With the snow falling in Sweden, McKenna Meuer (Madison Memorial/UW) felt right at home Saturday as she played her first professional soccer game.
Meuer marked her debut with the opening goal, sparking host Rävåsens IK Karlskoga to a 4-2 victory over QBIK in a Division 1 Norra Götaland season opener. (View photo)
The 23-year-old midfielder, who wrapped up her college career with the Badgers in fall 2015, gave the home side the lead in the 40th minute off a pass from Pennsylvania native Jade Flory. After the game, Meuer told a reporter the weather "felt like home."
On Twitter: @mckennameuer
- Also in Sweden, Laurie Bell (UW-Milwaukee) scored as host Karlslunds IF HFK routed Sundbybergs IK 4-0 in a Division 2 Norra Svealand match Sunday. Bell's first league goal of the season made it 3-0 in the 75th minute. On Twitter: @LBellBell
- Forward Maegan Kelly (Marquette) signed with FC Kansas City on Saturday, a day before the team opened its National Women's Soccer League season. The 25-year-old Kelly was on trial with the club during the preseason, but wasn't part of the opening-day roster announced last Monday. Kelly, a Kansas City native, was drafted by FCKC in 2014 but headed to Europe and played professionally in Iceland, Finland and Cyprus the past three years – she had 23 goals and 16 assists in 45 appearances overall, including several UEFA Women's Champions League matches. On Sunday, Kelly came on as a sub and played the final 9 minutes in FC Kansas City's 2-0 victory over the visiting Boston Breakers. On Twitter: @maegskell