Jan. 13, 2012
East Lansing, Mich. - Michigan State senior Laura Heyboer (Hudsonville, Mich.) was selected by Sky Blue FC in Friday's Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) Draft. Sky Blue, which plays atRutgers' Yurcak Field in Piscataway, NJ, made the Spartans' all-time leading scorer their 19th pick in the draft. The 2012 WPS Draft was held Friday in Kansas City, and Sky Blue FC owned three of the first nine picks in the event.
Women's Professional Soccer (WPL) has five teams, and a schedule which begins in April. Games are played weekly throughout the spring and into the middle of August. Sky Blue went 5-9-4 in 2011
A Kinesiology major with a 3.56 G.P.A., Heyboer finished her career as the all-time leading scorer in Michigan State history. A four-time All-Big Ten Conference first team selection, Heyboer helped Michigan State win a program-best seven Big Ten games this season. She is only one of five players to be named first team All-Big Ten four times in her career. She will graduate with school records for goals scored (57), assists (25), points (139) and game-winning goals (19). A native of Hudsonville, Mich., she is the fourth-leading scorer in Big Ten history. She scored 18 goals as a senior, the eighth-highest mark in NCAA Division I. In December, Heyboer was named a first team CoSIDA Academic All-America.