Kansas Soccer Adds Transfer From UCLA

Feb. 20, 2008


<?xml:namespace prefix=”st1″ ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags”?>Kansas women’s soccer coach Mark Francis announced Wednesday that the Jayhawks have added Sarah Salazar, who will transfer from UCLA, to the 2008 recruiting class. <?xml:namespace prefix=”o” ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office”?>

Salazar, a 5-foot-4 midfielder from Broken Arrown, Okla., appeared in 10 matches last season for the Bruins and tallied an assist and a pair of shots. She appeared in a pair of NCAA Tournament matches for a UCLA team which advanced to the Final Four.

Salazar graduated from Broken ArrowHigh School in the spring of 2007, earned all-state honors as a senior and all-conference accolades four times. She has played with the U.S. National team since the U-15 level. Prior to last season, she was listed as the No. 12 recruit in the country by RISE magazine as well as a top 25 recruit by Soccer Buzz.

“Sarah is somebody that we tried to recruit out of high school,” Kansas head coach Mark Francis said. “She’s very technical, but is also very physical as a center midfield player. She compliments the midfielders we currently have on the team. I think the experience she brings from going to the Final Four and playing on some of the national teams can help our kids as we look to go to the next level.”

Salazar joins KU’s incoming class of 2008 which includes freshmen Kelsey Clifton (MF, Wichita, Kan.), Kortney Clifton (F, Wichita, Kan.), Kat Liebetrau (GK, Centennial, Colo.), Sierra Miramontez (D, Lenexa, Kan.) and Jordyn Purdue (MF, Pickerington, Ohio).