Rhodes Signs to Play for Houston Aces

    Head Coach Chris Pfau and former forward Katelyn Rhodes
    Head Coach Chris Pfau and former forward Katelyn Rhodes
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    May 1, 2013

    HOUSTON - University of Houston former forward Katelyn Rhodeshas signed to play professionally for the Houston Aces of the Women's Premier Soccer League.

    "I have been dreaming of playing soccer at the level since I was a little girl," Rhodes said. "Most athletes don't get the opportunity to play their sport after college and knowing I get to is a complete blessing. I would have never had this opportunity if it weren't for God, my family and everyone at the University of Houston. This is an opportunity of a lifetime, and I plan on taking full advantage of it. I continue to play not only for my sake, but also for the sake of other girls that have the same dream. Dreams really can come true."

    Rhodes, a four-year letterwinner, played in 77 games for the Cougars. She registered eight goals while logging 5,325 minutes. The Lubbock, Texas, native tied for the team led in assists (3) and game-winning goals (2) in her final season at Houston. In her collegiate career, she was named to the First Team All-Conference in 2010 and to the Third Team in 2012.

    "I am very happy for Katelyn," Head Coach Chris Pfau said. "This is very well deserved since there are only a few players that get to play at the professional level. It takes skill, hard work and determination to get to this level, and Katelyn has all three. She has represented the University of Houston proudly on and off the field, and she will do the same with the Houston Aces."

    In February, Rhodes was invited to participate in the inaugural Peak Performance Academy Combine in Sunrise, Fla., where she was given the opportunity to showcase her talents in front of some of the world's best clubs, the National Women's Soccer League and the Women's Professional Soccer League.

    Rhodes will be joining fellow Cougar soccer alumni Melanie Adelman and Lauri Byrne on the Aces squad.

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