Last season, Katie Kempf, was making big plays before an injury ended her season.
Kempf, then a sophomore midfielder, was on track to break the single-season goal record at Western until she tore her ACL in a game against Northeastern State last September. She had four goals in the first nine games of the season, two of which were game winners. She also had two assists on the season.
Head coach Chad Edwards said, “Last season was frustrating for her, obviously. She was doing so well before the injury.”
Over the course of almost a year, Kempf has been working non-stop to stay in shape and on top of her game. She spent a lot of time working out and doing rehab to be ready when this season started. Kempf was officially cleared to play about a month ago.
“I feel good. I think it’s going to take me a little bit to get back into it,” Kempf said.
And so returns the player with the electric blue cleats that everyone just can’t stop watching.
“It’s not easy coming back from that kind of surgery, and I’m really proud of the way she’s battled back; it’s not easy to do that,” Edwards said.
With her return, Kempf has big goals for the season ahead.
Kempf said, “We want a winning record and to score as many goals as we can.”
In her career as a Griffon, Kempf has five assists and seven goals, three of which were game winners. So far this season, she has had three shots on goal, one assist and almost 250 minutes of playing time.
Junior midfielder Teddi Serna said, “She’s a good player. She works hard. She worked her butt off. It was tough that she was injured and we struggled a little bit, but she’s back now.”
“Honestly, through it all, I think it just made me stronger. I just wanted to get back out here to help my team and be a part of it all.”