Carly Smolak Selected In WUSA Draft
Dec. 11, 2000
BOCA RATON, Florida - Stanford senior goalkeeper Carly Smolak (Lake Oswego, OR) was a 10th-round draft pick (79th overall) by the Philadelphia Charge in the first-ever Women's United Soccer Association Draft on Monday. Philadelphia is among eight teams that will begin play this spring in the first women's professional soccer league in the United States.
Smolak, who recently completed her four years of eligibility at Stanford, was the only current player to be selected, while four other past Cardinal players were drafted. Jennifer O'Sullivan (1996-99) was the highest Stanford pick of the draft as she was selected in the sixth round (45th overall) by the New York Power. Ronnie Fair (1996-99) was also a New York Power selection, going in the 11th round as the 84th pick. Erin Martin (1993-96) will join Smolak on the Charge after being drafted in the 12th round (95th pick). Emily Burt (1993-97) was also a 12th-round pick (96th overall), going to the Atlanta Beat. Carmel Murphy (1992-95) was taken in the 15th round (120th pick) by the Bay Area CyberRays.
As a senior, Smolak started every game in the net, earning Second Team All Pac-10 honors. She had 17 saves in the final game of her career -- a Second Round NCAA Tournament game at BYU. She finished in second place on the all-time list at Stanford for career minutes played (6142) and second in saves (247). Her 26 shutouts rank third all-time on The Farm. Smolak recorded a career-best 10 shutouts and 113 saves in her senior campaign, allowing 27 goals on the year for a 1.36 goals against average. She was named the KeyBank Classic's Most Valuable Goalkeeper after recording 17 saves and one shutout in two games. She was also named Pac-10 Player of the Week after the KeyBank Tournament, which included 14 saves in a 2-1 overtime loss to national-semifinalist Notre Dame. She posted Pac-10 shutouts over both Oregon schools, Arizona and Washington State.
The WUSA Combine featured over 200 invited players and included full days of games and workouts from Dec. 5-9 at Florida Atlantic University. The first eight rounds took place on Sunday and continued this morning with rounds 9-15.
Chinese National Team member Sun Wen was the first overall pick by the Atlanta Beat, while Liu Ailing, also a Chinese National player, was the second pick by Philadelphia.
The WUSA was formed in February 2000 and is scheduled to begin play this April in eight markets: Atlanta, Boston, Carolina, New York, Philadelphia, San Diego, the San Francisco Bay Area and Washington D.C.