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
— Laura Heyboer (@LauraHeyboer) February 7, 2013
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
Pac 10 Freshman of the Year in 2002, former Arizona State University Sun Devil Bogus is a skilled forward who is also no stranger to the professional soccer arena. In 2008, she was a member of the Pali Blues during their inaugural season. Her first season on the team proved to be rewarding, as they were undefeated and won the W-League championship. Bogus would later return to play for Pali Blues in 2012. She is credited as one of the members that assisted in the Blues securing a strong 2012 season with 10 wins and only 1 loss. Liz has played for FC Gold Pride, Los Angeles Sol and the Boston Breakers in WPS. Her time with the Sol saw them win the 2009 regular-season WPS title.
In college, Bogus was an outstanding player, accumulating 32 goals in only 61 games played for ASU between 2002 and 2004. A two time Maroon & Gold Scholar Athlete, she performed at optimal levels as she amassed an incredible 20 game winning goals in her final season with the Sun Devils. She remains an ambitious player who has been a part of three (now four) women’s professional soccer leagues. She has built a great deal of experience on the field, and will certainly be an asset to the Reign this season.
Michelle Betos – Goalkeeper
So excited for the opportunity to be a part of @seattlereignfc Thank you for all the support!
— Michelle Betos (@MichelleBetos) February 7, 2013
Betos completed her collegiate career with the University of Georgia by being the third goalkeeper in Bulldog history to secure an impressive shutout and saves record. She recorded 316 saves and 26 shutouts, and is the UGA second-leading all-time goalkeeper with 48 wins. In 2009 she posted a 0.92 goals-against average while stopping 73 attempts at goal. In her senior year she started 22 matches and logged eight clean sheets.
Betos has circulated within the professional arena, playing with the W-League Atlanta Silverbacks and the WPSL Elite New York Fury. In 2009, she was named W-League Goalkeeper of the Year following her successful campaign to lead the Silverbacks to the Southeast Division title. She racked up nine shutouts and nine wins. In 2011, Betos joined the WPSL Boston Aztec Breakers Reserves. A year later, she joined Apollon Limassol LFC, a Cypriot club that advanced to the round of 32 in the UEFA Women’s Championship League.
Kaley Fountain – Defender
— Kaley Fountain (@FountainKaley) February 7, 2013
Originally trained as a forward during her time with Wake Forest, Fountain transitioned to a defender during her stint with the WPS Western New York Flash. The Flash chose her as their first pick in the 2011 WPS Expansion Draft, as she previously played for the Atlanta Beat. She clocked five appearances for the Flash during their 2011 championship year. As a long-standing member of the U.S. National Team pool (U17, U20, U21 and U23) she has acquired a strong skill on the ball. She was a member of the U20 team that won the 2008 FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup.
Her time with Wake Forest saw her log 81 starts and 86 game appearances. She was an NSCAA All-American, named to the third team in 2007 and 2009. She is also a three-time All-ACC selection, Fountain is a decorated Deacon as she sealed her 2009 season with 11 goals. In 2010, she re-joined her alma mater as an undergraduate assistant coach.