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Kaela Hansen - Women's Soccer - Kansas Jayhawks

Kaela Hansen

Position Defender
Height 5'7''
Class Senior
Hometown Burnaby, B.C.
High School Burnaby Central Secondary

SENIOR (2021)

  • Started all 19 matches on the back line.
  • Moved into the top 10 in program history in minutes played against Texas Tech (Oct. 22).
  • Ranked second on the team in total minutes played (1,697).
  • Tallied four shots on the season.
  • Named to the Academic All-Big 12 First Team.

JUNIOR (2020)

  • Started in all 13 matches.
  • Played a season-high 110 minutes in both games against Iowa State and against Kansas State.
  • Recorded one shot at West Virginia on Oct. 30.
  • Named to the Academic All-Big 12 First Team.


  • Started on the KU back line in all 25 of the Jayhawks’ matches in 2019.
  • Helped the Jayhawk defense to 12 shutouts on the year, the second-most in program history.
  • Also helped KU to the fourth-longest opponent scoreless streak in program history, with the Jayhawks not conceding a goal for 441-straight minutes over five matches in November.
  • Logged 79.6 minutes per game, the fifth-most among KU field players.
  • Also tallied seven shots on the year.
  • Named to the Academic All-Big 12 First Team.


  • Started in all 21 matches for the Jayhawks, averaging 78.6 minutes per game.
  • Recorded six shots.
  • Helped the Kansas defense to post nine shutouts and four shutout streaks of 200 minutes or longer on the year.


  • Was 16 years old when she made her debut in the Canadian Youth National Team in 2016 with coach Beverly Priestman.
  • Earned first cap and played all 90 minutes in Canada’s 3-2 victory over Cameroon in the group stage of the U17 Women’s World Cup in 2016.
  • Has also spent time in camp with Canada’s U20 squad, making the roster for the Three Nations Tournament in Australia in Summer of 2017.


  • A member of Vancouver Whitecaps FC Elite, helping the team to numerous titles, including the 2013 BC Premier Cup, the 2015 BC Soccer Premier League Divisional Championship and the gold medal at the Western Summer Games, also in 2015.
  • Named the Whitecaps’ Showcase Standout in April of 2016 after making the Showcase All-Star Team the year prior.


  • Daughter of Ed and Lorrie Hansen.
  • Has one sibling, Kyle.
  • Father, Ed, won a national title with the University of New Brunswick Redshirts, while her mother played soccer with Langara College in Vancouver.
Women's Soccer 📸 Pick Six - Kaela Hansen

This week, Kansas soccer sophomore defender Kaela Hansen has selected six of her favorite photos from the 2019 season, which saw she and the Jayhawks fly to unprecedented heights on and off the pitch.