Hofstra women’s soccer star Leah Galton is heading to the National Women’s Soccer League as the All-America forward was taken in the second round of the league’s college draft by Sky Blue FC.
Galton will report to Sky Blue FC, which competes in the 10-team NWSL. She joins a team that includes United States Women’s National Team members Christie Rampone and Kelley O’Hara and plays their home games at Rutgers University.
“I am incredibly excited to have been selected by Sky Blue FC,” said Galton in a press release issued by Hofstra University. “It has been a dream of mine to play professional soccer and I am grateful that (Sky Blue FC) Coach (Christy) Holly and the rest of the organization is giving me that opportunity. I have had a wonderful career at Hofstra and I thank my coaches and teammates for helping me reach this point.”
The Harrogate, England, native was one of just three players from mid-major schools to make the list and was a second-team NSCAA All-America selection in 2015. She was also one of just 15 players on the women’s side to be selected as a semifinalist for the Missouri Athletic Club’s Hermann Trophy, which is the highest individual award presented to a player in intercollegiate soccer.
“I am very happy for Leah and our program today,” said Hofstra Women’s Soccer Coach Simon Riddiough. “She has been a phenomenal player for us and I am so proud of her as she pursues her dream of playing professionally.”
Galton capped a brilliant four-year Hofstra career by scoring a program-record 122 points and tying for the all-time lead in assists with 26. Her 48 goals scored from 2012-15 is good for the second-most in team history. The striker earned her third consecutive Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Year award this past season, scoring 12 goals, notching six assists and posting 30 points on 89 shots. She is the only three-time winner in CAA history and was also a three-time CAA Preseason Player of the Year in addition to earning 2012 CAA Rookie of the Year honors.