Sky Blue FC had the fourth pick in the NWSL Draft and selected Lindsi Lisonsbee-Cutshall from BYU. Sky Blue FC then picked up Kendall Johnson (Portland), Ashley Baker (Georgia) and Becky Kaplan (Maryland). Here is a little closer look at Sky Blue FC’s draft picks:
4. Lindsi Lisonsbee-Cutshall, D (BYU) – first round
“I got a ton of texts and phone calls from my coaches and friends the second it happened so I heard it first from them and I was super excited as anyone would be, to be a fourth (overall) draft pick is super exciting. I woke up my husband to tell him and he was so excited, he went from silence to yelling and telling me how exciting that was and how excited he was for me and just thought it was a great honor to be the No. 4 draft pick so there’s a lot of excitement in my house right now.” — Lindsi Lisonsbee-Cutshall
Awarded the 2012 West Coast Conference Player of the Year, Lindsi Lisonsbee-Cutshall was the starting defender for the BYU Cougars. Lisonsbee-Cutshall was a part of the team’s first ever WCC conference championship win. In her senior year, Lisonsbee-Cutshall led BYU to only conceded 13 goals throughout the entire season. As a defense player, Lisonsbee-Cutshall ends her college career with 13 goals, and 6 assists. With Lisonsbee-Cutshall’s help, she successfully drove BYU to be the 5th top ranked team in the NCAA Division I category. She has also led the team to an outstanding 20-1-1 record. Currently, Lisonsbee-Cutshall is one of three Mac Hermann Trophy finalists, and has been selected for the NSCAA All America first team.
12. Kendall Johnson, D/M (Portland) – second round
Johnson was a member of the U.S. U-20 National Team that won the 2010 CONCACAF U-20 Women’s Championships. During her high school career, Johnson was named ESPN First Team All-America (2008) and the 2008 Gatorade State Player of the Year. At the University of Portland she earned numerous honors including WCC co-Freshman of the Year, Soccer America All-Freshman Team and All-WCC Second Team (2010). Johnson recorded five assists her senior year for the Pilots and tallied 11 total points.
20. Ashley Baker, GK (Georgia) – third round
Played for England’s U-19 and U-23 National Teams. Named 2008 NSCAA/adidas High School All-American and 2008 Georgia Gatorade Player of the Year, Baker helped her high school team win the 2008 Georgia State Championship. Baker finished her career at the University of Georgia ranked fourth in career saves with 305.
28. Becky Kaplan, F (Maryland) – fourth round
Named 2007 NSCAA/adidas High School All-American, 2007 NSCAA N.Y. Player of the Year, and was a two-time first team NSCAA/adidas High School Girls All-Region II during high school. During her senior season at the University of Maryland, Kaplan earned ACC All-Tournament Team and All-ACC Second Team honors while being ranked in TopDrawSoccer.com’s Top 100 List.