NEW CITY, N.Y. — While former Camden Hills Regional High School soccer phenom Kristina Kelly continues to impress on the soccer pitch at the collegiate level, she again will level up this spring and play against some of the top talent in the country.

The 19-year-old Kelly, a 2020 CHRHS graduate, will play in the Women’s Premiere Soccer League this season as a member of the Clarkstown Soccer Club out of New City, N.Y.

The WPSL this season will feature a whopping 137 teams, including 29 expansion squads, with one of those new teams being Clarkstown. It is viewed as one of the top amateur leagues for women’s soccer in the country, below the more renowned National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL).

The WPSL is sanctioned by the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA) — an affiliate of the United States Soccer Federation (USSF), the ruling body of soccer in the United States. Established in 1998, it is the longest active women’s soccer league in the United States.

“I am excited to be able to play in the offseason to gain more experience and looking forward to seeing what the competition is like at that level,” Kelly said. “I’m hoping to switch from playing forward to midfield, so the extra practice will be very helpful with my transition.”

“She has primarily played striker in her time [in college], but their starting attacking midfielder is graduating and she would like to take over that spot,” said Kelly’s mother, Erika. “So she is playing extra this summer to make sure she has the endurance and additional skills necessary for that position.”

There are 27 teams in the WPSL East Region spanning four conferences. Clarkstown Soccer Club is in the Northeastern Conference, along with Fox Soccer Academy, New York Shockers, Rhode Island Rogues, VT Fusion and Westchester United F.C.

The league will begin play in mid-May and conclude in mid-July, as each team plays roughly 12-16 games, Kelly said.

The Lincolnville native recently finished her second year at Division I Central Connecticut State University of New Britain, Conn. and will continue her career with the Blue Devils.

This season, CCSU finished 13-6, won the Northeast Conference Championship with a 3-0 win over Fairleigh-Dickinson and lost in the first round of the NCAA Division I tournament 6-0 to Georgetown.

Kelly compiled one goal and two assists this season and has three goals and three assists in her career with the Blue Devils.

During her time at CHRHS, Kelly compiled 159 goals and 64 assists and was a key cog in the Windjammers winning four straight state Class A soccer championships. She also was named the 2019 High School Girls National Player of the Year.