Girls Soccer: Harris signs with Kishwaukee College

Senior Kailey Harris will continue her academics and her soccer career with Kishwaukee College next year. (Photo by Russell Hodges)

Rochelle senior intending to earn associate's degree in computer science

ROCHELLE — Senior defender Kailey Harris has played varsity soccer at Rochelle Township High School for the last three years. Throughout her time with the program, Harris has looked up to her senior teammates, looking for ways to improve her skills and leadership abilities. 

Now a senior captain herself, Harris has stepped into a leadership role of her own, and she’ll aim to continue improving her skills as she continues her academics and her soccer career at Kishwaukee College. Harris will reunite with current and former Lady Hub teammates including seniors Abby Tarvestad and Mavi Avila as well as RTHS alums Lizbeth Milan and Lucy Monroy.

“Kishwaukee College was my school of choice as it’s close to home, offers a good education with courses that will transfer over to almost any four-year university in Illinois and provides me with the opportunity to continue playing soccer,” Harris said. “I’m looking forward to learning new techniques and strategies from playing on the Kishwaukee College women’s soccer team. I’m a driven and competitive player and I’m ready to share my talents with my new teammates.”

Harris has started for the Rochelle Lady Hub varsity soccer team since her sophomore season, spending time as both a defender and midfielder before becoming one of the team’s starting center backs during her junior season, where she was named an Interstate 8 All-Conference Honorable Mention. Harris is one of multiple seniors returning from a varsity roster that posted a 10-10 overall match record and finished fourth in the Interstate 8 Conference last season. 

“Playing soccer at RTHS has helped me in several areas,” Harris said. “Our team has had girls with various skill levels in each year I’ve played and new players often look to the seniors for guidance on positioning and technique. In helping the other players, I was able to find flaws within my own techniques and correct my mistakes. I’ve played with a number of great teammates who’ve exhibited great leadership during my high school career and I’m looking forward to joining some of my past teammates at Kishwaukee College next year.”

In addition to her three years of varsity soccer at RTHS, Harris has served as vice president of the National Honor Society’s RTHS chapter as well as editor-in-chief of the school yearbook. Harris said she intends to earn her associate’s degree in computer science at Kishwaukee College before continuing her education at a four-year university to earn a bachelor’s degree.

“I’ve noticed improvements in several areas since beginning my soccer career at RTHS,” Harris said. “I’ve gained a better view of positioning in addition to improved confidence and composure. Increased training has also resulted in improved technique and speed of execution. The competition at the next level is definitely more intense, which is why I plan to train year round and remain focused on improving my technique so I can be a positive asset to the team.”