BATON ROUGE – LSU’s senior team captain Alex Arlitt was among the 40 players selected in the 2016 National Women’s Soccer League College Draft held Friday at the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Convention in Baltimore as she was chosen by back-to-back NWSL Champion FC Kansas City with the eighth pick of the fourth round.
Arlitt, who captained the Tigers back to the NCAA Tournament during her senior season in 2015, was the 38th pick overall in this year’s draft and the fourth player chosen in four rounds by FC Kansas City.
The two-time defending NWSL Champions also drafted North Carolina’s Katie Bowen with the sixth pick and Rutgers’ Brianne Reed with the eighth pick in the second round and North Carolina’s Alexa Newfield with its eighth pick in the third round to bolster a squad that has won the league title in 2014 and 2015.
With her selection, Arlitt became the third LSU Tiger in history to be selected in the major professional draft in the United States after two standouts were chosen in the former Women’s Professional Soccer Draft back in 2010. All-American Malorie Rutledge was selected 13th overall by the Philadelphia Independence with their second pick of the second round and All-SEC standout Melissa Clarke was chosen 29th overall by Sky Blue FC of New York with its ninth pick of the third round that season.
“Everyone involved with our program is excited for Artie (Alex Arlitt) and the opportunity she has to join a club like FC Kansas City,” LSU head coach Brian Lee said of Arlitt’s selection. “She’s going to a great organization and one of the strongest soccer communities in the country. Artie profiles really well for success at the next level, and we are looking forward to following her professional path in the coming years.”
Arlitt enjoyed one of the most heralded careers by a defender in the history of the LSU Soccer program while appearing in 89 matches with 87 starts for the Tigers during her time in Baton Rouge from 2011-15.
She finished her career this fall ranked No. 3 in school history in total appearances and tied for No. 2 in school history in career starts as one of the most reliable Tigers to ever wear the purple and gold. Arlitt was part of two NCAA Tournament teams in her five seasons as her career was bookended by postseason qualification as a freshman in 2011 and as a senior in 2015 while captaining the side.
One of the most versatile players in the team’s history while playing virtually every position in the midfield and on the back line, Arlitt scored nine goals and dished out seven assists for 25 points in the attack during her time in Baton Rouge. Earning a selection to the SEC All-Freshman Team by the league’s head coaches in 2011 and being named a Second-Team All-SEC performer by College Sports Madness in 2013 were among her top accolades earned in a decorated career with the Tigers after signing from Clear Lake High School in Houston.
Also a standout in the classroom, Arlitt graduated in May 2015 with her undergraduate degree in accounting before pursuing her Master’s in Accounting. She was a four-time selection to the SEC Academic Honor Roll in her five years while also being named a Capital One First-Team Academic All-District VI performer in 2013 as a true team leader both on and off the field.