Congratulation Kenne Kessler signing her first professional contract product of Solar’s Girls Director Charles Grado
From her hometown in Highland Village, Texas, Kenne Kessler has brought nothing but cheer to Hardin-Simmons by showing her hard work and dedication for her sport and her team. Named one of the four captains last year, and now HSU is excited to announce that the Cowgirl has signed a professional contract to play with the Spanish soccer club Villarreal CF.
“This opportunity means a lot to me because it has been something I worked for and dreamed about for a long time. It is every little soccer player’s dream to one day get to travel the world and play the sport they love,” says Kessler.
“In her time at HSU, she led us to four straight ASC Championships, four straight NCAA Sweet 16’s and a trip to the NCAA Final 4 in 2017. She is a very special competitor,” says HSU women’s soccer coach, Marcus Wood.
Kessler’s future team is ranked second place in their division. If they get first or second place in the secondtier division, Villarreal will get promoted to league the top league, called La Liga. The peason in Spain is halfway over, so the Cowgirl will be joining them mid-season. With her new team, Kenne will compete with the most notable teams in the country.
“My future plans with Spain are to go finish the season with Villareal and figure out if the atmosphere and style fit my personality, and if it does, I plan to pursue another contract to continue to play,” says Kessler.
The big opportunity came when Kessler traveled over the Christmas break to Spain to try out with several teams. In one of the games, Kenne’s team played against Levante which is near the top of La Liga. They lost 3-2, but Kessler scored both goals. After the tryouts, the coach of Villarreal CF contacted her and arranged to sign a professional contract.
“I am very proud of her, she was always committed to improving her game, regardless of any early set backs she may have had ” says Grado. “she has proven that hard work and dedication does pay off”
Kessler graduates this semester and looks forward to the new opportunities in the future. With a major in biology, she worked hard to be a student-athlete at Hardin-Simmons. Besides being a competitor, Kessler knows how to keep up with school.
“Kenne is driven, motivated, hardworking and resilient. She has a 4.0 GPA and has twice been the Player of the Year for the Academic All-American team. All of her success is a result of hard work,” says Coach Wood at HSU.
“The best advice I was given was plain and simple, ‘prove them wrong,'” she says. “People will constantly doubt you no matter what you do or achieve so instead of letting them get in your head use that as motivation the next time you step into competition.”
“I’m extremely proud of Kenne and all her accomplishments.” Says Grado, “Her limitations were only her ambitions!! And I had no doubt she would take her game as far as she wanted to. I wish her all the best in this next chapter of her soccer journey.”