June 16, 2014
Louisville, Ky. - Former Louisville standout midfielder Charlyn Corral is continuing her professional soccer career as a member of the club Merilappi United in the top division of the Women's League in Finland. Corral joins former Louisville midfielder Jennifer Jones on the team.
"I chose to play in Finland for the opportunity to grow personally and professionally," said Corral. "I knew that by coming here it would be a new adventure and a new challenge that I can learn and succeed from."
Last season Corral earned first team NSCAA All-Northeast Region honors and was named to the NSCAA Scholar All-America team. She was named American Athletic Conference Midfielder of the Year and earned first team All-American Athletic Conference honors. Corral was the overall conference scoring leader, totaling 13 goals and 11 assists for 37 points. She also led Louisville in every offensive category. With 109 shots, Corral led The American by an 18-shot margin, and validated high expectations after being one of two unanimous selections to the Preseason All-Conference Team. Corral ranked 12th in the nation in total points. She also ranked 11th in the nation in points per game with 1.95.
Corral is currently waiting for her paper work to clear before she can begin playing with the team. She is anxious to take the field for the first time.
"Right now I haven't been able to play because I am still waiting for final paper work to get approved in order to play," said Corral. "I think that the final paper work will be ready for the next game, which is on June 28. However, I have been training with the team, getting to know my teammates and coach. I can say that I'm happy to play in Finland with some of the top players in the world. I feel like I will fit in well and create a good chemistry with the team."
In her two year career as a Cardinal, Corral finished with 21 goals and 18 assists for 60 points. In just two seasons with Louisville, Corral left her mark in the record books. She ranked third in career assists and fifth in points scored. Her 13 goals last season rank sixth in school history and her 11 assists rank second all time.
Now as Corral moves on to a new chapter in her playing career, she reflects back on her time at Louisville.
"The thing that I will always remember about playing at Louisville was the support of my teammates both on and off the field," said Corral. "I enjoyed scoring goals and celebrating with the players on the bench. My teammates and coaches always supported me and motivated me."