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Ellie Wheeler Drafted No. 18 Overall By Kansas City Current In 2024 NWSL Draft

Penn State women’s soccer’s third name off the board in Los Angeles is Ellie Wheeler.

Wheeler was selected by the Kansas City Current with the No. 18 overall pick in the second round of the NWSL Draft Friday night.

She’ll join Nittany Lions Mallory Weber and Elizabeth Ball in Kansas City.

Wheeler started in all but one of the Nittany Lions’ 2023 outings at right back and recorded 1,796 minutes. The senior picked up a goal and an assist from her position and helped Penn State record its 11 shutouts.

The Fairfax Station, Virginia, native appeared in nearly every game at right back since her freshman season and registered three goals and six assists through 77 games played.

Wheeler was the No. 1 goal scorer in the country as a recruit out of FC Virginia and was a part of the United States Youth National U-17, U-19, and U-20 teams over the years.

The Current is led by former United States Women’s National Team coach Vlatko Andonovski, and the team is building the first stadium created specifically for women’s sports in the world.

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