Western New York Flash announce the signings of Franch, Yoker, Johnson and Salem
The Western New York Flash announced on Friday they have signed four player to the 2013 roster including the first pick in the NWSL College Draft and three of their five Supplemental Draft picks.
Adrianna Franch (#6 pick overall in the College Draft) will continue her role as a goalkeeper for her first ever professional team. Franch was a starting goalkeeper for Oklahoma State from 2009-2011 and clocked an impressive 69 matches during that timespan. As a MAC Hermann Trophy semi-finalist in both 2010 and 2011, it is no surprise that Franch was named to the NSCAA All Central Region First Team, and winner of the All White Kit Golden Glove award. In 2011, Franch set an Oklahoma State record with 22 shutouts, earning her the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week in October of that year. She concluded her senior year with 12 shutouts.
Estelle Johnson (#7 pick overall in the Supplemental Draft) Johnson, a former Kansas Jayhawk who graduated in 2009, set the record for fourth most starts by a field player. She was then drafted by the L.A. Sol (WPS) but when the league folded was placed with the Philadelphia Independence for the 2010 and 2011 seasons. The outside back also spent three seasons (2006, 2008, 2009) in the W-League with the Colorado Force.
Kim Yokers (#23 pick overall in the Supplemental Draft) a former midfielder for the New York Fury and FC Gold Pride, played nine games for the Pride and recorded one goal. A former Golden Bear, Yokers was the captain of her senior team, and played for the U21 USWNT. She was named MVP for 2002-2003 and named to the Pac 10 All Academic team.
Angela Salem (#15 pick overall in the Supplemental Draft) a defensive midfielder from Francis Marion University was the team’s MVP as a junior, and co-captained her senior year. Salem started 54 games from 06-08 for FMU and tallied 11 goals and 27 assists. Salem is no stranger to professional soccer; she has played for Aland United, Atlanta Beat and Sky Blue FC. The WNYF have fond memories of Salem as she is credited for helping win the WPSL Elite Championship for her successful penalty kick in 2012.