PORTLAND, Ore. – Portland Thorns FC have acquired goalkeeper Britt Eckerstrom from the North Carolina Courage in exchange for two fourth-round picks in the 2018 NWSL College Draft, it was announced today.
“We are excited to welcome Britt to Portland; she is a talented young goalkeeper with a tremendous work ethic and desire to be the best,” said Thorns FC head coach Mark Parsons. “Britt brings great athletic ability and quality distribution, and I look forward to seeing her develop and compete under the guidance of Thorns FC goalkeeper coach Nadine Angerer.”
Eckerstrom, 23, started and played in three games for the Western New York Flash in 2016, posting a 0.67 goals-against average with 16 saves in 270 minutes of action. The 26th overall pick in the 2015 NWSL College Draft out of Penn State University, Eckerstrom was the first goalkeeper selected in that year’s draft.
As a senior in 2015, Eckerstrom helped guide the Nittany Lions to a national championship, recording 15 shutouts, including a streak of eight consecutive shutouts to conclude the season. During her career at Penn State, Eckerstrom recorded a 0.80 goals-against average, posting a .804 save percentage to go along with 24 career shutouts and a record of 61-14-3.
Born: May 28, 1993
Hometown: Germantown, Md.
College: Penn State