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Women’s Soccer Team Captains Selected in 2016 NWSL Draft


For women’s soccer captains, Mallory Weber, Raquel Rodriguez, and Britt Eckerstrom, it’s hard to top the program’s 2015 soccer season. They made history by winning Penn State’s first national championship, and also tacked on a B1G regular season and tournament title. It was a fairy tale ending of sorts for the three seniors as their collegiate soccer days came to a close, but with one door closing, another door opens. Chosen 2nd, 14th, and 26th respectively in the NWSL draft, Rodriguez, Weber, and Eckerstrom will look to ride the wave of achievements into the next phase of their soccer careers.

In the 2nd overall pick of the draft, Raquel Rodriguez was selected by Sky Blue FC. Located in central New Jersey, Sky Blue FC is coming off a disappointing season with a record of (5-8-7) and will look to rebuild for the upcoming 2016 season. The Costa Rican native will add some depth in the midfield for the team and provide an impressive attacking prowess as well. Registering 74 points (23 goals, 28 assists) as a Nittany Lion, she will join fellow Penn State grad Maya Hayes and try to propel Sky Blue FC back to the top of the table in the 2016 campaign.

Selected 14th and 26th respectively, Mallory Weber and Britt Eckerstrom are both heading to the Western New York Flash. Both coming off stupendous seasons in a Nittany Lion jersey, they will venture out to Rochester, NY in hopes of winning an NWSL title. Weber, who played wide for Penn State this past season, recorded an impressive 101-point career (36 goals, 29 assists) and will look to bring her exceptional scoring ability to the front line of the Flash. Eckerstrom, coming off an incredible year in goal with 255 total career saves and a saving percentage of .804%, will have a stellar opportunity to make a case for herself for starting keeper.

Congratulations to these ladies for being drafted and good luck to them as they look to start their professional careers at the beginning of April.

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Drew Klingenberg

As well as being a staff writer for Onward State, Drew is a self-proclaimed Pittsburgh expert and traveling enthusiast. When he is not hiking some strange yet secluded area of the United States, you can see him either standing entirely too long in the State College Chipotle line, or at the gym acting like he's doing something productive. If you appreciate sub-par humor or overly-saturated photography, follow him on Twitter and Instagram (@dmklingenberg). For inquiries please email Drew at [email protected]


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