LI’s Ritter, Tullis-Joyce Eligible For NWSL College Draft

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Phallon Tullis-Joyce (left) and Kristen Ritter.

With the National Women’s Soccer League College draft set for January 10, two players with connections to Long Island are draft eligible.

Hauppauge’s Kristen Ritter, a defender at Misericordia University, and Phallon Tullis-Joyce of Medford, a goalkeeper at the University of Miami are now listed by the NWSL as eligible for selection. They join fellow Long Islanders Christina Bellero and Claudia Cagnina, both of St. John’s University, as draft eligible.

Ritter was named a 2018 United Soccer Coaches Second-Team All-American as she helped lead Misericordia to a 17-3-2 record and a trip to the Elite Eight in the Division III NCAA Tournament.

A four-year starter, Ritter returned to the lineup after missing the 2017 season due to injury. She started all 22 games and anchored a defense that allowed just 7.9 shots and .55 goals per game.

Ritter was the MVP of the 2018 MAC Freedom Tournament and was named the MAC Freedom Defensive Player of the Year for the third time. She was also named United Soccer Coaches All-Region for the third time, including her second first-team selection.

Tullis-Joyce closed out her career in Miami as a Second Team All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection as voted by the league’s head coaches. She finished her senior season with a career-high 85 saves, including an ACC-leading 4.72 saves per game.

“I am very grateful for all of the positive feedback I have received from the ACC coaches these past five years after conference games, including this particular recognition,” Tullis-Joyce said. “I respect each coaches’ opinions greatly and it’s been an honor to play against them and their teams.”

Overall, she closed out her career with 62 starts and ranks in the top-three all-time in numerous categories, with 24 wins (third), 14 shutouts (tied for second), 259 saves (third) and 5,584 minutes in net (second).