No dodging this draft

Steinlage eager for her shot at professional soccer
Matt DeYoung
Jan 24, 2014

Annie Steinlage didn’t know what to expect when the National Women’s Soccer League draft was held back on Jan. 17, so instead of agonizing over the draft pick by pick, Steinlage chose to ignore it.

But she couldn’t ignore the text messages and phone calls that began pouring in after she was selected.

“It came as a bit of a surprise, because I really didn’t know what to expect,” said Steinlage, a Grand Haven native who was selected in the third round with the No. 27 overall pick by the Western New York Flash.

“I knew it was a possibility, but I wasn’t expecting it to happen. I get a little nervous about this kind of situation, so I wasn’t watching it, but my coach called me, some teammates, then my friends who saw it on Twitter and other social websites.”

Being selected by the Flash has forced Steinlage to put her soccer career plans on the fast track, which is something that’s made her life a bit hectic lately.

“I’m in the middle of figuring out what I’m going to do,” said Steinlage, who is still a student at Virginia and is still set on earning her degree.

She had planned to finish school, and in the process, explore some options for playing soccer overseas.

Instead, she’s had to speed up her timeline, since tryouts and training camp for the Flash begin before her spring semester wraps up.

Read more of this story in today's print edition or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.

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