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Seven SEC athletes selected in 2023 NWSL Draft

24 days ago
SEC Staff
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PHILADELPHIA - A total of seven Southeastern Conference women's soccer athletes were selected during the 2023 NWSL Draft, held Thursday night at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The seven selections mark the second-most in conference history, with the league also garnering seven picks in 2021 and an all-time high of eight during the 2015 event.

The SEC boasts six or more picks in each of the last three NWSL drafts, totaling 20 overall selections during that period. The league has seen 50 former women's soccer athletes selected all-time, including at least one first-round pick in 7 of the 11 NWSL Drafts.

Alabama was just one of three teams to have three players selected in the draft, joining Duke and Florida State. The 2022 College Cup qualifiers become the first SEC team to have three players selected since 2015 - just the third to have at least three players picked in a NWSL draft in conference history.

LSU, Ole Miss, South Carolina and Vanderbilt each had one selection in the 2023 NWSL Draft.

 2023 NWSL Draft Selections
ROUND PICK ATHLETE POSITION SCHOOL NWSL TEAM
1 5 Reyna Reyes DEF/MID  Alabama  Portland Thorns
2 22 Jyllissa Harris DEF/MID  South Carolina  Houston Dash
3 30 Riley Tanner MID/FWD  Alabama  Washington Spirit
3 31 Riley Mattingly-Parker MID/FWD  Alabama  Racing Louisville FC
3 36 Lindsi Jennings DEF  LSU  Houston Dash
4 38 Ella Shamburger DEF  Vanderbilt  Kansas City Current
4 47 Ashley Orkus GK  Ole Miss  Kansas City Current