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NCAA Jan 17, 2019

University of Oklahoma adds midfielder on transfer from Kentucky

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NORMAN (Via University of Oklahoma) – Oklahoma women’s soccer head coach Matt Potter announced Thursday the addition of transfer midfielder Yuuka Kurosaki.

The sophomore comes to Oklahoma after spending the first two seasons of her career at Kentucky.

“Yuuka joins us from a storied program and it is our hope she returns to the form she has shown in the past,” Potter said. “Yuuka, upon visiting, clearly fit the vision of our program both in personality and playing style. We are delighted to welcome her and her family to our program. Yuuka serves as another indication of the direction we are heading and in joining us for the spring it speaks to her intent to immerse herself in the program in preparation for next fall. We are lucky to have her onboard.”

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In 2018, she appeared in 11 games, starting nine while tallying four goals and one assist. Three of her four goals were game winners and she converted all three penalty kick chances. As a freshman she appeared in 13 games for the Wildcats, starting 11. She tallied two goals and one assist and converted her lone penalty kick attempt on the year.

A native of Kitakyushu-shi, Fukuoka, Japan, she has represented her home nation of Japan on a national level numerous times, including the 2013 Four-Nations Tournament in Costa Rica. Kurosaki helped lift the U-17 Japanese over the U-17 United States Women’s National Team in preparation for the U-17 World Cup. The Japanese team then went on to win that tournament.

She attended Fujieda Junshin High School, where she captained her team in her senior to the Japanese High School National Championship.