On the night of October 2, the #22 ranked University of Kentucky women’s soccer team faced its rival, #12 University of Florida, in a critical Southeastern Conference (SEC) game. By the end of the evening, former Total Futbol player and rookie college goalkeeper Katelyn “KJ” Jensen emerged as the hero in a 1-1 double overtime draw in front of 1,428 fans in Gainesville, FL.
Jensen, who started playing on a Total Futbol team when she was 13 years old, made a career-high 13 saves on 27 Florida shots in the thrilling game (the Gators outshot UK 12-2, with a 9-1 advantage in shots on goal plus a dozen corner kicks). Thirteen marks the most saves in a single match for any UK goalkeeper since 1998 and the third-most saves in a single match in UK program history. As of Oct. 6, Jensen boasted a 0.75 goals against average for the season with seven shutouts and only 10 goals allowed in 13 matches.
As a result of her remarkable performance between the posts, on October 6 Jensen was named the National Soccer Coaches Association of America's Division I Women's Soccer National Player of the Week, the SEC Defensive Player of the Week and made the College Soccer 360 Primetime Performers Weekly Honor Roll. Jensen is the first Kentucky player in history to win the NSCAA National Player of the Week award in its 23-year history.
Jensen started out playing one year up on the Comets White ‘95 team, coached by Total Futbol’s Todd Hamlin, when she was just 13 years old. She then played for the Chantilly Chaos '96 for several years and ended her youth career as the keeper for the McLean Youth Soccer ECNL/Green '96 player pool, coached by Nadir Moumen. As well, she has worked as a goalkeeper and assistant coach for younger Total Futbol players since 2013.