Jan. 15, 2011

COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Former Texas A&M soccer standout Alyssa Mautz was the 16th overall pick in the 2011 Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) Draft Friday, chosen in the third round by Sky Blue FC of New Jersey.

"In Mautz, we got a very versatile player," Sky Blue FC head coach Jim Gabarra said. "I have heard good things about her. She is a competitor, and she is a winner. Her versatility gives us the ability to plug her in anywhere on the field if needed, and that would be especially valuable during national team call-ups. She has a good presence in the air and is just overall a very good soccer player."

The O'Fallon, Mo., native was Sky Blue FC's first pick in the draft. In three seasons with the Aggies, she was twice named to the All-Big 12 team and earned a spot on the 2010 Big 12 All-Tournament team. Mautz started the 2010 season with her second career hat trick, earning the title of NSCAA National Player of the Week, before garnering to more weekly awards. She led A&M's offense with 29 points on 12 goals and five assists. Mautz also trained with the U.S. U-20 and U-23 teams each summer during college.

Mautz will be joined in New Jersey by fellow Big-12 soccer player Lauren Alkek, a former defender for Oklahoma. Three Big-12 veterans were selected in the 2011 WPS Draft.

These two picks are very good picks for us," Sky Blue FC assistant coach Rick Stainton said. "We got two very talented players, the first being Alyssa Mautz, who is very versatile. She strikes nice long balls and distributes very well."