Jan. 18, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Former University of Michigan goalkeeper Haley Kopmeyer (2008-12) was selected by Seattle Reign FC in the fourth round (31st overall) of the inaugural National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) Draft on Friday morning (Jan. 18). The draft was held at the Indianapolis Convention Center in conjunction with the NSCAA Coaches Convention.
"It's a huge honor to be drafted," Kopmeyer said. "This isn't just a personal honor but rather a testament to how far Michigan has come as a program. It's very humbling, and I am excited to learn more about the opportunity."
Kopmeyer started all 24 matches as a senior in 2012, helping lead Michigan to its most wins in a decade (16) and an NCAA Sweet 16 appearance. She allowed only 17 goals on the season, made 95 saves and recorded a Big Ten-best 13 shutouts (11 individual, two partial). She was named Big Ten Goalkeeper of the Year and a second team NSCAA All-American.
Kopmeyer graduated in December as the program's career leader in goals against average (0.96), shutouts (27), saves (383), saves per game (4.91), save percentage (.833) and minutes played (7,152).
The NWSL is entering its first year of competition with eight teams across the country. National Team players from the United States, Canada and Mexico have already been allocated to each of the eight teams. The seven players designated to Reign FC include midfielder Megan Rapinoe, forward Amy Rodriguez and goalkeeper Hope Solo from the United States, midfielder Kaylyn Kyle and defender Emily Zurrer from Canada, and midfielder Teresa Noyola and defender Jenny Ruiz from Mexico.
Prior to picking Kopmeyer, Reign FC also selected midfielders Christine Nairn (Penn State), Mallory Schaffer (William & Mary) and Kristen Meier (Wake Forest). Each team will have a roster size of approximately 20 players and begin play this spring.
Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423