Kelly Parker Selected In Women's Pro Soccer International Draft
Sept. 25, 2008
UTEP soccer assistant coach Kelly Parker was chosen in the fourth round by Sky Blue FC (N.Y./N.J.) in the initial Women’s Pro Soccer (WPS) international draft on Wednesday. The achievement is the latest in a string of accolades for the former Miner (1999-2002), who continues to be a star both on the pitch as a player and on the sideline as a coach.
The WPS kicks off play in spring of 2009, with ambitions of being the premier women’s soccer league in the world and the global standard by which women’s professional sports are measured.
Parker is certainly no stranger to professional soccer, having been a perennial standout in the USL’s W-League upon concluding her career with the Miners. She has been a force to be reckoned with since her rookie campaign (2003), in which she accumulated 32 points thanks to 13 goals and six assist.
In 2004, Parker was dominant from the opening match on the way to being selected as the league’s Most Valuable Player. Among her accomplishments were 18 goals that season while becoming the first player to finish in the top two in scoring in consecutive years at the top level of the W-League.
The following year, she led the Fury to a 13-1 record and a spot in the W-League finals. Parker did so by netting 14 goals (second) and nine assists (tied second) to rank second in the league with 37 points.
Parker appeared in 12 games in 2006, compiling two goals and six helpers.
In 2007 Parker experienced an MVP type of season while guiding the Fury to their first unbeaten campaign and regular-season W-League championship with an 11-0-1 record. The former Canadian international played in all 12 matches, registering nine goals and four assists. She finished ninth in the league in both points and goals.
Last year, Parker joined Indiana FC and contributed 13 points (four goals and five helpers) on the way to leading the Lionesses to an appearance in the championship match.
Before starring professionally, Parker enjoyed a storied career with the Miners. At the time of her graduation she was the program’s record holder in points (84), with 30 of those courtesy of a UTEP-best 30 career assists.
During her senior season, Parker was an instrumental part of the UTEP team which went on to record a 16-3 mark and lead the nation in scoring at 4.42 goals per game. She recorded a school-record 19 assists, with the 1.0 apg the tops in the country.