Soccer’s Ryan Williams selected in fourth round of NWSL Draft


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TCU vs Kansas State soccer in Fort Worth, Texas on September 22, 2017. (Photo by/Sharon Ellman)

By Robbie Vaglio

TCU women’s soccer defender Ryan Williams wrote her name in the TCU history books Thursday when she was selected in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) college draft.

Williams was selected 40th overall by the North Carolina Courage. She is the first-ever Horned Frog to be drafted.

A major force on the backline throughout her career, Williams earned minutes in all but one match during her four years in Fort Worth. She started in 79 of the 80 games she played and totaled 7,100 minutes on the field.

TCU’s Ryan Williams controls the ball against an SMU defender in Dallas. Image courtesy of

Williams’ career has been loaded with accolades, including her selection to the 2014 Big 12 All-Newcomer team and four consecutive academic all-conference performances. Additionally, Williams was named first-team all-Big 12 in her senior campaign.

She will leave Fort Worth at fourth all-time with 15 career assists, including a career-high six assists in her senior season. Williams was a major reason the Horned Frogs were able to tally 30 shutouts throughout her career.

Who is the NC Courage?

The North Carolina Courage is a Division 1 professional women’s soccer club in the NWSL. The reigning NWSL Shield Winners, an accolade awarded to the club with the best regular season record, play their home matches at Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina.