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Huskers Add Two Players for 2018

By NU Athletic Communications

The Nebraska soccer team added a pair of student-athletes to the roster, announced on Wednesday.

Kate Leachman and Kenzie Coons will each enter their first season with the Husker program in 2018. Leachman transferred to Nebraska from Idaho State, where she spent one season of collegiate soccer. Leachman started 13 of her 17 appearances in 2017 and logged 1,019 minutes. A Big Sky All-Academic selection, Leachman scored one goal and tallied two assists, tied for the most on the team in 2017.

Leachman played high school soccer at Douglas County in Castle Rock, Colo., where she helped the team to playoff appearances in 2014, 2015 and 2016. Leachman garnered first-team all-conference accolades in 2017 after making the second team in 2015 and received honorable mention recognition in 2014 and 2016. Leachman played club soccer for Colorado Storm ECNL.

“I wanted to be a part of a University that had pride in their school and would also push me to become a better athlete, student and person,” Leachman said.

Coons spent one semester at Texas Tech as a mid-year enrollee in January 2018 before coming to Nebraska. She played high school soccer at Millard West in Omaha, Neb. A first-team all-state performer, Coons helped the Wildcats win the 2015 state title, while making the semifinals in 2016 and 2017. In the classroom, Coons earned academic all-state honors. Coons played club soccer for Elite Girls Academy and helped the team capture the State Cup in 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018, while making the regional finals in 2018.

“I chose Nebraska because of the family atmosphere and amazing soccer and academic programs,” Coons said.

The Huskers open their 2018 campaign with an exhibition match against Arkansas on Thursday, Aug. 9 at Hibner Stadium, with kickoff set for 7:05 p.m. NU’s regular-season opener is at Oklahoma on Thursday, Aug. 16 before the home opener on Monday, Aug. 20 against BYU. Tickets for all home matches are available on Huskers.com/tickets.

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