Two Long Island women are among a list of 148 players eligible for the upcoming National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) College Draft.
St. John’s University standout goalkeeper Diana Poulin of Hauppauge and University of Virginia’s Tina Iordanou of Upper Brookville will be on the draft board when NWSL teams make their selections on Thursday, January 12, The draft will be held at the annual National Soccer Coaches Association of America Convention in Los Angeles.
Poulin recently capped her collegiate career at St. John’s where she earned numerous accolades. A three-time Big East Goalkeeper of the Year, this past season she earned her second NSCAA All-Region honor after being a first team selection in 2015. She is only of two players in Big East history to win the conference’s Goalkeeper of the Year Award three times.
The Hauppauge High School graduate set the St. John’s career record for wins in the team’s 1-0 win over CCSU in 2016 and set the single-season program record for clean sheets with 12. The senior was one of the best goalkeepers in the country all season, finishing the campaign ranked 14th in Division I with a .522 goals-against average. Additionally, Poulin’s .867 save percentage ranked 15th in the nation and her 12 shutouts ranked seventh.
Iordanou, a graduate of Friends Academy, spent the past three seasons at Virginia after transferring from Vanderbilt. During the 2016 season, she started all 22 games in which she played and had four assists. During her three years as a Cavalier, Iordanou has three goals and 12 assists.