Jan. 17, 2014
WASHINGTON - Georgetown University senior women's soccer players Emily Menges (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) was selected in the third round of the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) by the Portland Thorns FC Friday afternoon.
Menges, who trained with the United States U-23 National Team last month, was the 25th overall selection and the seventh pick of the third round by the Thorns, who went 11-6-5 last season.
"We are very proud of Emily," Head Coach Dave Nolan said. "She will be an absolute steal for Portland. Her decision to graduate in May and stay in school this spring prevented her from being drafted much higher. However, playing for Portland and working under Paul Riley meant Portland was always the place she wanted to go. In my opinion, Emily was one of the top two or three defenders in the draft and (Paul) Riley is counting his blessings that she was still available when she was. Everyone at Georgetown is very happy for her."
Menges, a defender, was selected as a First Team All-American by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and was one of 15 Division I players selected as a semifinalist for the Missouri Athletic Club's (MAC) Hermann Trophy, recognizing the top player in the country. In addition, she was a First Team All-BIG EAST selection and the league's Defensive Player of the Year.
A captain, she concluded her career as one of the most decorated players in program history, earning All-BIG EAST honors three times in her four seasons on the Hilltop. She was a unanimous First Team All-BIG EAST selection and started all 21 games on the back line, helping the team post 10 shutouts.
A semifinalist for the Hermann Trophy as a junior in 2012, she was also a First Team All-BIG EAST selection and the team set a school record with 13 shutouts. As a freshman in 2011, Menges started all 24 games and helped lead the team to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament. She was an All-BIG EAST Rookie selection that season. In her four-year career, Menges started 83 of 84 games played, scored two goals and was part of defensive units that posted 40 shutouts.
Georgetown closed out the 2013 season with a 16-3-2 record, tying the school single season record for wins in a season, set last year when the Hoyas went 16-4-3. The Hoyas were selected to the play in the NCAA Tournament for the third time in four years and reached the second round. The team set a school record with 58 goals scored and was ranked among the top three in the country in scoring offense.
The NWSL is an eight-team Division-I women's professional league featuring players from Canada, Mexico and the United States. Based in Chicago, the NWSL is supported by the United States Soccer Federation, Canadian Soccer Association and the Federation of Mexican Football.