Kellogg nears program record

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By Sam Draut

With North Oldham girls’ soccer leading Christian Academy of Louisville 2-0, the clock ticks below one minute in the first half. 

The Lady Centurions are setup with a corner kick and execute perfectly, sending the ball toward the net off of the pass. But, Mustang goalkeeper Katelyn Kellogg blocks the shot, keeping the game scoreless. 

Moments later, CAL takes another shot on goal, but once again, Kellogg protects the net and picks up her fifth save of the first half. 

The junior had two more saves in the second half to hold CAL scoreless which helped to seal the Mustangs first win against CAL in 14 years. The seven saves last Tuesday move Kellogg to just eight away from the North Oldham program record of 231 set by Stephanie Lynch who played from 2003-2006. 

Kellogg didn’t spend her younger years learning the position of goalkeeper. Instead, she played forward and middle field until middle school. As an eighth-grader, Kellogg transitioned to the goal box partially out of necessity. 

“I wasn’t strong enough to go up top, I didn’t have the foot skills for it,” Kellogg said. “But once I started to practice at goalie I moved up on my club team and everything started to get better.”

Following the position switch, Kellogg started to meet her goals and made the decision to remain a goalkeeper for her high school and club team. She started varsity as an eighth-grader for North Oldham, but it took some time for Kellogg to adjust to the new position.

“It really clicked freshman year,” Kellogg said.

Once she became a high school student, Kellogg was able to get to know her teammates better, which also helped her to feel more comfortable at the position. 

 Now playing in her fourth year as the Mustang goalkeeper, Kellogg has racked up 224 career saves in just 42 games. Lynch’s program record of 231 saves was set in 82 career games. 

Kellogg averages more than five saves per game, but isn’t a goalkeeper that refuses to leave the goal box. Using her quickness and judgement, she moves forward to chase after balls as striking forwards look to score. Part of Kellogg’s confidence to make plays on balls well in-front or off to the side of the goal box comes from her time as an offensive minded player. 

“I think that came out when I was playing forward. I wasn’t scared to go and keep running. I guess I have that advantage when I dropped back to goal,” Kellogg said. “I had that confidence that I could go out when I needed to.”

 With the whole field in front of her, Kellogg said the biggest job for her is to tell her teammates where to go, when to step into a passing lane and when to drop. 

“I feel like since I see the whole field I should probably be directing the most,” Kellogg said. 

A clear leader with ample varsity experience along with her vocal responsibilities, Kellogg is excited to break the program saves record. 

“I’m proud of my team, I’m proud of myself. Beating that record means a whole lot,” Kellogg said. “I’ll be really grateful.”

As a junior, she has begun to look at playing goalkeeper collegiately. Kellogg said it doesn’t matter to her if she stays close or goes far from home. She is thinking about Miami (OH.) and Gardner Webb, among others.