The Washington Spirit made former University of San Diego forward Stephanie Ochs the first pick in Thursday’s National Women’s Soccer League Supplemental Draft, a process that allocated 45 players to the league’s eight clubs.
Defender Nikki Krzysik (Seattle), midfielder Joanna Lohman (Boston), and former U.S. Women’s National Team regular Lindsay Tarpley (Chicago) were also selected out the top-half of the draft’s first round.
Ochs, 23, was the third pick in last year’s Women’s Professional Soccer college draft before the league ceased operations. The San Diego-raised attacker made three appearances for the U.S. U-23s in 2012, scoring once.
With the second pick, Seattle Reign FC selected former WPS Best XI selection Nikki Krzysik. The University of Virginia graduate, 25, spent two seasons with the Philadelphia Independence after beginning her WPS career in Chicago.
Chicago opened eyes with the fourth pick, selecting former U.S. national team standout Lindsay Tarpley. The 29-year-old attacker, capped 125 times at the senior level, has not played since suffering an ACL injury in the buildup to the 2011 World Cup.
Portland also made news with the eighth overall selection, picking veteran defender Tina Ellertson. Ellertson had announced earlier this week via Twitter that she would be taking the season off for family reasons.
Thursday’s Supplemental Draft was the final step in the four-part process the NWSL used to stock the league’s eight club rosters. The initial step, allocation of United States, Canadian, and Mexican national team players, took place in January. A mid-January college draft was following by a period of limited free agency. A selection of unsigned players were identified for today’s Supplemental Draft, allowing teams to round-out their rosters.
Complete Draft Results
1. Washington Spirit – Stephanie Ochs (University of San Diego), F
2. Seattle Reign FC – Nikki Krzysik (Virginia), D
3. Boston Breakers – Joanna Lohman (Penn State), M
4. Chicago Red Stars – Lindsay Tarpley (North Carolina), F
5. Sky Blue FC – Katy Frierson (Auburn), M
6. FC Kansas City – Courtney Jones (North Carolina), F
7. Western New York Flash – Estelle Johnson (Kansas), D
8. Portland Thorns FC – Tina Ellertson (University of Washington), D
9. Washington Spirit – Tori Huster (Florida State), M
10. Seattle Reign FC – Lauren Barnes (UCLA), D
11. Boston Breakers – Katie Schoepfer (Penn State), M
12. Chicago Red Stars – Lauren Fowlkes (Notre Dame), D
13. Sky Blue FC – Brittany Cameron (University of San Diego), G
14. FC Kansas City – Bianca Henninger (Santa Clara), G
15. Western New York Flash – Angela Salem (Francis Marion), D
16. Portland Thorns FC – Angie Kerr (Portland), M
17. Washington Spirit – Jordan Angeli (Santa Clara), M
18. Seattle Reign FC – Laura Heyboer (Michigan), F
19. Boston Breakers – Bianca D’Agostino (Wake Forest), F
20. Chicago Red Stars – Michelle Wenino (Colorado), D
21. Sky Blue FC – CoCo Goodson (UC Irvine), D
22. FC Kansas City – Merritt Mathias (Texas A&M), F
23. Western New York Flash – Kim Yokers (Cal-Berkley), M
24. Portland Thorns FC – Michele Weissenhofer (Notre Dame), F
25. Washington Spirit – Tasha Kai (Hawaii), F
26. Seattle Reign FC – Liz Bogus (Arizona State), F
27. Boston Breakers – Jasmyne Spence (Maryland), F
28. Chicago Red Stars – Jackie Santacaterina (Illinois), D
29. Sky Blue FC – Meghan Lenczyk (Virginia), F
30. FC Kansas City – Casey Nogueira (North Carolina), F
31. Western New York Flash – Val Henderson (UCLA), G
32. Portland Thorns FC – Marian Dalmy (Santa Clara), D
33. Washington Spirit – Megan Mischler (West Virginia), F
34. Seattle Reign FC – Michelle Betos (Georgia), G
35. Boston Breakers – Lauren Alkek (Oklahoma), D
36. Chicago Red Stars – Alyssa Mautz (Texas A&M), M
37. Sky Blue FC – Kandace Wilson (Cal State-Fullerton), D
38. FC Kansas City – Tina DiMartino (UCLA), M
39. Western New York Flash – Ashley Grove (Maryland), F
40. Portland Thorns FC – Jessica Shufelt (UCONN), F
41. Washington Spirit – Heather Cooke (Maryland), F
42. Seattle Reign FC – Kaley Fountain (Wake Forest), D
43. Boston Breakers – Jessica Luscinski (Boston University), M
44. Chicago Red Stars – pass
45. Sky Blue FC – Alison Falk (Stanford), D
46. FC Kansas City – Casey Berrier (Loyola), D
47. Western New York Flash – pass
48. Portland Thorns FC – pass