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Saint Louis Athletica Select Larsen and Harris in WPS Draft

Posted on January 15, 2010 by Lauren Salter

Saint Louis selected Ashlyn Harris with the 19th pick in the WPS draft

Not having a pick until the second round of the 2010 WPS Draft didn’t phase the St. Louis Athletica this morning. With the 17 pick overall, Athletica began their day by selecting UCLA midfielder Kristina Larsen, then finished out their second round with the choice of University of North Carolina goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris as their #19 selection.

Following the second round, Assistant General Manager Tim Owens stated, “We feel that we have gotten two first round caliber players at the end of the second round. We are extremely satisfied thus far.”

Kristina Larsen, in training with the U-23 National Team in Carson, California, followed the draft online.  “Each time another pick was made I got more and more nervous,” she told WPS press. “I have heard that Athletica is a great environment to come to, and I hear that the fans are really welcoming. I am also excited to be moving out of California, I am ready to branch out.”

Athletica announced Friday morning that they had acquired US international midfielder Lindsay Tarpley in a trade for goalkeeper Jillian Loyden. With a goalkeeper position available, St. Louis had an easy choice with the selection of Ashlyn Harris, who was still available after 18 picks.

“This is a great opportunity for me to work with Hope Solo and learn from her,” said Harris to the WPS. “I also get to join a team that has a lot of North Carolina blue on it. Getting to work with Lori Chalupny, Kendall Fletcher, and now Lindsay Tarpley will help me elevate my game.”

Harris is currently in training camp with the full United States women’s national team.

St. Louis’s third pick in the draft was Amanda Poach, an attacking forward/midfielder from Santa Clara University.  She was selected for her strong attacking mentality and technical play, assets that the Athletica look to improve on.

“I am looking forward to going to a new city and playing for Athletica,” said Poach from Northern California. “I have played with a few Athletica players before like Kia McNeill and Angie Kerr (Woznuk).”

With the 37 overall selection, St. Louis selected midfielder Veronica Perez from the University of Washington. In the 5th round, St. Louis chose midfielder Carolyn Blank from West Virginia. Blank has ties to the Athletica, having played for former Athletica athlete Lisa Stoia, who is assistant coach at WVU. In the 6th round Sarah Teegarden, a midfielder from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee was selected. Finally, with their 64th and final pick, St. Louis rounded out their successful draft with the selection of forward Elisabeth Redmond, of Duke University.

Order of St. Louis Athletica draft picks for the 2010 WPS Draft

2nd Round           17th Selection    Kristina Larsen       Midfielder         UCLA

2nd Round           19th Selection    Ashlyn Harris        Goalkeeper    North Carolina

3rd Round           28th Selection    Amanda Poach      Midfielder      Santa Clara

4th Round            37th Selection    Veronica Perez     Midfielder      Washington

5th Round            46th Selection    Carolyn Blank      Midfielder       West Virginia

6th Round            55th Selection    Sarah Teegarden   Midfielder      UW-Milwaukee

7th Round            64th Selection    Elisabeth Redmond   Forward          Duke

About Saint Louis Athletica

Saint Louis Athletica is a founding member of Women’s Professional Soccer, WPS. In their inaugural season Saint Louis Athletica finished in second place in the WPS, and reached the WPS Super Semifinal. The Athletica plays their home matches at The Anheuser-Busch Soccer Park in suburban St. Louis. The 2010 home opener will be on April 11 against FC Gold Pride.

About Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS)

Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) is the premier women’s soccer league in the world and the global standard by which women’s professional sports are measured.  The Inaugural Season kicked off in March 2009 with seven WPS teams based in the Bay Area, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New Jersey/New York, St. Louis, and Washington, D.C.  The league’s eighth and nine franchises, Philadelphia and Atlanta, will begin play in the 2010 WPS Season, which begins April 2010. For more information, visit

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This story was excerpted from a press release by the St Louis Athletica and reworked by freelance writer Lauren Salter.

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