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Christine Nairn, Maddy Evans Chosen in NWSL Draft

Two months ago, a new professional women’s soccer league was announced. Now, two Nittany Lions are joining it.

Midfielders Christine Nairn and Maddy Evans were selected in Friday morning’s inaugural National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) draft.

Nairn was taken in the first round, with the seventh overall pick, by the Seattle Reign. She led the 2012 Nittany Lions with 17 goals and 11 assists, while spearheading Penn State’s efforts to a 21-3-2 season and its first ever National Championship appearance. She’ll join a stacked team with GK Hope Solo, F Amy Rodriguez, and MF Megan Rapinoe already on the roster.

Maddy Evans was chosen in the fourth round by Boston Breakers. She started all 26 games and registered 13 points (5 goals, 3 assists) from her defensive midfielder position. Evans will be in good company — she’ll be playing alongside U.S. National Team members Heather O’Reilly and Sydney Leroux.

Ali Keiger, a Penn State alum and two-time All-American defender, is back in the states after playing the last five years for FFC Frankfurt in Germany. She was assigned to the Washington Spirit, her hometown club, last week.

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Ryan Beckler

Ryan is a senior in the Smeal College of Business majoring in Marketing. He is a Lion Ambassador who loves giving tours to prospective students. His favorite activities include distributing news and consuming Chipotle.


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