Marquette Women's Soccer vs. Florida Photos by Maggie Casey
Marquette Women's Soccer vs. Purdue Photos by Maggie Casey and Karen Bares
Marquette Women's Soccer vs. Villanova
Photos from Marquette vs. Wis.- Green Bay Game. Photos by Maggie Casey
Career Notes: Finished her career second all-time on the career assists list with 25 tied for third on the career assists per match list with .28, and tied for second on the career starts list with 88. Helped Marquette to 54 wins over the last four seasons.
2008: Started all 22 games and is second on team with 2,015 minutes played. Senior presence in back line defense. Notched penalty kick goal in 4-2 victory over DePaul (Oct. 3). Tallied three assists, the game winner to Ashley Bares against Syracuse (Oct. 12) the equalizer to Julia Victory in 75th minute of 1-1 draw vs. Providence (Sep. 25), and a helper to Allison McBride in 2-1 NCAA Tournament loss to Minnesota (Nov. 14). Third on team with .478 shots on goal percentage. Named to BIG EAST All-Tournament Team (Nov. 9). Raked in numerous post-season honors including Fourth Team All-America accolades by Soccer Buzz. Selected to 2008 second team All-BIG East, marking her third All-BIG EAST selection of her career. Also named to 2008 NSCAA All-Great Lakes Region Third Team, and First Team All-Great Lakes by Soccer Buzz.
2007: The junior defender had yet another tremendous season in 2007 starting in all 20 games and leading the team with nine assists. Her 0.45 assists per game for the season rank as the third-best average in single-season history at Marquette. Her nine assists were good for third in the BIG EAST in 2007 and also rank third on Marquette's all-time list. Kelly started the season with four assists in as many games, including helpers on both Marquette goals in a 2-0 win over Washington (Aug. 31). She also took 16 shots, seven of which came on goal. Kelly was named the Milwaukee Cup's Most Valuable Defender after helping the Golden Eagles record consecutive shutouts over Washington and Indiana State (Sept. 2) while also being named to Top Drawer Soccer's Team of the Week (Sept 4). After recording an assist in a 4-0 win over Rhode Island (Sept. 16) in the Colorado College Invitational finale, she was selected to the all-tournament team as well as named BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week (Sept. 17). Soccer America recognized her efforts by naming her to the National Elite Team of the week (Sept. 18). In BIG EAST play, she notched two game winning assists coming in wins over USF (Sept. 21) and St. John's (Oct. 12). Kelly's contributions were not just limited to offense, as she was an integral member of a Marquette defense that allowed just 17 goals on the season, and shut out nine foes. Kelly garnered several prestigious post-season honors, including a third team All-Big East selection and a spot on the Soccer Buzz Great Lakes Region second team. It was the third consecutive year she was honored by Soccer Buzz. She was also placed on the NSCAA All-Great Lakes third team and the Top Drawer Soccer College Team of the Season first team.
2006: One of Marquette's most dangerous defenders, Katie Kelly, has started in all 23 matches and has been Marquette's secret weapon on offense dishing a team high eight assists for the season - third best single season total in program history. Kelly registered 10 total points on the season to rank her fourth on the team. Kelly has registered a helper in six games this season and a recorded two against Wis.-Green Bay on Oct. 17. She earned her first BIG EAST Defensive after assisting Meghan Connelly's goal and helping to shut out Cincinnati, 2-0, on Oct. 13, and serving in the game-winning assist in a 1-0 win over Louisville. She followed those performances up with two assists against Green Bay, and involved herself in involving herself in both goals in a 2-1 win over St. John's scoring the gamewinner and assisting the other. For that she was named the BIG EAST Defensive player of the week and to the Soccer Buzz Elite Team of the Week for the second consecutive week. She was the only player in the conference in 2006 to earn repeat defensive player of the week honors. Kelly was honored post season with Soccer Buzz All- Great Lakes Third Team. Kelly's club team played for the USASA National Cup in Aug. 2007.
2005:A strong foot in the backfield, Kelly became MU's corner kick specialist as well as providing an offensive threat from the back line. She had three goals and four assists on the year and finished with 11 points. She was named BIG EAST Rookie of the Week after a goal and an assist in the win over Northwestern (Aug. 28). Her third goal came in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on a 30-yard free kick against Wisconsin (Nov. 11). She has five assists tying her with Lauren Weber and Julie Thompson for third on the team. She was named to the Soccer Buzz Great Lakes All-Fresman Team and was also an honorable mention Freshman All-American by Soccer Buzz.
Prior to Marquette: Kelly earned numerous honors while playing for the Stars, helping them to state titles in 2002, 2003 and 2005. She scored 32 goals and 59 assists. She was an all-state second-team selection and first-team all-district selection her freshman year, first-team all-state, all-conference, all-district and all-metro her final three years. In her senior year, she was also Missouri State Player-of-the-Year, Western Region Player-of-the-Year and a high school All-America selection. She plays club for the 2001 National Champions, five-time USYSA Kansas State Champions, K.C. Dynamo, who also were Region II champions in 2001 and 2005 and finalists in 2000, 2002, 2003. She helped the Missouri State '86 ODP team to the National Championship in 2004.
Personal: Kathleen E. Kelly was born on June 2, 1987 in Kansas City, Mo. She is the daughter of Neil and Shelley Kelly and has three siblings; Pat, Megan and Robert. Her father played soccer professionally and her mother was a college tennis player. She is a public relations major.
Kelly's Career Stats