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Former Cook Inlet. S.C. Player Ariela Lewis To Enter the NWSL Draft
Posted Jan 17, 2018

Former Cook Inlet. S.C. Player Ariela Lewis To Enter the NWSL Draft

Cook Inlet S.C. is proud to announce former 95G Velocity player Ariela Lewis will be entering the 2018 National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) Draft. The current Alabama State forward finished here career as the 2018 NCAA nation's career leading scorer with 53 goals and 134 points. She also ranks 4th in career assists.

In 2018 Lewis was named the Offensive Player of the Year.  This is the second consecutive season that Lewis was named SWAC Offensive Player of the Year.  Lewis led the conference in goals with 12, and was tied for the league lead in points with 26.  Lewis also ranked first in points per game this season, scoring 1.62 points per contest.

“It’s an honor to be representing Anchorage and soccer girls everywhere who dream of getting here one day. I hope to be among the 40 selected but if not, best be sure I will be attending tryouts and giving everything I got until I hear every ‘no’ I can around the world. But until then, I can’t wait for draft day and drafted or not, it has been a wonderful feeling an experience being apart of it 

Cook Inlet was my starting point in my love for the sport and honestly I don’t think I’d be where I was without the coaches and programs. So big thanks to Cook Inlet Soccer Club for all of its continued support and a big thanks to my parents for the support and love while on the journey and that I hope I can make them proud, starting January 18th and onward", said Lewis.

In addition to playing with Cook Inlet S.C. Lewis was also played at Dimond High School in Anchorage.

The 2018 NWSL College Draft will take place on Thursday, January 18, at 10 a.m. ET at the United Soccer Coaches Convention in Philadelphia. The draft, which is open to the public and media, will be held in the CC Grand Ballroom at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. It will be livestreamed on Facebook.com/NWSLYouTube.com/NWSL.