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143 Burns made the most of a dire situation. e next season, her sister Devin joined the program and because of Corey's injury, the sisters played together two seasons, not one. "is gave me something to look forward to when I was rehabbing and getting back on the field," Burns said. "It was exciting to have this chance, not only for us, but for our family. My parents came to every game, home and away. ey loved that our names were called in the starting lineup together (Devin wears No. 30, Corey wore No. 33). Playing with her is something I will cherish forever." Something else became clear for Burns during rehab. She was majoring in health and human physiology and settled on the notion of graduate school aer earning a bachelor's degree. "But I couldn't quite find what I wanted to do," Burns said. "I did research and somehow ended at the College of Education website." She found a post-baccalaureate elementary education degree. Burns graduated a semester early with the degree in health and human physiology, then started on a degree in education. She has three semesters remaining. When Burns was a freshman (2013), the Hawkeye soccer team went 15-7-1, made the final of the Big Ten Tournament and played in the NCAA Tournament. "I was lucky enough to begin my career as a Hawkeye with such a memorable and record- breaking season," Burns said. "is set high standards for years to come." Iowa went 13-8-1 in 2014, 7-10-1 in 2015, 8-11 in 2016, and 9-8-2 this past season. "I learned valuable lessons from these teams I was part of," Burns said. "ere were great leaders I consider to be role models as a soccer player, a student, and a person. "I am super-excited to watch this program go onto something big. I can't wait to see (my two sisters) represent the Burns name at the Iowa Soccer Complex and for this amazing university." T here is more than a hint of black and gold present when the Burns family gathers in Green Oaks, Illinois. Talk about "all in" when it comes to supporting the University of Iowa: father Bill attended four years as an undergraduate and four more in the College of Dentistry. ree of Bill's children — Johnny, Corey, and Devin — are currently enrolled at the University of Iowa and like Corey and Devin, a third daughter, Riley, is committed to the play soccer for the Hawkeyes beginning in 2018. Corey, a fih-year senior, addressed the University of Iowa Athletics Department all-staff meeting Nov. 15 and explained the Burns-Hawkeyes pipeline. It doesn't stop with immediate family: two of Corey's uncles and an aunt attended Iowa, so did four cousins. "You can see we are quite the Hawkeye family," Corey said. "My dad and entire family were constantly saying to me when I was looking at schools that Iowa City is awesome, Iowa rocks, but don't worry, if you choose a different school we won't be mad, but Iowa… "When I committed here, I honestly think my family was more excited than I was." Burns, a defender, concluded her career with the Hawkeyes aer playing 63 matches with 51 starts. She scored three goals with 10 assists. During the third match of her junior season in 2015, Burns went down with a torn ACL and meniscus. e Hawkeyes won their first five matches that season, then closed 2-10-1. "I knew it was my time to step up and be a leader for this team aer losing six of our starters from (2014)," Burns said. "I played for a team over the summer and worked as hard as I could every day to make sure I was coming into the fall season fit and ready to compete. "I remember having a great preseason and felt like the leader I wanted to be. I still cringe when I think about that (injury) because it is a moment I can't seem to forget."

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