Leinert Signs with Romanian Pro Club

Purdue soccer alumna Hannah Leinert has received an opportunity to continue her career professionally in Europe, signing to play with Romanian club Olimpia Cluj, according to purduesports.com.

Leinert is set to join Olimpia Cluj next month in preparation for the upcoming UEFA Women’s Champions League. She graduated in May with a bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership after being a two-year starter for Purdue as a transfer from Illinois State.

“I’m extremely thankful and blessed for the opportunity to continue my soccer career for Olimpia Cluj,” Leinert said. “It’s an honor to be able to play in the Champions League. I’m looking forward to the challenge and hoping to make an impact.”

Leinert started all 29 games in which she played for the Boilermakers, joining the program at the beginning of the 2015 spring semester along with fellow Illinois State transfer Dagny Olson. Both players chose to come to Purdue after Drew Roff was hired as head coach in December 2014.

“I am thrilled for Hannah to take the next step in her playing career,” Roff said. “When I think of Hannah, I think of her great competitive spirit, toughness, and ability to play big in big games. These characteristics will serve her well at the next level. It was a privilege to coach Hannah these last four years, and I wish her all the best.”

“The Purdue coaching staff was very encouraging and supportive, and I would like to thank them for the wonderful experiences I have had at both Illinois State and Purdue,” Leinert said. “I also want to thank my agent Michael Beatty, who helped navigate me through the process. He provided me with many opportunities, and was extremely knowledgeable and supportive.”

Leinert scored 36 goals during her collegiate career, including nine for the Boilermakers. She had seven goals, including three game winners, and five assists in 2015, helping lead Purdue to its first winning season since 2009. She started the first 12 games as a senior before a knee injury ended her season in early October. At Illinois State, she was a two-time first team All-Missouri Valley Conference honoree. In 2013, she was selected as the MVC Freshman of the Year and Tournament MVP.

The St. Louis-area native also accomplished the rare feat of winning Player of the Week honors in two difference conferences. She was recognized twice during her underclassman seasons at Illinois State and was the Big Ten Player of the Week in October 2015 after having a goal and an assist in a home win against Nebraska. She was also a two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree at Purdue.

Leinert joins Lauren Sesselmann (2001-05) as Boilermakers currently playing professionally. An Olympic bronze medalist who also started for Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team at the 2015 World Cup, Sesselmann is playing for the Santa Clarita Blue Heat of the United Women’s Soccer League this year.

 

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