REUNITED Riley, former Albertson coach, gets Menges, ex-Fury player in Portland
PHILADELPHIA -- Several weeks prior to the National Women's Soccer League college draft, Portland Thorns FC coach Paul Riley talked about how much he would love to select Georgetown defender Emily Menges. But he feared she would be taken when the defending league champions had an opportunity to select her.
He got his wish about the former Albertson Fury standout and Garcen City, N.Y. native, choosing her in the third round at the Pennsylvania Convention Center Friday.
A first-team National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-America, Menges helped the Hoyas to a 16-3-2 this past season and into the second round of the NCAA Division I tournament.
Menges, one of 15 players selected as a semifinalist for the Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy, was a first team All-Big East selection and the league's Defensive Player of the Year.
A captain, she concluded her career as one of the most decorated players in program history, earning All-Big East honors three times in her four seasons on the Hilltop. She was a unanimous First Team All-Big East selection and started all 21 games on the back line, helping the team post 10 shutouts. A semifinalist for the Hermann Trophy as a junior in 2012, she was also a First Team All-Big East selection and the team set a school record with 13 shutouts.
As a freshman in 2011, Menges started all 24 games and helped lead the team to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Division I Tournament. She was an All-Big East rookie selection that season. In her four-year career, Menges started 83 of 84 games played, scored two goals and was part of defensive units that posted 40 shutouts.