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BYU’s Mikayla Colohan taken by Orlando Pride in NWSL draft

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BYU’s Mikayla Colohan drives past Louisville in the NCAA soccer tournament in Provo on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019.

Laura Seitz, Deseret News

Utah Royals FC no longer exists, but there was still some strong local flavor in the 2021 National Women’s Soccer League draft on Wednesday night, as BYU midfielder Mikayla Colohan, who prepped at Davis High School, was taken by the Orlando Pride with the fourth pick of the second round, 14th overall.

Because of the pandemic, Colohan as a senior will have the option of whether to report to the Pride or play her senior season this spring for the Cougars.

As a junior in 2019, the 5-foot-8 Colohan was one of 15 semifinalists for the MAC Hermann Trophy, which is given to the nation’s best player. That came after Colohan scored 16 goals and added seven assists as BYU went 29-2-2 and made the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament.

Colohan, who still holds the Utah state record for most assists in a high school season with 35, is the first player from a Beehive State school to be selected in the NWSL draft since 2018 when a pair of former Cougars, Taylor Isom (URFC) and Nadia Gomes (also the Pride) were taken.