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Former Washington State forward Morgan Weaver selected No. 2 overall by Portland Thorns in NWSL draft

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 16, 2020

From staff reports

Former Washington State forward Morgan Weaver was selected by the Portland Thorns with the No. 2 overall pick in Thursday’s National Women’s Soccer League draft.

Weaver, who attended Curtis High in University Place, Washington, scored 43 goals and 98 total points, both ranking second all time in program history.

“I was shocked,” Weaver said in an NWSL broadcast. “I just sat there and froze for a second, and then actually hearing my name called was amazing and a blessing.”

Weaver was named a third-team All-American this season, becoming just the second Washington State player to receive All-American distinction.

Portland opened the draft by selecting Stanford sophomore forward Sophia Smith with the first overall pick. A three-team trade between the Thorns, Chicago Red Stars and Sky Blue FC gave Portland back-to-back picks.

“(Sophia) is an amazing player and the recognition she’s gotten already is just amazing,” Weaver said. “Everyone who plays at the Thorns is an amazing player and I’m very excited.”

Both players will join a Portland roster that includes Canadian star forward Christine Sinclair and a trio of United States World Cup veterans in defender Meghan Klingenberg and midfielders Tobin Heath and Lindsey Horan.

Weaver helped the Cougars reach the NCAA College Cup for the first time in program history last year. She had a goal in WSU’s 2-1 semifinal loss to North Carolina.

Following the loss to the Tar Heels, Weaver and teammate Makamae Gomera-Stevens became the first WSU players called into a U.S. senior national camp.

Weaver scored 15 goals and added five assists in her senior season.

WSU midfielder Averie Collins was picked in the second round (No. 17 overall) by the Washington Spirit.

Collins, a graduate transfer from Stanford, won a national title with the Cardinal in 2017 before making the move to Pullman last summer. She totaled six goals and five assists this past season.

Post Falls native and Santa Clara midfielder Kelcie Hedge was also selected in the first round by the Seattle Reign with the No. 9 pick.

Hedge played four seasons for the Trojans and was named Idaho’s Gatorade state player of the year in 2013. She then went on to play her freshman year at Washington before transferring to Santa Clara.

In three seasons with the Broncos, Hedge scored 13 goals and added 16 assists in 64 starts.

The nine-team NWSL was formed in 2012.

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