Former Rapid City Central soccer player finds success at college level

RAPID CITY, S.D. – Kyra Butler was a star soccer player for Rapid City Central.

In fact, she was a member of the 2016 state champion girls soccer team and was part of the Rapid City Central team that finished runner-up at state in 2015.

Now it appears that her experience in high school has translated into success at the collegiate level.

Butler recently wrapped up her sophomore season at Newman University in Wichita, Kansas.

She was named to the 1st Team All-Heartland Conference last year, as well as, to the 2nd Team South Central Region.

Butler played in 19 games this past season and scored her first collegiate goal.

“We were playing Rogers State, who’s one of our biggest rivals, and we were down by one,” Kyra Butler said. “There was like five minutes left and we just had a corner kick. I was just standing right in front of the goalkeeper and it just happened to get to me and I just touched it in. So it ended up going into overtime which was a really cool experience and have that be my first collegiate goal.”

Butler is coaching girls soccer this summer in Rapid City.

Then in August, she’ll return to Newman University where she has high expectations for her final two years of college soccer.

“My goal is by the end of my senior year to be an All-American,” Butler said. “So that’s my main goal. Also, to go to the NCAA Tournament with our team. We got pretty close last year. We were ranked seventh in the region last year and the top six go. So it was super close. So I just want to be able to go to the NCAA Conference.”

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