by Kara McDermott
Local talent Kate Deines from the University of Washington was taken by the Atlanta Beat in the 2012 WPS Draft today.
Joining her will be former Vancouver Whitecaps Women standout Sydney Leroux who was selected with the No. 1 overall pick by the Atlanta Beat.
Leroux, who was the 2011 W-League Rookie of the Year and an All-League selection, was the third consecutive W-League alumna taken with the first pick of the WPS Draft, following the Pali Blues duo of Tobin Heath and Alex Morgan.
She tied for second in the league with 24 points in 11 games, recording a goal and assist as the Whitecaps won the Western Conference title with a thrilling 4-3 victory against the Santa Clarita Blue Heat.
Also drafted to the Atlanta Beat is former Atlanta Silverbacks midfielder Katy Frierson, who was selected with the No. 10 pick overall, and former University of Washington and Seattle Sounders Women standout Deines, who was selected with the No. 23 pick.
Deines was a standout at Issaquah High School. Her quiet intensity, reminiscent of Michelle Akers, helped the Eagles to their first-ever 3A State Championship in Girls’ Soccer in 2004 as a freshman. She would go on to bring home two more trophies in 2006 and 2007 and a second place finish in 2005. She won the KingCo Player of the Year, State Player of the Year and All-Region honors in both her junior and senior year in high school. In 2007, she was named an All-American.
At UW, her list of accolades continued. She currently is ranked first in the UW career record books for games played and started with 86. She started in every game she played. She tied for 6th in both goals scored and game-winning goals scored. Most recently, Deines was named to the 2011 NSCAA Scholar All-American Team, one of only three from the Pac-12, and to the First-Team All-Pacific Region; all the while earning a 3.73 GPA.