The NWSL announced today that over the weekend the league held the inaugural NWSL Waiver Draft and only one player was selected, defender Lauren Alkek by the Western New York Flash.
Alkek was originally drafted by the Boston Breakers in the fifth round of the Supplemental Draft. A two time Academic All-Big 12 first team member, Alkek is a versatile player who played both offense and defense for the Oklahoma Sooners. In 2008 she made the transition from offense to defense and started in all but one game of the season. Her switch to defense is credited for her increase in shots taken that year. In total, Alkek played in 71 games, starting 68. She finished her career with 1 goal and 2 assists.
Lauren Alkek, who I also got to see play at the Big 12 Championships, is a very physical back who can win the tackles. She goes in hard and can distribute very well from the back with a nice long ball. She also has a big throw-in and is very quick.
– Sky Blue assistant coach Rick Stainton, 2011 WPS draft.
There were five other players entered in this weekend’s draft that were selected: Casey Berrier (Kansas City FC – Supplemental Draft), Whitney Berry (Kansas City FC – College Draft), forward Heather Cooke (Washington Spirit – Supplemental Draft), midfielder Tina DiMartino (Kansas City FC – Supplemental Draft), and defender Jaclyn Logue (WNY Flash – College Draft). These players are now free to sign with any team in a first come, first serve basis.