BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Head Coach Jason Neidell has announced the signing of Anne-Marie Ulliac, a transfer goalkeeper from Adelphi University, to the WKU soccer roster. Ulliac, a native of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, competed for two seasons with the Panthers at Adelphi in Garden City, N.Y.
“We are excited to welcome Anne-Marie into our soccer family, She was one who got away from us when we initially recruited her almost three years ago, so we were elated when she reached back out to us again about the possibility of becoming a Lady Topper. She is an impressive goalkeeper who is mature beyond her years,” Neidell said of the new signee.
Ulliac, who completed her two-year stint at Adelphi with a stellar 0.74 goals against average across 41 contests, surrendered just 31 goals while making 114 saves during her time as a Panther. Adelphi posted a 33-5-3 record with Ulliac in goal over the last two seasons as the Canadian logged 15 solo shutouts over that same time frame.
“The WKU coaching staff is second to none; I appreciate the professionalism in every detail of their program, and of course there’s the fact that they’ve sent two goalkeepers into the pro leagues so far in Libby Stout and Nora Abolins. I know all the girls are fiercely competitive and bring a high level of intensity to every practice and game, and a few of them have already reached out to welcome me which made me even more excited to take WKU to the next step in C-USA with them,” Ulliac said.
Named the NE-10 Conference Goalkeeper of the Year and a First Team All-Conference selection following her freshman season in 2015, Ulliac also brings high-level United Women’s Soccer experience, the second-tier, pro-am league for women’s soccer in the United States. Ulliac became the youngest starting goalkeeper since the inception of the league with the New England Mutiny during the summer of 2016, appearing in nine games and sporting a goals against average of 1.67 in 755 minutes of action. Behind her strong performances in goal, the Mutiny earned a second-place finish in the Eastern Conference of the UWS.
“There’s definitely a unique style of American soccer, the game is more direct and more physical. Going from Alberta to Long Island in New York was a bit of a culture shock, and Connecticut (the location of New England Mutiny) was different as well, so I’m eager to see all the great things Kentucky has in store,” Ulliac said of her move to the Bluegrass State.
Not only does Ulliac bring a high level of play on the field, but in the classroom as well, being named a CoSIDA First Team All-District selection as a sophomore in 2016. She will join a roster that includes 2016 All-C-USA Second Teamer Allison Leone, freshman Jenna Rohlin and redshirt freshman Keely Vincent at the goalkeeper position.
“WKU is at a point where I believe they have the right combination of coaching, administrative support and players to become a dominant C-USA force and a contender in the NCAA Tournament, and I’m thrilled for the opportunity to make an impact with a program of this much potential. Off the pitch, WKU has a fantastic array of sports-related programs which I expect to create an exceptional academic environment,” Ulliac said.
“Anne-Marie has aspirations to continue her playing career after college, and having more athletes on our team with this kind of passion and commitment to the game is a testament to our program and inspiring to teammates,” added Neidell.
WKU finished the 2016 season with a 12-6-1 record, the Lady Toppers’ most victories since also notching 12 during the 2012 campaign. The Lady Toppers earned a third-place finish in the conference, the team’s best since joining C-USA prior to the 2014 season, and Neidell was named the C-USA Coach of the Year following the team’s strong year.
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