Parkland resident Kelsey Wys long dreamed of playing professional soccer.
That dream was recently realized for the Douglas High School and Florida State University star as the talented goalkeeper was drafted in the second round by the Western New York Flash in the National Women’s Soccer League draft.
Wys’ selection makes her the first South Florida resident to play in the new women’s circuit.
Wys made her NWSL debut against Sky Blue FC a memorable one as she and her Flash teammates won 2-0 at Sahlen Sports Park in Rochester, N.Y. Playing with the likes of U.S. Olympic stars Abby Wambach and Carli Lloyd has made the learning transition a little easier.
“Playing for FSU was a tremendous experience from a tactical and technical standpoint, but now I need to step up to another level,” said Wys, who played travel soccer with the Coral Springs Renegades and the Parkland Predators. “Everybody is faster across the board, and I need to learn from the older girls and keep it going. Playing with the likes of Abby and Carli is pretty cool, and they can teach me everything, which is great.”
The Flash coaches are teaching Wys technical skills and making sure she becomes more vocal on the field.
“When I got here in March, it was snowing and again in April,” Wys said. “I was glad we trained indoors, but Rochester has won me over. I know I have to continue to work hard and keep the learning process going.”
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