Three Women's Soccer Standouts Selected in NWSL Draft

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Three Big Ten women's soccer players were taken in the inaugural National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) draft on Friday in Indianapolis, Ind. Penn State's Christine Nairn was selected seventh overall by the Seattle Reign FC, while the Boston Breakers chose her teammate Maddy Evans with the 29th pick. Michigan's Haley Kopmeyer was also drafted by the Seattle Reign FC with the 31st selection.

Nairn and Evans led the Nittany Lions to their 15th consecutive Big Ten title in 2012 and a first-ever trip to the national championship match. Nairn was a finalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy and collected Big Ten Midfielder of the Year honors after leading Penn State in points (35), goals (13), shots (71) and assists (9) this season. Evans also anchored the Nittany Lion midfield, where she collected second-team All-Big Ten laurels for her contributions. 

Kopmeyer led the Wolverines to the round of 16 in the NCAA Championship and also took home the Big Ten Goalkeeper of the Year award after leading the conference in shutouts (9), with six in Big Ten play. The senior also ranked second in goals-against average (0.66) and save percentage (.854) in all games.  

The National Women's Soccer League is an eight team league set to begin play in the spring of 2013. The NWSL was formed after the Women's Professional Soccer League dissolved in 2012. 

Michigan Release
Penn State Release


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