CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia women’s soccer program has added transfer Kathryn Kelly to the roster it was announced by head coach Steve Swanson on Friday (July 21).

A defender, Kelly joins the Cavaliers after a redshirt season at UCLA last year.

“We are very excited to welcome Kathryn to our program,” Swanson said. “She is an excellent fit on the field, in the classroom and within our team culture. She is a versatile player whose skills fit extremely well with our style of play and we are looking forward to having her join us for pre-season.”

Kelly was rated the No. 7 overall recruit on the IMG Top 150 after completing her high school career at Carlmont High School in Belmont, California. She also competed in club with FC Bay Area, helping the club win national championships in 2019 and 2020. Kelly has U.S. Youth National Team experience, having participated in the U14 and U16 camps and was a part of the U18 and U19 player pool.

Kelly joins an incoming class that is ranked fourth nationally and includes five players ranked in the top IMG Top 150 by Top Drawer Soccer and two players ranked in the top 10 overall.

Virginia opens the 2023 season at home on August 17 when the Cavaliers will face Nevada.