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Leah Celarek
Leah  Celarek

Class:
Junior

Hometown:
Schaumburg, Ill.

High School:
James B. Conant

Height:
5-4

Position:
D/MF

Career Highlights

  • BIG EAST All-Academic (2015-16, 2016-17)

2017 (Jr.): Notched a shot on goal in the home opener against No. 2 Stanford (8/18) ... Tallied an assist on a corner kick to Carrie Madden in the shutout win over Drake (8/25) ... Started the first four matches of the season.

2016 (So.):
Started nine of the 17 matches she played in 2016 as a sophomore on defense ... Ended the year with a goal and two assists, while taking 18 corner kicks in 923 minutes ... Tallied first career assist in a win versus Cal Poly (9/16) ... Recorded first career goal in the 1-0 victory at Xavier on Oct. 6.

2015 (Fr.):
Played in seven matches as a true freshman and posted one shot in 45 minutes of action ... Made collegiate debut in 2-1 victory at Michigan (8/23)... Recorded first career shot on goal in 5-1 win vs. Creighton (9/27).

Prior to Marquette:
Celarek was a four-year letter winner at James B. Conant High School (Hoffman Estates, Illinois) … Ranked by TopDrawerSoccer as the No. 126 player in the class of 2015, the No. 9 player in the Midwest region and the No. 49 midfielder nationally ... Was named a captain during her senior season and earned 2015 IHSCA All-State honors ... Named all-conference during all four years of her high school career ... Also named Daily Herald All-Area four times ... Three-time all-sectional selection ... Helped lead her team to a sectional championship during her senior season ... Finished her career with 57 goals and 42 assists ... Her 42 career assists are a school record ... Selected, played and traveled with the Region 2 Olympic Development Team … Also excelled in the classroom, garnering Chicago Fire All-State All-Academic Second Team recognition as a senior.

Personal: Born October 7, 1996 in Schaumburg, Illinois ... Daughter of Ellen and Jim Celarek ... Has two younger sisters, Katie and Maddie ... Plans to study exercise physiology.

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MEET THE 'FAMILY'- August 2015

Is there anything that others are surprised to learn about you?
That I'm left handed.

An interesting fact about your hometown?
It is home to one of the biggest shopping malls in the Midwest, Woodfield Mall. 

What type of music do you listen to? Favorite artist(s)?
I love to listen to rock n' roll as well as pop music. My favorite band is Fall Out Boy.

Who is your biggest inspiration (athletic or otherwise)?
Kelley O'Hara on the U.S. Women's National Team.

Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or Snapchat?
Definitely Instagram

Favorite meal/food?
Chicken

Favorite vacation destination?
Northern Michigan.

Favorite professional sports team?
Chicago Cubs

Favorite sport other than soccer?
Basketball

What club or high school accomplishment(s) are you most proud of?
Winning sectionals with my high school soccer team as a senior.

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