The Washington Spirit made up for not getting allocated any U.S. national team attackers by landing two remarkably prolific forwards from the D.C. area in the National Women's Soccer League college draft.
The Spirit selected Florida State's Tiffany McCarty, who hails from Laurel and attended St. John's College High School, with the second overall pick and then snagged Virginia's Caroline Miller, who's from Rockville and Walter Johnson High, in the second round with the 10th overall selection.
McCarty's 63 career goals rank first in the Seminoles record book, where her name is repeated often. Miller, a MAC Hermann Trophy finalist this season, finished her Cavaliers career with 45 goals, second in Virginia history.
The Spirit added more local talent in the third round with Florida midfielder Holly King, an Ashburn native and Broad Run alum, and another 58 career goals with the selection of Dayton forward Colleen Williams in the fourth round.
Penn State midfielder Christine Nairn (Arnold, Md.) was taken seventh overall by the Seattle Reign, and Maryland forward Becky Kaplan was chosen by Sky Blue FC in the fourth round (28th overall).
- Craig Stouffer