2 BU alums picked in pro soccer leagueFeb. 6, 2001
Bears led team to 1st Big 12 title
By JAMES GIBBy
Former Baylor soccer players Courtney Saunders and Dawn Greathouse were chosen Sunday in the supplemental draft of the Women's United Soccer Association.
Saunders was drafted in the first round by the Philadelphia Charge; Greathouse was a second- round pick by the Washington Freedom.
Saunders and Greathouse were both named all-Americans in 1998 on the way to winning Baylor's first-ever Big 12 title in any sport.
Saunders played forward for the Bears from 1996 to 1999, and holds school records for most goals, assists and game-winning goals in a career.
'[Saunders] lives, breathes, eats and sleeps soccer. Her dream of playing pro has been there for some time, so I'm just elated that she's been given the opportunity to chase her dream,' said women's head coach Nick Cowell. 'She will succeed at the pro level because of her ability to score goals.'
Saunders said 'it was a little shocking. I expected to graduate and play semi-pro in Dallas, but now to say the least I'm excited and ready to get back into playing.'
Greathouse was Baylor's goalkeeper from 1997 to 2000 and holds many single game and career goal-keeping records. She finished her Baylor career having played 7,160 minutes, sixth most in NCAA Division I history.
'[Greathouse] has been the rock behind the program for the last four years,' Cowell said. 'Without her I'm sure the team would not have been so successful. Dawn is one of the most athletic goalkeepers in the country, and I think she's going to excel at the pro level. There's really no limit to what she can do. Give her an opportunity to display her talents and maybe she'll play for the national team in the future.'
The season starts in April and the players already have their training and game schedules set.
'When I talked to the coach he said we'll be in San Diego during March for training and cuts then the inaugural game is April 14,' Saunders said.
The inaugural WUSA draft took place in December when Baylor assistant coach Rebecca Hornbacher was chosen in the 14th round by the New York Power. Sunday's supplemental draft lasted four rounds and focused on current collegiate players.
'I think it's an opportunity for girls that obviously wasn't there before,' Cowell said. 'And if [Baylor)] is to be considered a pipeline to the pros, then that's something in our favor.'
The WUSA launches in April with eight teams: The Atlanta Beat, Bay Area Cyber Rays, Carolina Tempest, Boston Breakers, New York Power, Philadelphia Charge, San Diego Spirit and the Washington D.C. Freedom. The WUSA will feature most of the members of the 1999 World Cup Champion and 2000 silver-medal-winning U.S. national team. For more information on the league, their Web site is www.wusaleague.com.
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