BALTIMORE – Arkansas forward Ashleigh Ellenwood has set several school records during her stellar four-year career as a Razorback. Her final stat line might be the senior’s best mark with the Hogs so far: First player in program history drafted by a professional U.S. soccer team.
Ellenwood was selected 39th overall in the fourth round by the Chicago Red Stars Friday afternoon during the 2016 National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) College Draft.
“First, I would like to thank the Red Stars organization for this opportunity,” Ellenwood said. “I’d also like to thank my family for all their support over the years. I also thank the Razorback soccer program and my four wonderful years of growth and development as well as all of the memories. I’m very excited to start this next stage in life and make everyone proud.”
Ellenwood, from Michigan City, Ind., had a standout career as a Razorback, finishing in the top five in several Arkansas statistical categories: Fifth overall in goals with 30, second overall in assists with 23, third overall in points with 83, second overall in game-winning goals with 10, second overall in game-tying goals with five, fourth overall in games started, third overall in goals scored during a season with 14 in 2013, first in assists during a season with 14 in 2014, third in points scored during a season with 35 in 2013, first in game-winning goals scored in a season with six in 2013, second in game-tying goals scored during a season with three in 2013, and many more.
In addition, she was named to the Southeastern Conference Freshman Team in 2012; the SEC All-Conference Second Team, NSCAA Awards All-South Region Second Team, and TopDrawerSoccer Team of the Week in 2013; and the Academic All-District VI First Team and College Soccer 360 Primetime Performer List in 2014.
Ellenwood also was one of 24 players to participate in the U.S. National Team Camp in Seattle on 2014.
“I couldn’t be more proud of Ash,” said Arkansas soccer head coach Colby Hale. “She has made a positive impact on the Razorback soccer program in an enormous way. We will root for her as she takes on this new challenge. We know she will succeed at the next level.”