Katelyn Kellogg

Katelyn Kellogg saves a ball for Greenville Liberty during the 2022 season. Kellogg helped lead the Liberty to an 8-0-2 start and a trip to the playoff semifinals in its first season in the USLW.

Former North Oldham goalkeeper Katelyn Kellogg has kept busy since breaking the school’s all-time saves record. 

The 2018 graduate wrapped up her fourth season at Division I Gardner Webb in 2021 and plans to play at Coastal Carolina as a graduate transfer in pursuit of her Masters in the fall.

“I want to pursue my MBA with a concentration in healthcare administration. Gardner Webb didn’t have that opportunity, so I had to do what’s best for me and leave my home of four years,” Kellogg said. “It’s definitely something I’m excited for.”

Kellogg had options to choose from after an impressive senior season in which she ranked third in the nation in total saves.

“We were kind of busy on the backline, but being that busy opened more opportunities for me. It’s definitely not something I would complain about,” Kellogg said. 

That mentality is what former NOHS coach Jair Trivino remembers best about his star keeper.

“She was always highly confident and had a great attitude. She had that confident ego where she wanted to come out and be her best and felt like she could stop anybody … That helped the team feel more confident about itself,” Trivino said. “That’s one of the factors that separates her from other players that try to reach those same aspirations.”

Prior to arriving on campus for her fifth year, Kellogg recently completed her first season at the semi-pro level with the USLW’s Greenville Liberty. She started all 14 games for the club this season and helped it get out to 8-0-2 start in its first campaign in the league. 

“It meant a lot to me. It’s always a great opportunity to step on the field and put my cleats on because not everybody gets that chance,” Kellogg said. “I feel like it prepared me well in regards to coming into Coastal. Gardner Webb is also DI, but I needed to train for a completely different conference.”

Kellogg’s efforts were rewarded when the team named her captain for its playoff semifinal match against South Georgia Tormenta FC on July 17.

“It felt like a different type of trust my teammates had in me (to name me captain for the playoff game),” Kellogg said. “Putting the captain band on – as corny as it sounds – is like a medal of honor. I was grateful.”

The Liberty fell 4-1 in the contest, but merely reaching the semifinals, as well as winning its division, was a significant accomplishment for the organization.

“This is the first year Greenville has been in the USLW, so to make it as far as we did, that was insane to us,” Kellogg said. “We weren’t caught off guard by it, but we were so proud of how far we’ve come, playing with each other for the first time.”

Overall, Kellogg recorded 40 saves on the season, good for a save percentage of 78.4% and a goals allowed/per game of 0.94, something she hopes propels her into a potential professional career following this upcoming season.

“For me, it’s just taking one opportunity at a time so I can make sure I’m doing the best I possibly can, but I would definitely love to play professionally, whether that’s in the States or overseas,” Kellogg said.

If no professional opportunity presents itself following the collegiate season, Kellogg said she’d be open to a return to Greenville, as the club looks to improve on last season.

“As a 5-foot-5 keeper, I want to keep my options broad. Teams are typically looking for a taller keeper, but I’ve gotten by so far with my speed and footwork,” Kellogg said. “The coaches here made me fall in love with soccer again, and with how close I got with the girls on the team and how good our chemistry was, I would absolutely go back. I feel as mentally and physically healthy as I’ve been in a very long time.”