Haran, Huster Selected in NWSL Draft
Jan. 18, 2018

By Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeWSoccer)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Wake Forest women’s soccer had two players selected back-to-back in the 2018 NWSL Draft on Thursday afternoon. Ally Haran was picked by No. 25 overall by the Seattle Reign FC and Maddie Huster was drafted No. 26 overall by the Washington Spirit.

"I am incredibly happy for Ally and Maddie,” said head coach Tony da Luz. “Both are ACC tested and well prepared to make the transition to the professional level. Being drafted is acknowledgment of all the hard work they have put in over the past four years. They have earned and deserve this chance to realize their dream. They set a great example for their teammates everyday on and off the field and I thank them for showing such commitment and dedication throughout their careers here at Wake Forest."

Haran was selected as the fifth pick of the third round (No. 25 overall) by the Reign and will join a roster that includes FIFA World Cup winners Megan Rapinoe, Nahomi Kawasumi and Rumi Utsugi. Haran, a two-time team captain for the Demon Deacons, started in 66 of 67 games played for the black and gold. Her senior season, she played a team-leading 1,939 minutes, playing full time or more in 19 games. She finished the year with three points on one goal and an assist and anchored a defense that recorded 11 shutouts and a program record 0.73 goals against average. Haran has attended multiple team camps, including two U.S. U-20 camps as well as a Canadian U-19 and U-20 camp.

Huster was selected as the sixth pick of the third round (No. 26 overall) by the Washington Spirit. The pick was a family affair, as Huster’s sister, Tori, is currently on the Spirit’s roster. A two-year team captain, Huster started in 71 of her 75 games played for Wake Forest, including all 21 her senior year. This past season, she finished with 10 points on four goals and two assists and finished her career with 10 goals and eight assists. At the end of her senior campaign, she was named to the All-ACC Second Team and to the United Soccer Coaches All-East Region Second Team. Huster has trained in the U.S. U-23 and U-20 camps and was a member of the player pools for the U-14, U-15 and U-18 National Teams.

The duo are the first Deacons to be selected in the NWSL Draft right out of Wake Forest since 2013 when Seattle Reign FC and the Western New York Flash drafted Kristen Meier and Jackie Logue. The Orlando Pride selected Aubrey Bledsoe in the NWSL expansion draft in 2015 after playing for Fortuna Hjorring in Denmark and one NWSL season with Sky Blue FC.

Haran and Huster will be the fourth and fifth Demon Deacons currently playing at the professional level, joining Aubrey Bledsoe with the Orlando Pride, Katie Stengel with the Boston Breakers and Sarah Teegarden with Kopparbergs Goteborg FC in Sweden.