Kelsey Dinges started playing soccer when she was 4 at Belle-Clair Soccer Club. She then went on to play select soccer for BFC Soccer Club and Scott Gallagher Soccer Club Metro. Just this past year her team placed 3rd at the U-19 National tournament.
Dinges earned four letters as a midfielder at Althoff Catholic High School under head coach Juergen Huettner. Here is where she made history by becoming the first Illinois high school player to record 100 goals and 100 assists in her career. As a junior she tallied 39 goals and 43 assists, both single-season state records, after recording 21 goals and 28 assists as a sophomore. Kelsey also led the Crusaders to the Illinois AA state title in 2010 after a perfect 27-0 record. In 2008, Dinges helped lead her team to the state finals with a 25-4-1 record. She also helped the Crusaders win three regional and sectional titles while winning the Adidas Tournament of Champions in 2010 when Althoff Catholic was ranked No. 3 nationally by ESPN. She was a two-time first-team all-conference selection and an all-state recipient in 2010 after earning honorable mention in 2009.
Dinges went on to play college soccer at the University of Miami Ohio. Her freshman year she played in all 18 games, starting 17 of them. She scored two goals and added two assists for a total of six points ... scored first collegiate goal and handed out first career assist Aug. 21 vs. Morehead State for a career-high three points ... her goal vs. Morehead State was the game-winner, her only game-winning goal of the year ... scored other goal Sept. 30 vs. Ball State, the lone game she did not start ... her other assist was Oct. 16 vs. Akron ... fired 42 shots, including a team-high eight Sept. 18 vs. Indiana State, and put 16 shots on goal ... played 1,207 minutes on the field, including two entire games.
Her sophomore year she played and started in all 23 games, one of eight RedHawks to do so. Kelsey was named to the First-Team All-MAC for her impressive play during the regular season. Her 11 goals put her in second on the team in that category, as did her 63 shots and three game-winning goals. Dinges tallied two goals in the season opener against Xavier ... tallied four goals over the course of two games with two coming against Eastern Michigan and one on the road at Northern Illinois. She was named MAC Offensive Player of the Week for the first time in her career for the week ending October 14th ... scored the exciting clutch goal with 9 seconds left in regulation to send the RedHawks into OT during their first-round NCAA Tournament victory over Tennessee (Nov. 11).
Anyone who has seen Kelsey play knows that she has great vision and is capable of creating plays anytime the ball is at her feet, says Coach Eversmeyer. I love watching her play because you just never know what amazing thing she is going to do next!