After leading the Chargers in scoring during her final high school season, Carroll senior Kelsi Hoot is bringing her soccer talents to Indiana University Kokomo. Hoot signed with the Cougars on Thursday.

“I’ve been waiting for this since I was like 10 years old — ever since I started club soccer — so it’s been a long process,” Hoot said. “… They’re a small-college atmosphere, and they’re a really close-knit team, so everything they had to offer was just perfect for me.”

Hoot, a 4-year varsity offensive player for Carroll, has scored 40 career goals as a Charger. During the 2020 season, she led the team’s offense with 14 goals, including Carroll’s lone goal in its win over Harrison in the regional semifinal. She has been a part of four sectional-winning seasons for the Chargers.

“When I talked to (IU Kokomo Head Coach Terry Stewart), he talked about bringing in another goal scorer, because that’s what my main focus is on the field and everything, so I think that’s the biggest impact I’ll have,” Hoot said, adding that she believes leadership is the strongest skill she’s developed over her past four years at Carroll.

“My junior and senior year, that definitely was a role I had to play — even though my junior year we had 12 seniors. My senior year we only had four and I was allowed to be one of the captains, so I think that’s one of the biggest things — even though I’ll be a freshman next year, voicing my opinion and everything, Carroll has definitely helped with that.”

Hoot said it’s been difficult to stay focused during the COVID-19 pandemic. Her biggest goal heading into college is to continue with personal training.

“I don’t really have anywhere I can go or anything, other than my grandparents have a little facility where I train on my own, but a lot of times my club team can’t really get together,” she said. “The issue is having to push myself and everything.”

Off the field, Hoot plans to major in psychology with hopes of eventually joining a sports psychology program.

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