USWNT: Casey Murphy
Article Originally published at Girlssoccernetwork.com
With the last week of College Rules month at GSN upon us, we’ve got one last chance to show some love to a college soccer star who is likely to be destined for greatness at the next level. This week’s WCW is a goalkeeper who hails from the same alma mater as reigning FIFA Player of the Year, Carli Lloyd. Casey Murphy is the best goalkeeper in this upcoming class of players, and she’s a surefire top 10 pick next year. Remember her name. She’s got some serious talent.
Casey Murphy’s soccer career began to flourish in the state of New Jersey, a place that knows a little something about producing superstars (i.e. Carli Lloyd and Tim Howard). She came out of Bridgewater and was among the top recruits in the state before deciding to attend Rutgers.
Murphy has been a brick wall in goal ever since she suited up for the Scarlet Knights three years ago. She learned from her mistakes as a freshman and turned herself into a Second Team All-American as a sophomore. Murphy only allowed 10 goals in 26 appearances that season, and that was also good enough to earn her a spot on the USWNT U-20 team.
After captaining a World Cup side in 2016, she’s back for her junior season, and she’s been dominant since she got back to Piscataway. Murphy has racked up 30 saves in 10 games with one goal allowed, and Rutgers are 8–0–2 right now. The Scarlet Knights are ranked №13 in the nation, and Murphy is rated as the ninth best college player in the nation. With Murphy in the net and the Rutgers playing so well, they’re the early favorites to win the Big 10.
It’s safe to say that Murphy is going to be adding plenty of material to her highlight reel of saves throughout the season. If she chooses to go pro, then any team looking for a keeper as a cornerstone should definitely snag Murphy at the 2017 NWSL draft.