Kaley Kaminski – Cornerstone University
Why did you choose Cornerstone as your final destination?
The coaches and team are all such amazing and welcoming people. I’ve practiced with them for a while and I already feel so comfortable and at home.
What was the turning point that made you want to play soccer in college?
I honestly did not expect to play college soccer. When college coaches started contacting me in my sophomore year, I was pleasantly surprised. When Coach Randy had sought me out and I visited, I felt that specifically, the Cornerstone team was something I aspired to be a part of. The whole atmosphere at CU is incredible.
What is your favorite moment from your soccer career?
My favorite moment from my soccer career was from two years ago. My team was in the finals for a tournament we were in. During the final game, we were down 1-0 with few minutes left. One of my teammates, Jess, took a corner kick and ended up tying the game 1-1 with one minute left. We then had another corner kick that Jess again took and she sent it soaring into the goalie box. One of my other teammates Amber headed the ball scoring the second point and winning the game for us with thirty seconds left. We all started cheering and hugging each other and that was a game I will never forget.
What is your biggest goal once you get to Cornerstone?
My biggest goal once I get to Cornerstone is to continue to create great bonds with my teammates.
Describe your journey from early soccer experiences to now.
My soccer journey has been very up and down. I started my club experience not knowing too much about soccer but ready to improve and grow as a player. I had various coaches that quit and I lost the motivation to play a little bit. Then another coach took my team over and my life has never been the same since. This coach was Jeff Brown and he constantly pushed me to improve and grow my soccer career. There were a few years I had different coaches than him. But recently a few years ago, I was reconnected with him and I can honestly say that I would not be playing soccer and signing to play in college if it were not for him impacting me so greatly by all the dedication, skills, hard work, strength to push through injuries, and other great lessons that he has taught me. He encouraged me to visit the schools that contacted me. He helped me decide where I wanted to be and that I did want to play. I haven’t looked back since and I am excited to continue my soccer career at CU.