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Former Cal Poly soccer star Elise Krieghoff signs professional contract with Boston Breakers

Former Cal Poly star Elise Krieghoff signed a professional contract Tuesday with the Boston Breakers of the National Women’s Soccer League.
Former Cal Poly star Elise Krieghoff signed a professional contract Tuesday with the Boston Breakers of the National Women’s Soccer League. jjohnston@thetribunenews.com

Former Cal Poly women’s soccer standout Elise Krieghoff signed a professional contract Tuesday morning with the Boston Breakers of the National Women’s Soccer League.

The 5-foot-8 forward scored a school-record 52 goals and tallied eight assists during her four-year career as a Mustang that came to an end last fall. With the signing of Krieghoff, Boston placed Sinead Farrelly on the 45-day disabled list two games into the regular season.

The Breakers (0-2) have been shut out in their first two matches and could potentially benefit from Krieghoff’s dynamic scoring ability. She scored twice in four preseason matches with Boston and proved to be one of the top undrafted free agents.

“Elise has come in and done very well during our preseason,” Boston head coach Matt Beard said in a news release. “She is a natural goal scorer, which is hard to find.”

Krieghoff was one of only two players in the 20-year history of the Big West to earn first-team all-conference honors four times. The nine player-of-the-week honors she received were the most in conference history, and she led the Big West in scoring three consecutive years.

Krieghoff signing with the Breakers likely comes as no surprise to Cal Poly soccer fans. She was the Big West Freshman of the Year in 2012, led the NCAA in goals per game as a sophomore and was one of five Senior Class Award first-team All-Americans in the country last fall.

One of the more impressive goals of Krieghoff’s career even landed her a spot on the popular ESPN SportsCenter top 10 back in 2014.

Krieghoff joins a Breakers team looking for a dramatic turnaround in 2016 under Beard, who is in his first season at the helm.

Boston finished last in the nine-team NWSL standings a year ago with a 4-3-13 overall record. The league has since expanded to 10 teams with the addition of the Orlando Pride.

The Breakers are led by defender Whitney Engen, one of several members of the 2015 World Cup champion U.S. Women’s National Team who compete in the NWSL.

“I’m really looking forward to seeing how she will progress over the course of the season,” Beard said of Krieghoff. “And I’m confident she can have an impact.”

Krieghoff joins fellow Cal Poly graduate and standout goalkeeper Alyssa Giannetti in the professional ranks. Giannetti is currently competing for the Arna-Bjørnar in Norway and has played every minute in goal through the first four games of the season.

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