A day after her graduation, Emily Gray made Virginia Tech Women’s Soccer history by being selected No. 3 overall by the North Carolina Courage in the 2022 NWSL Draft.
"There are not enough words to describe today," said Gray. "I was just watching the TV screen and once I heard my name called, I was shocked. I am really excited and grateful for the opportunity."
The Sewell, N.J. native became the third Hokie to be selected in the annual draft by the NWSL, joining Jazmine Reeves, who was selected No. 21 overall in 2014, and Mandy McGlynn, who was taken No. 20 overall in 2020.
During her four-year career in Blacksburg, Gray made 69 total appearances for the Hokies and stands as one of the greatest players in program history sitting tied for fourth with 27 goals and ranks second with 24 assists.
The midfielder orchestrated some incredible runs for the Hokies as well, making three NCAA Tournaments which included an appearance in the Sweet 16 back in 2018.
Her on-field performances did not go unnoticed as she was decorated as a three-time selection to the United Soccer Coaches All-Atlantic Region Team and a two-time All-ACC honoree.
Her professional career will begin in a familiar location at WakeMed Soccer Park. The location which serves as the venue for all Courage home matches, was also the site for ACC Women’s Soccer Championships.
"North Carolina is not too far away,” said Gray. “Tech has played at that stadium before. I hope my current teammates can come watch me play with my future teammates."
The 2022 NWSL season will be a celebratory campaign for the league, as it marks its historic 10th anniversary season. The Challenge Cup tournament will kick things off on Saturday, March 19, 2022.