Feb. 11, 2013
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - 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.
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. The 5-foot, 9-inch forward, who graduated from USD in 2011, scored 25 career goals and had 31 assists for the Toreros during her four-year career, and was a two-time NSCAA All-America selection.
Ochs, who became the first San Diego player to be recognized as the WCC Player of the Year when she won the award in 2011, helped the Toreros reel off seven straight conference wins to earn a share of the program's first-ever WCC championship. Ochs tied for the conference lead with 13 points during WCC play in 2011, while leading the conference with nine assists in eight conference matches. For the 2011 season, Ochs scored eight goals and registered 14 assists, helping USD reach the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament with wins over UC Irvine and second-ranked UCLA.
In addition to Ochs being drafted, Sky FC Blue selected former Torero great goalkeeper, Brittany Cameron, in the second round. Cameron earned the West Coast Conference (WCC) Defender of the Year as a senior, becoming only the second Torero to earn the distinction, while posting nine shutouts and a goals-against-average of 0.75. In 2007, she backstopped the Toreros to a program-best No. 9 ranking and a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances, including a trip to the second round in 2008.
The final Torero to be picked up by this new league, is current assistant coach and former Torero All-American, Leigh Ann Robinson. Robinson signed a free-agent tender with FC Kansas City.
Robinson was the first Torero ever drafted by the WPS, as the Bay Area FC Gold drafted her in the 40th overall pick in the 2007 draft. During her one season with the FC Gold, Robinson started in 15 out of 20 matches and she recorded her first professional goal on a game-winner. After one season with the FC Gold, she was then the first pick in the 2009 WPS Expansion Draft by the Atlanta Beat. She then started 21 out of 24 matches logging 1,973 minutes (the most of any Atlanta Beat player in 2010). Robinson assisted on one goal, took 12 shots, and four shots on goal. Robinson then joined the Philadelphia Independence for the 2011 season, and helped solidify the team's defense en route to a second straight championship game appearance. Robinson recorded a pair of assists in 2011, while playing and starting in 17 matches.
While a player for the Toreros from 2004-07, Robinson scored 15 goals for her collegiate career. She started all 20 matches for USD her senior year, scoring a total of five goals on the year with three of them being game-winners. She was named to the West Coast Conference first-team in both her junior and senior years. In 2006, she led her team in scoring, putting away nine goals, including two decisive game winners. As a sophomore, was named second-team All-WCC, and started 17 of 22 games as a freshman.
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