Former Bone Scholar Kate Del Fava ’20 may attend veterinary school someday, just as she intended to do after graduating in May 2020 as a pre-veterinarian medicine and animal sciences double major. But the new Kansas City team of the National Women’s Soccer League is glad those plans are on hold for now.

Del Fava, who played a school record 7,099 minutes for the Illinois State women’s soccer team from 2016-2019, has been a staple for a franchise that relocated to America’s Heartland from Utah. She has been a regular starter for the team as a defender. She played midfield throughout college, showing her versatility.

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The Utah Royals, now playing in Kansas City, selected Del Fava with the 12th overall pick in the 2020 draft. She also started five of the six contests she entered for Utah in 2020, proving she belongs in arguably the top women’s professional soccer league in the world.