The Royals used their second and last draft pick on a goalkeeper from Duke University. EJ (Emma Jane) Proctor, one of the best collegiate goalkeepers in the country, was selected in the fourth round.
Proctor hails from an impressive group of Duke seniors selected in the 2018 NWSL College Draft. Six players overall were selected from the school.
The Duke standout goalkeeper finished her 2017 senior year with 18 shutouts. Her goals against average was .379, ranking sixth in the nation. Career-wise at Duke, Proctor owns the all-time record with 35 shutouts, a best goals-against average (0.65), and a single-season record for clean sheets (14). She was selected for the 2017 All-ACC First Team as well as 2017 United Soccer Coaches Scholar Second Team All-American.
Proctor shared her excitement at the draft, “I knew I would be relieved to go anywhere, but when I got picked by Utah, I got really excited to be on the first team for their first season — it’s incredible,” Proctor said. “You always think as a little kid that playing pro is never going to happen, but here it is, and I am so excited. I can’t wait to see what it’s like.”
The North Carolina native also trained with the U.S. U-19 National Team in 2017 and with the U-15 National Team in 2011.
A goalkeeper selection was a wise decision for the Royals. Utah fans await confirmation of veteran goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart joining the roster.
Proctor’s quote courtesy of Utah Royals official press release.