By Alexandra Assimon
Kristen Hamilton just finished her senior season competing in soccer at Denver and her career was one for the record books, literally.
Hamilton finished her career as the Pioneers’ all-time career points leader (138) and total career goals leader (51).
The Littleton, Colo., native who began playing soccer at age 4 after convincing her mom to sign her up is now the first Division I student-athlete to be named Player of the Year in three different conferences. And she accomplished that feat all while staying close to home and to her 8-year-old brother, Simon, who has Down syndrome and cheers on his big sister any chance he gets.
“I thought I wanted to go out of state for college,” Hamilton said. “But I realized that I wanted to stay close to home. By going to Denver, not only did I become a part of an amazing soccer program and get a great education, but my family was there to watch and support me every step of the way.”
The finance major accredits her successes on the field to her teammates and having her family there every step of the way.
“Being named conference player of the year three times is definitely a huge honor, but I can only attribute that to my team,” said Hamilton. “I definitely would not have won the award without them.”
Playing in three conferences while attending one university has allowed Hamilton to travel. She spent her first two seasons in the Sun Belt Conference, her junior season in the Western Athletic Conference and her final season in the Summit League.
The forward did not seem frazzled by the consistent conference changes.
The Senior Class Award finalist hopes to continue her soccer career professionally after graduating in June. And if her professional soccer aspirations don’t work out, she would like to work in personal finance.
In her spare time, Hamilton enjoys volunteering in the Denver area at the Children’s Hospital Colorado, the Ronald McDonald House and the Denver Rescue Mission.
Hamilton will learn whether she can add one more award to her career when the Senior Class Award winner is announced at the Women’s Soccer College Cup Championship Dec. 6 and 8 in Cary, N.C.