With the top pick in the National Women’s Soccer League college draft on Thursday, the Boston Breakers selected Rose Lavelle out of Wisconsin.
The Breakers also had the No. 3 pick, which they used to get midfielder Morgan Andrews out of USC. The Trojans won the NCAA title this past season.
Lavelle, an attacking midfielder, played in 84 games over her college career, with 22 goals and 29 assists. She was called into the U.S. women’s national team January camp, but does not yet have a cap with the team.
Andrews had 10 goals for USC this season, tying her for most goals on the team.
The North Carolina Courage had the No. 2 pick, selecting BYU forward Ashley Hatch. The Courage were the Western New York Flash until early this week, when the team announced it had been sold and moved to Cary, North Carolina.
It is the first time that an NWSL team has relocated. The 10-team league is entering its fifth season.
FC Kansas City also announced this week that it had been sold but the team will remain in place. With the fifth pick in the draft, FCKC selected defender/midfielder Christina Gibbons out of Duke.
Two other Trojans were selected within the draft’s first 10 picks. Defender Kayla Mills went fourth overall to Sky Blue FC, which also took USC defender/midfielder Mandy Freeman with the 10th overall selection.
This season’s MAC Hermann Trophy winner for the best college player, defender Kadeisha Buchanan of West Virginia, signed a contract with French club Lyon. Fellow Mountaineer Ashley Lawrence signed with Paris Saint-Germain. Both also play on the Canadian national team.