Penn State women’s soccer player Whitney Church was drafted as the 30th overall pick by the Washington Spirit in the fourth round of the National Women’s Soccer League Draft on Friday.
While with the Nittany Lions, the senior defender was named a two-time Big Ten Defender of the Year and a M.A.C. Hermann Trophy Award semifinalist.
When Church joins the Spirit, she will join Penn State alumni Ali Krieger (2006), Joanna Lohman (2003), Christine Nairn (2012) and Tiffany Weimer (2005.)
“Washington Spirit is incredibly fortunate to gain the rights to such a quality player and even better person,” said head coach Erica Walsh. “Whitney has been a pleasure to coach on and off the field and truly represents the essence of a Penn State women’s soccer player.”
Church was a National Soccer Coaches Association of America first-team All-American last fall, helping Penn State to a 20-4 record, the Big Ten regular-season title and a berth in the NCAA quarterfinals. Church scored one goal and assisted on another while anchoring a Nittany Lion defense that gave up just 18 goals all season while posting nine shutouts, earning Big Ten Defender of the Year along the way.