Without a pick in the first round of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) College Draft, Houston Dash had to bide their time before picking up three players. Goalkeeper Jane Campbell, forward Nichelle Prince and defender Erin Smith were all drafted by Houston in Los Angeles on Thursday.
Both Campbell and Prince have already received call-ups to their respective national squads Campbell to the United States and Prince to Canada. Both receiving that call up while they were still just 17.
Campbell was the youngest ever goalkeeper called in to United States camp, called up in 2013 when she was just 17 years old. That was before the goalkeeper from Kennesaw, Georgia went on to excel in goal for Stanford.
While at Stanford Campbell managed 35 clean sheets equaling the school record, making 210 saves in the process. Campbell was named to the 2016 NSCAA All-American Team and was drafted by the Dash at the 15th position. Campbell is already linking up with some of her Houston Dash team mates as she is in the US training camp currently being held in Carson, CA.
Prince was drafted 28th overall joining after her collegiate career at Ohio State University, and coming after the Dash traded with Chicago Red Stars to move up the draft order. The forward scored 27 goals, with 20 assists while at Ohio State.
The Canadian forward already has success at international level, having a bronze medal from her efforts in Rio last year. Prince has represented Canada 21 times at full international level and has scored six goals.
With the 33rd overall pick in the draft Houston Dash selected defender Erin Smith, adding some needed defensive depth to the squad. Smith was a powerhouse for Rutgers, starting 73 consecutive matches for Rutgers and playing 2,174 minutes. In 2016 Smith was named first team all-conference capping a strong collegiate career.