Kelsey Steffens made it official by signing a National Letter of Intent to play soccer at Fort Hays State University on Feb. 5, but the Windsor High School senior made up her mind about attending the NCAA Division II school in Hays, Kan., almost a year ago.
The scoring machine for the Windsor girls soccer team verbally committed to the Tigers in April 2013, and said she can’t wait to play at the collegiate level in the fall.
Steffens, who plans to double major in psychology and physical education, said she has a good feeling about her future teammates, and felt right at home on campus.
“I always wanted to play college soccer since I was little,” said Steffens, who said she likes soccer so much that she got a tattoo on her thigh of a soccer ball inside a dream catcher. “I can’t wait to play with the girls.”
Steffens, 18, of Greeley was an instant success after transferring from Northridge High School in Greeley in the February of her freshman year. A forward for the Wizards, the 5-foot-2-inch Steffens is a dynamo on offense. She scored 19 goals in 2011 as a freshman, 20 goals her sophomore season and scored another 22 goals last season.
Steffens had a signing ceremony with her club team in Boulder on Feb. 5.
Going into her senior season this spring, Steffens already has 61 goals during her standout career and plans to add to that total for the Wizards.
Steffens, the daughter of Julie and Todd Steffens, started playing soccer when she was 3.
“I guess since I’ve played it all my life it’s come naturally,” Steffens said. “I just like the sport.”
Although Steffens is known as a scorer, she said she likes to involve her teammates in the offense and gets just as much of a thrill assisting on a goal.
“I have good skills with my feet, and I’m kind of fast,” said the modest Steffens. “I want to win.”
Fort Hays head coach Craig Shaw gushed about Steffens’ talents in a Tigers soccer news release on signing day.
“Steffens is one of the most exciting forwards to watch play and one of the best in Colorado,” Shaw said. “She can beat you with skill or with her deceptive lightning quick five-yard speed. She can shoot from distance with both feet and will terrorize defenders in the MIAA. I recruited Steffens (and FC Boulder club teammate Jasmine Beaulieu of Commerce City) for nearly two years and have watched their State Cup winning side play all over the country and win games. If Steffens focuses and works hard, she can be one of the best forwards in the conference.”