Even though she played her college soccer at Penn State University, midfielder Maddy Evans is quite familiar with the Boston Breakers. She spent last summer playing for the WPSL team, Aztec MA, the Breakers reserve team. Evans helped lead Aztec MA to the 2012 WPSL Northeast Division title. She also trained with the Breakers WPSL Elite team alongside gold medalists and international stars.
"Training with the Breakers for the past two summers was an invaluable experience. It provided me the opportunity to get better every single day," Evans said. "Furthermore, training in such a competitive, intense environment and having the privilege to work with and learn from such talented, passionate, and inspiring players and coaches definitely intensified my desire to compete at the next level."
The Breakers selected Evans in the fourth round (No. 29) of the 2012 National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) Draft. She, too, like practically every player who was drafted, followed the draft via Twitter.
"I was absolutely elated when I learned I was drafted by the Breakers. Seeing my name pop up on the screen alongside so many talented players was incredibly humbling and exciting," Evans said. "My boyfriend and I were at Penn State closely following the Twitter feed, and I immediately called my parents upon seeing the news. I am still absolutely thrilled and incredibly thankful to have this opportunity."
The 21-year-old Evans had great success in college, helping to lead the Nittany Lions to the 2012 College Cup final. The Glenside, Pa., native served as the team’s captain in 2012 and was an All-Big Ten Second Team selection her senior season. She finished her Penn State career with 11 goals and nine assists for 30 points. She started all 27 games in 2012 and had the best season of her college career, scoring five goals and three assists.
Evans made Penn State history on Aug. 26, 2011, when she scored the second fastest goal in the program’s history, hitting the back of the net 62 seconds into a win over West Virginia, a game in which she also tallied one assist.
Prior to landing at Penn State, Evans was a four-sport standout at Abington Senior High School in Abington, Pa., a school that has produced some outstanding athletes (former NFL safety Shawn Wooden and Olympic gold medalist swimmer Ellie Daniel and gold medal rower Susan Francia). She played two years of soccer before joining the lacrosse team at Abington High. She also earned numerous honors in cross country and track and field. Evans played seven years of club soccer for FC Bucks Vipers and won the 2009 U.S. Youth Championship. Evans also has experience in the U.S. Women’s National Team system, earning a callup to the U-17 camp in 2008.
Her high school not only produced some amazing athletes, but Penn State also has churned out some exceptional soccer stars that have gone on to play professionally both in the U.S. and abroad. This group includes veteran Breakers forward Katie Schoepfer, former Breakers keeper Alyssa Naeher, U.S. Women’s National Team defender Ali Krieger, former U.S. Women’s National Team forward Christie Welsh, current Canadian national teamers and 2012 Olympic bronze medalists Carmelina Moscato and Erin McLeod, former Philadelphia Indepedence, Washington Freedom, and Espanyol midfielder Joanna Lohman, and former Boston Breaker and two-time Mac Hermann finalist and current Fortuna Hjorring midfielder, Tiffany Weimer. Now it’s time for Evans to join that illustrious group by making the jump to the professional soccer ranks.
"I am looking forward to being part of such an exciting and momentous time in women’s soccer," Evans said. "As a little girl, I dreamed of playing professional soccer, so in many ways, this is the first step in making a dream come true. In my eyes, the opportunity to play in the inaugural NWSL season is an absolute honor."