The Washington Spirit had the second pick in the NWSL Draft and selected Tiffany McCarty from Florida State. The Spirit then picked up Caroline Miller (Virginia), Holly King (Florida) and Colleen Williams (Dayton). Here is a little closer look at the Spirit’s draft picks:
2. Tiffany McCarty, F (Florida State) – first round
“The Spirit will be a very good team. My family is also excited that I’m going back home, and I know a lot of people back home in Maryland. I feel like it will be a very good experience for me.” — Tiffany McCarty
Was a member of the U-16, U-17, and U-18 U.S. National Teams and was the leading goal scorer on the U-16 team in 2006 and U-17 team in 2007. McCarty scored 17 goals in her red shirt senior year and was named to the 2012 Women’s College Cup All-Tournament Team as she played a major role in taking her team to the Semifinals. She was named to the All-ACC First Team in 2009 and 2011 and was a MAC Hermann Trophy Semifinalist in 2009 and 2011.
10. Caroline Miller, F (Virginia) – second round
Miller’s record for the Cavaliers is impressive, with the Rockville born striker having bagged 45 goals in her college career, which is second in the school’s history. The 2012 season saw Miller achieve a whole host of awards, including being named a Hermann Trophy one to watch, the first time a player has been nominated at the school, as well as being selected as a NSCAA 1st Team All-
American. She has represented the US Women’s National Team at Under-16, Under-17 and Under-20 level.
18. Holly King, MF (Florida) – third round
She started every match at holding midfield at the University of Florida and had a career high season with a total of 5 goals in 2012. After the senior season King was named as a SEC All-American, the SEC Defensive Player of the Year and to the All-SEC first team. This past summer she played with D.C. United of W-League, which advanced to W-League Final Four and finished third overall.
26. Colleen Williams, M (Dayton) – fourth round
Williams is seen as a big reason for Dayton’s soccer program being put on the map after breaking a number of records during her four years at the college, including top scorer with 58 goals. As well as being a two-time NCAA All American, Williams has twice been listed on the Hermann Trophy Watch List, most recently in her Senior year in 2012. With over 50 goals and 50 assists, Williams became the 20th player in NCAA women’s soccer history to reach the landmark, while she also topped the charts for goals, assists and points in three consecutive seasons in the school’s conference.