Lynn Williams is headed East to start her women's professional soccer career, with the former Bullard High and Pepperdine star selected by the Western New York Flash in the first round of Friday's National Women's Soccer League Draft.
Williams went sixth overall, amid a run of four Flash selections in five picks between No. 3 and No. 7 thanks to a flurry of trades last fall.
"This whole day was something I have never experienced before," Williams said from the draft room in Philadelphia. "It's really exciting but a little nerve-wracking today. I'm just really honored to get this opportunity."
The Flash, with a roster that includes longtime U.S. national star Abby Wambach, are one of nine members of the NWSL. The club won the inaugural NWSL Shield after finishing 2013 with the best regular-season record but slipped to 8-12-4 in 2014. Games are played from April through August.
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UCLA players dominated the early picks in the draft after the Houston Dash took University of Virginia and U.S. Women's National Team midfielder Morgan Brian at No. 1.
Bruins midfielder Sarah Killion went No. 2 to Sky Blue FC, and the Flash selected defender Abby Dahlkemper and midfielder Samantha Mewis from UCLA at Nos. 3 and 4. After the selection of Williams, Western New York took midfielder Jaelene Hinkle of Texas Tech at No. 7.
"Everything pretty much went to plan today," Flash general manager and coach Aaran Lines said. "These are young, dynamic players that have huge potential. We haven't seen a draft this good in the history of the Western New York Flash. It's put us in a good position and I'm excited to work and help that talent get to the next level."
Williams capped a four-year career at Pepperdine with a senior season in which she led the Waves with 14 goals and 10 assists in 22 starts as the team advanced to its third NCAA Sweet 16 appearance in program history. She was a finalist for the MAC Hermann award as the national player of the year.
For her career, Williams totaled 39 goals (second all-time at Pepperdine), 24 assists (tied for first all-time), 102 points (second all-time), 15 game-winning goals (first all-time) and 398 shots (first all-time).