Two Mountaineers Taken In MLS Draft

West Virginia University men's soccer players Jarrod Smith and Nick Noble were drafted today in the first round of the 2007 MLS Supplemental Draft.

Smith went as the first overall pick in the draft to the MLS' new expansion team Toronto, while Noble went with the seventh overall pick to the Chicago Fire. The duo become the third and fourth Mountaineers, respectively, to be drafted by the MLS. Midfielder Devon McTavish was taken in the fourth round of last season's supplemental draft, while defender Aaron Pitchkolan was chosen in the second round of the 2005 supplemental draft. Both McTavish and Pitchkolan made their teams and have become regular producers in the United States' highest level of professional soccer.

Smith and Noble became the first two WVU men's soccer players to be named All-America since Jon Capon in 1981. They were the first teammates to do so for West Virginia in the same year since defender Pat Sullivan and forward Walt Nistorenko in 1968. The other two Mountaineers to ever be named All-American's were midfielder Ron McEachon in 1967 and defender Joe Okhakhu (1972-74).

Smith, a native of Havelock North, New Zealand, scored 14 goals in 15 matches this season to go along with four assists. The senior forward set the Big East single season conference goals record in 2006 with 12 and the single season conference point record with 28. Smith netted 32 goals in four seasons for WVU, tied for fifth all-time in school history. He is tied for third in school history in career matches played with 74. Noble wrapped up one of the greatest careers in school soccer history in 2006. The Damascus, Md., native ranked nationally throughout the season in goals against average (.63) and save percentage (.864). Noble holds career marks at WVU in matches played (80), goals against average (.88), shutouts (37) and minutes played (7,179), while ranking third in career saves (292).

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