27. Josee Stiever – MF – Minnesota
What I Said Before 2016:
A big part of Minnesota’s midfield over the past three seasons, Stiever’s been a little bit overlooked nationally but could be bound for a big 2016 for the Golden Gophers. Stiever really began to show what she was capable of as a sophomore in 2014, tallying up five goals and five assists for Minnesota, including some big contributions in league play in the Big Ten. Stiever’s numbers would dip a little bit as a junior but only slightly, with the midfielder still managing four goals and four assists on the season, again doing much of her damage on the stat sheet in league play for Minnesota. Minnesota could surprise a few teams in the Big Ten this upcoming season given some of the talent they have coming back, and Stiever could be a big part of that run.
Stiever sealed her rep as a Big Ten team killer this season, including assisting in all three wins en route to Minnesota doing the double by sealing a Big Ten Tournament title on home soil. She doubled up on 2015’s production, finishing with eight goals and ten assists in a very impressive season to close out her college career. As one of this class’ late risers, Stiever could be a canny pick in the second half of the draft for someone.
28. Mimi Rangel – MF – Long Beach State
What I Said Before 2016:
The Beach have been one of the west’s top mid-majors for a while now, and players like Rangel have been big contributors to that success. Making an immediate impression as a rookie with five goals and four assists, Rangel was the Big West Freshman of the Year and earned all-league First Team honors, a rarity for freshmen in power mid-majors. While Rangel hasn’t busted out and become a superstar as some might have expected, she’s still be a very good player for the 49ers and has helped make them a constant threat for Big West silverware. Rangel followed up her rookie year with a three goal, six assist season that earned her Midfielder of the Year honors in the league which set the table for a potentially big 2015. Rangel slipped a bit though, with her goal total dipping to just two, with one of those coming from the spot, while notching five assists. Rangel still has a chance of being the rare player to win All-League first team honors all four seasons of her collegiate career, though her ceiling might be a bit lower than expected after her brilliant rookie season. She’s a bit undersized at 5’2”, but she’ll be battle tested coming into the next level with LBSU having played tough schedules all throughout her four years there.
Rangel finished her LBSU career with a flourish, taking home a second Midfielder of the Year honor for the Big West and becoming just the third player in conference history to be named All-League First Team four times. Rangel didn’t achieve any huge breakthrough on the stat sheet, instead staying pretty consistent with four goals and five assists. The size concerns still linger, but NWSL clubs could do far worse than Rangel if looking for a late round sleeper.
29. Hannah Seabert – GK – Pepperdine
What I Said Before 2016:
Seabert was a bit of a surprise in excelling coming out of high school, as she was far from the most highly touted keeper in this class entering college but has proven to be quite the find for Tim Ward and co. The Riverside native was an immediate factor in Malibu though, starting as a rookie in every match and being kept very busy by a sometimes porous backline. It wouldn’t be until 2014 that Seabert really began to show her potential though, as the Waves’ netminder grew into one of the region’s best keepers. Stock probably dipped a bit after Pepperdine’s dismal 2015 season, but that likely had more to do with a misfiring offense than Seabert’s play. Not the smoothest keeper mechanically, so needs good coaching at the next level, but still has potential.
Seabert remains a top goalkeeping prospect in this class after the Waves bounced right back up the table, with the Pepperdine netminder doing her fair share throughout the season. Her flaws are still there, meaning she’s probably more of a developmental goalkeeper than immediate savior, but Seabert stands out amongst the many talented keepers in this class with her size, athletic ability, and shot-stopping prowess.
30. Lindsey Harris – GK – North Carolina
Harris has rocketed from just another member of UNC’s traditional goalkeeping rotation to one of the nation’s best goalkeepers in impressive fashion after some eye-popping displays in 2016 as a senior. Buried on the depth chart for two seasons with the Heels, Harris would first really got a shot in 2014 as she rotated with Bryane Heaberlin for the next two seasons but saw her profile and performances rise to the point that she was the undisputed #1 in Chapel Hill for her final year of eligibility. Harris’ outstanding play against top-flight opposition was a major reason the Heels advanced to another College Cup, as she was under fire from some of the nation’s top attacks on a consistent basis. A brilliant shot-stopper with an ability to make near impossible reflex saves, Harris also plays with a bigger presence than 5’7” frame indicates on paper. Worries? Other than the size, the lack of a ton of experience and minutes is a very slight separator for Harris and the elite in this class. She’s played the equivalent of just two seasons collegiately for the Heels in terms of minutes, but that also means there’s a lot of room to grow. If a team is patient with Harris, she could eventually end up as this class’ best keeper. Continue reading