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January 16, 2016

Baltimore, MD (January 16, 2016) After five Cal South alumni were selected in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft, four alumnae were added to the list as they joined the next ranks of professional soccer at the National Women’s Soccer League College Draft that took place on Friday morning at The Baltimore Convention Center.

With just the same excitement and commotion in the room as in the SuperDraft, NWSL President Amanda Vandervort and Commissioner Jeff Plush made opening remarks to inaugurate the third annual College Draft.

Just as the first round was about to conclude, the Orlando Pride were on the clock, and they had their sights on former Beach FC and Cal South ODP midfielder Samantha Witteman. And with the 10th overall selection, the Cal alum will now begin the next step to her career playing with the Lions, alongside Cal South alumna Alex Morgan.

“It feels so awesome, you really can’t believe it. I’m just so excited and grateful for this opportunity,” Witteman told Cal South TV following her selection. “I’m most looking forward for the opportunity, improving my game and really taking my game to the next level.”

Shortly thereafter, and once the second round was underway, Cal South’s 2011 Player of the Year Makenzy Doniak would be selected as the 11th overall pick by the Western New York Flash, joining Cal South alumnae Ashley Nick and Elizabeth Eddy.

Christina Burkenroad, former La Jolla Nomads and Cal State Fullerton forward, will be joining Witteman at Orlando Pride as she too was selected in the draft, coming in as the the 15th overall pick. Dani Weatherholt was also selected by the Pride, coming in as the 31st selection.

The NWSL season kick-off and 2016 season schedule will be announced in the coming weeks.