Tami Pivnick and Maite Zabala Selected In WUSA Collegiate Draft
Feb. 6, 2001
BERKELEY, Calif. - California defender Tami Pivnick and goalkeeper Maite Zabala have been selected in the Women's United Soccer Association Supplemental Collegiate Draft, making them the third and fourth Golden Bears drafted into professional women's soccer.
Zabala was chosen in the first round as the eighth pick overall, going to the Atlanta Beat. Pivnick was picked in the fourth round, 31st overall, by the Bay Area CyberRays.
'This just shows how strong our program has become over the past few years,' said Cal assistant coach J.T. Thomas. 'This is just wonderful. It's such a great opportunity for young college women and such an exciting time in history for women's soccer.'
Former Cal players Allie Kemp and Trudi Sharpsteen were drafted in the eighth and 14th rounds, respectively, of the inaugural WUSA Draft Dec. 10-11. Kemp was the 60th pick overall by the Boston Breakers and Sharpsteen was taken 111th by the San Diego Spirit.
WUSA, the first women's professional soccer league in the United States, begins its season in April 2001.
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