother, Luis Jr. Genevieve is majoring in pre-physical therapy.
Cruz on Nebraska
“I really loved all the soccer coaching staff and all the other staff I met. It really felt like it was a family environment and made me feel like I was a part of the family. I really felt that they will help me succeed and accomplish all my dreams and goals. I felt that this could be home for the next few years. I loved Hibner Stadium and Memorial Stadium. All the facilities were awesome. I really loved everything about the University of Nebraska.”