"I chose the University of Minnesota because of its excellence in both academics and soccer. At Minnesota, I will be able to grow and develop in all aspects of my life and be part of something truly great."
An ESPN Regional First Team honoree...selected a three-time all-conference...chosen a 2011 First Team All-Metro in both the Star Tribune and Pioneer Press...a 2011 all-state selection...a 2011 NSCAA All-Region V team member...placed on ESPN's Top 20 National Goalkeeper list...voted Team Captain and MVP in 2011...reached the Minnesota State Tournament twice, snagging third-place in 2009...broke numerous school records for goalkeepers, including 43 shutouts in her high school career...2011 team captain and MVP.
Played for Eagan Wave Soccer Club...Minnesota State Cup Champion in 2009 and Runner-up in 2006...served as team captain from 2007-2012.
Daughter of Elizabeth and Ward Knutson...has three siblings, Sarah (16), Rachel (13) and Claire (11)...born on July 18, 1994...plans to major in sports psychology.
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING ABOUT KRISTEN...
"Over the last 4 years, Kristen has been someone who has continually demonstrated excellent soccer skills and excellent leadership skills. On the field, Kristen was a game changer, as she was always someone who you could count on bringing her "A" game. Off the field, Kristen demonstrates her leadership skills not only throughout the high school but also with younger soccer players in the community soccer program. Kristen will be missed at Eagan High School and we wish her the best as she becomes a Gopher." - Mark Obarski, Eagan High School Coach
"Kristen has a unique set of talents when it comes to playing soccer and specifically the goalkeeper position. It is rare to find an athlete that can have both the athletic ability and personal maturity to excel in the game. Her love for the game extends beyond her playing ability, and it is evident when you see her train younger players. Her enthusiasm is contagious, and by openly sharing her knowledge of the sport, she doesn't just teach them the mechanics to play the game, she teaches them how to love the game of soccer. Kristen's work ethic extends beyond practice and becomes clear in game situations. She is never satisfied with prior accomplishments and is constantly striving to further her skills and knowledge of the game of soccer. She is the ultimate team player, willing to make personal sacrifices for the betterment of the team. I am truly excited to see Kristen sign with the Minnesota Golden Gophers. In joining the Gophers, Kristen will have the opportunity to further her skills and showcase her talents at a national level, while contributing to a talented soccer." - Ivan Woyno, Eagan Soccer Club Coach
Freshman Spotlight: Haley Mennes
Incoming freshman Haley Mennes joins Minnesota from McLean, Virginia as a midfielder.
Freshman Spotlight: Nikki Albrecht
Incoming freshman Nikki Albrecht joins the Gophers from Cedarburg, Wisconsin.
BTN Soccer Schedule Released
Gopher soccer will have three conference games broadcast on the Big Ten Network this season.