The Chicago Red Stars were awarded the first overall pick in the NWSL Draft and selected Zakiya Bywaters from UCLA. The Red Stars then picked up Rachel Quon (Stanford), Taylor Vancil (Florida State) and Jen Hoy (Princeton). Here is a little closer look at the Red Stars draft picks:
1. Zakiya Bywaters, F (UCLA) – first round
Thank you everyone for all the love. I really appreciate. I’m very blessed and honored to be the number 1 draft pick for the #NWSL.
— zakiya bywaters (@zakiya5) January 18, 2013
A member of the U.S. National Team that won the 2010 CONCACAF U-20 Championships and a member of the U-17 and U-16 U.S. National Teams, Bywaters was named Pac-12 Player of the Year and was a MAC Hermann Trophy Semifinalist for her role in UCLA’s attack as she scored fifteen goals and six game-winning goals in 2012.
9. Rachel Quon, D (Stanford) – second round
— Rachel Quon (@rmquon) January 18, 2013
Rachel is a consistent member of the youth National team pools. She attended U-14 I.D. Camp in 2004 and 2005, played for the U-15 in 2006, U-16 in 2007 and came back from a broken collarbone and an ACL tear to make it to the U-17 Women’s World Cup squad. She played every minute of the five matches she played in the WWC. Quon was also a member of the U-20 team that won the 2010 CONACAF and played as a right back in the 2010 U-20 FIFA WWC, where she picked up two assists.
17. Taylor Vancil, GK (Florida State) – third round
— Taylor Vancil (@TDVancil91) January 18, 2013
Vancil was a member of US U-20 and U-17 National Teams and was awarded the Golden Glove award at the U-17 Women’s World Cup. She played for both the University of Louisville and Florida State University during her collegiate career. Played in seven games in her final season at FSU tallying over 240 minutes and did not allow a single goal.
25. Jen Hoy, F (Princeton) – fourth round
Happy Birthday Jen Hoy! What better gift than being drafted on your birthday.
Hoy finished her senior season with 18 goals which is the second most goals scored in Princeton’s program history. She was named to the first-team All-Ivy League and was named Ivy League Player of the year. Hoy was also named the Ivy League Player of the Week three times.