Kassidy Kellogg out for season with leg injury

Clifton Jones

Sacramento State women’s soccer sophomore forward Kassidy Kellogg saw her season come to an end due to injury Friday in a match against UNLV. 

Kellogg suffered a broken tibia and apparent damage to her meniscus in the 10th minute after she was involved in a collision with the UNLV goalie as they both attempted to make a play on the ball.

“I am an optimistic person so when I saw her on the ground for more than a minute, I was worried,” said head soccer coach Randy Dedini. “She usually pops up, but she didn’t yesterday.”

Kellogg was able to get up off the ground with the help of the trainers, but she was carried off the field and taken for X-rays for and a preliminary test on her knee.  

“She was scared going off the field,”Dedini said. “That is what got us scared a bit because she has never had that look on her face before.”

However, Kellogg was given a second opinion when she had a CT scan to see what ligaments were injured and not injured. The scans came back negative on the ligaments.

“The training staff thought that she may have torn her ACL and MCL as well,” Dedini said. “But thankfully it was not as bad as we thought it was.”

Kellogg came into this season moving from defender to forward in an effort to bring more size to the forward line. Kellogg has played in all four games this season and scored a goal against Cal State Bakersfield Sept. 1.  

Kellogg will be missed by her teammates, not only for her physical abilities but her presence on the field in practice and games.

“She is an awesome person and player,” Dedini said. “She brought an exceptional attitude everyday and she is the hardest worker on our team.”

With Kellogg done for the rest of this season, the Hornets will have to look toward other talented players to fill in her spot in the lineup.

The Hornets coaching staff will use several forwards like junior Shelby Salvacion, senior Jordyn Rolling and freshman Adaurie Dayak to make up for the loss of Kellogg. 

Kellogg is will undergo rehab for the next six months to get back into playing shape.

Dedini said he is confident that Kellogg will make a full recovery and return back to the field.

“She will bounce back from this injury and come back fresh for us for next season,” Dedini said.

Sac State will continue their season on Sept. 8 against San Jose State in their first game without Kellogg.  

You can reach Clifton Jones at @JonesSHsports on Twitter.