U.S. U-23 Women's National Team member and junior goalkeeper Natalie Kulla is featured in the August issue of Inside Wisconsin Sports. Inside Wisconsin Sports can be found at bookstores and newsstands in Wisconsin.
Matt Tevsh's article "Playing Offside" highlights the experiences of rivals Sarah Hagen (Milwaukee) and Kulla during their process of being named to the U.S. U-23 Women's National Team. Below is an excerpt from the article.
Kulla never really envisioned being a goalkeeper growing up. That job was just sort of given to her. "I played midfield," says Kulla. "Then I grew and was really awkward because I grew too fast, and I wasn't very good. They said, "You're the biggest kid on the team , we're going to move you to goalie." I think I was 12 when that happened, so I haven't played goalkeeper that long."
Eight years later, she has more than adapted to playing in net. Still the tallest, the now 6'0" Kulla heads into her junior year at Marquette as a rising star. "I've seen a lot players come into the program and excel while they have been here," begins 14-year Marquette coach Markus Roeders, "and I would put Natalie right up there with the best of them. I think by the time it's said and done, she's going to be one of the best players we've ever had in our program."