WALNUT CREEK, Calif. – Oregon senior forward/defender Jen Stoltenberg will be taking her storied career to the next level in 2011.
The Philadelphia Independence drafted Stoltenberg with their second round selection (ninth overall) in the Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) draft. The Mission Viejo, Calif., native is the first Oregon women's soccer player to be drafted by a professional team.
“I am pleased to see Jen continue her playing career,” head coach Tara Erickson said. “Her versatility and willingness to play multiple positions is appreciated at the next level and undoubtedly helped her in the draft. This speaks volumes for how Jen developed as a player and how she helped develop the program into one that is noticed by the professional leagues. We look forward to continuing to develop this program and elite soccer players like Jen.”
Stoltenberg earned first-team All-Pac-10 honors in her final season after leading UO with 29 points on 12 goals and five assists. Her goal and point totals both ranked fourth among Pac-10 players and her 89 shots were the second highest total in the conference. She finished her collegiate career as Oregon’s all-time leader in points (84) and assists (18) and finished second in career goals (33). She also played in all 80 of Oregon’s matches in her career and earned the starting nod 63 times.
Stoltenberg also shined in the classroom, boasting a 3.49 grade-point average as a business administration major. She earned second team Pac-10 All-Academic honors on two occasions and was a third-team Scholar All-America selection by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America this past season.
Four other Pac-10 players were also picked in the draft, including California forward Alex Morgan (No. 1 overall by the Western New York Flash), Stanford forward Christen Press (No. 4 overall by the Washington Freedom), UCLA midfielder Kylie Wright (No. 7 overall by the Atlanta Beat) and UCLA defender Lauren Barnes (No. 15 overall by the Philadelphia Independence).
Stoltenberg is the second UO soccer player to earn first-team All-Pac-10 honors in the program’s history and the first since Nicole Garbin in 2006.
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