Utah Royals FC select BYU star Taylor Isom in NWSL draft

Defender is the 14th overall pick in Royals historic first draft

SANDY, Utah (ABC4 Sports) - Utah Royals FC made its historic first pick in the 2018 NWSL Draft on Thursday, selecting Sandy native, Alta High School alum and BYU product Taylor Isom with the 14th overall pick.

"I have an excitement for being drafted and to be home that I can't even describe," Isom said. "It is incredible for me to be a part of a program that wants to do amazing things for soccer and for the women's game. I love that Laura and Dell Loy Hansen want to put women's soccer exposure in the state of Utah."

A three-time state champion defender at Alta High School in 2008, 2009 and 2011 under Head Coach Lee Mitchell, Isom has been part of a successful program at BYU that has been nationally ranked in each of her four years playing with the Cougars. She played 82 matches in four years, totaling two goals and one assist in 7,311 minutes. She was a Second Team All-American selection in 2016, when she was named West Coast Conference Defensive Player of the Year.

"Taylor is an athletic, local defender," head coach Laura Harvey said. "We are happy she can come on board and that she can stay at home."

The Royals then selected Duke goalkeeper EJ Proctor with the 34th overall pick in the fourth round of the draft.

Utah Royals FC begins its inaugural NWSL season in the Spring of 2018, playing home matches at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah.

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