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Saugus grad Fisher drafted by pro soccer team

Former University of Virginia standout selected by Washington Spirit

Posted: January 22, 2014 10:21 p.m.
Updated: January 22, 2014 10:21 p.m.
 

Former Saugus High School and University of Virginia standout Shasta Fisher was selected 29th overall by the Washington Spirit of the National Women’s Soccer League, and will now head to the nation’s capital to continue her accomplished career.

After signing up for the draft before January, Fisher said she was expecting teams to call her for a tryout, but not to get drafted.

Her name was called last Friday.

“I wasn’t expecting to get drafted,” Fisher said. “It’s only 36 players out of over a hundred-something out there, so I thought it was a pretty long shot.”

Such modesty is nothing new from Fisher, who earned The Signal’s 2010 All-Santa Clarita Valley Player of the Year after selflessly moving from position to position to help fill voids in the Centurions roster.

Following her stint at Saugus, Fisher went on to compete with the University of Virginia Cavaliers women’s soccer team.

Her career with the Cavaliers came to a close on Dec. 6, when Virginia fell in penalty kicks to eventual national champion UCLA in the NCAA semifinals.

She started in 25 games this past season and tallied one goal and three assists in those games.

Now, Fisher is taking her skills to the professional level, as her and three other Cavaliers were selected in the NWSL draft.

The Spirit team that Fisher will join is relatively new, having been founded in 2012. But that isn’t necessarily a bad thing according to Fisher.

“I’m just excited to play with the best soccer players out there,” Fisher said. “Especially Crystal Dunn, who we (Spirit) selected first overall. I played against her when she was at the University of North Carolina and she’s absolutely amazing, so that’s pretty cool.”

According to Fisher, if she wasn’t playing soccer still she would “be figuring out her life.”

The professional season begins in April, just enough time for Fisher to adjust to a new home and a new team.

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