Women's Soccer
Claudia Najera - Women's Soccer - University of Kentucky Athletics 25


  • position Midfielder
  • height 5-4
  • class Graduate Student
  • Hometown St. Charles, Ill.
  • Previous School Iowa State
  • High school St. Charles North
  • Major Grad certificate in Diversity & Inclusion

2023 (Fifth-Year):

  • Played in 10 matches, registering 140 minutes of action
  • Had a shot on goal against Murray State and Belmont
  • Played a season-high 27 minutes against Iowa State

From Iowa State – 

Awards & Honors:
College Sports Communicators Academic All-District (2022)
Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll (F21, S22, F22)
Two-time Academic All-Big 12 First Team (2020, 2021, 2022)

2022 (Senior):
Appeared in all 17 matches while making four starts…Finished the 2022 season with one shot that was on goal.

2021 (Junior):
One of three Cyclones to start all 17 games … third on the team with 1,272 minutes … finished the year with 17 shot attempts, eight of which were on goal … logged three shots in back-to-back games against Drake and SIUE … registered three 90+ minute outings.

2020-21 (Sophomore):
Played in and started all 13 games as a sophomore … played 1,057 minutes as a midfielder … had eight shot attempts with three on goal … played 90+ four times … played 110 minutes in back-to-back matches vs. UNI and Oklahoma … had two shot attempts vs. Oklahoma, UNI and Kansas State.

2019 (Freshman):
Played in 17 games as a true freshman, including nine starts … tallied 731 minutes, primarily as a midfielder … had four points on the season to rank fourth on the team … was Iowa State’s team leader with four assists … assisted on game-winning goals vs. Omaha and at SIUE … fired three shots, including two on goal … played a season-high 76 minutes vs. Texas Tech.

High School:
A dynamic offensive player … her St. Charles North squad was named among the top five programs in the country by USA Today … her Campton United Soccer club team was four-time Illinois State Cup Champions … has participated in U.S. soccer training for three years … played in the USYS National Champion finals in 2018 … was a prolific goal-scorer throughout her prep career.

Daughter of Abe and Tricia Najera … elementary education major.

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