Feb. 2, 2003
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – Two members of the Virginia women’s soccer team were selected in Sunday’s Women’s United Soccer Association (WUSA) draft. Kelly Worden (Spring, Texas) and Darci Borski (Philadelphia, Pa.) were selected in succession during the third round of the draft with Worden going to the Boston Breakers and Borski to the Washington Freedom.
Worden, a first-team All-ACC defender in 2002 for the Cavaliers, was selected by Boston with the No. 19 overall selection. Also a 2002 NSCAA first team All-Mid Atlantic region and first team VaSID All-State selection, Worden anchored a defense that ranked among the top ten in the nation in fewest shots per game allowed. Worden scored three goals for the Cavaliers last year while setting a school record with 2,040 minutes played on the season. Worden will join UVa all-time leading scorer Angela Hucles (1996-99) on the Breakers’ roster.
Borski, a second-team All-ACC forward in 2002 for the Cavaliers, was selected by Washington with the No. 20 overall selection. In addition to second team VaSID all-state honors in 2002, Borski was named ACC Player-of-the-Week in consecutive weeks (Oct. 28 and Nov. 4), becoming only the third player in conference history to accomplish that feat. Borski led the Cavaliers in scoring in 2002 with 11 goals and 24 points and finished her career with 30 goals (T-7th in school history) and 76 points (T-6th in school history). Borski joins former UVa standout Lori Lindsey (1998-2001) with the Freedom as Lindsey was sent to Washington in a draft-day trade with San Diego, where Lindsey played last season.
“We are very excited for both Darci and Kelly,” said Virginia head coach Steve Swanson. “To be drafted professionally in any sport is a tremendous honor. It just shows what kind of impact both of these players have had at Virginia thesepast four years. Not only are they talented players, but they also great people and students and we wish them the very best as they head to training camp.”
Worden and Borski will begin their professional careers on April 5 as the WUSA opens their 2003 season. Worden and Boston open the season in San Diego while Borski and Washington open at Carolina.