Six BIG EAST Women's Soccer Players Selected in WPS Draft




PHILADELPHIA, Pa. Six BIG EAST women's soccer players were selected in the WPS Draft held today in conjunction with the annual National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) convention. Connecticut defender Brittany Taylor, who also was a two-time BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year, was picked sixth overall.

The sixth overall selection is the highest any UConn women's soccer player has been chosen in a WPS draft as Meghan Schnur was chosen 11th overall in last year's inaugural WPS draft. Taylor will join her former UConn teammate Schnur on Sky Blue FC as the two look to help their new team to back-to-back WPS Championship Titles. Sky Blue FC won the inaugural WPS Championship this past summer.

Taylor played in 86 games over the course of her career for the Huskies missing just one start. She tallied 18 goals and nine assists for 45 total points.

Notre Dame senior forward/tri-captain Michele Weissenhofer was chosen in the fourth round of the draft. Weissenhofer was the fourth selection in the fourth round (33rd overall pick) by the Chicago Red Stars, who play their home matches at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill., just a half-hour east of Weissenhofer's hometown of Naperville.

Rutgers senior captains Erin Guthrie and Jen Anzivino were selected in the fourth and sixth rounds respectively.

Guthrie was selected by the FC Gold Pride of Long Beach, Calif. The RU captain was taken with the third pick in the fourth round.

Anzivino will be back on Yurcak Field with the WPS Champion Sky Blue FC. Anzivino, originally chosen in the sixth round by the Philadelphia Independence, was traded to Sky Blue. Anzivino will join former Rutgers standout Carli Lloyd 'On the Banks' in 2010.

Guthrie - who was named BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Year - posted a 0.47 goals against average, allowing just 10 goals in 21 games. Her GAA places her fifth overall in the NCAA. The netminder posted a .885 save percentage - tied for sixth in the nation - and had 11 shutouts to extend her position as Rutgers all-time career shutouts leader with 44 clean sheets.

Anzivino, also named to the All-BIG EAST First Team and NSCAA All-America Second Team, led a back line that allowed just .50 goals per game and helped to achieve 11 shutouts in 2009. The senior captain played and started in every game, playing every minute in 16 matches. She scored two goals on the season, including the equalizer on a penalty kick in an emotional overtime win over DePaul. At center back, Anzivino allowed opponents just four shots on goal per game. With the first pick of the fifth round, the Atlanta Beat selected USF goalkeeper Mallori Lofton-Malachi.