Feb. 3, 2003
CLEMSON, SC – Two Clemson Lady Tigers were chosen Sunday in the Women’s United Soccer Association (WUSA) draft at league headquarters in Atlanta, GA. Deliah Arrington was selected in the first round as the sixth overall pick by the Philadelphia Charge. Teammate Heather Beem was the 25th overall pick, the first pick in the fourth round by the New York Power.
Arrington, a senior from Pawley’s Island, SC, was recently named a NSCAA Second-Team All-American as well as to the NSCAA first team All-South Region Team. She also received ACC Player of the Year and first-team All-ACC honors for the 2002 season. Arrington finished the season with 18 goals and seven assists for 43 points. Arrington finished her career first in Clemson history for the most career points (127) and most career goals scored with 50. She also finished fourth in school history for most career assists with 27.
Beem was named first-team All-ACC in addition to being named to the NSCAA third team All-South Region Team this past season. She also had 11 goals and seven assists for 29 points in the 2002 campaign. The senior from Vancouver, WA finished her career ranked eighth in school history for most career points with 79. She is also tied for sixth in Clemson history for most career goals scored with 28. Beem is tied for fifth for most career assists in school history with 23.
“It was no surprise to myself or anyone else from the Clemson community that these two players were drafted as high as they were,” said Clemson head coach Todd Bramble. “We have had the privilege of watching them display their talents for Clemson for the last four years and we are eager to see them continue in their professional soccer careers.”
Arrington and Beem will begin their professional careers when the WUSA season opens on April 5. Arrington and the Charge will open their season at San Diego against the Spirit, while Beem and the Power will open their season in Atlanta versus the Beat.
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