The 5-foot-11, 165-pound senior midfielder scored 23 goals and passed for 14 assists this past season, leading the Rockets (23-3-2) to the Class 3A state championship game. The North Carolina Soccer Coaches Association Player of the Year, Vignali participated in the High School All-American Game. Also an All-American selection by the United Soccer Coaches, he concluded his prep soccer career with 51 goals and 48 assists.
Vignali maintained a weighted 3.82 GPA in the classroom. Taking advantage of NCAA early signing rules, Vignali inked a financial-aid agreement that paved the way for him to enroll early at the University of North Carolina Asheville. He graduated from high school this past December and attended classes in the spring semester.
His parents having served as English teachers overseas, Vignali has lived in Spain and India. He has volunteered locally as part of multiple community service initiatives through his church. “Izaiah was extremely dangerous and made a lot of plays,” said David Corsbie, head coach of Green Hope High. “He stood out the whole game. Without him, AC Reynolds struggled to get much offensively.”