The Seattle Reign had the seventh pick in the NWSL Draft and selected Christine Nairn from Penn State. The Reign then picked up Mallory Schaffer (William and Mary), Kristen Meier (Wake Forest) and Haley Kopmeyer (Michigan). Here is a little closer look at the Reign’s draft picks:
7. Christine Nairn, M (Penn State) – first round
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She played twice for the full US Women’s National Team against Canada during summer of 2009, debuting in May and returning in July to score the winning goal in a 1-0 victory. She played in 13 matches for the US heading into the 2010 U-20 Women’s World Cup and was a member of the U-20 team that won the 2010 CONACAF U-20 Women’s Championships in Guatemala. At Penn State Nairn earned numerous honors including All-Big Ten First Team, Big Ten Freshman of the Year, TopDrawerSoccer.com Rookie of the Year and Hermann Trophy Watch List (freshman season). Nairn finished her senior season with 46 points that included 17 goals and 12 assists and was named Big Ten Midfielder of the Year and First Team NSCAA All-American selection.
15. Mallory Schaffer, M (William & Mary) – second round
Named a NSCAA High School National All-American in 2008, Schaffer went on to attend William and Mary where she started in all 19 matches her freshman year. Throughout her career with the Tribe she earned numerous awards including First-Team All-CAA (2010), First Team NSCAA All-American (2011), CAA Player of the Year (2011), First-Team NSCAA Academic All-American (2011) and was named the 2012 CAA Player of the Year her senior season. Finished her collegiate career ranking sixth in career goals (41) and seventh in total points (96) for the Tribe.
23. Kristen Meier, M (Wake Forest) – third round
Named the 2008 Georgia Soccer Coaches Association 4A Player of the Year, Meier went on to play for Wake Forest University where she finished her career tied for fifth in career games (88). Meier became the first ever Wake Forest player to be selected to the NCAA All-Tournament Team in 2011.
31. Haley Kopmeyer, GK (Michigan) – fourth round
Member of the U-18 US National Team, Kopmeyer attened the University of Michigan. During her senior season she was named NSCAA All-American, Big Ten Goalkeeper of the Year and was a member of the All-Big Ten First Team. Kopmeyer finished her career at Michigan ranked second all-time in wins (39) and games player as a goalkeeper (78) while ranking first in shutouts (27.2), saves (383) and minutes played (7,208).