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Seattle Reign FC Supplemental Draft Recap

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The Seattle Reign FC has chosen their six supplemental draft players. A combination of defenders and forwards were selected to make up their expanding squad however shortly after the draft we learned that Kaley Fountain has decided not to play this year and Nikki Krzysik is still undecided. Either way the Reign will retain their rights through the 2013 season.

“The supplemental draft went well for us. We have managed to get players who have league experience and play in positions we wanted to make sure we got covered,” said Laura Harvey, Reign FC head coach. “Drafts are always going to be difficult to predict, but we had a plan and we are happy with how it all happened in the end.”

Nikki Krzysik – Defender

The 2008 Atlantic Coast Conference Defensive Player of the Year, former Virginia Cavalier Krzysik built a strong resume as she played for the WPS Chicago Red Stars and the Philadelphia Independence. Billed as both a defender and midfielder, Nikki clocked 11 starts for the US U23 Women’s National Team and was selected 5th overall by the Independence during the 2009 WPS Expansion Draft. Her collegiate career is credited for her strong performance in the WPS as she played every minute of her senior year and helped Virginia post nine shutouts. In addition, Krzysik was twice named a first-team All-American and was a semifinalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy.

Krzysik was named captain of the Philadelphia Independence in 2011, one season after starting 22 games in her rookie year with the team. Admired by coach Paul Riley as a vital player in the Independence’s campaign to the 2010 WPS championship game, Krzysik would go on to start all 18 games of the 2011 season and helped Philadelphia secure a second WPS Championship appearance.

Lauren Barnes – Defender

Another player demonstrating why UCLA has one of the strongest athletic programs is Lauren Barnes. A former defender for the Philadelphia Independence who scored twice in her first year with the club, Barnes has competed on an international level as an active member of the U.S. national squad since she joined the U15 group. . Barnes was selected to the U23 player pool again in January 2012.

Barnes etched out an impressive collegiate career, beginning in her first year when she was one of a small group of players that started all 24 matches of the season at UCLA. She was named to the Pac 10 All-Freshman Team, and in her senior year started 22 of 23 games and was named to the All-Pac 10 First Team. Barnes created a comfortable scoring record with the Bruins, ranking second in her senior year for the most goals scored with five goals and six assists.

Laura Heyboer – Forward

As a forward at Michigan State in 2008, Heyboer broke into the history books as being the first freshman ever to be named Big 10 Offensive Player of the Year. She is celebrated as being one of the Big 10’s best scorers with a tally of 39 goals, five of them game winners. She added to her honors by being one of only four players in history to be named to the All-Big Ten Team for four consecutive seasons. Heyboer is also the fourth leading all-time scorer for the conference.

Heyboer’s collegiate career speaks volumes about her sportsmanship. She completed her career in 2010 as the only active Division 1 player who was a three time All American. After completing college, Heyboer was selected by Sky Blue FC in the 2012 WPS Draft, but the league folded shortly after and she could not play for the New Jersey club. However, she continued to demonstrate her admiration for soccer as she undertook an opportunity to act as volunteer assistant coach for the University of Miami in 2012.

Liz Bogus – Forward

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