UNC's Tobin Heath is Third Consecutive Tarheel To Lead WPS Draft Predictions

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UNC's Tobin Heath is Third Consecutive Tarheel To Lead WPS Draft Predictions

With the Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) draft less than two weeks away, the Lady Tarheels from North Carolina continue to dominate the predictions of media experts who unanimously selecting Tobin Heath as the top midfielder in the draft.

The WPS Draft will take place on Jan. 15, 2010 at the NSCAA Convention in Philadelphia, PA. and for the third consecutive week, media experts feel that a Tarheel is the top prospect in their respective position.

Heath, the senior midfielder from Basking Ridge, NJ, followed defender Whitney Engen and goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris at the top of the unofficial ballots of writers from several national media outlets.

Heath is a 2008 Olympic gold medalist, a star for the Pali Blues and was named 2009 Young Female Athlete of the Year last week by U.S. Soccer. She is expected to be selected with one of the top three in the upcoming draft.

Among other midfielders were Heath's UNC teammate Nikki Washington (Mesquite, TX), and Canadian international Kara Lang (Oakville, ON) who played for UCLA.

Several college seniors who previously redshirted for one season and still have college eligibility were also listed by media members, but are unlikely to be available in the draft.

Below are the predictions of the six media members and the weighted tally of their draft selections. The weighted tally was determined by awarding five points for each first place selection, four for each second place selection, three points for each third, two points for each fourth place vote, and one point for each fifth place selection.

The total votes appear in parenthesis below.

An asterisk denotes red-shirt/eligibility remaining.

Top Senior Prospects for the 2010 WPS Draft—Midfielders

 

Weighted Selections, Bleacher Report

1. Tobin Heath, North Carolina  (25)
2. Sophie Schmidt, Portland (11) *
3. Nikki Washington, North Carolina (10)
4. Kara Lang, UCLA (7)
5. Mick Imgram, Tennessee (4)



Charles Cuttone, Soccer News Net

1. Tobin Heath, North Carolina
2. Mick Imgram, Tennessee
3. Sophie Schmidt, Portland*
4. Emily Pallotta, Boston University
5. Carolyn Blank, West Virginia
Others to watch: Mandi Back, Dayton



Scott French, The Soccer Magazine

1. Tobin Heath, North Carolina
2. Nikki Washington, North Carolina
3. Kara Lang, UCLA
4. Becky Edwards, Florida State
5. Michelle Enyeart, Portland
Others to watch: Mandi Back, Dayton; Katie Oakes, California; Courtney Rosen, Notre Dame


Graham Hays, ESPN.com

1. Tobin Heath, North Carolina
2. Kara Lang, UCLA
3. Gina DiMartino, Boston College
4. Sophie Reiser, Columbia
5. Carly Dobratz, Washington State



Paul Kennedy, Soccer America

1. Tobin Heath, North Carolina
2. Sophie Schmidt, Portland*
3. Nikki Washington, North Carolina
4. Kendra Chandhoke, Portland*
5. Ali Hawkins, North Carolina*



Dan Lauletta, Womensprosoccer.com

1. Tobin Heath, North Carolina
2. Sophie Schmidt, Portland*
3. Nikki Washington, North Carolina
4. Ashley Bowyer, Ohio State
5. Carolyn Blank, West Virginia
Others to watch: Jennifer Anzivino, Rutgers; Kaley Fountain, Wake Forest



Mark Rogondino, Fox Soccer Channel

1. Tobin Heath, North Carolina
2. Michelle Enyeart, Portland
3. Kara Lang, UCLA
4. Becky Edwards, Florida State
5. Sophie Schmidt, Portland*
* Year of playing eligibility remaining (redshirted one season)



About 2010 WPS Draft

The 2010 WPS Draft is Jan. 15, 2010 at the NSCAA Convention in Philadelphia, PA. The draft is scheduled for seven rounds with the two expansion teams each being given an additional selection at the end of Round One. Interested players must declare their interest in the draft by Monday, January 4 at 8 PM ET / 5 PM PT by registering online.

About Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS)

Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) is the premier women’s soccer league in the world and the global standard by which women’s professional sports are measured. 

The Inaugural Season kicked off in March 2009 with seven WPS teams based in the Bay Area, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New Jersey/New York, St. Louis, and Washington, D.C.  The league’s eighth and nine franchises, Philadelphia and Atlanta, will begin play in the 2010 WPS Season, which begins March 2010. For more information, visit www.womensprosoccer.com.

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