The Washington Spirit selected six players in this year’s NWSL Supplemental Draft focusing on bolstering their offense. In the fourth round of the draft the Spirit selected forward Tasha Kai, answering the question if she was ready to return to professional soccer after spending the last few years playing 7v7 rugby.
Stephanie Ochs – Forward
Beyond excited and thankful to have been chosen by the Washington Spirit! Cannot wait for the upcoming season:)
— Stephanie Ochs (@stephochs7) February 7, 2013
Ochs played forward for the University of San Diego where she scored 25 goals and 31 assists and was named 2011 WCC Player of the Year. She formerly played professionally for the Boston Breakers and is also a member of the U.S. Under-23 National Team Player Pool.
Tori Huster – Midfielder
Long 2 days of traveling but ended with some great news!! So excited to be a part of @washspirit this season! Thanks for all the love today!
— Tori Huster (@torihuster) February 7, 2013
Huster played for Florida State University and started 91 games in her career and had 20 goals and 19 assists. In 2011 she was named to the NSCAA ALL-American Third Team, NCAA College Cup All-Tournament Team and ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Huster was drafted 8th overall in the 2012 WPS Draft by the Western New York Flash and played with them when they moved to WPSL Elite before heading overseas and joining the Newcastle Jets in the Australian W-League
Jordan Angeli – Forward
Angeli’s successful soccer career ranges from representing the U.S. National Team at the FIFA U-20 World Championships to being awarded titles such as the 2009 WC Defensive Player of the Year. She started every game as center back and led the team in goals.
After a tumultuous collegiate career at Santa Clara University that included big wins, big losses, and serious injuries, Angeli overcame it all and was selected in the second round by the Boston Breakers in the 2010 WPS Draft. For the next two seasons in the WPS Angeli would continue to play stellar, having the best goal scoring percentage in the league in 2010 and even called to National Team camps in 2011. Angeli received a season ending injury in the opening match of the 2011 WPS season.
Tash Kai – Forward
Tash Kai, notably known for all of her tattoos, is a veteran of the defunct WPS. She played for Sky Blue FC for two seasons before signing with the Philadelphia Independence. In her two years with Sky Blue, she scored 11 goals, and was a vital part of Sky Blue’s Championship season in 2009. She was the team’s leading scorer with 6 goals, and had the assist on the game-winning goal in the championship game. Her one season stint with the Philadelphia Independence proved to be her best season. Kai scored nine goals, including a hat trick against Sky Blue FC.
Kai has also been capped 67 times on the USWNT scoring 24 goals in four years. She is the fourth USWNT player to ever score goals in her first two caps. Going on to score four goals altogether in her first seven caps. Tash was named to the 2007 Women’s World Cup Team, as well as the 2008 Summer Olympic Team where she scored the winning goal against Canada in overtime in the quarterfinal game. Her last game for the USWNT was on March 11, 2009, and she has not been selected for the national team since she had major shoulder surgery following the fall 2009 WPS season.
Tash has most recently been playing rugby. She has was playing with the Hawaiian Select team, and then went on to play with the US Women’s Rugby Union Sevens Team. She’s been using her speed to score just as often in rugby as she did playing soccer.
Megan Mischler – Forward
— Megan Mischler (@MegMisch7) February 7, 2013
As a forward at West Virginia, Mischler collected many awards including being named to the 2010 Preseason All-Big East team to begin her senior year, which she finished with a 2nd team All-Big East selection, a place on the Big East Championship All-Tournament Team, and a Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award Nomination. She helped the Mountaineers to Big East Conference Championships in 2007 and 2010. According her message on Twitter she is excited to play for the Washington Spirit.
Heather Cooke – Defender
— Heather Cooke (@heatherdiosano) February 7, 2013
Heather Cooke was picked in the 6th round. Cooke played a total of 82 games for Loyola University (Maryland) as a defender. She started 73 times, scoring 4 goals and 3 assists. As a senior in 2009, she earned a spot on the All-MAAC First Team and was named to the NSCAA/adidas All-Northeast Region Second Team. A fun fact about Heather Cooke is that she was on the MTV show Real World: Las Vegas.