Coach Todd Shulenberger and Washington State hoped Trinity Rodman would take the Cougars’ accomplished women’s soccer program to another stratosphere.

Instead, the talented forward leaves Pullman without having played a single game for the Cougars.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Rodman never had an opportunity to lace up her cleats for WSU last fall, and the country’s top recruit has elected to bypass college soccer altogether.

Rodman, a standout for the United States Under-20 national team was the No. 2 pick by the Washington Spirit in the NWSL draft, which took place virtually Wednesday. Unlike in years past, the NWSL no longer required all players to register for its draft, although Rodman was still required to do so as an underclassman.

According to Jeff Kassouf of Equalizer Soccer, only “a couple dozen players” had registered for the draft last week, prompting the NWSL to modify its rules. There were 40 total selections to be made in the 2021 draft.

Under Shulenberger, the Cougars had advanced to the NCAA tournament eight years in a row leading into the 2020 fall season, which was pushed back to the spring as a result of the pandemic.

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Rodman, who spent years playing internationally for U.S. Soccer, was expected to have an immediate impact for WSU, coming off the best season in program history. The 2019 Cougars won a program-record 16 games and made a deep postseason run, advancing to the College Cup before losing to No. 2 North Carolina.

Rodman, a Newport Beach, California, native, was initially committed to Pac-12 powerhouse UCLA before flipping to WSU, where older brother DJ is a forward for Kyle Smith’s men’s basketball team.

“Once DJ went to Washington, I told my mom I’m not leaving California, I’m not going to Washington because she was pushing me, she wanted us at the same school,” Trinity told Pac-12 Networks host Ashley Adamson during an August interview with the Rodman siblings. “… Then I went up to DJ’s school, I got to meet the soccer team, I got to see one of their games, I got to see DJ at school doing his thing and I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, I want to be here.’ ”

The daughter of NBA Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman, Trinity scored eight goals and added six assists, helping the U.S. to the 2020 CONCACAF U-20 women’s championship. Rodman scored two goals in the championship game against Mexico.

Reign get defender

The OL Reign had one pick in the NWSL draft. They used it on Texas A&M defender Jimena Lopez in the third round at pick No. 28.
Lopez has represented Mexico in the U-15, U-17 and U-20 levels.
She was named the 2019 SEC midfielder of the year and the 2020 SEC Co-Defender of the year.

Men’s Basketball

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