CHICAGO (Jan. 10, 2017) – A number of former Eclipse Select Soccer Club members will be among those eligible for the upcoming 2017 National Women’s Soccer League College Draft, being held Thursday at the NSCAA Convention in Los Angeles.
Defenders Lauren Sajewich (Frankfort, Ill.) and Taylor Schissler (New Lenox, Ill.) are both eligible for the draft. Both players featured extensively with Eclipse Select during their youth careers and are coming off impressive senior campaigns at the collegiate level as they hope to embark on a transition to the professional ranks.
Sajewich completed her senior season with TCU, helping the side advance to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in the program’s history. She was one of five TCU players to start in all 20 regular-season matches this year, ranking second in minutes (1,865) while notching a goal and two assists.
Schissler capped off her senior campaign with DePaul with a selection on the All-Big East First Team and Big East All-Tournament Team. During the regular season, Schissler led the Blue Demons with seven assists and she also netted six goals in 19 matches.
Also among the NWSL College Draft group is forward/midfielder Crystal Thomas (Elgin, Ill.), who played a portion of her youth career with Eclipse Select and recently featured for Georgetown’s 2016 NCAA College Cup-bound team.
The preliminary list of those eligible for the 2017 NWSL College Draft includes 148 players. The draft takes place at 2 p.m. CT Thursday.
Short returns to U.S. WNT camp: Former Eclipse defender Casey Short (Naperville, Ill.) will open 2017 with the U.S. Women’s National Team. She is one of 29 players called in for WNT head coach Jill Ellis’ Jan. 13-23 camp at the National Training Center in Carson, Calif.
Short became a regular fixture for the USA at the cap of the 2016 calendar. She started in all four appearances and logged 315 minutes. Short also had an impressive 2016 National Women’s Soccer League season with the Chicago Red Stars. She was one of five Red Stars to start all 20 regular-season games, logging 1,781 minutes and contributing two assists to earn NWSL Second XI accolades.