PROVO — BYU women's soccer won't start its truncated NCAA spring season for another month, but star midfielder Mikayla Colohan will have the option for a pro career afterward.
The former Davis High star was drafted No. 14 overall by the Orlando Pride in Wednesday night's NWSL collegiate draft.
Colohan, a 5-foot-8 midfielder who will be a senior for the Cougars, was among those automatically eligible for the draft due to COVID-19. Like all seniors in 2020-21, she will have the option to play one more season before embarking on a professional career.
The former high school All-American, three-time state champion and 2016 Ms. Soccer by the Deseret News, Colohan has 23 goals and 15 assists in three seasons at BYU, improving every year up to 15 goals and five assists in 22 games — all starts — as a junior a year ago, when she was named West Coast Conference Player of the Year while leading the Cougars to their second-highest NCAA Tournament seed in program history. She also played semiprofessionally with the Utah Royals FC Reserves.
Colohan is the first BYU player drafted since Nadia Gomes was selected No. 23 overall by Orlando in 2018. Fellow BYU alum Ashley Hatch was drafted by the North Carolina Courage in 2017, the same season Michele Murphy Vasconcelos went to Chicago. Hatch currently plays for the Washington Spirit, and Vasconcelos' rights are owned by Kansas City, which recently relocated from the now-defunct Utah Royals FC.
Former BYU defender Taylor Isom was also drafted by Utah before retiring due to injuries and taking the head coaching job at Springville High School.