Oklahoma State two-time All-American Melinda Mercado was selected in the third round of the Women’s Professional Soccer Draft in Kansas City, Mo.
Mercado was taken with the third pick of the third round (16th overall pick) by the Boston Breakers. The senior defender is OSU’s highest-ever WPS Draft pick and the second in school history. Kasey Langdon was a sixth-round pick of the Atlanta Beat in the 2010 WPS Draft.
In her final season at OSU, the Sapulpa, Okla.-native was named an NSCAA First-Team All-American and was the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year for the second-straight year. She also earned a spot on the All-Big 12 First Team for the third year in a row.
Mercado started all 26 games at center back in 2011 and led the Cowgirls with over 2,300 minutes played. OSU led the NCAA in goals-against average at 0.337, allowing just nine goals in 26 games, and ranked third in shutout percentage (0.692) as the Cowgirls turned in a nation’s best 18 shutouts.
Mercado set a school record by starting 98 games in her career.
The 2012 WPS Draft included 23 picks by the five WPS teams over four rounds.