Kelly Kulsrud

Senior - Defender 5-7

Carmel, Ind.

A solid defender, Kulsrud will be counted upon to anchor the Commodore defense this season. A great team leader who has started every game of her collegiate career, she has had experience guarding some of the top scorers in the SEC and the nation. A strong tackler who is also excellent in the air, Kulsrud can also spark the Commodore offense in transition out of the back with her passing.

As A Junior (2001): Started every game at right defender, one of four players to start every game...One of three players to play all 1, 559 minutes of the season...Scored first career goal vs. SMU...Led defenders in scoring with four points and shots with six...Assisted on the game-winning goal vs UAB...Helped Vanderbilt defense post three shutouts and hold opponents to one goal or less in eight contests.

As A Sophomore (2000): Earned Academic All-SEC Honors...Recorded a career-high three shots at Auburn and more than doubled her season shot total from last season with 12...Tied career-high with one assist against Arizona...Helped hold Arizona, Memphis and South Carolina to just two shots apiece, while limiting Arkansas and LSU to just three shots apiece...Part of defense that finished 2nd in the SEC in goals allowed (25) and points allowed (70), while posting seven shutouts...One of five players to start all 21 games.

As A Freshman (1999): One of three players on the team to start every game of the season…Scored her first point as a Commodore with the game-winning assist against Arkansas…Helped limit opponents to only one goal in a five game span near the end of the regular season (10/15-10/29).

High School/Club: A four-year letterwinner who was named the Gatorade Circle of Champions Indiana High School Girls' Soccer Player of the Year as a senior…Named to NSCAA/Adidas All-Central Region II Team, first-team all-state (by ISCA and ICGSA), all-district and all-county…Was named Carmel High School Female Athlete of the Year for 1998-99…Played on the Indiana High School Senior Soccer All-Star team and was an Adidas Elite Soccer Program participant…Earned 1998-99 USYSA Academic All-American honors…Led Carmel High School to four state finals and two state championships along with three top-10 rankings in USA Today…Tallied 12 assists and four goals her senior year…Played for the Region II '81 ODP Team from 1996-99 and traveled to the European Spring Tour in 1998; team captain…Five-year member of the State '81 ODP Team…Played club soccer for the Carmel Cajuns (Carmel United Soccer Club) and helped them to four state championships… Four-year letterwinner in track who won the state championship in the 4x400m relay; holds the school record in both the 4x100m and 4x400m relay.

Worth Knowing: Kelly Anne Kulsrud…Born 7/7/81…Daughter of Bill and Barbara Kulsrud…Major is Elementary Education… Graduated in the Top 10 percent of her high school class…Named to the Indiana Soccer Coaches Association All-Academic team and was Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference Academic All-Conference.


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