SHEPHERDSVILLE – With the help of a co-worker, Bullitt Central senior Kaitlyn Morrison will be able to continue her soccer career at Spalding University.
Morrison announced her decision recently at a ceremony in the Bullitt Central library in front of her family, coaches and teammates that she will play for the Golden Eagles starting in the fall.
The Lady Cougar senior wasn’t sure that college and soccer were going to be combined in her future. At first, Morrison was accepted to Murray State, but then some academic grants emerged at Spalding.
At this point, Morrison was working alongside former North Bullitt player Kaleigh Hockenbury who was a junior defender on for the Golden Eagles last fall. Hockenbury suggested that Morrison contact Spalding head coach Shiloh Rayburn. That got the ball rolling and Morrison was invited to join the program.
(Spalding is an NCAA Division III program and so does not offer financial aide based on athletics.)
The 18-year-old daughter of Heather and Shawn Morrison hopes to play in the midfield at Spalding. That is where she played over the four seasons that she played for Bullitt Central. While a Lady Cougar, Morrison helped the program advance to its first district final last fall and the team advanced to the Sixth Region Tournament before losing to Mercy.
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Morrison started playing soccer in the Bullitt County YMCA program, but then sort of drifted away from the sport while attending St. Aloysius and then Bullitt Lick Middle School. At Bullitt Central, she against decided to play the sport and was a key member of the program.
“She is amazing,” Bullitt Central head coach Brandy Sharp said at the ceremony for Morrison’s signing.
At Spalding, Morrison plans to major in Elementary Education. She has one older brother, Shawn Jr. and a younger brother, Alex.
Hockenbury was one of two former North Bullitt players who competed for Spalding this past season. One of the two seniors on the Golden Eagles was Heather Stillwell. At the end of her senior season, Stillwell was an honorable mention selection to the All-Conference squad after scoring seven goals.
Spalding posted a 9-8 record last fall under Rayburn, a vast improvement over the four wins the team had the previous season. The Golden Eagles finished with a 3-5 record competing in their first season in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.