Honors and Awards
- First-team All-Big 12 Conference (1996, 1997)
- All-Big 12 Tournament Team (1996, 1997)
- NSCAA/Umbro First-Team All-American (1996)
- Soccer America First-Team All-American (1996)
- Soccer Buzz First-Team All-American (1996)
- NSCAA/Umbro First-Team All-Central Region (1996, 1997)
- Big 12 Conference Co-Player-of-the-Year (1996)
- U.S. National Team Pool Player (1997)
- Nebraska's Most Valuable Player Award (1995)
- Nebraska's Top All-Around Player Award (1995, 1997)
Kari Uppinghouse finished second in points on NU's squad with 39 after starting all 22 games in 1997. She recorded 16 goals and seven assists, including six game-winning goals and two game-winning assists. She scored a hat-trick against Oklahoma State on Oct. 24 and followed that up with two goals and an assist versus Oklahoma on Oct. 26. She also recorded two-goal games against San Diego and Kentucky.
Uppinghouse's efforts earned her selections to the All-Big 12 Conference first-team, All-Big 12 Tournament Team and the NSCAA/Umbro All-Central Region first-team. She also earned a share of NU's Top All-Around Player Award. She finished her career leading the Huskers' all-time list in four categories: points (104), goals scored (42), game-winning goals (15) and shots on goal (129).
Uppinghouse became Nebraska's first women's soccer first-team All-American with a spectacular 1996 season. She was a concensus first-team All-American after leading the Huskers to a 23-1-0 record and a trip to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament. She led Nebraska with single-season records of 48 points and 19 goals. She finished the year tied for eighth nationally with seven game-winning goals. She finished second on the team with 10 assists.
The Husker co-captain was named the Big 12 Co-Player-of-the-Year with Texas A&M's Bryn Blalack. Uppinghouse captured first-team All-Central Region and first-team All-Big 12 honors. She holds Husker career records with 65 points and 26 goals and shares the Husker single-game record of seven points with Lindsay Eddleman. Uppinghouse and Eddleman each scored seven points in a 10-2 win over Colorado on Oct. 13.
Uppinghouse scored two goals, including the game winner at the 148:43 mark in sudden death, in Nebraska's 3-2 first-round NCAA Tournament win over Minnesota. She scored Nebraska's first goal 2:23 into the game. Her second goal against the Golden Gophers was her second overtime game winner of the season. Her goal at 118:32 closed a 3-2 win over Vanderbilt on Sept. 22.
Uppinghouse started all 18 games for Nebraska and provided an imposing physical presence. She earned first-team all-region honors and shared NU's MVP Award. She scored 17 points on seven goals and three assists, winning the Huskers' Top All-Around Player Award.
(Metro State College)
Uppinghouse attended Metropolitan State College in Denver, Colo., as a part-time student. She did not play collegiate soccer.
Uppinghouse started at central midfield as a freshman, scoring goals in four of the first five games of the season. She finished as the fourth-leading scorer with 11 points on five goals and one assist. George Mason advanced to the NCAA final but lost 6-0 to North Carolina. She was named first-team All-Colonial Athletic Conference.
Uppinghouse led Arapahoe High School to an 18-2 record and the Colorado 6A state championship title in 1993. Arapahoe finished as the No. 5 team in the nation in 1993. A four-year letterwinner, Uppinghouse was first-team all-state her final three seasons and first-team all-league four times. She was the Colorado All-State All-Star Team MVP and Arapahoe's MVP in 1993. She earned NSCAA All-America and All-Rocky Mountain Region honors in 1991.
Uppinghouse spent the summer of 1996 and 1997 playing for the Denver Diamonds in the USISL. She competed in the adidas League in Portland, Ore., during the summer of 1997. She was also among the pool players for the U.S. National Team in 1997. In 1993, she led the Lakewood Fury to the Colorado Youth Challenge Cup championship, Region IV championship and a runner-up finish at the National Athena Cup. She was the Region IV MVP, scoring the winning goal in the finals and semifinals. She was also the MVP of the Athena Cup.
The daughter of David and Mary Uppinghouse, Kari has a sister, Amy, 24. She is a communications major. She was born May 5, 1975.