With the last pick in the third round of the 2018 NWSL College Draft the Houston Dash selected Sydney Abigail Elinsky. The midfielder, who goes by Abby, is an extremely versatile player who has found playing time all over the field as a collegiate player. Elinsky spent the early part of 2016 off the bench for the University of North Carolina as a holding center midfielder before finding herself further up the field at the forward position. As a sophomore she played as both a midfielder and a defender.
Not a bad way to kick off our tournament! Goals from Elinsky, Ashley & Goff in the win over High Point pic.twitter.com/hKTwcgHSCZ— UNC Women's Soccer (@ncwomenssoccer) November 12, 2017
Elinsky started in 19 games her senior year at UNC scoring two goals and four assists. The Rocky River, Ohio native was named as an All-ACC Tournament top 11 player in 2017. Her sophomore year she played in 19 games and followed it up with a 21 game season her junior year. As a junior she scored her first goal as a Tar Heel in a NCAA tournament first round win against Liberty. She played at UNC for three years after spending her freshman year at the University of Illinois. As a freshman at Illinois she started all 20 games and was named to the All-Big Ten Freshman team.
Elinsky was name the 2013-2014 Gatorade Ohio Girls Soccer Player of the Year and NSCAA All-American as a high schooler. She set a Rocky River High School school record with 43 goals and 19 assists during her senior season. She finished her high school career with 108 goals and 49 assists.
Since Vera Pauw has taken over the Dash the team seems to be focusing on bringing in players who can play multiple positions on the field. Elinsky fits the bill with her playing time at nearly every position.