Emina Ekic finishes her career with the University of Louisville women’s soccer team with 29 goals (UofL photos).

Raise your hand if you knew the University of Louisville women’s soccer team had the 2020 offensive player of the year in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Something to look forward to for next season maybe?

Sorry but UofL’s Emina Ekic won’t be around next year. Erik announced last week that she is foregoing her remaining eligibility to declare for the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) Draft, which will take place in January. She is a senior but would have had another year under NCAA rules resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic.

“I want to thank Card Nation for being absolutely incredible with your support throughout the years,” she tweeted on Thursday. “Louisville will always be home and the Cards will always have a special place in my heart”

A product of duPont Manual High School, Ekic is the first player from Louisville to have earned top ACC honors. She led her team this season with seven goals and 17 points, while ranking second with three assists. She had a total of 29 goals during her four-year career at UofL.

UofL finished with a 4-5 won-lost record and in a three-way tie in the ACC with Notre Dame and Virginia Tech.

With a women’s major league franchise coming to town, there’s a possibility Emina could play again in Louisville during the 2021 season.


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By Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.