Her energy on a soccer field is undeniable but her time on the field didn’t always exude as much passion from the Liberty Ranch graduate.
“I was her first coach at age five; she would cry and cry and have to have her dad follow her around the field. She broke through within weeks and fell in love with game of soccer and it hasn’t stopped,” said Kevin Brown, who coached Kelley at Liberty Ranch.
After four straight seasons of reaching the playoffs as a member of the Liberty Ranch Lady Hawks’ soccer team, Devyn Kelley, along with her teammates, won what had been eluding them for three seasons, a Sac-Joaquin Section Championship.
Kelley, a key member of the Lady Hawks’ defense, helped her team with her unrelenting defense and unhesitating play; after four years with the varsity program, helping the Lady Hawks to win four Sierra Valley Conference titles, Kelley was awarded Liberty Ranch Female Athlete of the Year by the Hawks on their senior awards night.
As a freshman, Kelley scored two goals in 21 games and had four assists. In her sophomore year, Kelley had 51 steals, scored one goal and had two assists.
Kelley had a team-high 102 steals as a junior, while offensively she made three goals and had four assists.
In the 2018-19 soccer season, Kelley again led the Lady Hawks in steals with 93 and scored one goal as well as making five assists.
Kelley also competed in track in 2017 and set a personal record of 1:01.37 in the 400 meter run at the SVC Finals, winning the championship, and set a personal record in the 800 meter run at the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV-V Trials, finishing with a time of 2:26.28.
In addition to helping to hold El Camino scoreless in the SJS Championship game, Kelley helped the Lady Hawks win 15 consecutive games in her senior year, the second section title in program history and helped Liberty Ranch reach the CIF Northern California Regional Soccer tournament for the first time in program history.
“Devyn was an anchor in the back line for LR,” Brown said of the soon-to-be San Marcos freshman. “She is one of the most consistent, composed, quickest defenders I have had honor of coaching. She could mark the fastest attackers from other team right out of the game. In addition, Devyn has been the fittest player in the league; she loved working hard, sprinting, and running. Devyn also broke school records in track the only year she competed and was has always been involved in school activities while maintaining scholar athlete status. I can’t wait to see her continue her success in college.”