Erin Greening from CU women’s soccer selected in NWSL draft

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Colorado’s Erin Greening was selected in the third round (25th overall) of the NWSL draft by the Orlando Pride.

For the third consecutive year, coach Danny Sanchez’s Colorado women’s soccer program was represented in the annual National Women’s Soccer League draft.

On Thursday it was Erin Greening’s turn. The senior defender was selected in the third round (25th overall) of the NWSL draft by the Orlando Pride. If Greening signs she will be reunited with former CU teammate Danica Evans, also a third-round pick of the Pride in 2017.

Despite a senior season limited to 12 games due to a knee injury this past fall, Greening still appeared in 74 games as a four-year contributor for the Buffs. She played in 18 games as a true freshman in 2015 and made five starts, finishing with two goals that both counted as game-winners.

Those proved to be the only two goals of Greening’s career after she was moved to defense the following season, and in 2016 she started all 22 games for a CU club that reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament and posted a goals-against average of 0.88 that ranks sixth in program history. Greening again played in all 22 games in 2017 with 13 starts, playing a starring role as an outside defender for a defense that set a team record with a goals-against average of 0.61.

Despite the injury-shortened senior season in 2018, Greening still finished with three assists. Greening was the last of eight Pac-12 players selected in Thursday’s draft, a list that included the three overall selections in Stanford’s Tierna Davidson (Chicago), UCLA’s Hailie Mace (Sky Blue FC), and Stanford’s Jordan DiBiasi (Washington). The Pac-12 also was represented by four of the top five picks and five of the top seven with No. 5 overall pick Leah Pruitt (USC) and No. 7 pick Tegan McGrady (Stanford).

DiBiasi is from Highlands Ranch and was part of a Stanford team that won the 2017 national championship and put together a 45-game unbeaten streak that ended in the 2018 Final Four. Colorado College senior and Durango native Lauren Milliet was selected in the second round (14th overall) by the North Carolina Courage.

Former CU player Becca Rasmussen was a second-round pick of the North Carolina Courage in 2018.

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