The 2015 NWSL Draft is Friday Jan. 16, 2015 in Philadelphia, PA. Here is a list of the top college prospects.
Mid – Morgan Brian, Virginia
Career stats: 81 games, 41 goals, 43 assists
Brian is pridected by many to be No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 NWSL draft. She has a remarkable career with at UVA and has international experience with the national team. The flashy attacking central midfielder as a huge soccer IQ and will be instant offense for any team that drafts her.
Def – Abby Dahlkemper, UCLA
Career stats: 93 games, 5 goals, 8 assists
Over the past two years most of UCLA’s attack built up in the back from play of Dahlkemper. She is true player maker in the back might be worth a look at the midfield position in the NWSL. I believe she is a first round pick.
Mid - Sarah Killion, UCLA
Career stats: 88 games, 13 goals, 32 assists
Killion is true holding midfielder with high set of defensive skill. She has very good ball skills and an eye to pass. Killion also has developed as a treat with her free kick abilities. She also was a member of the U.S. U20 World Cup winning team in 2012. Killion will most likely be a top five pick.
Fwd – Sofia Huerta, Santa Clara
Career stats: 80 games, 47 goals, 19 assists
The Mexican forward Huerta played for the Mexican U20 WNT at the 2012 World Cup but might try find her way in with the USWNT as she is a dual citizen. Huerta and ton of ball skills will not need a lot time to get ready for the next level as she is good to go right away.
Def - Arin Gilliland, Kentucky
Career stats: 86 games, 30 goals, 25 assists
Gilliland has spent time between forward and fullback during time at Kentucky. I think she is lock to be first round pick with flexibility to plug her into either side of the pitch.
Mid- Samantha Mewis, UCLA
Career stats: 97 games, 31 goals, 32 assists
Mewis’ has a great skill set of ball skills and vision, while 5′ 11″ is not a skill it does give an aerial advantage all over the pitch. She has a huge stand out senior season, where she scored more goals than her first three years at UCLA.
Mid - Danielle Colaprico, Virginia
Career stats: 100 games, 19 goals, 44 assists
Listed as midfielder Colaprico is able to play off the roles of a midfield which will help her stock value. She should be a top 10 pick.
Mid – Daphne Corboz, Georgetown
Career stats: 82 games, 47 goals, 40 assists
Corboz may might move to Europe as her French might factor into this. At 5-foot-2 it may be viewed as a weakness but nose for scored overshadows it and NWSL clubs should take a serious look at her as she scored 47 goals at Georgetown.
F Chioma Ubogagu, Stanford
Career stats: 89 games, 27 goals, 35 assists
Ubogagu has speed with ball and without the ball maker her a threat at all times. She also an eye to set up goals. She bring extra experience with play on the U20 WNT world champion team.
M/F Shea Groom, Texas A&M
Career stats: 85 games, 41 goals, 25 assists
Groom is a dual threat as forward or an attacking midfielder. Her play in the College Cup raised her value is showed she can play in pressure situations. Groom will most likely be a late first round pick or early second pick.
Def – Kristin Grubka, Florida State
Career stats: 104 games, 15 goals, 14 assists
The 5-foot-10 central defender has lead the FSU back-line the past four years. Her play along with that of her teammates didn’t allow a goal during all six NCAA tournament games this past season. She is a lock down defender and the best center back that will be available in draft.
Def – Jaelene Hinkle, Texas Tech
Career stats: 84 games, 1 goal, 19 assists
Hinkle is a strong outside back and has most of time at left back. She a main reason Texas Tech posted nine shutouts on the season. She is know to move up top and assist in the attack. During her time at Texas Tech Hinkle set up 19 goals and added one herself.
GK – Katelyn Rowland, UCLA
Career stats: 90 games, 202 saves, 55 shutouts, 35 goals against
Rowland is the all-time leading shutout holder in NCAA history after 19 clean sheets in 2014, and her goals against average is 0.39. She is listed at 5-foot-11 but she plays much bigger than her size. Rowland is quick get for low shots and holds command of her box with best keepers in the nation. I believe she will be the first keeper taken in the draft.
Fwd - Tatiana Coleman, UCF
Career stats: 87 games, 40 goals, 36 assists
Coleman spent her final two years of college at UCF and first two at Auburn. She excelled at a high level at both schools. Putting up 40 goals in fours year is no easy task., Coleman defender with ball skills and speed.
Def – Meghan Streight, Texas A&M
Career stats: 101 games, 11 goals, 12 assists
Streight coaches dream as she play defensive midfield and center back. Looking at role with a pro team her defensive skills are most valuable asset. Her heightat 5′ 5″ was not issue in college but might be her only downfall in the draft but her knowledge of the game will hopefully make up for it.
Def – Whitney Church, Penn State
Career stats: 100 games, 9 goals, 4 assists
Church was The Big Ten defender of the year could fit in at the pro level as a defensive midfielder. She played a key role Penn State winning a national title in 2012 and not shy to push up and add offense.
Mid – Lo’eau Labonta, Stanford
Career stats: 78 games, 22 goals, 7 assists
Labonta had a break out year in 2014 as she hit the double digital mark in goals and more than doubled her career points. When her game is on she can dominate games with the ball play and passing.
Def – Caprice Dydasco, UCLA
Career stats: 94 games, 5 goals, 23 assists
Dydasco is an offensive minded outside back, key role player for UCLA in her four seasons. She’s a strong defender whose hard work will make her an instant impact where ever she ends.
M / F – Taylor Leach, South Carolina
Career stats: 62 games, 4 goals, 3 assists
In 2013 she started Started 22 matches at center back, was Selected to NSCAA All-Region Second Team. Leach was also named to All-SEC First Team.
Fwd – Krystyna Freda , Winthrop
Career stats: 75 games, 63 goals, 18 assists
Freda had an impressive last two years scoring 33 goals and 16 of them in 16 games her senior year at Winthrop. She is instant offense to any club that drafts her.