Sophomore goalkeeper Leyla Kamshad, a native of New York, N.Y. and a graduate of The Dalton School, has already made an impact on the field and in the community.
Kamshad played in six games as a first-year and started two games for the Ephs who went 11-5-4 and advanced to the NCAA Sectional Finals last season. Kamshad played 225 minutes and did not allow a goal in posting a 1-0-1 ledger, making five saves, which resulted in a 1.000 save percentage, and one shutout.
"Leyla has already shown herself to be a future leader in our team with her competitive drive, compassion for others, and ability to make authentic connections," remarked Eph head coach Sarah Raymond. "She is a thoughtful young woman who adds energy to our team environment and is always looking to learn and develop."
Her first year on campus Kamshad was a member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), where she volunteered for SAAC events like Kid's Night Out for Halloween and was a member of the sustainability subcommittee that discussed the issues each team faced and how SAAC could promote their sustainability initiatives.
"I chose Williams for the opportunity to be taught directly by some of the most qualified faculty in the country, as well as the opportunity to continue playing high-level soccer and compete for NESCAC and national championships," Kamshad said. "Everyone is so genuinely happy to be here and passionate about what they're studying, and that was something I definitely wanted to be a part of."
This computer science major is considering a double major with either math or economics. Last year, through the Williams Center for Learning in Action (CLiA) Kamshad served as an iTeam Volunteer at Brayton Elementary School (North Adams, Mass.) teaching the students basic coding techniques.
"This summer I was a software engineering intern for a tech startup called Algora, which connects college students to write code for startups (it was founded by two Williams alums)," Kamshad said. "The job was remote and mostly included writing code to improve the platform, helping with startup growth, and launching a pilot program at Williams."
Kamshad is quick to point out, "The best thing about being on the Williams women's soccer team is definitely my teammates and our team culture. Everyone is so supportive and inclusive, and it's really the team that makes every practice/game, win or lose, fun."