EUGENE, ore. – The player, who has appeared in the most games in Oregon history, added another programming milestone on Saturday when she became the highest draft pick ever for the Ducks.
midfield player Chardonnay Curran was selected 17th overall by the Kansas City Current in the second round of the 2022 National Women’s Soccer League Draft. She is the first player in program history to be drafted in the first two rounds of the NWSL Draft.
Curran, who played in a school record of 92 career games, became the fifth Pac-12 player to leave the board on Saturday. A total of 11 players from the Conference of Champions were selected in the NWSL Draft 2022.
Curran will join a Kansas City club that went 3-14-7 in 2021 but will move to a new $ 70 million stadium in 2023. It sits on the banks of the Missouri River and will be the first stadium in the US designed specifically for an NWSL franchise.
Kansas City’s first-round pick for 2022 also came from the Pac-12. Washington State’s Froward Elyse Bennett was voted seventh by the Current.
Curran is the second Oregon player to be selected in the NWSL Draft. The first was Jazmin Jackmon, selected for the Houston Dash in the third round in 2019.
If Curran breaks camp with the Current next season, she will become the third duck alum to play in the NWSL alongside Marissa Everett (2019-21) and Mo Fitzgerald (2016) with the Portland Thorns. In her fourth professional season, Everett was recently offered a contract option for the 2022 season by the Thorns.
Chardonay Curran, Sr., MF, Ewa Beach, Hawaii
The 17ththat Overall selection in the NWSL Draft 2022, which goes to the Kansas City Current in the second round.
Holds the UO career record for both games played and consecutive games at 92.
UO career record started with 84 games.
Finished career with seven goals, seven assists (21 points) and 82 shots.
Of her three victorious career goals, she scored two against Portland, including the 2018 game that marked the Ducks’ first win over the Pilots in modern times (1996-present).
2021 (YEAR 5 – additional year of eligibility granted by the NCAA due to the Covid-19 pandemic)
Started all 19 games in midfield … scored three goals, two of which were game winners … With 26 shots in third place of the team … scored the decisive goal on August 22nd in San Francisco … Tried the best four shots of the season against the Dons … Hit by the game winner in the 83rd minute of the Ducks 1-0 win over Portland on September 17th … The game winner netted Arizona on October 7th (1-0 ) just three minutes into the game.
2020 (SENIORS); played in spring 2021
Started all 16 games, including 15 as a center-back … Played every minute (1,563) of the season … Tried nine shots with a high of three against Colorado … Was part of a defense that dictated the program’s fewest goals against Average (0.69) … The team only allowed 12 goals throughout the season.
Midfielder made 19 caps with 18 starts … He scored one goal and two assists Maya Hahns Game winners against Portland State and Ally Cooks Arizona State game winner … fourth on the team with 1,522 minutes played.
Appeared in all 19 games, made 17 starts … Recorded a season high of three shots, scoring game winner against Portland to lead the Ducks to their first modern day win over the Pilots (September 14th) … Scored goal against Colorado (October 13) … Recorded assists against Idaho (September 16), Arizona State (October 25) and Arizona (October 28) … A total of 1,433 minutes logged.
Appears in all 19 games, made 14 starts … scored her first career goal at USC (October 1) … earned her first career assist on Marissa Everett’s goal in the Ducks’ 1-0 win over Idaho (September 8). .. Sent a through ball to prepare Jessica Yu’s goal against Idaho State (September 17) for her second assist of the year … 16 shots recorded a year and three each in the games against Kansas State (August 20), Oklahoma (September 1) and Montana (September 15) … ended the year with a percentage of .438 shots on goal, with seven shots on goal in seven different games … Appointed twice to join the United States’ U-18 women’s team and was also called to the training camp of the U-20 team.
UNIVERSITY / CLUB / ODP
Served as the team captain from year one to last … Helped lead the team to the OIA Championship in 2014 and 2015 … Received Honorable Mention for All-Hawaii Girls’ Football Selection in 2015 and 2016, and was named to OIA West All-Stars First Team … Appointed Oceanic Time Warner Cable OIA Girls Soccer DI Championship Impact Player in 2015 … Achieved the James Campbell Honor Roll 2013-16 … Had a GPA of 4.0 and was on the list of the Director … played for the Hawaii Rush Club team for eight years … elected Striker of the Year in 2016 … elected Top 11 and Defender of the Year in 2015 … Member of the National Select Team PDT Champion in 2015 … One year of interregional ODP experience.
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