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Soccer's Caroline Casey drafted by New Jersey pro team

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    Casey and the Commish  Tribe women's soccer goalkeeper Caroline Casey poses with National Women's Soccer League commissioner Jeff Plush after bring drafted Friday by the league's Sky Blue team.  Courtesy NWSL
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William & Mary women's soccer standout Caroline Casey was selected 29th overall in the third round by the Sky Blue FC of the National Women's Soccer League draft on Friday.

Sky Blue FC plays in Piscataway, N.J.

"A well deserved honor," head coach John Daly said. "She has developed and matured into an excellent goalkeeper. Sky Blue has got a gem."
 
Casey is coming off the strongest year of her career at W&M. She boasted a 0.88 goals-against-average, with 86 saves, and 11 shutouts. Her 11 shutouts rank second in single-season school history. She started every game of her Tribe career dating back to her freshman season and is one of the best goalkeepers in W&M history. She ranks second all-time with 301 career saves, while her 29 shutouts rank her third all-time. She finished with a 48-18-12 career record.
 
The Chesapeake, Virginia, native was rewarded for her work on the field this season by being named to the NSCAA All-American first team, first team NSCAA All-Mid-Atlantic Region, All-CAA first team, CAA defensive player of the year, a senior class All-American, VaSID first team, ECAC defensive player of year, and ECAC first-team All Star.

Previously, she was named third-team All CAA (2014), first-team All CAA (2013), and second-team NSCAA All-Mid-Atlantic Region (2013).  
 
Casey becomes the second Tribe player drafted into the NWSL, joining Mallory Shaffer, who was drafted in 2013. She is the eighth Tribe player to be drafted by any American women's soccer league