Friday, April 24, 2020

KU soccer adds Israeli standout to 2020 recruiting class

New KU women's soccer signee Shira Elinav, who officially joined the Jayhawks on April 24, 2020.

New KU women's soccer signee Shira Elinav, who officially joined the Jayhawks on April 24, 2020.


A recent recruiting trip to Tel Aviv, Israel, paid off for Kansas women’s soccer coach Mark Francis.

No stranger to international recruiting, Francis announced the addition of Israeli standout Shira Elinav to KU’s 2020 roster on Friday.

Elinav comes to Kansas with a reputation as one of the top young players in her country and with a list of accomplishments that includes three years of competition on the Israeli youth national team. She also played last fall on Israel’s senior national team, appearing in six EURO qualifiers.

“When we got the initial video on Shira, it looked really good, enough so that I flew over to Tel Aviv to see her play live,” Francis said in a news release announcing Elinav’s signing. “That just confirmed what we saw on the video.”

Elinav’s top skill is her ability as a scorer.

“She is very quick,” Francis said, “and because of that she is a threat to stretch the opponent’s back line and has a great 1-v-1 mentality. Shira has the ability to finish in different types of scoring scenarios, but also is aware enough to find teammates that might be in better goal scoring positions. She also has a great mentality to win the ball back immediately after her team loses possession. She has a tremendous work rate. I anticipate her helping us right away.”

Elinav becomes the 10th newcomer signed to join the Jayhawks this fall. She is expected to be a key part of a class that is looking to replace six departing seniors, three of whom were starters on the 2019 squad that finished with a 17-5-3 record, claimed the program’s first Big 12 Tournament title and advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16.


David Kelley-Wood 2 years, 5 months ago

Nice work, Coach. Sounds like a great get. Welcome aboard, Shira!

Dirk Medema 2 years, 5 months ago

I googled to look to see if there’s any video of Shira. It is fun to be able to do that for FB & BB recruits. No such luck for me with Shira. (Any chance Coach Francis would share his video with LJW?) It was nice to find a KU athletics page of Coach Francis breaking down video of the Jayhawks play similar to Self Perspective though a much shorter version. Though shorter, it offers even more insights into soccer coaching and tactics. Loved it and I’m not even much of a soccer fan. It would be great to get links to these as much as it’s appreciated to get an article on a new recruit.

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