Coronado High School
Billikens use two first-half goals to sink Dores
2017 SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll
2017: Made four appearances and one start as a freshman for the Commodores... Played a season-high 70 minutes off the bench in Vanderbilt's 3-1 win at UMass on August 27... Made her first collegiate start at St. Louis on August 20... Played 31 minutes in her collegiate debut vs. Tennessee Tech on August 18... Also saw action against Rhode Island on September 3.
Personal: Began playing soccer at the age of five … played for Key Reid at Heat FC … describes style of play as technical, smart and athletic … came to Vanderbilt because, “I like the caliber of school that Vanderbilt is, as well as the challenge that playing in a conference like the SEC will give me and allow me to keep growing as a player.” … enjoys watching cooking shows and was second cousins with the late Rick James… Mom, Dorcus, ran track at Cal State Long Beach and sister, Kasaundra, plays soccer at the University of Dallas … chose Vanderbilt over New Mexico and Iowa State … plans to major in biology.
Coach Ambrose on Kayla: “Kayla is a terrific athlete who can play either at center back or in holding midfield. She is one of the best headers of a ball I have seen in quite some time. She also has great feet and composure. She completes a very high percentage of her passes, which is something we value coming out of the backfield. Over the past year or so she has taken a more vocal role in her team’s defensive organization and that is something we expect from her wearing black and gold as she settles into our program. Her Heat club team competes week-in and week-out against some of the best teams in the country on the west coast, which has allowed her to defend some of the best athletes moving into the college game. She has the potential to step into a big role early in her career