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NWSL Portland Thorns select Sleepy Hollow native and
AYSO 220 alum Sam Coffey as No. 12 pick in 2021 NWSL Draft!


Sleepy Hollow and AYSO220 Tarrytown/Sleepy Hollow is abeam with pride for one of its own, as the NWSL's Portland Thorns selected Penn State senior Sam Coffey with the No.12 overall pick in the January 2021 NWSL draft.  

Coffey, a midfielder from Sleepy Hollow, New York, earned All-America honors in both 2019 and 2018, has been one of the most dynamic players in college soccer. In her first season in Happy Valley in 2019, she finished second in the Big Ten in points (32) and netted 11 goals and added 10 assists and was named to the first team All-North Region and first team All-Big Ten teams. Prior to her time at Penn State, Coffey played two seasons (2017-18) at Boston College, earning first team All-America honors in 2018 and was the ACC Midfielder of the Year.

She transferred to Penn State in 2019 and was a finalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy, the highest individual honor in college soccer. In her premier campaign with the Nittany Lions, Coffey started 24 games while recording 11 goals and 10 assists, earning her a place in the All-Big Ten First Team. Per a waiver approved by the NCAA, players selected in the draft will have the option to retain their college eligibility for the spring 2021 season.

Sam Coffey stats:
-- No. 12 pick in the 2021 NSWL draft by the Portland Thorns.
-- "A difference maker in the final third" who will have a big impact as a professional
        player, according to Thorns coach Mark Parsons.
-- Academic All-American who graduated Penn State magna cum laude
-- Former first-team All-American
-- Member of U.S. Soccer U-23, U-20, U-18 and U-17 teams 
-- Started her soccer journey with AYSO in Tarrytown/Sleepy Hollow at age 5, playing
       for coach Bridget Bentley and the Hedgehogs (wearing #2 in a bright pink uniform.)
-- Played AYSO and AYSO travel soccer for three years.

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