Women's Soccer

Kelly Campbell
Kelly Campbell


Gaithersburg, Md.

High School:




Club Team:
Bathesda Dragons

2005 - Senior: Team Tri-Captain

2004 - Junior: Started all 24 matches at defender for Illinois and has started 66 of 67 career matches at Illinois • Played every minute of 17 games for Illinois in 2004 • Vocal leader of an Illini defensive unit that earned 10 shutouts on the season • A first-team All-Big Ten, first-team All-Great Lakes Region (Soccer Buzz) and second-team All-Great Lakes Region (NSCAA) selection • Fired seven shots, with three being on goal • Tallied her third career assist in Illinois' 4-0 shutout of Minnesota (10/1).

2003 - Sophomore: Named to the Big Ten All-Tournament Team and was honored as Defensive MVP after helping the Illini become just the second team to sweep through the conference tourney without giving up a goal • Also recognized on the Soccer Buzz and Soccer America National Teams of the Week for her efforts at the Big Ten Tournament • Started all 22 matches during her sophomore season and 42 of 43 contests during the first two seasons of her career • Recorded her first and only point of the season with an assist to Jessica Bayne against #11 Ohio State, which helped the Illini to a 2-0 shutout win • Was instrumental in both of the Illini's record-breaking consecutive shutout streaks (6) and consecutive scoreless minute streaks (631).

2002 - Freshman: Saw action in all 21 contests in her rookie season, starting all but one • Recorded her first career point with an assist in Illinois' 3-1 win over Northwestern • Her first career goal was the game-winner in UI's thilling 4-3 comeback victory over #10 Penn State in the Big Ten Tournament.

High School: Two-time team MVP • Earned All-County, All-Metro and All-State honors in 2000 and 2001 • Also named to the Region I team in 2001 • Was a three-time varsity letterwinner in soccer and served as the team captain for three seasons • Voted a 2001 Youth All-American by the NSCAA • Bethesda Dragons club team won four Maryland state titles and took the regional title in 1999 • ODP teams won national titles in 1999 and 2000 • High school coach was Haroot Hakopian • Also earned two letters in lacrosse at Gaithersburg HS.

Personal: Born on Sept. 11, 1984 • Daughter of Cliff and Jo Campbell • Has two sisters • Majoring in management information systems • Has worked as a camp counselor during summers.

Getting to Know Kelly: Nickname: Campbell • Favorite TV show: Friends • Favorite class: computer science • Favorite athlete: Michelle Akers • Favorite movie: Rudy • Biggest sports thrill: scoring the winning goal to beat Penn State in the Big Ten Tournament in 2002 • I have been told I look like: Jodi Foster • Famous people I've met: Hillary Clinton • Three words that describe me: outgoing, talkative and fun • I chose Illinois because: the team is awesome!

Coach Rayfield on Campbell: "Kelly had a tremendous junior campaign and garnered recognition as one of the top defenders in this conference. Her leadership and organizational role increased during the spring playing without the goalkeeper she has played in front of for three years. Her competitiveness has been her strength and driving force from the day she stepped foot on this campus. Now, however, she adds to that a leadership quality and a confidence on the field that will allow her to lead a very experienced and talented back line - a defense that could be the key to our success in 2005."

Campbell's career statistics

Year GP-GS G A Pts. Sh. Sh% SOG SOG% GWG 2002 21-20 1 1 3 8 .125 3 .375 1 2003 22-22 0 1 1 0 .000 0 .000 0 2004 24-24 0 1 1 7 .000 3 .429 0 Total 67-66 1 3 5 15 .067 6 .400 1