Chicago Acquires Rachel Hill, Makes Five Selections in 2020 NWSL College Draft
CHICAGO - The 2020 National Women's Soccer League Draft has concluded, with Chicago acquiring forward Rachel Hill and making five Selections.
The Red Stars began the draft by acquiring the second and third overall selection in exchange for the 4th and 5th overall pick in the 2020 NWSL Draft and allocation money.
Chicago then acquired the 15th and 16th overall selections in the 2020 NWSL Draft and allocation money from the Portland Thorns in exchange for the 2nd overall selection in the draft.
Additionally, Chicago acquired Rachel Hill, a first-round selection in the 2021 NWSL College Draft, the 19th overall selection in the 2020 NWSL Draft and allocation money from Orlando in exchange for the 3rd and 26th overall selection in the Draft.
"I am really appreciative of Rory and the rest of the staff for bringing me in," Hill said. "I know there is a great group of girls there, so I am really excited to get going. The fans are always awesome every time we have played there...you can always hear them. They're great and I am going to work my hardest to do everything I can to help the team."
Hill was a two-time semi-finalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy as a forward for the University of Connecticut Huskies in 2015 and 2016. She was selected 14th overall by the Portland Thorns in the 2017 NWSL College Draft, and was subsequently traded to the Orlando Pride in exchange for first- and fourth-round picks in the NWSL College Draft. Hill made 49 appearances with the Pride over the last three seasons, scoring 11 goals. This past season, she had four goals in 21 appearances.
The five draft selections made by the Red Stars are as follows:
15th Overall - Julia Bingham
University of Southern California
Hometown: Ontario, California
Bingham played a key role in USC's defense, posting a record nine shutouts and 1.15 goals-against average. In 2019, Bingham started all 23 games at outside back for the Trojans. Her defensive performance helped lead USC to a National Championship in 2016, NCAA second round in 2017, NCAA Third Round in 2018, and NCAA Quarterfinals in 2019.
She was named to the All-Pac-12 Third team and earned Top Drawer Soccer National Team of the Week honors. Bingham finished her career playing a total of 89 games with 85 starts, 10 assists, and 1 goal. Bingham was a member of the U-14, U-15, and U-18 U.S. Women's National Teams and was also a member of the ODP teams for five years.
"I am so excited to be on the team," Bingham said. "I can't wait to start this journey with the Red Stars and I can't wait to put in some work."
16th Overall - Camryn Biegalski
University of Wisconsin
Hometown: Lombard, Illinois
As a key part of Wisconsin's defense, Biegalski started all 22 games in 2018, scoring one goal with two assists. As a junior, she also started all 22 games in the backline for Wisconsin. She ended the 2017 season with her first career goal against Drake and one assist in round one of the NCAA Tournament versus Toledo.
Beigalski finished her college career with two goals, six assists, 3,356 minutes of field time. Her noteworthy performance earned her second-team 2019 United Soccer Coaches All-America honors.
19th Overall - Zoe Morse
University of Virginia
Hometown: East Lansing, Michigan
As Team Captain at the University of Virginia, Morse started all 22 games in the 2019 season. She led the team with 1,923 minutes total on the field, playing the full 90 minutes for 14-of-22 games. Morse helped Virginia solidify a record 14 shutouts, including seven consecutive shutouts in ACC play.
Morse was selected to the All-Region Second Team by the United Soccer Coaches, named to the ACC Championship All-Tournament Team, CoSIDA Academic All-District Second Team, and was Scholar All-Region second team by United Soccer Coaches. Morse wrapped up her college career with four goals, three assists, and 6,826 minutes on the field.
Morse was also a member of the U.S. U-17, U-18 and U-20 Women's National Teams.
24th Overall - Ella Stevens
Hometown: Grayson, Georgia
As a junior, Stevens played in all 17 games, making 14 starts. She led the team with ten assists, putting her 27th for her career, fourth all-time in Duke Women's Soccer history, and second in the ACC. Stevens was ranked seventh nationally during the 2018 season. This past season, Stevens started at midfield for every game with the Devils. She tied second on the team for goals, scoring eight, and first for assists, with six.
Stevens' contributions were recognized when she earned United Soccer Coaches All-Atlantic Region Second Team, All-ACC Second Team, and all-conference honors for her fourth consecutive season.
"I am excited, I really am," said Stevens. "[Chicago] has always been a team that I've looked at and hoped that maybe one day I could play for them."
35th Overall - Aerial Chavarin
Hometown: Oakland, California
Chavarin joins the Red Stars as a strong scorer. She kicked off her college soccer career with a unanimous selection as Ivy League Rookie of the Year. In 2019, Chavarin started all 16 games for the Bulldog's, logging 1,377 minutes on the field with eight goals and one assist.
Chavarin has had 25 career goals, ten of them game-winning goals, 63 career games played, 55 starts, 12 career assists, and 62 career points.
Chavarin's accolades include Ivy League's Defensive Player of the Year and United Soccer Coaches All-America Second Team. She was only the third Bulldog to earn All-America recognition and the first since 2005. Chavarin was also a Three-time All-Ivy selection, including two-time first-team selection. In 2019, Chavarin was invited to play in the New England Women's Intercollegiate Soccer Association Senior Bowl.
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