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NWSL Draft: Myra Konte selected by North Carolina Courage in third round

Vanderbilt defender Myra Konte was selected by North Carolina Courage in the 2021 NWSL Draft.
Hunter Long
Myra Konte scores the equalizer against Miami on Friday August 14, 2018. (Photo by Hunter Long)

Vanderbilt defender Myra Konte was selected by the North Carolina Courage with the 30th overall pick in the third round of the 2021 National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) Draft. 

Konte was the only Commodore taken in the 2021 NWSL Draft on Wednesday, and the first Vanderbilt soccer player since the league’s formation to be selected in the draft.

“More to come in future years,” head soccer coach Darren Ambrose said on Twitter. “She is paving the way. But glad we get to keep her her for one more year!”

The NWSL amended its draft eligibility rules in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, deeming all Division-I college seniors eligible. Under the new guidelines, Konte has until Jan. 22 to decide whether she will report to the club immediately, or return to school to use her remaining eligibility. Should she choose to return to Vanderbilt, the Courage will hold her rights until the 2022 preseason. She is expected to return to Vanderbilt for the fall 2021 season.

Konte, a native of Woodbridge, Virginia, has been a starter since her true freshman year in 2017. That season saw Konte log 1,754 minutes for the Commodores, including 13 games with 90 or more minutes, a performance that yielded SEC All-Freshman team honors. She continued to shine in 2018, helping Vanderbilt’s stiff defense concede just seven goals over the course of a 13-game win streak. After capturing the SEC regular season title in 2018, Konte sustained a season-ending injury in 2019 just eight games into the season.

As a senior, Konte was stellar in the 2020 SEC Tournament, Vanderbilt’s first tournament championship since 1994. She recorded an assist and was a pillar of the eventual championship-winning defense, earning her both SEC All-Tournament and Tournament MVP honors.

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Simon Gibbs
Simon Gibbs, Former Sports Editor
Simon Gibbs (‘21) is the former Sports Editor for The Vanderbilt Hustler. He has been on staff since the first semester of his freshman year, previously serving as a Staff Writer, Senior Writer and Deputy Sports Editor. Simon is also the host of VU Sports Wired on Vanderbilt Video Productions and The Hustler Sports 30 on VandyRadio. Simon has attended several events as credentialed media, including the 2019 NFL Draft, 2019 College Baseball World Series and the 2019 SEC Tournament. Outside of his Commodore coverage, Simon has had bylines published on and When he's not writing, you can find Simon watching his hometown New York Mets, waiting for that next ring. For tips, comments or concerns, please reach out to: [email protected]    
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Hunter Long, Former Multimedia Director
Hunter Long (’21) is from Austin, TX and double majored in molecular biology and medicine, health and society. He is an avid lover of film photography, good music and all things coffee. He can be reached at [email protected].    
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