The Eastern Kentucky University soccer team added defensive depth to the 2020 squad with the addition of goalkeepers Sophia Braun and Melanie McKeown.
“We are so thrilled to add Sophia and Melanie to our family,” head coach Matt Cosinuke said in a press release. “They are going to bring needed depth and competition to our goalkeeping position. They are both exceptional people and terrific students.”
Braun is a graduate transfer from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. She will graduate this May from Oakland University with a degree in clinical and diagnostic sciences.
The Rocky River, Ohio native started in 16 games during her Oakland career. She did not see action in 2018 due to an injury.
Before signing with Oakland, Braun was a standout keeper at Rocky River High School. She was voted all-district and conference Goalkeeper of the Year as a junior and senior. She won a Division-II state championship at Rocky River as a freshman in 2013.
McKeown played at Springfield High School in Springfield, Illinois.
She was named all-conference and academic all-conference as a senior. McKeown played in 15 games this past fall, making 87 saves and recording six shutouts.
She played club soccer with the Springfield Area Soccer Association.
As of publication, the 2020 EKU soccer season will start in August. The Colonels finished last season with a 4-12-2 record and a 2-6-2 conference record.