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Defensive power duo Collins, Anderson drafted into NWSL

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JANUARY 16, 2023

After the 2023 National Women’s Soccer League Draft on Wednesday, Jan. 11 Sydney Collins and Angelina Anderson will move on from Cal women’s soccer and begin their professional careers.

Collins was picked No. 8 overall in the first round by the North Carolina Courage. She tied with former Bear, Ifeoma Onumonu, for the highest pick in program history. During her five-year career, Collins was the backbone of the Cal defense. She was named a captain during her junior and senior years and was included in the 2022 All-Pacific Region second team for her contributions last season.

Anderson was picked 27 overall in the third round by Angel City FC. Anderson served as the starting goalkeeper for the Bears throughout her four-year career, making 242 saves with a 78.8% save percentage. During her freshman year, she was named Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Year and Pac-12 Freshman of the Year.

Angel City FC is located in Los Angeles, CA and it is owned by many high-profile women, such as Becky G, Eva Longoria and Serena Williams.

Collins and Anderson are the eighth and ninth Bears selected in the NWSL Draft. As they take the next step in their careers, they leave behind impressive legacies at Cal.

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JANUARY 16, 2023