Breaking down the draft: 2010

(Jan. 7, 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 go back to 2010, year two of Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) and what may go down as one of the most successful drafts in Breakers history. We're recapping every draft from 2009 through 2015 leading up to the 2016 NWSL Draft on Jan. 15, 2016.

(Jan. 7, 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 go back to 2010, year two of Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) and what may go down as one of the most successful drafts in Breakers history. We're recapping every draft from 2009 through 2015 leading up to the 2016 NWSL Draft on Jan. 15, 2016.

The 2010 WPS Draft was held at the NSCAA Convention in Philadelphia on Jan. 15, 2010. After the expansion Atlanta Beat took Tobin Heath with the No. 1 overall pick, the Breakers selected UCLA midfielder Lauren Cheney at No. 2. Cheney had a monster rookie season for the Breakers, scoring five goals and tallying three assists. She started 21 of the 23 games she appeared in, helping to lead Boston to just their second-ever appearance in the playoffs. There, she scored the Breakers lone goal in a WPS Super Semifinal loss to Philadelphia. Cheney was named to the WPS All-Star Game, where she played for Abby’s XI. She scored one goal in a 5-2 loss to Marta’s XI.

Lauren Holiday (Cheney) on draft day in 2010

With their second selection in the 2010 WPS Draft, the Breakers picked Penn State goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher, who had already made a name for herself on the international level by winning the golden glove at the 2008 U-20 FIFA Women’s World Cup (which the U.S. U-20s won). Naeher, taken in the first round of the draft (No. 11 overall) made an instant impact for the Breakers. She went on to play 16 regular-season games, went 9-4-2 with three shutouts, posted 69 saves, and had a 1.17 goals against average. She played five seasons in Boston (2010, 2011, 2013-2015) and is the franchise leader in nearly every statistical category.

Alyssa Naeher in action during her rookie season of 2010

Two other players chosen by the Breakers in the 2010 WPS Draft saw playing time in Breakers blue – Santa Clara midfielder Jordan Angeli (Second Round, No. 16 overall) and Denver defender Taryn Hemmings (Seventh Round, No. 65 overall). Angeli had a tremendous season, leading all rookies with seven goals and becoming the first rookie to win Player of the Month honors. She also had the best goal percentage, scoring those seven goals on just 14 shots on goal.

Jordan Angeli celebrates her goal in a 3-1 win over Atlanta in 2010

Hemmings made her debut on May 14, 2010, at Harvard Stadium, coming on in the 75th minute against FC Gold Pride. She had the task of defending five-time FIFA World Player of the Year Marta, who already scored twice in the match. Hemmings helped keep the Brazilian international scoreless in the final 15 minutes of a 2-1 loss. Hemmings spent three seasons in Boston (2010, 2011, 2012).

Taryn Hemmings battles Heather Mitts for the ball during a 2010 regular-season win over the Independence

The 2010 WPS Draft also produced a pair of players who are on the current roster – midfielder Katie Schoepfer (selected in the third round – No. 26 overall – by Sky Blue FC) and defender Whitney Engen (selected in the first round – No. 4 overall – by the Chicago Red Stars).

Check back Friday for a recap of the 2011 WPS Draft.

2010 WPS Draft

Round 1

No 2 Lauren Cheney Midfielder UCLA

No. 11 Alyssa Naeher GK Penn State

Round 2

No. 16 Jordan Angeli Midfielder Santa Clara

Round 4

No. 34 Katherine Reynolds Defender Santa Clara

Round 5

No. 43 Cynthia Morote-Ariza Forward Loyola

Round 6

No. 52 Carly Peetz Defender Nebraska

No. 56 Gina DiMartino Midfielder Boston College

Round 7

No. 61 Casey Brown Defender Boston University

No. 65 Taryn Hemmings Defender Denver

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