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Hastings' Keele commits to UNK

Nebraska-Kearney head soccer coach John Maessner announced today that Hastings native Emma Keele will play for the Lopers this fall.

The 5-0 defender is the team’s fourth recruit this off-season, joining keepers Jaclyn Paloucek (North Platte) and Kristen Rossi (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) and midfielder Courtney Hayden (Kearney).

UNK, about to enter its fifth-year as a program, had just four seniors on last year’s squad. The Lopers are slated to return 87% of its minutes played off last year’s 9-7-2 squad, the first winning season in school history.

A four-year letterwinner in both cross country and soccer for the Hastings Tigers, Keele helped the soccer team make the Class B state tournament four times. Helping Hastings win a game a state in 2012, Keele earned academic all-conference honors in both sports and graduated in the top 10% of her class.

“Emma is a very smart, tough competitor that will help our team be more successful. She reads the game very well, is focused and a leader both on and off the field,” said Maessner. “Emma had a great high school career and we’re looking forward to her joining us in August.”

During the summers, Keele played for the Nebraska Select club team. Finally, earlier this month, she was a member of the South squad in the 2013 Nebraska Shrine Soccer Classic.

UNK reports to fall camp on Monday, August 19th.