Breaking down the draft: 2013

(Jan. 11, 2016) - As the 2016 National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) College Draft nears, we take a look back at past Boston Breakers drafts. Today, we rewind the clock to 2013, the first-ever NWSL College Draft. We are recapping every draft from 2009 through 2015 leading up to the 2016 NWSL Draft on Jan. 15, 2016, which will be held at the annual NSCAA Convention, taking place this year in Baltimore.

(Jan. 11, 2016) - As the 2016 National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) College Draft nears, we take a look back at past Boston Breakers drafts. Today, we rewind the clock to 2013, the first-ever NWSL College Draft. We are recapping every draft from 2009 through 2015 leading up to the 2016 NWSL Draft on Jan. 15, 2016, which will be held at the annual NSCAA Convention, taking place this year in Baltimore.

The 2013 NWSL College Draft took place on Jan. 18, 2013, at the NSCAA Convention in Indianapolis. The Chicago Red Stars held the No. 1 overall pick and selected UCLA forward Zakiya Bywaters.

The Breakers had the No. 5 pick and with that pick chose Florida State defender Casey Short. Unfortunately, Short’s career never got off the ground in Boston. On Feb. 28, 2013, just five weeks after the NWSL Draft, Short suffered a torn ACL while playing for the U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team against Norway at the Four Nations Tournament in La Manga, Spain. Short returned to professional soccer in 2015, playing in Norway for Avaldsnes. She recently signed with the Chicago Red Stars for the 2016 NWSL season.

With their second selection in the 2013 NWSL Draft, the Breakers chose Stanford midfielder Mariah Nogueira. The 5-foot, 8-inch holding midfielder played 20 games (16) starts for the Breakers in 2013, logging 1,408 minutes. She scored three goals and registered one assist. She was later traded to Seattle Reign FC, her current team.

Mariah Nogueira tallied three goals during her rookie season of 2013 (Photo by Mike Gridley)

In the third round, No. 21 overall, the Breakers selected Florida midfielder/defender Jo Dragotta. Dragotta started six of the 10 games she appeared in for the Breakers, tallying 565 minutes.

Jo Dragotta played 10 games for the Breakers in 2013 (Photo by Mike Gridley)

With their final pick in the 2013 NWSL Draft, the Breakers selected Penn State midfielder Maddy Evans. No stranger to the Breakers organization, having previously played in the Breakers academy system, Evans went on to have a tremendous career in Boston. She played for the Breakers from 2013 through the 2015 NWSL season. She made her professional debut on June 1, 2013, coming on in the 47th minute of a 5-1 loss to Sky Blue FC.

Maddy Evans in her final game for the Breakers

She scored her first professional goal on June 6, 2015, in a 1-1 tie on the road against the Washington Spirit. She added a second goal late in the season in a 3-1 loss Aug. 26 at Seattle. Evans was taken by the Orlando Pride in an expansion draft held in late 2015.

The 2013 NWSL Draft produced two players who are on the current roster: Kristie Mewis (No. 3 overall, FC Kansas City) and Amy Barczuk (No. 14 overall, WNY).

Come back Tuesday for a recap of the Breakers’ 2014 NWSL College Draft.

2013 NWSL College Draft

Round 1

No. 5 Casey Short Defender Florida State

Round 2

No. 13 Mariah Nogueira Midfielder Stanford

Round 3

No. 21 Jo Dragotta Midfielder Florida

Round 4

No. 29 Maddy Evans Midfielder Penn State

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