The pick wasn't unexpected but that didn't stop the screams from the UCLA fans in the gallery asSky Blue FC made UCLA midfielder Sarah Killion their first-round selection and second overall pick in the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) College draft Friday morning.
After the Houston Dash selected the University of Virginia's Morgan Brian (much to no one's surprise), the Sky Blue officials wasted no time in announcing Killion. The midfielder was one of three UCLA picks in a row as the Western New York Flash selected Abigail Dahlkemper and Samantha Mewis with the third and fourth picks of the draft.
Killion went from a perennial powerhouse to a team that finished at the bottom of the standings in 2014 but that didn't dampen her enthusiasm for coming to New Jersey.
"I am excited to come to New Jersey and I can't wait to meet the other players and begin working with them," Killion said at the draft. "I think the team has so many good players. I am grateful for the opportunity. Whatever role I have, I just want to help the team."
Killion said she is especially looking forward to teaming up with defender and captain Christine Rampone, a player she's been watching since she started playing.
"She's a legend," said Killion. "I've watched her play since I was little. I can't wait to be on the same field with her."
Killion has one national team cap and finished up her senior year at UCLA by being named third team All-American. She had nine goals and 12 assists for 30 points last fall, which ranked second on the team in all three categories.