UC Irvine News Brief: Tanya Taylor is first UCI women's soccer player drafted into pro ranks
The senior forward – who earned third-team All-America honors after leading the Anteaters to the NCAA Sweet 16 – is a fourth-round pick of the Boston Breakers.
As a fourth-round pick of the Boston Breakers, UCI senior forward Tanya Taylor has become the first Anteater drafted to play in the Women’s Professional Soccer league. Taylor earned third-team All-America honors after leading UCI to the NCAA Sweet 16, its first postseason appearance. The Anteaters finished the season 19-3-2 overall and were the first team in Big West history to go undefeated and untied in league play, at 8-0-0. In four seasons at UCI, Taylor recorded 21 career assists to place third in the Anteater record book; was fourth in career points, with 69; and tied for fourth in goals, with 24. “I’m really proud of what Tanya has accomplished,” said head coach Scott Juniper. “She’s a talented player with a lot to offer, and I’m looking forward to seeing her challenge herself at the next level.” Taylor was the 24th selection in the third annual WPS draft, held Jan. 14 in Baltimore.