Next level: Former Nikiski grad to play Div. I soccer College Cup

Nikiski’s Rachel Johnson (formerly Thompson) took another step in her soccer career as a collegiate goaltender after being announced to the College Cup team roster for Washington State University.

The College Cup is the premier national championship for Division I soccer, and Washington State is among the final four teams, which also feature UCLA, Stanford and North Carolina.

The Cougars (16-6-1) advanced to the final four with a tense 1-0 overtime win over South Carolina on Friday. Washington State will face North Carolina (23-1-1) Dec. 6 at 3 p.m. (AKST) for a chance to make the national title game.

Johnson, a 2015 Nikiski grad, has seen action in four games this year as a redshirt senior, giving up two goals in 101 minutes of action with three saves. Last year, Johnson made 15 starts and played over 1,150 minutes for the Cougars with a 0.724 save percentage.

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