Jan. 17, 2014
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - Villanova women's soccer standout Jami Kranich (Hamden, Conn.) has been selected as the 32nd overall pick of the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) Collegiate Draft by the Boston Breakers, held on Friday afternoon at the Philadelphia Convention Center. Kranich, a senior goalkeeper for Villanova, was just one of two goalkeepers and one of three BIG EAST student-athletes selected in the league's second annual college draft held in conjunction with the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Convention.
A total of 36 selections were made over four rounds and the order of which was set by reverse finish at the end of the 2013 NWSL regular season. A total of 185 players declared themselves eligible for today's draft.
Kranich finished her Villanova career as one of the top performers in program history and appeared and started in 64 games throughout her tenure with the team. She registered 5,773 minutes played, posted a 1.59 goals against average, a 72.5% save percentage and made 269 saves over the course of her four-year career.
In 2012, Kranich helped the U.S. Women's National Team win the FIFA Under-20 Women's World Cup and became the first Villanova women's soccer player in school history to earn a World Cup title. Additionally, Kranich was named the 2012 BIG EAST Preseason Goalkeeper of the Year and was a 2012 Third Team All-BIG EAST selection.
Kranich joins 2007 Villanova alumnus Jillian Loyden as Wildcats currently playing in the NWSL. Loyden, also a standout goalkeeper for the Wildcats during her tenure, is currently rostered with Sky Blue FC and is a member of the U.S. Women's Senior National Team.
The Boston Breakers finished the 2013 season with an 8-8-6 overall record and was fifth in the final season standings.