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Kaw Valley FC Women's Roster Preview

By Nathan Swaffar, 05/20/22, 2:15PM CDT


Women’s Kaw Valley FC Roster Preview: Notable players heading into the inaugural USL W League season.

Kaw Valley FC will enter the inaugural USL W League season as one of the founding teams, boasting a roster with representatives from 13 different universities, and many coming from local colleges.

Local Players
The Cranes are lucky to boast many players who grew up regionally, but also have seven players from either Kansas or Kansas State playing for them.

Lia Beyer, Defender, Kansas
After not seeing the pitch during her 2020 campaign, Beyer became an important bench piece for the Jayhawks during the 2021 season. Beyer made 13 appearances during the season and produced a single start while playing 30 or more minutes in six of those appearances.

Mackenzie Boeve, Defender, Kansas
Boeve helped anchor the Jayhawks’ backline during the 2021 campaign. She played in and started 18 games. She also played 90 or more minutes in 15 of her 18 appearances during the season. She also had two games where she clocked over 100 minutes of time on the pitch. She’ll look to provide that same endurance and energy for the Cranes.

Raena Childers, Midfielder, Kansas
Childers burst onto the scene as a freshman for the Jayhawks as she produced an impressive freshman season. She made 19 appearances and started in 18 of those while racking up three goals and an assist. She made the Big 12 All-Freshman Team and was named Big 12 Freshman of the Week for Oct. 12 after a goal and an assist in a thrilling double-overtime victory against a top-10 squad in No. 9 West Virginia. She also tied for third in shots with 23 and third in goals.

Kate Dreyer, Midfielder/Defender, Kansas
Although Dreyer only made two starts for the Jayhawks in 2021, she became a good depth piece. She made 18 total appearances while scoring two goals and played more than 30 minutes in five of her 18 appearances.

Avery Smith, Midfielder, Kansas
Like Boeve, Smith became an iron man for the Jayhawks in 2021. She played in and started all 18 games while becoming a mainstay in the Kansas midfield. She also produced a goal during the season and didn’t clock less than 53 minutes for the Jayhawks all season.

Adah Anderson, Midfielder, K-State
Anderson’s freshman campaign for the Wildcats saw her step into an important role in the midfield. Anderson made 18 appearances and started four of those. She also produced a goal and an assist during the season.

Shae Turner, Midfielder/Defender, K-State
Turner provided a veteran experience to the Wildcats as a junior in 2021. She logged 13 appearances and two starts in 396 total minutes on the pitch. Although she didn’t produce any goals or assists during the season, she will look to change that with Kaw Valley heading into its campaign.

Non-Local Notables
Although 36% of the Cranes’ roster is made up of players from either Kansas or K-State, there are still many non-local notable players who will look to make a major impact for the Cranes in their debut season.

Avery Brady, Midfielder, Utah
In her sophomore campaign for Utah, Brady became an important part of the Utes’ midfield. She made 20 appearances and logged 16 starts while adding a goal and an assist during the 2021 campaign. She also produced 15 shots during the season.

Evie Vitali, Goalkeeper, Oklahoma State
Vitali turned in one of the best freshman seasons as a shot blocker for Oklahoma State in 2021. She appeared and started in 18 games while she only allowed 19 goals and made 68 total saves, 11 of those coming in a game against Oklahoma. She had seven shutouts, tied for the fifth-most in a season in program history, and already ranks seventh on the career list for the Cowgirls en route to an appearance on the All-Big 12 Freshman team.

Kaw Valley FC will kick off its season Saturday at Rock Chalk Park in Lawrence with the men playing at 4 p.m. and the women playing at 7:30 p.m.