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Six WCC Women's Soccer Players Selected in 2014 NWSL Draft

Jan. 17, 2014


The West Coast Conference was well represented at the 2014 NWSL Draft. Of the 36 total selections, six student-athletes competed in the WCC last season.

Two WCC alums went in the first round. Santa Clara’s Julie Johnston, the 2013 WCC Player of the Year, went to the Chicago Red Stars with the third selection, while Portland’s Amanda Frisbie, the 2013 WCC Defender of the Year was selected by the Seattle Reign with the seventh overall pick.

Santa Clara’s Morgan Marlborough went to F.C. Kansas City in the second round (12th overall) two spots in front of BYU’s Cloee Colohan, who was drafted by the Western New York Flash (14th pick). Four-time All-WCC performer, Pepperdine’s Michelle Pao, was selected by Sky Blue F.C. in the third round (24th) and Portland’s Ellen Parker was tabbed by Seattle in the fourth (30th).

Last season , three WCC student-athletes were selected in the inaugural draft: 2012 WCC Player of the Year Lindsi Lisonbee Cutshall of BYU, 2012 WCC Defender of the Year Kendall Johnson of Portland, and All-WCC goalkeeper Roxanne Barker of Pepperdine.

Cloee Colohan – BYU
BYU senior midfielder Cloee Colohan was selected by the Western New York Flash with the 14th overall pick in the NWSL Draft. In her two seasons at BYU after transferring from the University of Portland, Colohan scored 11 goals and made seven assists and started every game for the Cougars.

"I'm pumped. I'm so excited to get to go to New York and play with Abby Wambach and Carli Lloyd." – Cloee Colohan

"This is such an amazing opportunity for Cloee. She has played such a vital role in our program's success the past couple years and has prepared well for this moment. I know that she will be able to contribute to her new team both on and off the field. We wish her all the best as she begins a new and exciting journey." - BYU head coach  Jennifer Rockwood  

Amanda Frisbie – Portland
This season Amanda Frisbie was an NSCAA All-America First Team selection, a MAC Hermann Semifinalist and the West Coast Conference Defender of the Year. Frisbie, a native of McKinney, Texas, who made the switch to defense this year after playing forward her entire career, helped the Pilots post nine shutouts on the year and still finished second on the team with eight goals and four game-winners.

"Words cannot describe how excited I am. Seattle has a tremendous amount of talent and I'm excited to continue to grow as a player and to help make a difference. Having so many Pilots already on the roster should make the transition easier, and I can't wait to get started." – Amanda Frisbie

Julie Johnston – Santa Clara
A three-time semifinalist for the M.A.C. Hermann Trophy, Julie Johnston turned in a remarkable career at Santa Clara. Johnston was named the WCC Player of the Year as well as First Team All-WCC and College Sports Madness' WCC Player of the Year. Johnston led the Broncos with eight assists and four game-winning goals. She finished third on the team with 12 goals and 32 points. Johnston was a three-time first team All-American.

"I am so excited to be drafted in the NWSL and be able to play professionally. Santa Clara has really helped me reach and exceed my goals. It's exciting to move to the next chapter in soccer with Chicago and keep enjoying this beautiful game." – Julie Johnston

Morgan Marlborough – Santa Clara
Morgan Marlborough made an instant impact in her lone season at Santa Clara. Marlborough was second on the Broncos with 15 goals and 36 points while scoring three game-winners. She added six assists and has three hat tricks on the year. Marlborough was named to the All-West Region Team and captured First Team All-WCC accolades.

"I am very excited for my new professional journey. I couldn't be happier to play for FC Kansas City and my hometown. I am so blessed to be given the opportunity to live out my dream." – Morgan Marlborough

"I'm very proud that two of our players were taken in the top-12 spots. The only other program to accomplish that was North Carolina and everyone has a tremendous amount of respect for their success. I'm optimistic both Julie and Morgan will go on to have professional soccer careers that ultimately help them reach their goal of playing for the national team." – Santa Clara head coach Jerry Smith

Michelle Pao – Pepperdine
Michelle Pao turned in a strong senior season for Pepperdine and was fourth on the team with seven points (two goals and three assists) in 2013 while largely playing defender. She scored the game-winning goal at San Diego. In addition to being a four-time All-West Coast Conference first teamer (the first in school history), Pao made the 2011 NSCAA All-American second team.

Ellen Parker - Portland
Ellen Parkerwas a 2013 All-WCC First Team selection and landed on the NSCAA All-West Region First Team. Parker was the WCC's Player of the Week twice this season, and she registered a conference-best seven game-winners. Every goal Parker scored last fall was a game-winner, and she also tallied four assists.

"I'm just really honored to be a part of Seattle and I'm so excited to be playing with such a talented group of players. It's also exciting to know that there are already a lot of Pilots there because we all play a similar style. I'm so happy that my dreams are coming true." – Ellen Parker

WCC in the 2014 NWSL Draft
Cloee Colohan – Western New York Flash – 2nd/14th
Michelle Pao – Sky Blue F.C., 3rd/24th
Amanda Frisbie – Seattle Reign, 1st/7th
Ellen Parker – Seattle Reign, 4th/30th
Santa Clara
Julie Johnston – Chicago Red Stars, 1st/3rd
Morgan Marlborough – F.C. Kansas City, 2nd/12th