Stanford women’s soccer duo drafted

Kiki Pickett and Madison Haley were drafted in the first round of the 2021 NWSL Draft. (Courtesy Stanford Athletics)

Stanford women’s soccer saw two players recently drafted in the 2021 NWSL Draft. KIKI PICKETT was drafted fourth overall by Kansas City, while MADISON HALEY was drafted seventh overall by the Chicago Red Stars.

The NWSL received a waiver from the NCAA to allow drafted players to retain their collegiate eligibility with the NCAA season moving to the spring due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Drafted players have until Friday, Jan. 22, to announce whether they will join their professional clubs immediately, or after the collegiate season.

Stanford is joined by North Carolina as the only schools to have multiple first-round picks in this year’s draft. The Cardinal have had a player drafted in the top five each of the last four years – the only school which has accomplished the feat in that time span.

Pickett will join former Cardinal players LO’EAU LABONTA (2011-14) and NICOLE BARNHART (2000-04) in Kansas City.

Pickett, a native of Santa Barbara and communication major, plans to remain at Stanford for the spring season before joining Kansas CityA former member of the USWNT U-20 team, she has started all but two games in her career. Best known for scoring the game-winning penalty kick to net the Cardinal the 2019 College Cup title, Pickett has won two NCAA titles and three Pac-12 titles in her career.

A second-team All-American in 2019, Haley joins Chicago as a two-time NCAA champion and three-time Pac-12 champion. The forward, from Dallas, Texas, has scored 18 goals through her junior season while adding 23 assists for 59 points. Haley’s 11 goals in 2019 earned her All-America honors, as well as landing on the all-conference and all-region teams.

Stanford has had 17 players drafted in the NWSL since 2013 – nine in the first round, including an unprecedented three-straight, No. 1 overall picks from 2018-20.

Another Cardinal soccer star, CATARINA MACARIO, recently announced that she is foregoing her senior year to sign with Lyon of the French Division 1 Féminine.

Read more on the Stanford Athletics website.