The North Carolina Courage signed Ashley Hatch and Darian Jenkins, each first-round selections, on Monday, the club announced in a press release.
Per league and team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“I am very happy to have two hard working, humble players who have embraced our team culture,” NC Courage Head Coach Paul Riley said in a release. “They are destined for long successful careers in the NWSL, and our staff looks forward to developing all facets of their game.”
Hatch played at Brigham Young University and was selected second overall in the 2017 NWSL Draft by the Courage. At BYU, Hatch scored 47 goals, while recording 21 assists. She was also a finalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy Award and scored two hat tricks in 2016.
“Ashley has the physical tools to play in the NWSL, and now it’s about developing the finer details,” said Riley. “She is eager to learn, her work ethic is fantastic, and our playing style suits her strengths. I’m excited to work with her, and I think being around Jess [McDonald] and Lynn [Williams] will be massive in the learning curve. She has many similarities to the Lynn Williams of two years ago, and we are confident Ashley can develop on the same path and be a proven goal scorer in the NWSL.”
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Jenkins, the seventh overall draft pick,scored 29 goals in her career playing for the UCLA Bruins. She will be listed on the 45-Day Disabled List at the start of the 2017 season due to an injury.
“Darian is an exceptional talent with pace, skill and ability to break down defenses,” said Riley. “Right now she is in full recovery mode, and we look forward to having her healthy and firing on all cylinders. She will be a huge attacking addition and will add even more potency to our attack.”
The North Carolina Courage kick off their inaugural season on April 15 when they visit the Washington Spirit. The Courage will host the Portland Thorns on April 22 in their first home game.