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We have often heard people tell us “never underestimate the influence you have on others.”  Such is the case for Senior Lady Hawks Soccer player Kylee Nunn when four years ago played along side her big sister Gillian, who is the all-time leading scorer for the program.

“My sister actually introduced me to the game,” says Nunn.  “She (Gillian) started playing at a very young age so I watched her play as I was growing up which made me want to give soccer a try.

Nunn continues, “Gillian had a huge impact on me with soccer. She is the only reason why I started playing high school soccer. She was a senior when I was a freshman so it would have been the last time I ever got to play with her. She has always pushed me to do my best and work as hard as she did.”

Sister Gillian left her mark in the Lady Hawks Soccer program as she scored 96 goals throughout her high school career.  Nunn (Kylee) will start the season with 41 goals, scoring 23 (team leader) of those her junior season.  She ranks third on the all-time scoring leaders at LaRue County High School, and will soon move in to second place behind her sister Gillian.

Not only does Kylee rank high among the Lady Hawks scoring record, but she currently ranks 7th in her senior class at LCHS.  “I always strive to do my best in the classroom and try to take that mindset on to the field as well. I pride myself on being a good student and being the best on the field that I can be.”

Perhaps one of Nunn’s biggest fans has always seen the potential.  Sister Gillian says, “When Kylee first started playing she was shy and a little nervous, but it was obvious the potential was there.  It took her a while to realize how good she is and how much she plays in the success of a team.  Once she realized this her confidence  started to grow and that is when she really started to maker her mark on the field.”

“Kylee is a hard working and encouraging teammate,” says fellow teammate, and Junior Lindsey Bauer.  “ Kylee is a caring person on and off the field.  She is dedicated to the things she cares about and inspires others around her.”

Like most seniors, Kylee will be expected to lead her team.  Head Coach PJ Bauer will call upon Nunn to help carry the scoring load.  “Kylee has always been able to score the ball.  Over the last four years she has continued to improve her soccer IQ.  She is able to make the right decision when she is attacking.  She knows when she should shoot or when she should pass the ball.  I expect her to lead the team in scoring with over twenty goals this year.”

Nunn will play the striker position.  Bauer adds, “We expect her to make plays at the top of our formation. Her main goal is to score the ball.  I want her to show the underclassmen that you have to work hard at practice before it will show on the field.”

Nunn has played for Bauer for over eight years, and have developed a strong bond.  “I have coached Kylee for a long time and hate that this is the last year. I am going to miss her a  lot. She is an extremely talented kid.”

Nunn speaks highly of Bauer as well.  “Coach PJ has had a very positive impact on me because he has been my coach for such a long time and he has taught me to always put heart into what I’m doing on the field.”

Nunn’s expectations are simple.  “My individual expectations for this season are to try and improve every game and to just enjoy my last season as much as possible.  As a team we all really want to win districts again and we want to win at least one game in the region tournament.”

Like most seniors at the beginning of the school year Nunn is unclear what the future holds.  “I’m still not exactly sure what my plans are after high school but I definitely want to further my education at a college or university.”

Nunn (Gillian) concludes by saying, “All of her (Kylee) hard work has paid off and she has proven to be a true leader.  I honestly could not be prouder of the player and beautiful young woman she has become.”