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Two Keepers Join Lopers

Nebraska-Kearney soccer coach John Maessner announced today that Courtney Hayden (Kearney H.S.), Jaclyn Paloucek (North Platte H.S.) and Kristen Rossi (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) will play for the Lopers in the fall.
UNK had four seniors on last year’s 9-7-2 (4-6-2) squad, the Lopers fourth-ever women’s soccer team. Hayden (5-5) is a forward/midfielder while Paloucek (5-10) and Rossi (5-6) are keepers.
Departed senior Marissa Niday was the Lopers starter in goal the past four falls.
Hayden has played the last four years on the Nebraska Select Soccer Club team. As a junior for the Bearcats last spring, she ranked second in goals (six) and first in assists.
“Courtney is a talented player who will be able to give us depth in our midfield and up front right away,” said Maessner. “We’re excited that Courtney has decided to stay in Kearney to play for UNK and expect her to have a bright career with us.”
Rossi attends ThunderRidge High School in suburban Denver, the same school that produced current Lopers Mckinzie and Samantha Rieber.
A two-year letterwinner and a two-time Defensive Player of the Year, Rossi helped the Grizzlies qualify for the Colorado Class 5A state tournament the last three seasons. She also is a two-time first-team Academic All-State selection.
“Kristen is a talented, hard-working keeper who will be able to challenge for playing time right away,” said Maessner. “She comes from a good soccer background and has all of the tools to be a very good goal keeper. We are excited that Kristen has chosen to play for us.”
Paloucek is a three-sport (soccer, volleyball and diving) letterwinner for the Bulldogs. In the spring, she set the North Platte record for shutouts in a season, helping her to be named honorable mention Class A all-state and All-GNAC.
Also an Academic all-state selection, she is a teammate of Hayden’s on the Nebraska select team.

“Jackie is a talented young goal keeper that will challenge for playing time right away. She is a very bright young lady who will fit in well with our team and help to make our program stronger,” said Maessner.

UNK is currently going through winter workouts and will soon start spring practices.