NWSL College Draft: Players to Watch
14 names to listen for at the 2019 NWSL College Draft
UNC senior Julia Ashley has registered for the 2019 NWSL College Draft. (Photo credit: Andy Mead/isiphotos.com)
UNC senior Julia Ashley has registered for the 2019 NWSL College Draft. (Photo credit: Andy Mead/isiphotos.com)

At the 2018 NWSL College Draft, it was no surprise to anyone when Andi Sullivan was chosen first overall out of Stanford by the Washington Spirit. This year, however, it isn’t as easy to predict who will be selected first.

On January 3, the NWSL released an updated list of players who have registered for the draft. Note — This is not the final list of players who are eligible to be drafted, and there is still time for players to add their names to the list. The deadline is 4 p.m. ET on Wednesday, January 9, 2019. Registration details

As the big selection day draws near, here are 14 seniors to watch for, if they register for this year’s draft.

The 2019 NWSL College Draft will be held on Thursday, January 10 at 12 p.m. ET at the United Soccer Coaches Convention at McCormick Place in Chicago and the Chicago Red Stars hold the first pick. Full draft order


Khadija “Bunny” Shaw, Tennessee 

The senior forward out of the University of Tennessee has had quite the year, both for her college team but also on the international level with Jamaica. Shaw made her international debut in July before World Cup qualifying and scored a jaw-dropping 19 goals in 12 appearances to lead all goal scorers in World Cup qualifying, in any confederation. Shaw’s goals helped Jamaica clinch their first-ever Women’s World Cup berth. For the Vols, Shaw finished her final season with 13 goals in 15 appearances.

Hailie Mace, UCLA

Despite playing in just 13 games for the Bruins due to her international duties with the U.S. women’s national team, Mace still totaled nine goals in her senior season. Mace led her team in game-winning goals (3) and was named an All-American. Mace has already showed that she can play at the highest level given her national team call-up and first cap in 2018. Mace is versatile and has showed that she can succeed as either a forward or defender. She finished her career with 24 goals and 12 assists.

Julia Ashley, UNC

Ashley was a four-year starter in the back for North Carolina and helped the Tar Heels win 60 games and an ACC title in 2017. The Tar Heels fell to their ACC rival Florida State in the NCAA Women’s College Cup final, but Ashley’s senior career was nothing short of impressive on all sides of the pitch. Ashley led the Tar Heels in assists (10) and was tied for the team lead in goals (6). Ashley is the type of player that can be seen all over the field in any given game – her fitness is top tier and was on full display when she scored the game-winner against Georgetown in the national semifinals.

Jordan DiBiasi, Stanford 

DiBiasi was a key part of Stanford’s midfield this season and was named Pac-12 Midfielder of the Year along with being named first-team All-America. She finished her career for the Cardinal with 31 goals and 23 assists, 15 of which were game winners. Her senior year she had 10 goals and 10 assists for 30 points. DiBiasi is a player who can find the back of the net in big moments – in the College Cup semifinal game against South Carolina, DiBiasi scored twice to push her team onto the final.

Caitlin Farrell, Georgetown

 The senior forward out of Georgetown helped the Hoyas finish the 2018 season as the most successful team in program history with an overall record of 21-1-3. Farrell scored 18 goals, eight of which were game-winners and chipped in three assists. Farrell is another senior forward who can score big goals, but even more promising is that she has improved every season. Farrell went from scoring just one goal as a rookie, three goals in her sophomore campaign, to closing out her college career with eight as a junior and then 18 in her final season.

Emily Ogle, Penn State 

Ogle is a redshirt senior out of Penn State and was named Big Ten Midfielder of the Year after scoring six goals and adding five assists in her final season. She finished her career with the Nittany Lions with 20 goals and 21 assists. Ogle started all 25 matches this past season and is a dynamic midfielder that has a field awareness that will help her adapt to the professional pace.

Victoria Pickett, Wisconsin 

Pickett is a senior midfielder out of the University of Wisconsin and became the first All-American since Washington Spirit midfielder Rose Lavelle picked up the nod for UW in 2016. Pickett finished 2018 with one goal and four assists for six points. Pickett is best when given the task to distribute and open space for her attacking line.

Ally Prisock, USC 

Starting every game in the back for the University of Southern California, Prisock helped the Trojans earn 15 shutouts this past season, the second most in program history and allow just 11 goals. Prisock was named First Team All-American along with her All Pac-12 and All-Pacific Region first team honors. The defender earned 90 career starts and also scored one and had an assist in her senior season.

Leah Pruitt, USC 

Pruitt is another standout player from USC. Pruitt finished her senior season second on the team in points (33) after scoring 12 goals and earning nine assists. Pruitt led the Pac-12 in game-winning goals (6). Her career for the Trojans started in 2016 after transferring from San Diego State. Pruitt emerged from an offensive spark off the bench her sophomore season to a starter her junior and senior year. 

Bianca St. Georges, West Virginia 

 St. Georges was a lockdown defender for the University of West Virginia in 2018 earning All-America and 2018 Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year accolades. She helped the Mountaineers earn 12 shutouts this season and snatch the Big 12 championship. Don’t let her defensive position fool you, St. Georges also proved she can score goals. This past season she scored seven goals, after only having two goals in her career prior to last year. 

Arielle Schechtman, Georgetown

In 2018, Schechtman was named Big East Goalkeeper of the Year for the second year in a row. The Georgetown goalkeeper led the nation in shutouts (15), goals-against-average (.296) and save percentage (.920). She made 80 saves this season and allowed only seven goals through 23 games. Schechtman will likely be the first goalkeeper out of the 2019 draft class to get scooped up, she lifted the Hoyas to their most successful year yet with a 21-1-3 overall record. 


Alana Cook, Stanford 

Defender Alana Cook was part of the standout Stanford senior class that went 82-6-5 overall including an impressive 41-1-2 in Pac 12-play over their four-year careers. Cook picked up All-America honors and finished her career with five goals and seven assists. Cook started all 93 games during her four years at Stanford and was named Pac-12 Defender of the Year this season.

CeCe Kizer, Ole Miss

Kizer closed out her career at Ole Miss with 13 goals her senior season along with nine assists. She led the SEC in both, respectively and picked up an All-American nod. She set an Ole Miss career record for goals (48), points (119). The forward has put Ole Miss on her back and will surely find a way to score some goals if selected by an NWSL team.

Kayla McCoy, Duke 

McCoy finished her career at Duke leading her team in goals (12), shots (61), attempts on goal (36) and assists (8). McCoy was a firepower on offense and was named an All-American in 2018. McCoy led the ACC with eight goals and finished second with 19 points. McCoy played alongside 2018 NWSL Rookie of the Year Imani Dorsey (Sky Blue FC) when Dorsey was at Duke. The two were dynamic on the front line, each scoring 14 goals in 2017.

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