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Two Rutgers Soccer Players Going Pro

Madison Tiernan, left (Photo by Jeff Auger - Double G Media)

Madison Tiernan, left (Photo by Jeff Auger – Double G Media)

After today’s NWSL draft in Los Angeles, Rutgers soccer players Madison Tiernan and Erin Smith, are taking soccer to the next level.

Tiernan was drafted 24th overall by the Sky Blue FC of New Jersey, and Smith was drafted 33rd overall by the Houston Dash. They are now part of the only four alumna to be drafted into the NWSL in the history of Rutgers Women’s Soccer program; their former teammates Brianne Reed (18th overall – FC Kansas City) and Erica Skroski (23rd overall – Sky Blue FC) became the first two Rutgers Women’s Soccer players to be drafted last year into the NWSL.

A total of 40 players were selected over four rounds, below are are the complete results from today’s NWSL College Draft:

— Round 1 —
No. 1 – Rose Lavelle – Wisconsin (Boston Breakers)
No. 2 – Ashley Hatch – BYU (North Carolina Courage)
No. 3 – Morgan Andrews – USC (Boston Breakers)
No. 4 – Kayla Mills – USC (Sky Blue FC)
No. 5 – Christina Gibbons – Duke (FC Kansas City)
No. 6 – Maddie Bauer – Stanford (Seattle Reign FC)
No. 7 – Darian Jenkins – UCLA (North Carolina Courage)
No. 8 – Ifeoma Onumonu – CAL (Boston Breakers)
No. 9 – Margaret Purce – Harvard (Boston Breakers)
No. 10 – Miranda Freeman – USC (Sky Blue FC)

— Round 2 —
No. 11 – Michele Vasconcelos – BYU (Chicago Red Stars)*
No. 12 – Morgan Proffitt – Marquette (Chicago Red Stars)
No. 13 – Toni Payne – Duke (FC Kansas City)
No. 14 – Rachel Hill – UCONN (Portland Thorns FC)
No. 15 – Jane Campbell – Stanford (Houston Dash)
No. 16 – Katie Johnson – USC (Seattle Reign FC)#
No. 17 – Stephanie Ribeiro – UCONN (FC Kansas City)
No. 18 – Savannah Jordan – Florida (Portland Thorns FC)&
No. 19 – Lindsay Agnew – Ohio State (NWSL club)
No. 20 – Claire Wagner – Clemson (North Carolina Courage)&

— Round 3 —
No. 21 – Tyler Lussi – Princeton (Portland Thorns FC)@
No. 22 – Danica Evans – Colorado (Orlando Pride)
No. 23 – Kailen Sheridan – Clemson (Sky Blue FC)
No. 24 – Madison Tiernan – Rutgers (Sky Blue FC)
No. 25 – Alexis Shaffer – Virginia (FC Kansas City)
No. 26 – Arielle Ship – CAL (Seattle Reign FC)
No. 27 – Jaycie Johnson – Nebraska (North Carolina Courage)&
No. 28 – Nichelle Prince – Ohio State (Houston Dash)**
No. 29 – Meggie Dougherty-Howard – Florida (Washington Spirit)
No. 30 – Catrina Atanda – Clemson (Sky Blue FC)

— Round 4 —
No. 31 – Sammy Jo Prudhomme – USC (Boston Breakers)
No. 32 – Nickolette Driesse – Penn State (Orlando Pride)
No. 33 – Erin Smith – Rutgers (Houston Dash)
No. 34 – McKenzie Meehan – Boston College (Sky Blue FC)
No. 35 – Rashida Beal – Minnesota (FC Kansas City)
No. 36 – Cameron Castleberry – North Carolina (Washington Spirit)
No. 37 – Kristen McNabb – Virginia (Seattle Reign FC)
No. 38 – Hayley Dowd – Boston College (Boston Breakers)
No. 39 – Lauren Kaskie – UCLA (Chicago Red Stars)
No. 40 – Caroline Flynn – Nebraska (Portland Thorns FC)

Draft Day trades:
* = Chicago Red Stars acquired the No. 11 overall selection from the Boston Breakers in exchange for the Red Stars’ Rd. 2 pick in the 2018 NWSL College Draft and a 2018 international roster spot.
# = Seattle Reign FC acquired the No. 16 overall selection from Chicago Red Stars in exchange for Seattle’s Rd. 1 pick in the 2018 NWSL College Draft.
& = Portland Thorns FC traded up to acquire the No. 18 overall selection from the North Carolina Courage, who picked up the No. 20 and No. 27 picks in exchange.
@ = Portland Thorns FC acquired the No. 21 overall selection from the Chicago Red Stars, sending their Rd. 2 and Rd. 3 picks in the 2018 NWSL Draft to the Red Stars.
** = Houston Dash acquired the No. 28 overall selection from the Chicago Red Stars in exchange for a Rd. 2 pick in the 2018 Draft.

Paola Garcia Cardenas

Paola is DoubleGSports' Technical Director and a sports fan who enjoys writing about women's soccer.
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