Mace, Ashley Lead 8 Sky Blue Draft Selections

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Hailie Mace. Photo via Twitter

It was a busy day at the National Women’s Soccer League College Draft for Sky Blue FC as the team selected eight players.

Heading to the New Jersey-based club for 2019 are Hailie Mace, Julia Ashley, Paige Monaghan, Julie James, Kyra Carusa, Kaylan Marckese, Kenie Wright and Sabrina Flores.

Mace, 21, scored 24 goals and recorded 12 assists in 79 appearances while at UCLA. As a Bruin, Mace was recognized as an All-American, a member of the PAC-12 first team, as well as a semifinalist for the 2018 MAC Hermann Trophy Award. In addition to her college experience, Mace has made three appearances for the U.S. WNT.

Ashley, 22, tallied eight goals and 20 assists in 94 appearances during her four years at the University of North Carolina. As a senior, she captained the Tar Heels to the 2018 NCAA College Cup Final. For her on-field contributions as a defender, Ashley was placed on the watch list for the 2018 MAC Hermann Trophy and was recognized as a finalist for the 2018 Senior CLASS Award. She is currently a member of the U-23 U.S. WNT.

Monaghan, 22, recorded 22 goals and 19 assists in 80 appearances at Georgetown University. She was named to the 2018 MAC Hermann Trophy Watchlist. In 2017 she was named the Big East Offensive Player of the Year and has made appearances on the All-Big East first team in both 2018 and 2017. In addition, she is a current member of the U-23 U.S. WNT.

James, 22, scored 20 goals and recorded 13 assists in 88 appearances while at Baylor University. This past year she was named a MAC Hermann Trophy semifinalist as well as an All-American.

Carusa, 23, scored 35 goals and recorded 33 assists in 94 appearances throughout her college career. Carusa spent her first four years at Stanford University but sat out her senior year due to injury. This past year she completed her eligibility at Georgetown University. During those five years, Carusa was named to the All-PAC-12 second team three times. She has also made appearances for the U-23 U.S. WNT.

Marckese, 20, made 75 appearances at the University of Florida, racking up 250 saves and 28 clean sheets. For the past two years, she has been named to the SEC All-Tournament Team.

Wright, 21, scored 2 goals and assisted on 13 others in 88 appearances at Rutgers University. While at Rutgers, she was recognized as a member of the 2018 Second Team All-Big Ten.

Flores, 22, scored five goals and tallied 18 assists in 82 appearances while at the University of Notre Dame. During her four years with the Fighting Irish, Flores appeared in every single competition. As a freshman at Notre Dame, she received nominations to the ACC All-Freshman Team and Top Drawer Soccer Best XI Freshmen Second Team.

Hailie Mace
Position: Defender/Forward
Hometown: Ventura, Calif.
Height: 5’7”
Born: March 24, 1997

Julia Ashley
Position: Defender
Hometown: Verona, N.J.
Height: 5’8”
Born: Nov. 11, 1996

Paige Monaghan
Position: Forward
Hometown: Succasunna, N.J.
Height: 5’7”
Born: Nov. 13, 1996

Julie James
Position: Midfielder
Hometown: Fairview, Texas
Height: 5’10”
Born: Nov. 13, 1996

Kyra Carusa
Position: Forward
Hometown: Fairview, Texas
Height: 5’7”
Born: Nov. 14, 1995

Kaylan Marckese
Position: Goalkeeper
Hometown: St. Petersburg, Fla.
Height: 5’11”
Born: April 22, 1998

Kenie Wright
Position: Defender/Midfielder
Hometown: Mount Laurel, N.J.
Height: 5’3”
Born: Aug 22, 1997

Sabrina Flores
Position: Defender/Midfielder
Hometown: Livingston, N.J.
Height: 5’3”
Born: Jan. 31, 1996