Five Pac-10 Women's Soccer Players Drafted in the 2011 WPS Draft
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- Five Pac-10 players were drafted in the 2011 Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) draft today, including the No. 1 overall pick, CALIFORNIA senior forward Alex Morgan. The Pac-10 was well-represented with three picks in the first round, the most of any conference, one in the second round and one in the third. UCLA led the way with two picks, and STANFORD, OREGON and California each had one player drafted.
Morgan went No. 1 in the draft to expansion team Western New York Flash. Morgan, a Diamond Bar, Calif., native, played in only 12 games for the Golden Bears due to being called up to the U.S. National Team for the FIFA Women's World Cup qualifying tournament, but still led Cal in goals scored (14) and points (30). She also put 32 of 64 (.500) shots on frame. She was a finalist for the 2010 MAC Hermann Trophy. Morgan was a first-team All-Pac-10 selection and has played a key role for the U.S. National Team as they recently advanced to next summer's FIFA Women's World Cup.
Stanford senior forward Christen Press was the No. 4 pick overall by the Washington Freedom. The Palos Verdes Estates, Calif., native won the 2010 MAC Hermann Trophy, given to women's college soccer's top player. Press was also the 2010 Pac-10 Player of the Year as she led the nation with 60 points, 2.50 points per game and 26 goals. Her 26 goals tied the Stanford single-season record. She also led the Cardinal to its second-straight undefeated regular season and national runner-up finish in the NCAA Women's College Cup.
UCLA senior midfielder Kylie Wright was the Pac-10's third first round draft pick, going No. 7 overall to the Atlanta Beat. Wright was a strong, consistent player for the Bruins, starting in 22 of 23 matches this past season. The Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., native was a 2010 Pac-10 first team selection and was instrumental on the defensive end, as the Bruins surrendered less than a goal a game (0.84).
Oregon senior forward/defender Jen Stoltenberg was taken in the second round as the No. 9 overall selection by the Philadelphia Independence. The Mission Viejo, Calif., native finished her stellar career as a Duck with 12 goals and five assists in 2010. She earned her first All-Pac-10 First-Team selection this past season and finished her career as UO's all-time points leader with 84. She also set a school record with 18 assists for her career.
Joining Stoltenberg in Philadelphia is UCLA senior defender Lauren Barnes, who was picked by the Independence with the No. 15 overall pick in the third round. The Upland, Calif., native was a third team All-NSCAA and first team All-Pac-10 selection in 2010. She ranked second on the team in scoring with 16 points on five goals and six assists.
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