The University of Kentucky women's soccer team added some punch to its offense Wednesday with the announcement that Michaela Dooley of the University of San Diego is transferring to UK and will play for the Wildcats this season.
Dooley, the second-leading scorer for the Toreros as a freshman with six goals and 13 points last season, will have three years of eligibility at UK.
In NCAA women's athletics other than basketball, a transferring athlete does not have to sit out a season unless she is moving to a school in the same conference. That makes Dooley eligible to play immediately at UK.
“We are extremely excited about Michaela joining our program at Kentucky,” UK Coach Jon Lipsitz said in a news release. “Michaela is a special attacking player, and that is backed up by her six goals last season as a freshman. We know that she will be a great addition to the Wildcat family and we are looking forward to working with her and developing her into a world-class player here at UK. One of the most important parts of our recruiting process is who our student-athletes are as people and their character on and off the field. She fits in perfectly with the culture that we have created at Kentucky and we look forward to developing her as a player and a person as well.”
Dooley played in all 20 of the Toreros’ matches in 2013, starting in 18 of them as a forward. She hails from Paradise Valley, Ariz. In her first-career collegiate match, Dooley scored two goals against San Jose State. She scored another goal in her second-career NCAA match against Southern California.
With the addition of Dooley, Kentucky will return 44 goals scored in 2013 matches to its 2014 team, including 12 from Arin Gilliland, nine from Zoe Swift and six from Dooley. Kentucky will kick off the 2014 season Aug. 22 at the University of Washington.