Women's Soccer

UK Women’s Soccer Adds 11 Newcomers to 2021 Roster

by Chandler Brandes

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The University of Kentucky women’s soccer program has added 11 players to the roster for the upcoming 2021 season, head coach Ian Carry announced on Wednesday. With the addition of the incoming freshmen, the roster totals 32 players.

The newcomers represent three countries – Denmark, Germany, and the United States – as well as six states – Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, and Virginia. The class features five defenders, two midfielders, two forwards, and two goalkeepers.

“Overall, I am very happy and excited with the quality of this 2021 incoming class,” said Carry. “As a staff, we have worked hard and purposefully with regards to specific positions to bring in a group of young women we believe have the right attributes and characteristics to add to our existing roster, which in turn will elevate the program as we continue on our upward trajectory. This is the first time we have been deep in every position and are very much looking forward to a competitive season.”  

#1 Laura Nielsen – Goalkeeper
Hometown: Odense, Denmark
Club Team: Odense Q
School: Tornbjerg Gymnasium

  • Represented Denmark at the U15, U17, and U19 levels
  • Participated at the 2018 European Championships with the U19 National Team
  • National Danish Cup champion from 2014-19
  • Won the 2017 Gothia Cup, the world’s largest international youth soccer tournament 

#5 Lilly Huber – Midfielder 
Hometown: Augsburg, Bavaria, Germany
Club Team: FC Bayern Munchen
School: Holbein Gymnasium Augsburg

  • Represented Germany at the U15, U17, and U19 levels
  • Played for the most famous club in Germany

#10 Emilie Rhode – Forward
Hometown: Arhus, Denmark
Club Team: AGF Arhus
School: Marselisborg Gymnasium

  • Represented Denmark at the U15 and U17 levels
  • Top scorer at the U14, U15, and U16 levels
  • Made over 40 appearances in Denmark’s national women’s league, including six with the National Team

#13 Emily Duncan – Forward
Hometown: Panama City, Fla.
Club Team: Orlando City ECNL
School: Mosley High School

  • Earned First Team All-County and First Team All-State honors
  • Named Area Player of the Year as a senior
  • Three-star recruit by TopDrawerSoccer

#14 Emma Dalton – Defender
Hometown: Marietta, Ga.
Club Team: Concorde Fire ECNL
School: Harrison High School

  • Earned All-Region and All-County honors
  • Georgia High School Player of the Year nominee 
  • Georgia 6A and 7A region champion
  • Top-four finisher in the ECNL Southeast Region 

#15 Maya Goudeseune – Defender
Hometown: Wolverine Lake, Mich.
Club Team: Michigan Hawks
School: Mercy High School

  • ECNL national runner-up in 2019
  • Advanced to the U.S. academy playoffs in 2018 and the ECNL playoffs in 2017

#16 Emma Nicholson – Midfielder 
Hometown: Louisville, Ky.
Club Team: Racing Louisville ECNL/Javanon FC
School: Atherton High School

  • Earned First-Team All-Region, All-Area, and All-State honors
  • Tallied 46 goals and 59 assists during high school career
  • Won the 2019 state championships with Javanon FC
  • Represented Kentucky at the Olympic development level

#19 Sara Makoben-Blessing – Defender
Hometown: Brondby, Denmark
Club Team: Brondby IF
School: Vestskoven Gymnasium Albertslund 

  • Represented Denmark at the U15, U17, and U19 levels
  • Played for the most prestigious club in Denmark
  • Was part of Brondby IF’s first team Champions League roster, the highest level of women’s club soccer in the world

#22 Tallulah Miller – Goalkeeper
Hometown: Richmond, Va.
Club Team: Richmond Kickers
School: Hanover High School

  • Led Hanover to an undefeated season as a senior
  • Allowed only 22 goals during her high school career
  • Named to the U.S. Youth ODP East Regional National and International teams
  • Three-time National Premier League finalist

#24 Paige Archbold – Defender
Hometown: Fort Wayne, Ind.
Club Team: Fort Wayne United FC/Indiana Premier United GA
School: Homestead High School

  • Earned First Team All-District, Second Team All-State, and Third Team All-State honors
  • Advanced to the semifinals of the Girls Academy League National Tournament
  • Midwest Conference and Spring Great Lakes Conference champion 

#26 Cameron Lundh – Defender
Hometown: Grosse Pointe Park, Mich
Club Team: Vardar ECNL
School: Grosse Pointe South High School

  • Earned All-Conference honors
  • Started all games over the past three years for Vardar

The Wildcats begin the regular season on Thursday, August 19 at Purdue. The full 2021 schedule can be found here.

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