January 12, 2017 - AYSA Alumni Ashley Hatch was selected No. 2 by the North Carolina Courage (formerly Western NY Flash) in the National Women's Soccer League College Draft. Hatch was one of the top goal scorers in the NCAA Division I in 2016 competing for BYU.
She was named a first-team National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-American while helping BYU finish third nationally in scoring offense, averaging 2.64 goals per game, and was a semifinalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy, the top individual honor in college soccer.
In October, she was invited to the 24-player U.S. Women’s National Team camp and earned her first cap when she subbed in during the Americans’ 4-0 win over Switzerland in a friendly at Rio Tinto Stadium. Hatch also was selected to the U.S. women’s U-23 camp earlier this month.
Hatch becomes the highest former AYSA player to be selected in the NWSL College Draft.