University of Colorado soccer player Becca Rasmussen was selected 20th overall in the second round by the North Carolina Courage in the 2018 NWSL draft on Thursday. She is the third CU player to be drafted in the NWSL and the second in the past two seasons.
"I'm just really shocked right now," Rasmussen said. "I was not expecting (to be drafted so high) at all. I just feel incredibly grateful, excited and nervous. There's just a lot of emotions right now that are going through me."
"We're excited for Becca," CU head coach Danny Sanchez said. "We feel her skillset will translate well to the professional level. She's a very exciting player that the North Carolina Courage supporters will really enjoy watching. This shows that we're continually developing players to play at the next level and we're excited that Becca will have this opportunity at the professional level to continue to prove herself."
Rasmussen, a midfielder from Golden, is coming off a strong senior campaign for the Buffs. After transferring in from Georgia over the summer, she made an immediate impact, starting 17 matches and making 19 appearances.
Rasmussen led CU with seven assists on the season, ranking fifth in the Pac-12 with 0.37 assists per game. She was voted third-team All-Pac-12 and United Soccer Coaches third-team All-West Region.
Rasmussen joins Amy Barczuk and Danica Evans as former CU players that have been drafted in the NWSL, which held its inaugural season in 2013. Barczuk was selected 14th overall by the Western New York Flash in 2013 and played three seasons before retiring. Evans was the 22nd overall selection last year by the Orlando Pride and made 12 appearances and scored one goal in 2017.