Alev Kelter a force for Badgers (Soccer)

November 17, 2009
Alev Kelter

Just a couple years ago, Alev Kelter was one of the toughest and roughest high school soccer players in Alaska.

The Chugiak High star was the ultimate two-way player, strong enough to hold off defenders and tough enough to deny offensive players.

The term 50-50 ball didn’t apply to her because it was like 90-10 when the fiery one was around the ball.

Things haven’t changed at the University of Wisconsin, where Kelter is a starting freshman midfielder for a Badgers team that has advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.

The Alaskan collected a match-high six fouls and a team-high three shots on goal to help Wisconsin upset No. 13 Central Florida 1-0 in the second round. She had five fouls and four shots in a 2-1 first-round win over Arizona State.

The Badgers (10-5-6) play No. 2 Boston College (17-3-2) on Friday at 3 p.m. AST for a shot at the Elite Eight.

Derya Kelter

Her twin sister Derya Kelter is also on the team, although she hasn’t logged playing time in the postseason as of yet.

They are the final two Alaska women out of seven still eligible to win the College Cup.

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