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Checking in on NWSL Draft picks still playing college soccer

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With several National Women’s Soccer League Draft picks and undrafted players whose rights have been claimed still playing spring soccer in the NCAA, here is a look at how they have fared during them month of April. Only those who have played are listed.

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Jayda Talley (Arizona)

-April 2: assisted on both goals in 2-1 win over Stanford
-April 4: scored the only goal in 1-0 victory against Cal
-April 9: played 99 minutes of a match v Colorado State that could not find a goal
-April 11: went the distance in 2-1 loss to Utah
-April 16: scored on a chip and delivered a beautiful assist to help beat Arizona State 2-0

Emily Smith (Cal)

-April 2: saw 103 minutes of action but Cal fell 2-1 to Arizona State
-April 4: went the distance in 1-0 loss to Arizona
-April 9: went the full 90 in 3-1 loss to UCLA
-April 11: was on for 87 minutes in rough, 5-0 thrashing to USC
-April 16: saw 93 minutes in 1-0 loss to Stanford

Sarah Sodoma (Arkansas State)

-April 2: went 82 minutes as Ark State fell 1-0 to Ole Miss


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Jill Aguilera (Arizona)

-April 2: scored both goals to help the Wildcats get by Stanford 2-1
-April 4: had the assist in 1-0 win over Cal
-April 9: went 84 minutes in 0-0 draw to Colorado State
-April 11: hit the back of the net but to no avail result wise in 2-1 loss to Utah
-April 16: scored insurance goal in 2-0 triumph over Arizona State

Channing Foster (Ole Miss)

-April 2: had the 58th-minute assist in winning 1-0 decision over Arkansas State
-April 10: played all 90 minutes in 3-0 win over South Alabama
-April 15: played 104 minutes of scoreless draw vs Bowling Green as Ole Miss advanced on penalties

Kelsey Turnbow (Santa Clara)

-March 31: delivered perfect through ball to assist on opener but it was not enough as BYU rallied, 2-1

Madison Haley (Stanford)

-April 2: was not available against Arizona
-April 4: saw 25 minutes of action against Stanford
-April 9: not available vs USC
-April 11: not available vs UCLA

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Alyssa Malonson (Auburn)

-April 3: played 64 minutes as part of a 3-0 win over South Alabama
-April 17: enjoyed strong defensive match, 4-1 win against Virginia Tech


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Mikayla Colohan (BYU)

-March 31: pounced on loose ball inside the 6 and scored opener in 2-1 win over Santa Clara
-April 3: played 102 of possible 110 minutes in 1-1 stalemate with SMC
-April 10: game-winning assist on the hour against Pepperdine (2-1)
-April 17: went 80 minutes in 4-0 shutout of Portland

Kerry Abello (Penn State)

-April 3: unavailable vs Maryland
-April 11: returned from month away and helped defeat Indiana 3-1 with 50 minutes of action
-April 15: went 55 minutes but the Big Ten Tournament ended 1-0 at the hands of Iowa
-April 28: played entire 5-0 win over Alabama State to open NCAA tourney

Kaylie Collins (USC)

-April 2:  recorded clean sheet, 5-0 over Washington
-April 4:  recorded clean sheet, 1-0 over Washington State
-April 9:  recorded 110-minute clean sheet against Stanford but settled for a draw
-April 11:  recorded stress-free clean sheet, 5-0 over Cal
-April 16:  shutout streak ended in 2-2 draw with UCLA

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Tess Boade (Duke)

-April 2:  went the distance in 1-0 win over NC State
-April 11:  played 100 minutes as part of 0-0 draw with Vanderbilt

Delanie Sheehan (UCLA)

-April 2:  had an assist over 62 minutes as UCLA drubbed Washington State, 4-0
-April 4:  was on for 83 minutes of tight, 1-0 win over Washington
-April 9:  went 69 minutes in win over Cal
-April 11:  assisted on regulation goal and poked home rebound to win it 2-1 over Stanford in OT
-April 16:  scored during a 106-minute run against USC that ended 2-2

Brianan Pinto (North Carolina)

-April 1:  scored just after the break to lead Tar Heels over Villanova, 1-0
-April 13:  two goals and two assists in just 62 minutes of 6-0 win against overmatched Columbus State

Taryn Torres (Virginia)

-April 3:  played full 90 in 1-0 loss to West Virginia
-April 10:  played the full 110 against West Virginia (d. 2-2)
-April 28:  played full 90 and had assist in 3-1 win over SIU Edwardsville

Kristen Davis (Texas Tech)

-March 30: assisted the opener, scored the fourth in 5-0 whooping of West Texas A&M

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Samantha Coffey (Penn State)

-April 3:  played about an hour and contributed an assist in 6-0 hammering of Maryland
-April 11:  played all 90 minutes in 3-1 win over Indians
-April 15:  played all 90 minutes in 1-0 loss to Iowa that ended Big Ten Tournament at semifinal stage
-April 28:  chipped in an assist across 55 minutes of 5-0 win against South Alabama

Amirah Ali (Rutgers)

-April 3: saw 102 minutes of action in 1-1 draw with Michigan
-April 8: headed in ninth career golden goal to see off Michigan State 1-0 in Big Ten tournament
-April 11: went all the way in 1-0 win over Ohio State to move on in the tournament
-April 15: assisted on early goal but Wisconsin rallied for a 2-1 win to end the Big Ten season for Ali
-April 27:  played only 29 minutes but scored in the 87th minute to send Rutgers through, 1-0 over SE Louisiana

Yazmeen Ryan (TCU)

-April 3: played a hand in all four goals against Oklahoma State (4-0), two scored and two assisted on
-April 10: went the distance in 1-0 loss to Texas A&M
-April 17: scored to extend lead to 2 in eventual 2-1 victory over Notre Dame

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Joelle Anderson (Pepperdine)

-April 3: needed only 56 minutes to score twice and add two assists in 7-0 win over San Diego
-April 10: played 79 minutes in 2-1 loss to BYU
-April 17: was on for 76 minutes in rough, 3-0 setback to Gonzaga

Makamae Gomera-Stevens (Washington State)

-April 2: played 73 minutes in 4-0 loss to UCLA
-April 4: went all the away in 1-0 loss to USC
-April 9: scored early equalizer to help rally for 3-2 win over Oregon State
-April 11: played full 110 in 1-1 draw with Oregon
-April 16: played full 110 in 0-0 draw with Washington

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Alexis Loera (Santa Clara)

-March 31: was booked late in 90-minute run against BYU (l. 2-1)

Kiki Pickett (Stanford)

-April 2: played full 90 in 2-1 loss to Arizona
-April 4: played full 90 in 2-0 loss to Arizona State
-April 9: played full 90 plus overtime in scoreless draw with USC
-April 11: again went 90+ in 2-1 loss to UCLA
-April 13: full match again, won ball in midfield and assisted on OT winner against Cal

Brookelynn Entz (Kansas State)

-April 10: played nearly all of 1-0 loss to Iowa State
-April 17: played 105 minutes but team came up short, 1-0 to Oklahoma

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Karina Rodriguez (UCLA)

-April 2: played all 90 minutes of 4-0 win over Washington State
-April 4: headed in rebound of corner kick in 8th minute and helped hold it to beat Washington, 1-0
-April 9: played full match against Cal (d. 3-1)
-April 11: played 91 of 93 minutes in 2-1 overtime win over Stanford
-April 16: played 44 minutes of a 2-2 stalemate against USC

Tara McKeown (USC)

-April 2: scored the fourth of five in routine, 5-0 win over Washington
-April 4: sent in ball that was hit home on rebound for only goal in 1-0 win over Washington State
-April 9: played 99 minutes of scoreless draw with Stanford
-April 11: recorded three assists in opening 13 minutes of 5-0 route of Cal
-April 16: assisted the first goal, scored the second in 2-2 draw to UCLA


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