Rachel Daly Taken Sixth in NWSL College Draft
BALTIMORE, Md. - After wrapping up the finest career in St. John’s Women’s Soccer history, Rachel Daly was selected by the Houston Dash with the sixth pick in the National Women’s Soccer League College Draft this morning.
Daly earned her first round selection after completing the most noteworthy career in the history of the program this fall. During her three years in Queens, Daly shattered the Red Storm’s all-time records for goals (50) and points (111), passing Adriana Viola in both categories.
The Harrogate, England, native earned countless accolades on the conference and national level, receiving three bids to the All-BIG EAST First Team and taking home the conference’s Offensive Player of the Year honor in 2013 and 2015.
This past season, Daly became the first player in program history to be selected to the NSCAA All-America First Team after ranking third in the NCAA with 19 goals. A three-time First Team All-Region selection by the organization, Daly was also named an NSCAA Second Team All-American in 2013.
During her senior season, Daly was a semifinalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy, the most prestigious individual award in all of college soccer, and is one just four finalists nationwide for the Honda Sport Award. Daly is in elite company with regard to the latter award, as she is joined by today’s first overall pick Emily Sonnet, today’s second overall pick Raquel Rodriguez and West Virginia’s Kadeisha Buchanan, who starred for Canada in last year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup.
A standout in the classroom as well, Daly was a two-time selection to the NSCAA Scholar All-America Team and became the fourth player in St. John’s history to find a spot on the CoSIDA Academic All-America team in 2015.
As a senior captain in 2015, Daly led the Red Storm to its best season in program history. In addition to making the NCAA Tournament for the second time in three seasons, the squad broke the school’s single season wins record (15) and took home the Red Storm’s first-ever BIG EAST Regular Season Title.