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Here it is, in all its excess, the 2013 NWSL Draft Big Board. Fair warning, this does NOT take into account who’s declared for the draft, so a good many of these players may not even have tossed their hat into the ring. Allocated players and players who have already signed overseas have been included for reference’s sake.
1. Kristen Mewis – M/F – Boston College
After terrorizing ACC defenses for four seasons, Mewis will look to take her act to the next level as the top ranked draft prospect in this 2013 class. Possessor of a million dollar left foot, silky dribbling skill, and deceptive strength, Mewis was on the fringe of the U.S. Olympic Team that took gold in London and will likely have a very bright future indeed in the midfield for Tom Sermanni’s side, with the 2015 Women’s World Cup in Canada a very real possibility. Tremendous touch on set pieces, especially with dazzling free kick ability. Naturally, that touch also makes Mewis a deadly threat from range as well, which should come in handy more professionally as she figures to play a more withdrawn role than in the college ranks. Has embraced a more vocal leadership role as a senior and is a tenacious competitor on the pitch both for club and at youth international levels for the U.S. Extremely versatile player who has played on defense, in midfield, and up front for the Eagles depending on need. Scored sixteen goals on just seventy-six shots as she was looked upon for goals with her frontline teammates at BC often erratic in form. Projects as an attacking midfielder at the next level who can both serve as a playmaker and as a dangerous threat for goals. As complete a player as it gets in this draft class and a potential star at the next level for whoever is lucky enough to wind up with her.
2. Christine Nairn – M – Penn State
At one time a young phenom who was capped by the full USWNT before stepping foot onto the pitch in a college game, it’s been a long and winding road for Nairn to arrive at the top of the collegiate game despite respectable stats for much of her career at PSU. After a disappointing 2010 season, began to reach the heights once expected of her as a junior, with thirteen assists for the Nittany Lions. Heavy offensive burden was placed on her shoulders to begin 2012 with Maya Hayes and Taylor Schram away at the U20 World Cup, and Nairn delivered, helping her club to an explosive start. One thing missing from her resume coming into 2012 was a deep postseason run, and Nairn again obliged, helping take her club to the national title game. Netted seventeen goals and twelve assists in a brilliant senior campaign, with just three of those strikes coming from the penalty spot. Possesses tremendous long-range shooting ability and will punish teams that don’t close her down with little hesitation. That ability has gotten her in trouble at times though, as she has, at times, is prone to making the wrong decision when shooting instead of looking for the pass. When the decision is right though, she’s capable of magical passes with her feet. Some questions over her fitness earlier in her collegiate career have seemingly been answered, though it remains to be seen how she’ll hold up through the grind of a professional season. Has all the potential to round into a special player at the next level.
3. Adrianna “AD” Franch – GK – Oklahoma State
The best goalkeeper in this draft class by a mile and one of the best few to come out in the past decade. A virtual unknown coming into Stillwater, Franch leaves as one of the key figures that helped turn the Big XII side into a regional powerhouse that also pushed for honors nationally with a new golden age of recruits. Starting keeper right off the bat for the Cowgirls, Franch soon was able to cut her teeth with the U.S. U20 and U23 teams before being called into camp for the full WNT last year. Amazing reflexes allow her to make out-of-this-world reaction saves that have contributed to a long and eye-popping highlight reel. Fearless in the air coming for high balls and crosses and willing to plow through anything in her way to secure the ball. A gifted and confident penalty kick saver. Likely the only rookie goalkeeper in this class that will be able to immediately challenge for a starting spot for an NWSL club. Already a keeper of great repute and one that could grow into a pillar of strength in goal for the USWNT.
4. Lindsi Lisonbee Cutshall – D – BYU
Big, dynamic center-back has everything it takes to make a big impact at the next level. Highly touted coming out of high school, it’s safe to say that Lisonbee Cutshall lived up to the billing after a fantastic career for the Cougars in which she took her spot as a four-year starter and grew into one of the best ever to don the blue and white in Provo, finishing her career as a three-time All-American. Diverse toolset allows her to shut down opponents in various ways, allowing Lisonbee Cutshall to muscle strong forwards off the ball, while her tremendous pace allows her to keep pace with quicker attackers. While being defensively stout, Lisonbee Cutshall has also proven to be invaluable going forward as well, as her pace and comfort on the ball has allowed her to initiate many a Cougar attack over the years. Is also a big threat on set pieces, either delivering them from range or getting on the end of them, as she’s near infallible in the air as well. With right coaching and situation, could round into a complete center-back capable of making an impression with the full USWNT.
5. Caroline Miller – F – Virginia
Dynamic frontrunner is this class’ top forward after a blistering senior season for the ACC Tournament winning Cavs. Began career with the club in stuttering fashion, as a super sub in 2009 as a freshman before a frustratingly injury-hit sophomore season. Breakout season came in some style in 2011 with fifteen goals to earn third team All-America honors, including netting seven of her goals in the league, with four of those being game winners. Became first ACC player in four years to reach twenty goals as a senior, including netting ten in the league. Possesses great pace and impressive ability to play off the last shoulder of the defense to generate 1v1 opportunities. More than just a poacher though, Miller also possess fine technical skills, enabling her to break opponents down off the dribble or set up teammates for scoring chances. A big match scorer who scored in UVA’s last eight games of 2012 while being held without a shot on goal just once on the season.
6. Amber Brooks – M – North Carolina
One-time top recruit who panned out beautifully for the Tar Heels and capped off her career with a national title this season after being a part of 2009′s title winning side. U.S. U23 team captain put another feather into her cap with MVP of Four Nations Tournament in La Manga after 2011 season. Has seen time in defense, most notably in the 2010 U20 World Cup, but future likely lies as a defensive midfielder, as she’s short for a center-back and doesn’t seem to have the pace to play full-back at the next level. Has been a tenacious battler in midfield for four seasons in Chapel Hill. Fantastic leader with great intangibles and a strong desire to win. Goal and assist totals have fluctuated for her four seasons with UNC but leveled off as a senior, with Brooks tallying seven goals and six assists. Excelled at dropping long balls for forwards to run onto and long set piece service but might not be a finished product as far as mid-range passing game is concerned. Talented poacher around the goalmouth on set pieces. Tremendous in the air for a player her size and a very good ball winner, which should help her cause as a defensive midfielder. Likely isn’t going to be able to create her own shot at the next level. Has signed with Bayern Munich in Germany for the remainder of the Frauen Bundesliga season, and status for second half of NWSL season is up in the air.
7. Alina Garciamendez – D – Stanford
Classy center-back has been the heartbeat of the defense in Palo Alto for four seasons and looks destined to fulfill that role for El Tri for many years to come after a big breakthrough with the full Mexican WNT these past few years. Ever since arriving on The Farm in 2009, Garciamendez has been a perfect blend of grace and grit as the anchor of the Stanford defense that has been the building block for the Card’s tremendous success the past half-decade. Possessor of great technical skills on the ball, as is the case, almost by default, of these Stanford players, Garciamendez also possesses the brute strength and physicality to muscle around opposing top-level defenders, traits that have served her well thus far in her college career. Mariah Nogueira’s usually getting the attention in Palo Alto as the club’s preeminent threat on the end of set pieces, but that’s ignoring the contributions Garciamendez has made in that department, as she’s a fantastic header of the ball and tremendously capable in the air. Mentally, Garciamendez is almost all you could ask for from a young professional, as her decision making and intelligence with the ball at her feet have been honed by the pressures of big-time college soccer and her position at the heart of the Mexican WNT’s defense. Seems destined to become her nation’s captain in time and will likely grow into similar influence at club level. Likely one of the betting favorites for NWSL Rookie of the Year with the Washington Spirit.
8. Erika Tymrak – M – Florida
A genius with the ball at her feet, Tymrak’s a top notch playmaker who also proved to be a fine finisher in her own right throughout a fantastic career for Florida. Possessor of sublime close control, field vision that makes you wonder if she’s got eyes in the back of her head, and a flair for the outrageous that comes with having a bagful of tricks at her disposal, the Bradenton native seems destined to become a fan favorite wherever she lands after January’s draft. A youth international mainstay with a glittering resume coming into Gainesville, Tymrak put together four great seasons for UF, becoming a more accomplished goalscorer all the while during her stay. Lethal from dead ball situations, Tymrak made many an SEC side pay for fouls near the box during her time with the club. Twenty-one goals and twenty assists the past two seasons tells its own story, more impressive when you consider Tymrak missed some time this season with an ankle injury. Given all of the above, you might wonder why Tymrak isn’t stationed higher on the board. The injury factor is one worry, as Tymrak isn’t built with a big frame and is a likely target for some of the more brutal defensive midfielders in the NWSL this season. Tymrak can also be a streaky player, though when she’s hot, she’s almost unplayable. The biggest worry though may be an intangible factor, as Tymrak, unlike Mewis or Nairn above her, never really engineered a deep run in the NCAA Tournament for the Gators. It’s only a moderate quibble though, and Tymrak seems destined for a spot in the first half of the draft and in many highlight reels for the new league.
9. Tiffany McCarty – F – Florida State
Finished out a dazzling college career with seventeen more goals to take her to a total of sixty-three in four seasons. McCarty’s been deadly consistent for most of her FSU tenure, scoring at least seventeen goals every season after a pretty good eleven goal rookie campaign. Was actually seeming to be enduring a mildly disappointing season all the way up to the postseason, as she had scored just seven goals for the club in the regular season. And then she caught fire, scoring in all seven of the club’s postseason matches, totaling a combined ten goals and two assists in those ACC and NCAA Tournament games. Was fantastically efficient as a senior, needing just sixty-three shots to score those seventeen goals and has never taken more than eighty shots in a season despite her scoring exploits. Not the biggest forward but held up very well spearheading the 4-2-3-1 Florida State uses, showing plenty of pace and deceptive strength for a 5’4″ player. In a class short on top-notch strikers, she should be highly coveted and isn’t likely to dip beyond early in the second round.
10. Rachel Quon – D – Stanford
Another fine product of Stanford’s assembly line of great full-backs and defenders in general. A four-year starter and prized recruit for the Card who has also featured at nearly every youth international level for the U.S. Every much the embodiment of the modern full-back with tenacious drive and ceaseless overlapping runs to provide width to Stanford’s 4-3-3. Heady senior has the ability to play on both the right and left flanks, though she was used more on the right throughout her collegiate career. Had her best season offensively as a senior with seven assists to her name. Will draw inevitable comparisons to former teammate Cami Levin. Though she’s not quite in her class, especially breaking opponents down offensively, Quon is still easily one of the best defenders in this class, and her ability to play on either flank should be a boon for whichever team drafts her.
11. Mariah Nogueira – M – Stanford
As far as pure midfield destroyers come, it’s hard to top Nogueira, who has been a fearsome presence shielding the Cardinal defense for four seasons. A master of the crunching tackle to stop attacks in their tracks, the Californian has been a crucial component shielding the Stanford rearguard with aplomb. The U23 international is far from being just a blunt instrument in midfield though, as she’s passed well enough to finish her career with fifteen assists to her name. Her real offensive value though is as a set piece target, as she’s a dominant presence in the air, collecting most of her twenty-one career goals at Stanford via her head on a dead ball situation. She’s not too bad with her feet either, as the Westminster native can put a real charge on the ball from range as well. If she proves mobile enough to keep up with the heightened pace of the game at the next level, Nogueira could well turn into a fantastic professional.
12. Zakiya Bywaters – F/M – UCLA
After playing second fiddle to Sydney Leroux in the UCLA attack for much of her college career, Bywaters was tasked with carrying the offense on her back when Leroux departed after 2011. She was a smashing success, scoring fifteen goals, which was a whopping six more than she had netted in the previous three years combined. A threat to thrust through the opposition’s backline on a constant basis thanks to her blazing pace, Bywaters figures to be best utilized out wide in a 4-3-3 to try and stretch play to the flanks. Lack of size (5’1″) will probably keep her from operating as a pure center-forward, though she could do a job as a wide midfielder in a 4-4-2 as well.
13. Tiffany Cameron – F – Ohio State
I’m still trying to figure out how Cameron, who enjoyed one of the best seasons of any forward in the country this season, was left unfunded by Canada in the wake of the nation needing to find auxiliary scoring options other than Christine Sinclair. A Canadian youth international who also has been called into full national team camps for Canada, Cameron has increased her goals total each season she’s been at OSU, culminating with this season’s explosive output. Having netted nineteen combined goals in her three previous seasons, Cameron went goal crazy, knocking home twenty-one goals for the Buckeyes in another strong season for Lori Walker’s bunch. It’s true that Cameron was a very high volume shooter, nearly hitting a hundred shots, but when you can score more than once every five attempts, I’m sure few minded. A quick player with great balance and the ability to finish on the run, turning, or just the simple chances, Cameron proved a consistent goalgetter for the Buckeyes this year and still looks like a potential full international for Canada. Though unfunded, it would hardly be a surprise to see Cameron end up on someone’s roster in an international spot this year as she tries to prove a point to Canadian brass.
14. Bry McCarthy – D – West Virginia
It’s been clear that the, at times, plodding Canadian WNT defense has been in need of some fresh blood for some time now, and what better time to try and introduce some of that fresh blood in the form of the whippet-quick McCarthy? The WVU left-back isn’t just all pace though, as the Canadian’s hammer-like left leg has been on the end of some devastating free kicks, making her quite the weapon for deliveries from range. McCarthy would be a starter for much of her freshman season but really began to come into her own as a sophomore when she was outstanding at full-back, chipping in with six assists. She’d up that total to nine as a junior, setting up the possibility for a huge senior season for the Big XII newcomers. It didn’t quite show it in the stats when all was said and done, but McCarthy was again a lynchpin in defense for the Mountaineers. Her forward forays are sure to make her a fan favorite at her new destination, and despite her lack of height, betting against McCarthy to succeed at the next level is likely a losing proposition. Was allocated to WNY Flash, and her crosses and deliveries from deep will have an inviting target in the head of Abby Wambach.
15. Colleen Williams – M/F – Dayton
An uber-confident, physical dynamo at 5’5″ who regularly shucks off defenders much taller than her and who has been one of the most prolific scorers in recent memory in DI. Perhaps a more natural fit at the next level as a playmaker, Williams nonetheless proved to be a deadly maestro in front of goal, finishing her career with fifty-eight goals, scoring at least sixteen three years running for the Flyers. That in itself would be impressive, but Williams also finished up with fifty career assists as well, joining an elite group in the ’50-50′ club. 5’5″ forwards aren’t supposed to be able to lead the line and post up big center-backs, but Williams did it regularly and with ease, loving to spin off defenders and square for onrushing teammates or whipping in quick shots that often handcuffed opposing goalkeepers. Whether she can pull such feats off against bigger, stronger defenders in the pros remains to be seen, but given her passing ability, you’d figure there’s a place somewhere in the league for a player of her calibre. Williams is the type of player you just get the feeling will will herself to success, regardless of any odds against her.
16. Holly King – M – Florida
Few have improved as much as King over the past few seasons, as the Florida mauler in the middle has grown into a well rounded threat offensively as well for the Gators. King nailed down a starting spot as a freshman and has been patrolling the middle of the park as one of the club’s defensive midfielders ever since. An absolute monster in the air who is capable of dominating opponents aerially and who is a big threat to head one in every time her team wins a set piece opportunity. Stint with D.C. United Women of the W-League in 2012 seems to have been the catalyst for exponential growth in her game, and King definitely seems to be more comfortable with the ball at her feet given recent months’ evidence. Could develop into an elite midfield enforcer at the next level and could also probably do a job as a stand-in center-back as well, which should only add to her value in the upcoming draft.
17. Ines Jaurena – D – Florida State
French full-back has been one of FSU’s biggest hits from their recent international recruiting classes and has been a major part of the club’s back-to-back College Cup appearances the past two seasons. Jaurena came to Tallahassee with no shortage of plaudits to her name, having been a member of France’s youth international setup for many years before her jaunt to the United States. It was quickly apparent that FSU had discovered someone special, as Jaurena immediately cracked the starting backline as a rookie and has stuck as a lynchpin for the club in defense ever since. Her constant forays forward have been critical to the Seminoles’ attacking width in their 4-2-3-1, and her fearless, marauding runs up the flank make her a great modern full-back for the professional game. Four goals and three assists in each of the past two seasons show some end product to those runs as well. Often played near the halfway line with FSU thanks to some great cover from her teammates but may have to curb those tendencies just a bit at the next level. She’s a top ten talent, but the one issue with Jaurena may be her international status. She’d fill one of only two vacant international spots on a club and may have suitors abroad willing to fork out more money. But some NWSL club would be wise to try and keep her stateside, as she has the potential to be a real bargain for someone right off the bat.
18. Kathryn Williamson – D – Florida
Not the usual plodding center-back. All-American defender has been the backbone for Florida’s defense for the better part of four seasons while also earning accolades as a U23 international and a winner’s medal for the W-League’s Ottawa Fury this past Summer. As you might expect, is solid in possession given the style the Gators operate under and is comfortable moving forward with the ball as well. Has excellent pace and is capable in the air given her size (5’6″). An extremely aggressive defender who’s unafraid of diving into tackles should the situation warrant it. Size is a bit worrisome for a center-back at this level though, and she’d almost certainly have to be paired up with a big partner in central defense, though she’s probably quick enough for a move out wide as a full-back. Injury history is also a red flag, as she’s missed almost two seasons with ACL and meniscus injuries. With comfort in possession and quickness, she’d be a contender to move into a defensive midfield position, especially for a possession oriented team. Not a threat offensively, as she didn’t score a goal in college.
19. Ally Miller – M/D – Marquette
Won just about everything there was to win from an individual standpoint in the Big East this year for the Golden Eagles. A player firmly entrenched in the very long shadow of Kerry McBride for much of her career in Milwaukee, Miller more than effectively burst from that shadow this season as she took the Marquette defense upon her back and led up another strong effort from the perennial Big East contenders’ rearguard. A four-year starter for the Golden Eagles, Miller was at her very best as a senior, not just starring on defense but actually finishing with seven goals on the season, which was good enough for third on the team. Anchored the defense as a senior but also played a lot of defensive midfielder before, which is where she probably grades out as as a pro.
20. Kaitlin Bast – F – Denver
Got back in the swing of things pretty easily in 2012 after missing all but six games in 2011 due to a concussion. Before that injury, Bast had looked like a budding star for the Pioneers, having netted twenty-six goals and eleven assists in her first two seasons for the club. Proved herself to not just be prolific as a senior but also timely, as five of her twelve goals in 2012 went down as winners. With quality depth in attack sparse in this class after the first few forwards on the board, Bast’s consistent and plentiful scoring ways could be in high demand come the middle rounds of this draft.
21. Renae Cuellar – F – Oklahoma
Mexican international has proven herself to be one of her nation’s brightest young rising stars the past few seasons. Began her collegiate career with Arizona and looked to be a budding star with the Wildcats despite basically being the club’s only true option in attack, scoring eleven goals in two seasons even in the face of tons of opposition pressure. Looked to be on her way to a breakout season as a junior in 2010 with six goals and three assists in six games before suffering a serious knee injury and taking a medical redshirt. Wildcats career effectively ended after a dispute with the school that pulled her away from CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying right after a star turn for her nation. Transferred to Oklahoma and blossomed, with twelve goals despite not having a teammate with more than two goals to back her up. Seems over the serious knee injury that cost her 2010 and hampered her in 2011 and could be one of Mexico’s leading goalscoring threats in the present and future. Has never really played for a contender and still has a ton of upside to grow into. Allocated to FC Kansas City and could be a top scoring threat for the club right off the bat.
22. Amy Barczuk – D/M – Colorado
Big, versatile Coloradan could end up being one of the steals of this draft after flying in under the radar following a productive career for an underwhelming Buffaloes program the past four years. With the size, strength, and pace to play as a center-back, defensive midfielder, or target forward, Barczuk possesses the versatility that coaches in this league will surely crave given reduced roster limits. A four-year starter who was called upon to try and fill many of the copious holes on recent Colorado teams, Barczuk’s comfort on the ball and moving forward into the attack could make her a great asset for teams valuing a possession game in this draft, with the Buffs’ talisman also proving to be decent in front of goal, having netted a career high four goals this past season. Despite that offensive flurry, Barczuk may best be utilized as a take no prisoners defensive midfielder who can also help generate her attacks from deep with her skill on the ball.
23. Carson Michalowski – D – Oklahoma State
One-time member of OSU’s “Twin Towers” defense with Melinda Mercado isn’t in her ex-teammate’s class but still rates as one of this class’ top center-backs. Plano native immediately won a starting spot as a freshman and has been a lynchpin at the back ever since for the Cowgirls. Knee injury in NCAA Tournament in 2011 may have harmed the club’s chances at a run to the College Cup, but Michalowski returned to health and prominence on the club’s backline this season and embraced a leadership role that was more than a little necessary given the club’s massive losses in personnel after 2011. Usually good for a few goals a season and has often made them count in their timeliness. Stock may have slipped a little with OSU’s down year, but that means she could just be an under the radar gem.
24. Alexa Gaul – GK – Boston College
Though overshadowed by the presence of AD Franch at the top of this class, Gaul is still likely a consensus #2 among goalkeepers from this class. Gaul is likely without peer among goalkeepers when it comes to having the ball at her feet. Unfazed by pressure from opposing forwards trying to press the keeper, Gaul has made a habit of keeping the ball on the floor and playing short, simple passes to her backs to help build possession. Gaul is also a threat offensively with the ball at her feet, as she took free kicks and penalties with her former club, Texas, often to great effect. In goal, Gaul possesses cat-like reflexes and has made some stunning point blank saves throughout her collegiate career. Despite not being the biggest keeper, Gaul showed a fearlessness in the air in coming for high balls and no hesitation in springing off her line to clear danger. Took a real gamble by transferring to Boston College after her junior year and suffered to some extent behind a generally woeful back four in 2012. Decision making wasn’t always the best as a senior either, though she’s still proven to be a capable netminder in the past. Stock probably hasn’t slipped too much though, even if a serious left arm and shoulder injury after her sophomore season could be a worry down the line.
25. Casey Short – D/M – Florida State
Enjoyed a revelatory season for the Seminoles in 2012 after having missed all of 2011 through injury. Before then, Short had looked like cashing in on the major potential and upside she entered Tallahassee with back before the 2008 season. A youth international at almost every level for the U.S., Short made quite the impression early in her career, with six assists as a rookie before five more helpers during an injury abbreviated sophomore season. After a breakout season in front of goal in 2010, the injury bug would snap at Short’s heels again in 2011, robbing FSU of one of their most exciting contributors. Back healthy in 2012, Short would enjoy an eye-opening season at left-back for the Seminoles, helping to solidify the club’s tremendously successful defense as a senior. Though Ines Jaurena’s success on the flank overshadowed hers a bit, Short still showed plenty of potential as a full-back for the club. Possessor of a powerful shot and great timing to get scoring chances by swooping into the area late, Short has plenty of attacking skill to go with her defensive talent. This ranking might be a bit conservative for Short, as another year removed from injury and with potentially another year to settle in as a permanent full-back, she has tremendous upside. Now, it’s just a matter of staying healthy in the long-term for Short.
26. Jackie Logue – D/M – Wake Forest
U23 international has been one of the unsung heroines of Wake’s rise up the national hierarchy the past half-decade. Most comfortable at left-back, the versatile Logue was also used in midfield this past season for the Demon Deacons. Long-time club captain made her mark right off the bat for the ACC club, starting twenty-two games as a rookie and earning All-Freshman Team honors. She’d continue to excel, culminating in a junior season that saw her chip in with three goals and five assists in the club’s run to the College Cup. Her offensive touch wasn’t as acute in her senior season, but Logue was still an indomitable presence out wide in defense and was able to showcase her versatility with the aforementioned foray into midfield on a few occasions. Didn’t rack up the personal plaudits, but could nonetheless be a sleeper in this draft class. Hometown side Sky Blue FC could be among the suitors on draft day.
27. Mallory Schaffer – M/F – William & Mary
Hard working, versatile attacker has been one of the best players in the Tribe’s storied history. After showing flashes of potential as a rookie, Schaffer would really come alive as a sophomore, scoring ten goals for the high-powered W&M offense and raising expectations for the future. She met them with a junior season that likely ranked among the best ever for the club, with seventeen goals and six assists. Dipped back down to ten goals as a senior in the face of ceaseless attention from defenses as the Tribe attack sputtered a bit more but still proved herself to be a consistent threat in front of goal for the club. Ability to play multiple positions, including defense, should aid her in her chances of catching on somewhere this season.
28. Cynthia Jacobo – GK – Cal State Northridge
The rock at the heart of a stern Matador defense for the past four seasons, Jacobo could be one of the great unheralded gems of this year’s draft class. Made an instant splash as the Big West’s Freshman of the Year in 2009 and hasn’t looked back since, finally helping to drive Northridge to the promised land of the NCAA Tournament this season. The play of Jacobo was a major reason that Northridge and their rock solid defense was able to shutout the likes of Arizona State, Michigan, and Tennessee among others this season. Recently reported to have been trying to finalize clearance to represent the Mexican WNT which would be a major boon for El Tri, though she wasn’t one of the federation funded players selected for allocation.
29. Nadia Link – F – Long Beach State
Heady, left-footed forward can operate on either flank, towards her more natural fit on the left side or cutting in from the right. U23 international’s inspirational rise saw her first begin to show her potential with eight goals in her sophomore season but really broke out as a big time scoring threat a season later, as LBSU reached the Elite Eight behind Link’s sixteen goals and ten assists, including seven match winning strikes. A marked woman as a senior, Link’s goal total was cut in half despite taking an almost equal number of shots as in 2011. Still, her assists mark still stayed strong, showing her threat as both a scorer and creator. With forward depth a little questionable in this draft after the first handful of prospects, Link still looks likely to get a look from someone.
30. Kylie Louw – M – Stephen F. Austin
Quite simply, the best player in the history of the Southland Conference. In addition to being a starter on the South African Olympic team in London this Summer, Louw brought home her third straight Conference Player of the Year honor en route to leading the Ladyjacks to another superb season. Finished her dazzling career with twenty-seven assists combined the past two seasons and netted seven goals as a senior to close out her collegiate run. Certainly knows how to pick out a pass and experience at international level isn’t going to hurt her chances. The dreaded international player limit and questions over her ability to cope with the heightened athleticism at this level lengthen her odds of sticking on a NWSL roster, but there should be a spot on a roster somewhere globally for the South African international.
31. Natalie Norris – D – Utah State
One of the best defenders and overall players in the history of the WAC, Norris brought home her third straight Defensive Player of the Year award this season. The only other player in the league to win three major awards in their career is former Hawaii great Natasha Kai, which is an indicator of how special Norris’ achievements are. Aggie center-back has been master and commander of one of the region’s stingiest defenses in recent years and one that helped lead the club to back-to-back NCAA Tournaments the past two seasons. Has plenty of size for this level and faced some stern competition in a tough region over the years, including this year where she helped put the brakes on BYU’s explosive offense for much of two matches. Not bad in front of goal either, with twelve goals and five winners in four seasons with the Aggies. That included a perfect 3-for-3 record from the penalty spot this season. Step up in competition is steep, but Norris has done well with everything thrown at her thus far.
32. Bri Rodriguez – M – West Virginia
A superstar at youth club levels, Rodriguez hasn’t quite developed into a top tier player with the Mountaineers, but she’s still turned into a mighty fine one for the reigning Big XII champions. After a solid but unspectacular rookie season, Rodriguez broke out in a big way as a sophomore with seven goals and seven assists that seemingly put her on the path to stardom. Took a step back as a junior though and suffered a serious knee injury in the club’s NCAA Tournament defeat that cast doubt over her form as a senior with the club. The scoring form certainly wasn’t there, with just a goal and an assist, yet Rodriguez still proved to be a talented scrapper in the middle of the park for the Mountaineers. Another season removed from that knee injury could see an uptick in form if she latches on somewhere, but one wonders if she’s physical or dynamic enough for the next level.
33. Betsy Hassett – M – Cal
The biggest challenge facing Hassett might be deciding which of a likely many suitors to follow, as the New Zealand international figures to be a hot commodity both domestically and abroad following another fantastic season for both club and country. One of her nation’s brightest young stars and hopes for the future, Hassett took a while to settle in at collegiate level, struggling with leg injuries, but then turned into an invaluable player in the middle for the Golden Bears. A tremendously disruptive player in midfield, Hassett’s added some offensive nous to her game in recent seasons as well, with six goals and five assists this season good enough for second on the team in each category. Hassett’s real value though may be in her fearless mentality and willingness to run through a brick wall or clatter somebody for her team’s cause. Not very big, but it’s tough seeing size keeping Hassett from a very productive professional career. Though international spots may be limited, Hassett’s qualities and international experience could make her a wise investment for some discerning NWSL team.
34. Haley Kopmeyer – GK – Michigan
Confident, vocal leader for the Wolverines has been a busy netminder for much of her career and made a major breakthrough as a senior to take her place as one of the nation’s top keepers. Missed most of her true freshman season with a serious injury but has been the club’s first choice ever since. It’s been trial by fire for much of that span though, including in her junior season, when Kopmeyer’s defense failed her so often and forced her to make a whopping one hundred fifteen saves, a club single season record. Thankfully for Kopmeyer, the defense was a lot more stingy in 2012, and she was a big beneficiary, with a career best in GAA and All-American distinction. Athletic and can make the big saves, though her handling can be a bit suspect at times. Goalkeeping situation in this class has almost always been fluid, and Kopmeyer might have had a great season at just the right time, as her stock soared after her senior season.
35. Erica Hollenberg – M/F – Virginia
Diminutive trickster has been overshadowed by more glamorous teammates in Charlottesville for much of her tenure but could be one of this draft’s top sleepers. Capable of playing either at right forward in a 4-3-3 or as a conventional right winger otherwise, like former Cav attacker Lauren Alwine, Hollenberg seems much more comfortable setting up goals than finishing them off. The Fairfax Station native was very much an afterthought after her freshman season but won a starting spot in 2010 and has been a key cog to the UVA attack ever since. Ten assists as a junior was a high water mark in a sense, but Hollenberg still managed seven assists as a senior to close out her career in style. Can place the ball on a dime with her passing and could yet develop into solid pro for someone.
36. Tara Campbell – GK – Duke
Perennially underrated netminder has been a standard bearer for the rising Duke program for the past four seasons in Durham. Made a big splash right of the bat with the ACC contenders as a rookie and has been immovable in goal ever since, though she’s been overshadowed a bit by more prominent rivals in the nation’s top conference and beyond. More renowned for her steadiness in goal than the spectacular, but at this level, that’s proven to be a godsend for the Blue Devils. Four years of starting experience in the competitive cauldron of the ACC is probably going to go a long way in preparing her for the challenge of a potential professional career. I’m not sure she’ll ever rise to the level of starting netminder in the league, but she could grow into a top backup given the right situation and coaching.
37. Domenica Hodak – M – Maryland
Terps’ pitbull-like midfielder really took one for the team in 2012, being plugged into a hole at center-back for the club despite having never played there before. Despite being grossly undersized for central defense, Hodak knuckled down and did a creditable job for Maryland, though it’s safe to say any professional ambitions at this level will likely lie in the defensive midfield role she performed so well in for three years at the ACC club. A tough tackling, aerially proficient player with the ability to lock players down 1v1, Hodak’s been one of the more generally underrated players in the nation for quite some time. Not going to be a threat in front of goal, with no goals as a collegiate player, though she did chip in with the odd assist, including four as a senior.
38. Tishia Jewell – F – UCF
One of the nation’s most consistently dangerous forwards for some time now, Jewell’s helped lift the Knights program to new heights during her four year career in Orlando. After opening her career as mostly a super sub, Jewell exploded in 2010, earning C-USA Offensive Player of the Year honors after ten goals and twelve assists, including six and eight in league play. A marked woman for the rest of her tenure with the Knights, Jewell let her passing do much of the talking, as she chipped in with ten assists in each of her final two seasons with the club while also managing seven goals each year as well. That type of consistency puts her ahead of much of this season’s attacking crop, while her passing ability could set her apart from rivals for a draft spot come Friday.
39. Erin McNulty – GK – Penn State
It’s been nothing if not eventful for Erin McNulty, who’s had a very good collegiate career in two stops, bookending said career with national title game appearances for Florida State as a freshman and Penn State as a sixth-year senior. That she ended up on the losing end of both games shouldn’t dissuade a club looking for a solid, experienced netminder. McNulty appeared to be on a fast track to fame with FSU after a glittering rookie season but ended up leaving after 2009 after losing her job to Kelsey Wys before the 2010 season. Stabilizing the situation in goal for PSU after the club had struggled to replace Alyssa Naeher, McNulty has rewarded Erica Walsh’s faith with two great seasons in net for the Nittany Lions. A mature, confident shot stopper, McNulty isn’t the most athletic keeper and might not have as much upside as some of the other netminders in this class, but she probably isn’t going to be as prone to lurching swings in form as some of her colleagues either. I’m not sure if she’ll ever develop into a starter, but she could round into a top notch backup with a little luck.
40. Alex Balcer – D – Long Beach State
While the meteoric rise of Nadia Link has been one of the keys to Long Beach State’s dramatic evolution into one of the region’s most formidable sides, the coming of age of defender Balcer has also proven to be key. A rare out-of-state player for LBSU, Balcer has been a great investment for the Big West side, as she’s been a four-year starter who has also been one of the league’s best defenders for the better part of three seasons at The Beach. 49er anchor also boasts a cannon of a leg and put it to good use as a senior with some long-range free kick goals against Arizona and Baylor early in the season. LBSU center-back also confident in the possession game which should help her potentially catch on with a club that likes to build out of the back.
41. Roxanne Barker – GK – Pepperdine
South African international by way of Irvine, California has been a titan in goal for the Waves during their recent upturn in fortunes. A four-year starter for the WCC club, Barker’s profile ticket upwards once more this past Summer when she made Banyana Banyana’s roster for the Olympics and looks very much like a player who’ll be in the mix for the growing South Africa program in the present and future. Has been a solid keeper from the very start for the Waves but really started getting national recognition the past two years, coinciding with Pepperdine’s recent success. Has nice size and has made some big saves in big games for the club over the years. Not the most athletic prospect in this draft class nor is she the most consistent, but when she’s on, she’s a high-calibre keeper capable of carrying a team on her back. Should get a shot somewhere, even if it isn’t at the top level in the U.S.
42. Morgan Johnson – D – Texas Tech
Red Raider center-back was one of this class’ late risers and could be a real gem down the road for an enterprising team. After looking like quite the promising prospect in defense for TTU her first two years in Lubbock, Johnson ended up losing her job as a junior, relegated to being an impact sub for the club. With nobody really knowing what to expect as a senior, Johnson only turned into one of the Big XII’s best defenders during their excellent campaign. Showed real signs of life offensively as well with two goals and four assists after no goals and two assists in three seasons. Might be a little rough around the edges to begin with but great upside.
43. Megan Jurado – F – San Diego State
Late bloomer had been a highly touted recruit for the Aztecs but had done little offensively for three years before flipping the switch and putting in an All-America season as a senior. Had scored four goals in sixty-two games before 2012 before nailing fifteen with nine assists to boot this past season for the resurgent SDSU club. Not big enough to play as a center forward spearheading a formation at this level but could be a deadly player out wide for an NWSL team. Great first touch and excellent breaking players down on the dribble 1v1. Solid ability from range as well and is capable of driving home thunderbolts from distance. Consistency obviously a question with one great year out of four at collegiate level, but 2012 form certainly warrants a look from someone.
44. Bailey Brandon – D – Central Michigan
Central Michigan cranks out great defenders and goalkeepers ad nauseam, and Brandon is yet another in the tradition of superb rearguard members for the Chippewas. Brandon finished up her career as one of the club’s most decorated players of all-time, starting out as the MAC Freshman of the Year before capping it off with MAC Defensive Player of the Year honors as a senior, the culmination of a career that saw her finish with All-MAC honors all four seasons with CMU. Not shy about getting forward and into the attack, finishing with thirty-one shots this season and was usually good for a few assists a season for the MAC powerhouse Chippewas.
45. Tina Romagnuolo – M – Miami (FL)
Temperamental Canadian midfielder has had a turbulent 2012 after a rapid rise up the hierarchy for her home nation that resulted in being capped at full international level in 2011. Scored seventeen goals at her first stop collegiately at Syracuse and was generally the best thing going on an often underwhelming Orange club. Got a second lease on life at the collegiate level with a transfer to Cuse’s future ACC rivals, Miami (FL) and was expected to be a key piece in the Canes getting to the next level in 2012. After a few goals early in the season, Romagnuolo was cut down with a serious right leg injury against Duke early in ACC play and missed the rest of the season. That injury all but ended any chances she may have had of winning federation funding for the NWSL, and the Canadian will likely have to prove her health, perhaps outside of the league, before getting a shot at the big time in North America.
46. Shannon Woeller – D – Rutgers
Canadian international center-back has been a fixture with her national team for some time now but never really rounded into a great player at collegiate level, with her highest honor being All-Big East Third Team as a junior. Not much of a threat offensively, scoring first two goals in collegiate career as a senior. Questions as to whether she possesses enough pace to be a long-term solution in the center of defense either at club or international level. Was well entrenched in the Canadian hierarchy for a while but now seemingly out of favor after not winning federation funding for NWSL allocation. If international form rather than collegiate club form translates to pro game, she could grow into a solid option at the professional level but is still far from a sure thing.
47. Jen Hoy – F – Princeton
Many expected a potential big season for the Tiger talisman up front, but few could’ve likely seen an eighteen goal outburst coming, made all the more impressive by the fact that Princeton only played nineteen games on the season in 2012. Sellersville native has no small degree of pace and no shortage of workrate either, gleefully helping out efforts to defend from the front. When the goals came this year for Hoy, they often came in spurts, as she scored three hat-tricks for the Tigers in their dominant 2012 season. Hasn’t been a one-hit wonder either, as she had fifteen goals over the past two seasons for the Tigers. Needed just fifty-four shots for her eighteen goals and put a ridiculous sixty-five percent of her shots on frame, showing great efficiency as well. The numbers are too good to ignore, regardless of competition level, and Hoy could well be a sleeper worth watching from this class.
48. Anisa Guajardo – F/M – Pepperdine
Mexican international striker has gone from little used rookie to dangerous goalgetter for the Waves, a rise which has also boosted her international profile. Expectations were heightened after a fantastic nine goal season as a junior, and Guajardo delivered, scoring ten goals as a senior in 2012. The Clovis native didn’t have it easy either, playing as a wide midfielder instead of a out-and-out forward, though the move also showed her versatility, which could be another big boost in the long run. Strong in the air despite being just 5’6″, Guajardo seems to be coming into her own at just the right time with Mexico looking for younger options in attack. Was allocated to Boston after winning federation funding and will help a young and dangerous looking strike force.
49. Lauren Granberg – D/F – Ohio State
Dual-purpose Canadian had her best season yet for the Buckeyes as a senior. Has rotated between center-back and center-forward throughout her OSU career but did most of her work up top in 2012, combining with Tiffany Cameron to form a devastating “little and large” combo in attack, with Granberg finishing with eight goals and ten assists. Was something of a longshot to get federation funding from her home nation, but Granberg could nonetheless be worth a look for somebody thanks to her versatility. Professional future likely lies back at center-back, but given the seeming dearth of big forwards in this class, she could get a look there as well.
50. Lucretia Lee – D – UCLA
Bruin defensive anchor has played second fiddle at the heart of the UCLA backline behind Abby Dahlkemper for the past two years but has still been a valuable defender for the Bruins for four seasons. Highly touted recruit out of high school locked down a starting spot full-time in 2010 and was one of the club’s steadiest performers ever since. Not remotely a threat offensively, scoring just one goal in four seasons for the club with just a handful of shots a season for the Bruins. Still a player who’s likely under the radar of most going into draft day who could end up a great find for someone who brings her in.
51. Natalia Gaitan – D – Toledo
Colombian WNT captain has also been one of the key cruxes in the latest golden generation for her rapidly improving country at international level. Bogota native has also turned into a great find for the Rockets, as she’s been one of the MAC’s top defenders for four seasons. Nicknamed “El Professora” by the Toledo coaching staff, Gaitan’s been a heady presence in the back for the Rockets, holding down the center of defense for the club despite only being 5’4″. Decent in the air and a tough tackler, that lack of size may force a shift out wide if she’s to make it at professional level. Whether she’s got enough pace to make that transition is the big question, and international player limits in NWSL may keep her from featuring at the top level professionally in the U.S. in the short-term.
52. Meleana Shim – M – Santa Clara
Hawaiian midfielder has been a consistent and consistently underrated force in the middle of the park for the Broncos the past four seasons. Rewarded with a U23 international callup last year, Shim broke into the starting lineup as a sophomore and has been one of the Broncos’ key players ever since. Not going to set the scoresheet alight, though she did tally three goals this season. Great penalty taker for the Broncos, going 4-for-4 the past two seasons from the spot. Plenty of upside and could be a pleasant surprise for someone in the later rounds of this year’s draft or as an undrafted free agent.
53. Jessica Ringwood – M/F – BYU
Big, lanky attacking midfielder played in the hole behind Carlee Payne Holmoe in BYU’s 4-2-3-1 this season and played her role to perfection, as you could hardly imagine a better fit than the Cottonwood Heights native this season. Put on a tremendous show of goal poaching and opportunism in collecting her nine goals, often arriving late in the area to sweep up loose balls. Has a powerful shot that she’s not afraid to uncork from range, but accuracy can be seriously problematic at times, as she put just forty-one percent of her efforts as a senior on frame. Doesn’t have a huge history of being a big-time scorer, so Ringwood might be a player best utilized in the same 4-2-3-1 attacking midfield role she filled so well this year with the Cougars.
54. Dana Larsen – F – Baylor
Talented athlete who also moonlighted briefly on Baylor’s tennis team was more in her element as the spearhead of a Bears offense that shot down many an opponent these past few seasons. A bundle of energy that can create problems on the flank on the left or at the top of a formation, Larsen was a starter right off the bat for Baylor but didn’t really show her true scoring mettle until her junior season when she netted eleven, the most on the club in a single season since 2000. Baylor and Larsen may have been losing the element of surprise nationally, but both continued to plug away, with Larsen earning All-America honors after an eleven goal, nine assist season for the Bears as a senior. The big, hard working Wisconsin native probably still has some upside yet and could be in the mix as a late round draftee or priority undrafted free agent this year.
55. Tiana Brockway – M/D – Florida State
One of the preeminent glue players for Florida State that’s helped balance out the club’s usual nexus of stars. A modest prospect at high school and youth club level, Brockway’s only turned into a four-year starter and a consistent performer for the ACC powerhouse Seminoles. Was capable of playing a little bit of everywhere in defense at college level with FSU but was shifted into a defensive midfield role in the 4-2-3-1 as a senior and helped the club to a ferocious and successful season defensively in 2012. Probably doesn’t have the size to play center-back at the next level and might not have the pace to play out wide on the backline either, so her best hope might be in midfield once again. Not exactly prolific offensively, but still managed a few goals and assists each season in her time in Tallahassee. Has experience in the W-League with Pali Blues and Seattle Sounders, so she might be worth a look for a Pacific Northwest club if she doesn’t get attention elsewhere.
56. Lexi Marton – D – Penn State
Canadian international center-back had the unfortunate break of tearing her ACL in the run up to the new season and missed all of PSU’s 2012 run to the national title. Has one year of eligibility remaining for the club but according to team releases seems poised to forego that year. Before that serious injury, had rounded into one of the league’s best center-backs and a player who looked to be featuring in Canada’s future plans at the full international level having been capped in the Fall of 2011. A strong and formidable presence in the air, though offensive skills seem negligible having not scored for PSU in three seasons. Biggest question is obviously concerning her knee. Would be much higher up this list if fit and on form, but that’s not a given. Would be a good bet for federation funding if healthy, but her immediate future is a bit up in the air since the small roster sizes of the league make it extremely unlikely that clubs will carry players facing extended periods on the sideline with injuries. Still, one to watch for 2014 and beyond for Canada.
57. Scout Libke – M/D – Oregon
The classic example of the good player trapped on a bad team. Or in Libke’s case, four bad teams. The Portland native was desperately unlucky to not get more of a chance to showcase her talent, with her collegiate years spent trying to carry a struggling Oregon program on her back. A strong, durable presence for the Ducks, Libke started eighty straight games for the club, only the second player in club history with that amount of consistency. Extremely versatile, Libke played both in the middle of the park and in central defense for the Ducks, excelling in the latter role as a junior. Two-footed and packing a powerful shot from range, Libke could nonetheless feature in midfield, where she’s seemingly more comfortable, as a potential pro. Capable but never really prolific in front of goal, the tough as nails Libke could be a real sleeper in this class and could develop into a real fan favorite somewhere with her blue collar style on the pitch.
58. Steph Panozzo – GK – Illinois
Another in a fine generation of Canadian goalkeepers hoping to battle their way into contention for a spot at the 2015 Women’s World Cup on home soil. Panozzo was a bit late to the party, having played sparingly as a rookie and only for the first handful of games in 2010 before giving way to Alexandra Kapicka. With the starting job all to herself beginning in 2011 though, Panozzo has rounded into one of the Big Ten’s top netminders and a prospect to watch for Canadian WNT supporters. A vocal leader and great organizer of the defense in front of her, Panozzo is also aggressive off her line and capable of brilliant saves. Also a tremendous penalty stopper, as proven on multiple occasions in postseason play for Illinois over the past two years. Not the biggest goalkeeper but bulldog like tenacity means she’s got a shot.
59. Jess Kodiak – F/M – Miami (OH)
The crown jewel in Miami (OH)’s armada of offense that propelled them to a glittering MAC season and beyond the first round of the NCAA Tournament in 2012. A versatile competitor that can function as a playmaker in the center of midfield or as a striking option up top, Kodiak’s done a little of both as a conduit of both goals and assists for the Redhawks throughout her tenure with the club. In and out of the lineup as a rookie, Kodiak began her true assault on opposing defenses as a sophomore and totaled seventeen goals and twelve assists in two seasons, raising hopes of a triumphant senior season. Kodiak more than delivered, with twelve goals and twelve assists to help lead a thrilling Miami (OH) offense to league glory. The Redhawk captain’s career arc continues to accelerate upwards and could be one to watch despite not being a household name.
60. Victoria DiMartino – F/D – Boston College
That she’s ranked this high after two woeful seasons to close out her collegiate career should be a credit to just how phenomenal her first two seasons were with the Eagles. The path to superstardom appeared to be carved out for DiMartino after her sophomore season, which had seen her score fourteen goals for the second straight season while also having totaled fourteen assists those two seasons as well. But her form has promptly fallen off a cliff as an upperclassman. 2012 was crucial to prove her junior season, with just four goals and five assists, was a fluke, but if anything, DiMartino was even worse as a senior, scoring just one goal in the run of play, with her other strike coming from the penalty spot It’s not like the U23 international wasn’t lacking for chances either, as she took fifty-nine shots on the season. Played left-back as a youth international, and that might be her future again at the next level. I’m guessing someone’s going to be allured by those gaudy numbers early in her collegiate career, but spending a draft pick on what looks like a reclamation project at this point is a real gamble.
61. Whitney Berry – M – Kansas
Jayhawk playmaker was probably one of biggest victims of Ingrid Vidal’s absence this season, as Berry was without her #1 target to dish assists out to after a tremendous junior season in 2011. A one-time forward early in her college career, Berry’s made the shift into the midfield and has turned into KU’s playmaker du jour during the later part of her tenure in Lawrence, though the passing ability has always been there, as nine assists as a rookie can attest to. Thirteen assists as a junior signaled her arrival as one of the league’s top playmakers and also netted eight goals in the bargain for KU. As noted above, numbers dipped a bit as a senior but is still a player who could thrive with better forwards helping open things up for her vision and passing.
62. Taylor McCarter – M – Arizona State
Midfield grinder has been the heart and soul of Arizona State for some time now, doing the dirty work for the Sun Devils in midfield. It didn’t take long for the Tuscon native to find her feet in Tempe, earning a starting spot for the club right off the bat and turning into the club’s top player early on in her ASU career. Continued to excel as one of the Pac-12′s top midfielders this season, helping to spur the Sun Devils on to a surprisingly successful season that culminated in an NCAA Tournament berth. Never a big purveyor of goals or assists for her club, McCarter’s impact has, nonetheless, been massive for ASU. Not a very big player at just 5’2″, but McCarter’s heart and tenacity more than makes up for that, and the four-year starter is the type of player that’s going to be very hard to cut if she makes it into a camp somewhere.
63. Tiffany Hurst – D/M – San Diego State
An inspirational story on and off the pitch, Hurst grew into a leader for the Aztecs and a key cog in their wonderful 2012 season. A defender for so long for the Mountain West club, Hurst was deployed in midfield as a fifth-year senior thanks to the club’s increased depth on the backline. Obviously, the move worked out pretty well for the surging Aztecs, as Hurst was outstanding for the club in her final season at collegiate level. Five goals and three assists were a career high, with no strike being bigger than the one that guided the Aztecs past Cal in the Big Dance and into the Sweet Sixteen. Versatility’s a big asset at the next level, and though Hurst played all over the backline at SDSU, playing in the middle is unlikely due to her size, so if she’s utilized in defense once more, it’ll surely be at right-back.
64. Alyscha Mottershead – M – Syracuse
Unflashy Canadian defensive midfielder’s experienced a lot of highs and lows for both club and country thus far in her playing career. Was a budding star at youth international level for Canada but left Iowa after a frustrating freshman season, finishing out her collegiate tenure at Syracuse. Was named as an injury replacement for Diana Matheson for CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying last January but was not selected for a federation funded spot earlier this month. Not an offensive dynamo but did manage a career high five goals as a senior. Still has plenty of upside but may struggle for an opportunity in the NWSL.
65. Rachel Brown – M – Marquette
Three-year starter for the Golden Eagles patrolled the center of the park capably for the Big East contenders. Offense dipped a bit as a junior, but Brown rebounded nicely in 2012, turning into one of the league’s top midfielders. Tied a career best with four goals to close out a solid collegiate career. Decent size and capable in the air.
66. Cortlyn Bristol – M – William & Mary
Second fiddle to Mallory Schaffer for four seasons in the midfield, Bristol has developed into a fine player in her own right for the Tribe. Really locked down a starting spot as a sophomore but began to truly blossom as a midfielder of some repute in 2011, when she tallied seven goals and nine assists for W&M’s irrepressible attack. Bristol proved that season was no fluke with another stellar season as a senior, finishing with thirteen assists to go with five goals. While Schaffer figures to get most of the scouts’ attention ahead of the draft, Bristol’s proven playmaking ability could be a ticket to a shot at the next level.
67. Becky Kaplan – F/M – Maryland
A midfield utility player capable of playing in defensive or attacking capacities in the middle of the park, Kaplan embraced a new role in 2012: forward. She took to it well enough, needing just fifty-three shots to score twelve goals, including six game winners, while also putting sixty-four percent of those shots on target. You wonder whether Kaplan will be able to make the transition to being a forward at the next level, but those numbers certainly don’t lie, with the New York native having done it in the nation’s toughest conference. She might end up back in the midfield in the pros, with her ability to play anywhere there very attractive considering roster limits. That versatility could make Kaplan a hot commodity for somebody this season as clubs try to search for players that can fill gaps during a long and grueling season.
68. Kristen Meier – M – Wake Forest
A criminally underrated midfielder who’s helped Wake Forest rise up the ACC ladder the past few seasons. As a part of the Demon Deacons’ no-frills unit in the center of the park that has helped stifle the opposition and give service to the forwards, Meier has slowly grown into an offensive threat herself. Eight assists as a junior was one thing, but she added seven more this season in addition to five goals, which was more than she had scored in the previous three seasons combined. Never one to rack up much in the way of personal honors, Meier still has signifiable talent and could end up being a real steal for a keen-eyed club in this year’s draft.
69. Jenna Roncarati – D – Providence
Big full-back for a small club has been moonlighting for Providence’s basketball team after her collegiate career ended for the Friars. Legitimately the best defender in the history of Providence’s modest program, Roncarati has been a major factor in getting the club back in the hunt for the postseason after so many seasons in the wilderness. A four-year starter who earned All-Conference recognition, Roncarati’s size makes her a candidate to play in the center of defense for a potential professional suitor as well. Not much of a threat in front of goal despite a few goals in the past, as she went without a shot as a senior for the Big East side.
70. Amelia Pereira – F – Hartford
Tricky and creative Portuguese international has been a thrill-a-minute player for the Hawks for three excellent seasons. Not afraid of unleashing a full bag of tricks on opponents or putting her head where the boots are flying. Loves to make late runs into the box to drive headers past unaware keepers. Took a pounding from opposing defenses at times, as she was fouled relentlessly by the opposition during some matches. Began her career at Martin Methodist College at NAIA level before catching on in Hartford. Came through with a career high thirteen goals as a senior, though she was held to just one in the club’s final five games this year. If she can hold up against the fast, physical style of play at the next level, she could be an interesting find for some team.
71. Helen Steinhauser – M/D – Wisconsin-Milwaukee
A metronome of consistency for the Panthers, Steinhauser could be an under the radar sleeper after her UWM side had a down season by their lofty standards. Steinhauser ended her career having started a whopping eighty-one matches for the club, having been a key cog to a great run of seasons from the Panthers beginning in 2009. Wasn’t a big contributor offensively early in her career but really began to spread her wings later on, with eleven combined assists in 2010-2011 and four goals each her final two seasons with the club. Though she’s mainly been an all-action midfielder for the Panthers, Steinhauser’s versatility has seen her act as a capable defender as well, with that versatility increasing her odds of sticking if she gets a look somewhere this Spring.
72. Megan Marchesano – F – Oklahoma State
Given big shoes to fill in the wake of Krista Lopez’s graduation from the Cowgirls but did a reasonable job in 2012 despite the club’s overall lack of success this year. Started her collegiate career slowly but really began to come on as a sophomore with eight goals and went from strength to strength afterward, with ten assists as a junior before netting eleven goals as the focal point of the offense this past season. Was a clutch scorer for the Cowgirls this year as well, with five of the club’s eleven game winning goals and has the size to be a creditable target forward spearheading a club’s frontline.
73. Lisa Sliwinski – M/F – Baylor
A defender at club level as a youth player, Sliwinski’s taken to a more attacking role with great aplomb for the rising Bears program. A calm and confident presence on the Baylor program, Sliwinski excelled both in the midfield and occasionally as a center forward for a dangerous and underrated Bears attack. A super sub early in her career, Sliwinski saw her goals tally inch upwards for two seasons, scoring nine as a junior. Like her teammates and team in general, Sliwinski didn’t get a lot of plaudits during Baylor’s rise but kept on excelling, including in 2012, where she scored nine goals in the club’s last fifteen games to help them to another great season. A steady, under the radar performer, Sliwinski could well by a diamond in the rough for someone on Friday.
74. Kristin Cummins – M – Texas
Senior has been a much needed pillar of experience for a very youthful Texas team during a transition year for the program. Experience has been the watchword for a while for Cummins, who won a starting job from day one in Austin in 2009 and has proven to be an immovable force in the center of midfield since. Not exactly an explosive force for Texas offensively, Cummins still managed five goals a season for two years before her senior season. She’d end up the points leader on the club in 2012, with four goals and four assists to her name, pacing an inconsistent Longhorn attack, with two of those goals being match winning efforts. An all-around solid player whose contributions go beyond the box score, Cummins could well be a surprise if she gets a shot at the next level.
75. Kelli Cornell – GK – New Mexico
A forward at high school level, Cornell’s made the transition to goalkeeper full-time and has quietly been one of the best in the nation while also likely going down as one of the best netminders in Mountain West history as well. Big and athletic, Cornell has been the Lobos’ starting keeper for four straight seasons after sitting out 2008 as a true freshman. The heart of traditionally one of the region’s stingiest defenses, Cornell brought home the Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year award in both 2010 and 2011 and was a big part of the Lobos’ rise to the role of big-time mid-major during that period. Slipped back under the radar a bit as the young Lobos struggled this season, but after the top few keepers in this class, there’s little to separate the next group of netminders, meaning Cornell could be a nice sleeper for someone this season.
76. Rachel Wood – D/F – UC Irvine
Hulking Californian began her career in Chapel Hill as a member of North Carolina’s 2008 title winning team. Struggled at times with health issues at UNC and ended up being more of a reserve with the Tar Heels for much of her tenure before transferring out to Irvine for her senior season. Used mostly in defense for UNC, Wood was thrown up front for the Anteaters as a burly center forward. Tough as nails senior did all of her scoring from the penalty spot this season, going five-for-six on spot kicks. Despite the cameo run as an attacker, Wood would likely be thrown back at center-back by any professional team looking to utilize her most effectively.
77. Nicolette Radovcic – F – UCF
Less heralded than teammate Tishia Jewell, Radovcic has nonetheless been a key part of a one-two punch that’s heralded in a new Golden Age for UCF soccer the past half-decade. After a solid rookie season, Radovcic struggled early in 2010 before turning the corner and heating up dramatically as a sophomore and hasn’t looked back since. Eight goals as a junior was enough to lead the team, and Radovcic has earned a reputation of being a big game scorer for the scrappy Knights. That included this season, when Radovcic scored twelve goals, including five game winners, en route to C-USA Tournament Offensive MVP honors and first team All-Region honors after her great season. A player with no shortage of workrate and hustle, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the New Jersey native hook up with her local club back at home, Sky Blue FC.
78. Jessica Price – F – Florida State
She of the impossibly long throw-in, Price’s ability to chuck balls into the box like driven corner kicks has been giving FSU’s opponents nightmares for some time now. Price looked to be set on a path towards stardom with the Seminoles after a 2009 season that saw her explode for sixteen goals and ten assists in her first year as a full-time starter for the club. A second major knee injury forced her to miss her second season in four years though, and Price’s scoring form hasn’t recovered, with just six goals in the past two relatively healthy seasons. She’s turned into a great distributor out wide in the 4-2-3-1 though, with nine assists as a junior and ten last year. But given her history of knee injuries and the lack of goals in recent seasons, Price might be a longshot to stick on a roster.
79. Adelaide Gay – GK – North Carolina
Went from longshot to national champion with the Tar Heels this season, so what’s one more chance to defy the odds? Started career at Yale before walking on at North Carolina and battling her way up the depth chart during her tenure before putting a lock on the starting job the second half this season. Doesn’t possess great size or explosiveness which could hamper her at this level. Very intelligent and motivated however, with tremendous workrate and solid fundamentals to her game. Would probably be best in a situation with a club in need of a “sweeper keeper” to dash off her line to compensate for playing with a high line in the vein of how UNC typical operates. Not a given that she’ll get a look despite that national title, but could be worth a flyer given a general lack of depth in goalkeeping corps in this year’s draft.
80. Jamie Forbes – GK – Wisconsin-Milwaukee
It feels like the longtime Panthers netminder has been around forever, as she’s been a key component in some pretty good UWM clubs over the years, including 2011′s stalwart squad, where she earned Horizon League Co-Defensive Player of the Year honors. That was a fine rebound after she had lost her starting job as a sophomore, and Forbes was again in between the pipes as a senior in 2012, stabilizing a young defense for the Horizon League juggernaut. Also has significant experience with the Chicago Red Stars during the club’s WPSL stint. Has good size and can make the big stops but still occasionally makes crazy decisions in coming off her line and might not have the level of athleticism needed for the next level.
81. Carlee Payne Holmoe – F – BYU
BYU’s talismanic offensive leader was loved by Cougar supporters and readily despised by opponents of the WCC champions. Looked like a potential scoring superstar for the Cougars as a freshman after a stunning thirteen goal, ten assist campaign as a rookie in 2009. Scoring totals would never come close to hitting those heights again, though Payne Holmoe’s contributions to the club went far beyond what was measurable in the box score. Bull in a china shop mentality saw her as a nice fit at the top of the club’s 4-2-3-1 formation this season, even if most of her scoring contributions came from the penalty spot. A crafty, tenacious battler who does a great job of getting her teammates involved in the game, Payne Holmoe won’t be soon forgotten in Provo, though it’s a little hard seeing how well her game can translate to the pros. Oddly enough, given her mentality and grit, a move into a defensive midfield destroyer role could be the ticket to getting a shot at the next level.
82. Orianica Velasquez – F/M – Indiana
Colombian attacker is growing into a fixture for her country while having been Indiana’s main outlet for goals the past four years. Extremely individualistic player has never met a shot she hasn’t liked, though in a sense, it’s hard to blame her considering the sheer lack of options around her for much of her time with the Hoosiers. Still didn’t score more than seven goals a season collegiately, and international player limits may curb her hopes of landing on a NWSL roster this season.
83. Jillian Kinter – F – Colgate
The lead gun on one of the most thrilling offenses in all the land, Kinter helped fire the Raiders to Patriot League glory and the NCAA Tournament after numerous close shaves in previous seasons. Had been dangerous for her first two seasons with the club but really began to come into her own as a junior, with eight goals and seven assists to her name for a young and dangerous Colgate club. A fit, vocal leader for the Raiders, Kinter would shatter more records for the Patriot League side in 2012, driving home fourteen goals and nine assists for the potent Colgate offense. That included a marvelous string of eleven straight games with a point for the club. It’s a big step in competition obviously, but Kinter hasn’t fared too badly thus far, with just three opponents in 2012 able to keep her without a shot on goal all season.
84. Alysha Mallon – D – Dayton
Tough tackling full-back can also play out wide as a midfielder, as she did at times this season for the Flyers. Left-footed, but has also played on the right for Dayton in her career. Not the biggest at 5’3″ but packs reasonable pace and a willingness to go full-blooded into tackles for the club. Began to come on offensively as a junior, netting six assists and improved that total to eight this past season, though she was kept mostly quiet in the league.
85. Whitney Sharpe – D – Loyola Marymount
Lord only knows if there’s any draft prospect for this class that’s taken a more circuitous route to this point than Sharpe. A highly touted recruit out of high school, Sharpe began her career as a reserve at UCLA before transferring to Texas Tech, where she impressed despite being hobbled by injuries for much of the season. Another transfer, back out to Los Angeles, followed, and after sitting out the mandatory season in 2011, Sharpe was again a solid contributor for the Lions, starring as one of the WCC’s best full-backs. An obviously talented player with the size to fill in in the middle as well, Sharpe could well be a sleeper in this draft if she can settle at a club.
86. Kate Howarth – F – Miami (FL)
Good luck figuring her out. Probably endured the biggest rise and subsequent fall in draft stock in half a calendar year in recent memory. Michigan native was way under the radar going into 2011 after an injury plagued 2010 season but busted out as a junior with eleven goals and seven assists, no easy feat in the cutthroat ACC. Promptly turned more heads in the Summer of 2012 in WPSL Elite action with the New England Mutiny when she scored ten goals. The stage was seemingly set for a big senior season, but Howarth flopped badly, with just three goals for a light scoring Hurricanes side, with none coming after September 21. Injury late in the season didn’t help, but it’s safe to say her draft stock plummeted after her senior year. She’s proven she can score in the past though, so Howarth still has a chance if she can get her confidence back on the big stage.
87. Katy Van Lieshout – M/F – Denver
Listed as a forward, but Van Lieshout plied much of her trade in Denver’s midfield, helping the potent Pioneer attack keep ticking over, to great effect most of the time. Was never a very prolific scorer at collegiate level, with just seventeen goals total, but when Van Lieshout did find the back of the net, it was usually for a big goal, as ten of those strikes were match winners, including three in each of the past three seasons.
88. Clare Stachel – F/M – Michigan
A leader first and foremost for the resurgent Wolverines who’s been club captain for the past three seasons. Former youth international never was a prolific scorer and was suffering through a down season but scored three goals in the NCAA Tournament to drive the Wolverines to the brink of the Elite Eight. Not going to light up a box score but may have the intangibles to stick somewhere.
89. Maddy Evans – M – Penn State
Penn State captain is the glue that held together the Big Ten champions and national title runners-up. Floated in and out of the starting lineup before sticking for good this season and ending up as one of the club’s most invaluable performers in midfield. Shuttled between right wing and center midfield for much of her career with PSU but stuck as the club’s defensive midfielder in the middle in the 3-5-2 this season. A hustle player who’s full of running and ceaseless effort who also managed a handful of goals and three assists as a senior. Not afraid to get stuck in either, as four bookings to lead the club in 2012 confirms. The type of player who could kick the door down if she gets her foot in the door with some team.
90. Ali Hall – D – Tennessee
Defensive workhorse for the Lady Vols, who’s no stranger to crunching tackles from her center-back spot for the SEC club. Rebounded strong after missing half of 2010 through injury to become a constant in the starting lineup for UT her final two years in Knoxville. Had by far her best season as a collegiate player in 2012 under new head coach Brian Pensky, earning All-Region honors and going the distance at the heart of the defense more often than not. Is not a big threat on offense, having not recorded a point her final two seasons with the club.
91. Alison Nabatoff – D – Princeton
92. Mallory Baum – M – SMU
93. Jessica Morrow – D – Boston University
With Morrow, it’s probably less a case of being a late bloomer and more of a case of finally getting some deserved recognition for her exploits with the Terriers. Not having postseason eligibility hurt BU and Morrow’s chance to shine under the bright lights, but that shouldn’t take away from a fantastic senior season for the Andover native. In the starting lineup for much of her four seasons with the club, Morrow saved her best for last, putting together an All-America season for the Terriers’ fearsome defense. She wasn’t limited to just defense either, as five assists was good enough to tie for the team lead on the season. The hometown Breakers haven’t shied away from looking local before, and she could be a steal late in the draft or as an undrafted free agent.
94. Dani Russell – D – San Diego
95. Nichole Schiro – F – Loyola (MD)
Another mid-major goal machine, Nichole Schiro didn’t take long to break the Greyhounds’ all-time goal mark, needing less than three years to take her place at the top of the program’s record book. A big, quick forward who was once recruited by Big Ten schools, Schiro is also a powerful force in the air, which is to be expected with her height. The Okemos product didn’t exactly ease into anything either, scoring nine goals as a rookie before netting twenty-eight combined the next two seasons. Schiro would win the league’s Offensive Player of the Year award for the third straight season this past season as she netted fourteen more goals in the club’s march to the NCAA Tournament. A longshot perhaps, but one local clubs may want to give a look given her prolific scoring record.
96. Kari Davidson – GK – Washington
The goalkeeper factory that is the Washington Huskies soccer program continues to crank out quality netminders, and Davidson’s just one of many talented keepers to emerge from Seattle and UW. Davidson took over the starting job as a rookie in 2008 and held it through 2009 before injury and the emergence of Jorde LaFontaine-Kussmann saw the Portland native take a backseat for a few seasons. Returned stronger than ever as a fifth-year senior in 2012 and was again a pillar of strength in goal for the Huskies. Not necessarily in the class of some of her predecessors at UW but still a talented keeper and one who could surprise if given an opportunity.
97. Jo Dragotta – M – Florida
The lesser known of Florida’s defensive midfield duo has nonetheless enjoyed a revelatory season in the middle of the park for the Gators. Mostly used as a reserve for her first two seasons with the club, Dragotta ended up being an invaluable member of the midfield for her final two seasons in Gainesville, starting forty-seven matches for the club. Five assists a season ago was just a warm-up for this year, where she exploded for seven goals and four assists for the Gators. A big asset on set pieces.
98. Hayley Abbott – D – Southeast Missouri State
Australian defender came into the college ranks as something of an unknown and leaves as one of the OVCs best ever defenders, with three All-OVC First Team selections along with being named OVC Defensive Player of the Year. International player limits make her a longshot for the NWSL, but could get a long look back in Australia or perhaps even in Europe.
99. Chelsea Small – F – Idaho
100. Danielle Schulmann – F – UConn
Another player who took the long route in her collegiate career. Lasting a year each at Maryland and Seton Hall, Schulmann ended up settling at UConn and enjoyed a fine final act with two successful seasons with the Huskies. Seven goals in fifteen games as a junior in 2011 was impressive but just the start, as the senior again ripped up defenses in 2012, scoring ten goals and adding seven assists, to have a hand in seventeen of the club’s thirty-nine goals on the season. The fiery forward was a bit down in the league, with just two goals in the Big East, but she’s proven to be a consistent scorer the past few seasons and might just have a shot to stick in someone’s training camp.
101. Brandi Vega – F – Washington State
Hard to grab the headlines in Pullman as compared to some of the more glamorous Pac-12 locales, but Vega’s been a quietly productive source of offense for the Cougars for much of her collegiate tenure with the Cougars. Nevada native was an immediate hit as a freshman knocking in four game-winning goals as a rookie to prove her ability to deliver in the clutch. Three more winners as a junior set her up for her best season as a collegian in 2012, where she knocked in eight more goals and tied for the team lead in assists with five. Regional ties could see her get a look from the likes of Portland and Seattle, even if she goes undrafted.
102. Beth West – M – Texas A&M
Once a midfield prospect of the highest order, West has been the unfortunate victim of multiple knee injuries, which have taken their toll on the Colorado native. The former U.S. youth international missed almost all of 2009 after a sterling rookie campaign and was then injured again in the following season’s Big XII Tournament. Fourteen assists as a junior in 2011, some as a result of her corner kick taking ability, signified a nice comeback. Playing time dipped a bit this season though, as she made just thirteen starts with two goals and two assists. A player of no small skill, West has a chance if she can squash the injury bug once and for all.
103. Katie Slaughter – D – Central Michigan
104. Melissa Fernandez – M – Cal State Northridge
105. Lauren Smedley – GK – Lafayette
106. Nia Williams – D – Missouri State
107. Sabbath McKiernan-Allen – D – Samford
108. Michelle Young – F – North Texas
For sheer consistency among mid-major forwards, it’s pretty hard to top Young, who has been a reliable talisman for offense for the perennial Sun Belt contenders for four seasons running. Thirteen goals as a junior along with three assists was a high-water mark for the Mesquite native, but she never scored less than eight goals in a season and knocked in ten as a senior. The level of competition wasn’t the greatest, but you could do far worse for a small school prospect.
109. Carlie Davis – D – Baylor
110. Carly Edgcomb – D – VCU
111. Brittney Lyman – F – Colorado College
112. Claire Hulcer – D – Tulsa
113. Brittney Neumann – F – Creighton
114. Kelsea Smith – D – Pepperdine
115. Kiersten Harpe – D – William & Mary
116. Allie Chandler – M – Arkansas
117. Lacey Bockhaus – GK – Southeastern Louisiana
In a year where goalkeeping depth is something of a muddle after the first handful of prospects, there are some potential gems deeper in the mix, and Bockhaus certainly qualifies as one possible diamond in the rough. The Lions’ netminder has been one of the Southland Conference’s best ever in goal and returned from a season out in 2011 to continue her dominant form. Has great size and could be a deep sleeper for a club in this draft.
118. Monica Lam-Feist – M – Wisconsin
Four-year starter for the Badgers nonetheless found living up to her billing as 2007′s Canadian U17 Player of the Year a bit tough despite a solid career in Madison. Came on well in her senior season, with a career high six goals, so she might get a shot.
119. Taylor Brooke – D – Portland
Local product came good early in her career and was a fixture in the starting lineup for three of her seasons with the Pilots. Four goal, five assist offensive outburst as a sophomore wasn’t replicated, but Brooke did manage All-WCC Honorable Mention distinction her final two years with the club. Played center-back as a senior but way too small (5’3″) for that in the pros, so she’ll likely have to move out wide to have a chance of sticking.
120. Caitlin Allen – D – UNLV
121. Kristen Forster – M – Yale
122. Jessica Arabia – D – Marist
123. Paige Goeglein – M – Middle Tennessee State
Reigning Sun Belt Offensive Player of the Year has come a long way offensively since she stepped foot onto campus at MTSU. A starter for almost all of her four-year tenure with the Blue Raiders, Goeglein turned into an unexpected offensive weapon for the club as a senior. Fourteen goals was a most unexpected return from the Indiana native, and eight game winners was one of the best marks in Division I and could get her noticed by an enterprising team.
124. Cat Barnekow – D/F – UNC Greensboro
Multi-talented Filipino international returned from a serious injury in 2011 to help captain the Spartans to a league title in 2012. A JUCO star at Santa Rosa JC in 2008, Barnekow transferred to UNCG before the 2009 season and quickly became a leading light for the SoCon powerhouse. Emerged as a true star for the club during a phenomenal 2010 season that saw her score four goals and add fourteen assists to the Spartan cause. While injury cut her down a year later, Barnekow returned and juggled time in defense and on the attack for UNCG as a fifth-year senior. Showed her offensive mettle with four goals and five assists, but more valuable contributions may have been in defense for the league champs. Played center-back for the Philippines during recent tryout camp but doesn’t have the height to play there as a pro but could be shifted over to full-back given her offensive talents. Faces a challenging road to a pro career at the highest level here but still figures to be an important cog for rapid improvement for the Philippines WNT.
125. Wendy Acosta – D/F – VCU
A cynic might indicate that Acosta was the equivalent of a rent-a-player for the Rams, as she came in as a senior eligiblity-wise, but the Costa Rican international nonetheless proved to be quite the player for the A10 side in 2012. One of the great young hopes for her rapidly improving nation, Acosta also proved to be quite the talent for the Rams this past season. Capable of playing in defense or up front, where she patrolled during Olympic qualifying, Acosta netted nine goals for VCU this season and likely would’ve breached double digits in future seasons had she had more eligibility going forward. International player limits will probably make it hard for her to stick in the NWSL, but she should still be a key building block for her nation regardless.
126. Olivia Wagner – M – Maryland
127. Rachel Sloan – F – Marquette
128. Lauren Matheson – M/F – Santa Clara
Youth international in many age groups hasn’t really developed to extent some thought she would at beginning of her career, though she’s been a starter for much of her tenure at SCU. Versatile Mission Viejo native has proven capable if not necessarily prolific in front of goal. Was finally able to hammer down a full-time starting spot after starting about half the time a few seasons running before 2012. Still has a fair amount of upside, so might be worth a flyer from some enterprising team.
129. Stefanie Turner – GK – Central Michigan
130. Aurelia Solomon – D – Darmouth
131. Taylor Patterson – M – South Florida
132. Autumn Hawkins – M – Central Michigan
133. Kara Weber – D – Oakland
134. Katie Egan – D – Long Island
135. Bianca Joswiak – D – UCF
Swashbuckling German full-back for the Golden Knights has been consistently one of the most exciting players in C-USA to watch with the ball at her feet. Former U20 international made an instant impact stateside for UCF and finished out her collegiate career as a four-year starter. Usually good for a few goals and a handful of assists a season, while also being a prominent member of the club’s perennially hard nosed rearguard. Faces long odds of making it in the pros in the U.S. due to international player limits, but hard to believe there won’t be a place for her back in her homeland.
136. Lauren Patterson – D – Wright State
137. Sa’sha Kershaw – M – Stony Brook
138. Melissa Busque – F/M – Seattle
It’s been an odd journey for the former Canadian youth international, who looked like one of UConn’s best players for three years before popping up at Seattle for her senior season. Usually good for a handful of goals and assists a season at college level, and regional ties might be enough for at least a look as an undrafted free agent.
139. Heidi Sabatura – F – Villanova
140. Ali Stahlke – D – Western Kentucky
141. Dana Sanderlin – F/M – UC Irvine
142. Cassie Dickerson – D – Kansas
Call it more wishful thinking than anything else. Dickerson was an All-American at Ohio State during their run to the Final Four back in 2010 after having overcome a long string of serious knee injuries. She stepped away from the game afterward to attend law school at Kansas but was coaxed back for one final season with the Jayhawks. It didn’t really turn out the way either club or player likely would’ve hoped, with injuries again plaguing the classy center-back. With school and injuries likely impeding her, Dickerson looks like a longshot at best now.
143. Alexis Garcia – M – Dayton
144. Lindsey Johnson – D – Wisconsin
145. Julia Roberts – M – Virginia
A player once seemingly earmarked for stardom coming into the college ranks, Roberts instead ending up being more of a “very good” but not “great” player. Playing deep in the midfield for the Cavs behind some prime attacking talent, Roberts always seemed more like a deep-lying playmaker than an out-and-out midfield destroyer for the club. Seven goals and six assists as a junior seemed to signal a potential breakout season as a senior, but her numbers dipped once again, with Roberts scoring just once and adding four assists. Is a tremendous free-kick artist and has proven to be lethal from dead ball situations in her collegiate tenure. If the cards shake out right, could be a much better pro than collegiate player.
146. Stephanie Rose – F – UNC Wilmington
147. Kelsey Rene – D – Loyola (MD)
148. CiCi Kobinski – M/F – Cal Poly
149. Ashley Ciesielczyk – D – Florida Gulf Coast
150. Shauna Edwards – D – Quinnipiac
151. Veronika Pribyslavska – D/M – Murray State
Murray, Kentucky’s a long way away from the Czech Republic, but the Racers have profited from the unlikely marriage of the Czech international and the OVC side. Looked to be one of the region’s great hidden gems after two strong seasons for the club in defense before missing all of 2010 through injury. Took a while to get back to anything resembling full speed, but 2012 was another fine season for the Czech star. A move to midfield gave the Racers some much needed punch, and she netted seven goals as a senior. Future at the next level probably lies back in defense, and international player limits will make it tough for to stick in the NWSL, though she could latch on somewhere in Europe while continuing to play a role for her nation at full international level.
152. Samantha Johnson – M/F – USC
Another odd case of a player who didn’t really develop through four seasons at the highest level of college soccer. Came in with a fair amount of buzz and was a member of the 2008 U17 World Cup team before a solid freshman season with four goals and four assists. The next two seasons would be a bit of a struggle though, but used in more of an attacking capacity as a senior, Johnson would regain a bit of that promising freshman form with five goals and two assists to tie for the team lead in goals. Still has a fair degree of raw talent for a patient team looking for a deep sleeper.
153. Jill Flockhart – M – Idaho
154. Tiana Kallenberger – F – George Mason
155. Lauren Reilly – M – Fairfield
156. Mariah Hobbs – M – San Diego
157. Kelsey Wilson – D/M – Long Beach State
158. Caitlin Blosser – M – Princeton
159. Kendyl Reed – D/M – Ohio State
Late bloomer for the Buckeyes helped stabilize the defense this season, making the move to full-back form her previous role in the midfield. Was a super sub for her first two seasons with the club before winning a spot in the starting lineup as a junior. Has turned into a defensive workhorse as a senior but isn’t much of a threat in front of goal with just a pair of strikes and six assists in four years of action with the Buckeyes.
160. Erin Beck – M – Penn
161. Rachel Montoya – M – New Mexico
162. Kristin Cooley – D – Illinois State
163. Ana Cate – M – Auburn
164. Sarah Schaidle – M – College of Charleston
165. Michelle Sommer – M – Missouri State
166. Abi Cottam – F – Rider
One of the best English players you’ve never heard of, Cottam’s been plying her trade with a Rider side that’s flattered to deceive more often than not in the MAAC in recent years. Slowed down by an eye injury as a rookie, Cottam experienced a meteoric rise in 2010 with eight goals for a surging Rider side and followed it up with an amazing fourteen goal, eleven assist junior season. With not other big threat ready to step up and help her out offensively though, Cottam was a marked woman as a senior and slumped to just four goals and seven assists. It was probably enough to torpedo her draft stock to make her a longshot for a roster spot, but the big, talented Brit could latch on somewhere back across the pond to continue her career.
167. Ann Marie Tangorra – F – Cal State Fullerton
168. Kristin Carden – GK – VCU
Looked to be rounding into a keeper of some repute at Virginia Tech before disappearing off the radar for a while before popping back up at VCU. Showed fairly well with the Rams in two seasons as well and has great size and penalty stopping ability. Could be a deep sleeper worth keeping an eye on.
169. Callie Hancock – F – Fresno State
170. Taylor Houck – D – Villanova
171. Macy Jo Harrison – M – UNLV
172. Lauren Costa – D – Montana
173. Ali Miller – F – Delaware
174. Adrianne Mancino – D – Samford
175. Olivia Stander – F – Michigan State
176. Regina Thomas – F – Middle Tennessee State
177. Alex Dayneka – D – Penn
178. JeAnne Mazeau – D – Cal State Fullerton
179. Hali Oughton – D – East Carolina
180. Gigi Mangione – M – Loyola (MD)
181. Lauren LaGro – D – Rice
182. Alix Hildal – M/F – Ole Miss
183. Laura Sadler – M – Stephen F. Austin
184. Isabel King – D – Columbia
185. Amanda Dutra – M – Portland State
186. Emma Brush – M – Dartmouth
187. Maiya Cooper – F – Southeastern Louisiana
188. Luisa Desario – M – Valparaiso
189. Allison Stallard – D – Middle Tennessee State
190. Shannon Van Riper – D – Saint Bonaventure
191. Greta Samuelsdottir – F – Northeastern
192. Jennifer Bannon – GK – Long Island
193. Erin Craig – F – Montana
194. Caitlin Alves – F/M – Hartford
195. Jordan Jackson – F – Nebraska
Injury hit at a bad time for Jackson, who had been a solid source of offense for Nebraska for three seasons heading into 2012. As a sophomore, twelve goals and nine assists saw the Overland Park native as one of the nation’s brightest attacking prospects, though she did take a small step backwards in 2011. The U23 international was expected to carry the load this season after Morgan Marlborough’s transfer, but a series of knee injuries shut her down after just two games. Could potentially return to Nebraska in 2013 by taking a medical redshirt for 2012, though she does have enough raw talent and previous production to be an interesting prospect if she’s healthy.
196. Kaitlyn Savage – GK – Florida International
Excellent Sun Belt keeper foregoed a final season of eligibility with the Panthers to sign with Perth Glory in Australia. Netminder with no shortage of talent and nice size could get a shot somewhere once W-League season ends early in the new year.
197. Ashley Meijia – M – Central Michigan
198. Cori McGovern – M – Loyola Marymount
199. Stacey Fox – F – Cal State Fullerton
200. Regan Benson – F – Utah Valley
201. Shayla Bergeron – F – Albany
202. Chelsea DeVerna – M – Albany
203. Grace Cross – D – Missouri State
204. Chelsea Botta – D – Marist
205. Ashley Baker – GK – Georgia
English U23 international probably would’ve ranked about fifty places or so higher had she not signed professionally with Lincoln Ladies over the offseason, a move which likely puts her out of the running for a potential NWSL spot. Talented but inconsistent shot stopper at collegiate level who sometimes struggled with high balls and crosses.
206. Alli Walsh – D – Fairfield
207. Vanessa Gonzalez – M – Fresno State
208. Emily Cota – GK – UMass
209. Jade Grimm – D – Iowa
210. Breanne Vernon – D – Stephen F. Austin
211. Taylor Brown – D – Campbell
212. Michelle Montilio – M – American
213. Cheyenne Skidmore – F – Towson
214. Sarah Banks – GK – Penn
215. Caitlin Hunter – GK – UNC Wilmington
216. Rachel Sheehy – M – Princeton
217. Amy Howard – GK – Auburn
218. Erin Ortega – M/D – UC Santa Barbara
219. Aundreaha Martinez – D – Northern Colorado
220. Christa Nyblom – M/F – South Dakota State
221. Christina Tognetti – F – Saint Mary’s (CA)
222. Rachel Strawn – F – Idaho State
223. Ashlyn Mulford – GK – Utah State
224. Lindsay Henry – D – UNC Wilmington
225. Cat Parkhill – GK – Minnesota
226. Laura Twidle – F – Central Michigan
227. Chloe Kiefer – GK – Louisville
228. Shealagh Begley – D – Hartford
229. Lauren Stell – D – Liberty
230. Natalie D’Adamio – GK – Northern Colorado
231. Tess Hall – M – UTEP
232. Zoe Van Gorder – D – Georgia Southern
233. Laura Moklestad – F – Drake
234. Christine Neal – GK – Saint Joseph’s
235. Mary Kate Lowry – D – George Mason
236. Hannah Tatro – D – American
237. Victoria Ramirez – M – Sacramento State
238. Torrey Leroy – D – Yale
239. Caroline Dixon – M – Hartford
240. Katie Russ – D – Cal State Northridge
241. Danielle Faller – M – Florida Gulf Coast
242. Courtney Rymer – M – Western Kentucky
243. Lauren Parks – D – Oral Roberts
244. Emily Culbreth – M – Jacksonville
245. P.A. Upson – D – Mercer
246. Ashley Hughes – F – Akron
247. Katie Condon – M/D – Western Illinois
248. Cami Skladany – D – Coastal Carolina
249. Rachel Hoaglin – M – Valparaiso
250. Kristin Lescalleet – M – Richmond
251. Cat Rogers – M – Ohio
252. JJ Wysktra – M – Northern Colorado
253. Karen Blocker – GK – Liberty
254. Nicole DeLuca – M – Oakland
255. Tylar Allison – D – IPFW
256. Jennie Vartebedian – M – Monmouth
257. Arielle Rodriguez – D – Houston Baptist
258. Alexsys Tamayo – D/M – Northern Colorado
259. Janay Whittaker – D – High Point
260. Katelyn Rhodes – F – Houston
261. Jessie Hubly – D – Loyola (Ill.)
262. Caitlin Cahalan – F – Siena
263. Maneesha Chitanvis – F – Cornell
264. Karly Dagys – M – Southeastern Louisiana
265. Kirsty Meyer – M/F – Campbell
266. Martha Hall – F – Furman
267. Emma Staley – D – Texas State
268. Sandita McDermott – GK – Bucknell
269. Natalie Massey – D – Longwood
270. Amanda Howie – M – Portland State
271. Kirby Zak – M – Sam Houston State
272. Megan Martin – F – Portland State
273. Jen Mulvey – F – Sacred Heart
274. Jill Dozier – F – Lafayette
275. Kelsey Lord – F – San Jose State
276. Georgia Foltz – D – Northern Arizona
277. Florence Onyera – D – Texas Southern
278. Danielle Archuleta – F – Nebraska-Omaha
279. Meryl Hershfield – M – NJIT
280. Sierra Ardnt – F – Grambling
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