Princeton senior Jen Hoy was selected by the Chicago Red Stars in the inaugural National Women's Soccer League draft, the league announced Friday, Jan. 18.
"We were thrilled to learn about Jen being drafted today," Princeton head coach Julie Shackford said. "This is a tremendous accomplishment for Jen and our program. To be thought of so highly by the brand new league shows the caliber of player and athlete she is. Everyone associated with the Princeton women's soccer program is proud to have two players in the NWSL, with Diana Matheson ('08) and now Jen."
The NWSL is a new eight-team league to begin play later this spring. Teams will be based in the vicinities of Boston, Chicago, Kansas City, New York, Portland, Seattle, Washington, and Rochester, N.Y. Earlier this month, Matheson was allocated to the Washington Spirit in a process that divided national-team players from Mexico, the U.S. and Matheson's Canada among the league's teams.
Hoy was taken with the first pick in the fourth round of the draft, which alloted four picks to each of the eight teams. She was the only Ivy League player among the 32 picks.
Hoy finished her career at Princeton by helping lead the team to an Ivy League title and the second round of the NCAA tournament. Hoy had 18 goals, the second-most in program history in a single season, while tying a program record with 17 regular-season goals as the Tigers finished 14-4-1 overall and 7-0-0 in the Ivy League. Hoy was recognized as the Ivy League Player of the Year, an NSCAA second-team All-America and NSCAA first-team All-Mid-Atlantic region.
For her career, Hoy finished fourth in Princeton history in points (83) and fourth in goals (36). She earned her third career All-Ivy League honor while becoming the eighth Ivy League Player of the Year in the sport in Princeton history. The Tigers are tied for the most Ivy League Players of the Year in award history, and six of those have come in the last 12 years.
Chicago was a champion of the Women's Professional Soccer League Elite in 2012, a forerunner to the new league. The Red Stars' other selections Friday were top-overall pick Zakiya Bywaters of UCLA, Rachel Quon of Stanford, and Taylor Vancil of Florida State. Among the national-team players Hoy would join in Chicago are Shannon Boxx, Amy LePeilbet and Keelin Winters of the U.S., Matheson's teammates Erin McLeod and Carmelina Moscato of Canada, and Maribel Dominguez and Dinora Garza of Mexico.