All-American, All Pac 12 first team selection, goalkeeper for the US Women’s Soccer U- 20 team and aspiring back-up dancer for Beyonce’?
All words used to describe goalie Katelyn Rowland of UCLA women’s soccer. Rowland is not only one of top players in the country; she is one of the top players in the world.
Last year alone Rowland had 15 shutouts, a school record. But what’s even more impressive is on average, she gave up just 0.27 goals per game.
That’s impressive for a man or a woman. Most soccer experts feel it’s just a matter of time before she is called up and asked to become part of the US Women’s Soccer Olympic team.
She is that good at only the age of 20 and can only get better. UCLA coach Amanda Cromwell said to Soccerwire.com that Rowland was an important part of UCLA’s defense last year.
“There were some games [when] she came up huge, making particular saves, that in the game of soccer you need from your keeper just to give you confidence,” Cromwell said.
Our motto was just score one goal and we could win the game because we did a good job [of] getting the shutout.
It’s ironic that Rowland became such a dominant goalkeeper, because when she started playing she didn’t want to be stopper.
“My coach’s wife put me in (at goalkeeper) when I was 11,” Rowland once told the Daily Republic.
“I didn’t like it at first, but I stuck it out and I loved it. Obviously, it worked out for me.”
You can say that again. Rowland ranks second on UCLA’s career charts with 52 wins and 36 shutouts which in all likelihood will change before the end of the season if she continues at the pace she is going unless she runs off and becomes a back-up dancer for a certain pop star.
Rumor has it that Rowland secretly wants to be a back-up dancer for Beyonce, but unfortunately for her opponents it looks like she plans to stick around UCLA and break a few more records.
And hopefully, win a championship, giving her one more reason to dance.