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NCAA Champion Kelsey Turnbow Ends College Career Excited by NWSL ‘Dream’


Santa Clara football star Kelsey Turnbow helped put the Broncos back in the national spotlight when she led the team to a national championship during the 2020-21 season affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Turnbow then ended his college career almost winning back the championship only to finally lose heartily to BYU earlier this month in a penalty shootout. The future National Women’s Soccer League pro spoke about an incredible college career with the Broncos in an interview with Fox News on Thursday.

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Kelsey Turnbow (10) of the Santa Clara Broncos reacts after scoring a goal against the Florida State Seminoles in the Division I Women’s Soccer Championship at Sahlens Stadium at Wakemed Soccer Park on May 17, 2021 in Cary, NC
(Photos by Jamie Schwaberow / NCAA via Getty Images)

“It was just such an honor to play for such an amazing program. There is so much history in the program and so much success. And our goal was to bring the program back to the College Cup and hopefully win. a championship, ”Turnbow said. “I’m really proud that we were able to do this last year, for the last two seasons in 2021.

“What I really like about our program is that we grow not only as football players but also as people in general. I think it’s really special and original. I couldn’t. to be more blessed in the past five years. “

Turnbow and the Broncos have played two seasons in one year. The 2020-21 season was played between February and May, while the 2021-22 season was played from August to December.

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In the first half of the year, Turnbow scored a tying goal in the National Championship to eventually force the game to a penalty shootout, and Santa Clara beat the No. 1 seed of Florida State. victory saw Santa Clara claim their first national women’s football title since 2001. The team finished 15-5-3 overall in the second half of the year and lost to BYU in the semifinals of the College Cup.

NCAA Champion Kelsey Turnbow Ends College Career Excited by NWSL ‘Dream’

Kelsey Turnbow (10) of the Santa Clara Broncos fights against Emily Madril (25) of the Florida State Seminoles for the ball during the Division I Women’s Soccer Championship at Sahlens Stadium at Wakemed Soccer Park on May 17, 2021 in Cary, North Carolina.
(Photos by Jamie Schwaberow / NCAA via Getty Images)

In the calendar year, she scored 21 goals and added 16 assists in addition to nine game-winners.

Turnbow, who spoke to Fox News on behalf of ChiliSleep, a company for which she became a brand ambassador earlier this year, said she won the College Cup and was able to play the last game of her career in what amounted to at a home game at Santa Claus. Clara were among the best moments of her career.

“I actually have two and both are inside the College Cup,” she said. “Obviously, the national championship, you can’t beat that. It was so special, especially during COVID. We’ve been through so much adversity this season and for us to come away with a national championship under our belt. , it was absolutely huge.

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“My second moment would only be the last four the other day against BYU in our stadium. We felt so much love and support from our Bronco community, and we were playing in front of about 8,000 people, and that. It was basically a home game. It was a neutral site but mostly a home game, and that made me so proud to be a Santa Clara Bronco. “

The star forward will now focus on preparing for her first season in the National Women’s Soccer League. She was originally selected by the Chicago Red Stars in the 2021 NWSL Draft, but was traded for the San Diego Wave FC extension earlier this month with Katie Johnson and Makenzy Doniak.

NCAA Champion Kelsey Turnbow Ends College Career Excited by NWSL ‘Dream’

Kelsey Turnbow (10) of the Santa Clara Broncos is shown ahead of their game against the Florida State Seminoles during the Division I women’s soccer championship held at Sahlens Stadium at Wakemed Soccer Park on May 17, 2021, in Cary, Ontario. North Carolina.
(Photos by Jamie Schwaberow / NCAA via Getty Images)

She told Fox News she was ready for the next level.

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“I couldn’t be more excited to play professional football,” she said. “It’s been a dream of mine ever since I was a little girl. To become and experience a varsity athlete, and now I’m taking the next step to play professional football in one of the best leagues in the world. whole is such a privilege. And it takes a village and I couldn’t have gotten to this position alone – my family, my coaches, my mentors, my teammates, my friends, you name it – all played such a part. important in this journey. I think my experiences have prepared me well for this next step. It is going to be very difficult but very rewarding at the same time. “

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