Kansas University senior midfielder Whitney Berry was selected with the third pick in the third round of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) draft by FC Kansas City on Friday. The 19th overall pick, Berry is the second Jayhawk to be drafted by a professional team in the United States.
“I’m pumped for Whitney,” Kansas coach Mark Francis said. “It’s something she’s wanted since Day One, and I had no doubt in my mind she’d be able to play at the next level. She has worked really hard and has become such a well rounded player. It’s great to see that pay off.”
A four-year starter for the Jayhawks, Berry had an outstanding senior campaign in which she led the team with seven assists and chipped in six goals. Her seven assists were the second-most in the Big 12 on the year. The Wichita native ended her career as KU’s career-leader in assists (32), No. 2 in career points (78) and tied for third-most all-time with her 23 goals. She was also No. 2 on the school charts in shots, amassing 267 during her four-year career.
“I’m so excited,” Berry said. “It’s one of those things when you’re 5 years old and someone asks you, ‘What do you want to do when you grow up?’ and I would always tell them I want to play soccer. It’s just exciting, and I’m just ready to get out there and start playing.”