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Lindsay Elston began her professional career with the Houston Dash of the NWSL.
Elston Begins Pro Career With Houston Dash
Release: 04/15/2014
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HOUSTON – The beginning of the season for the National Women’s Soccer League in underway and this year one more Husky has joined the professional ranks. Senior Lindsay Elston earned a spot with the Houston Dash for their inaguarl season, months after finishing her Husky career last fall.

Elston joins three other former Dawgs in the NWSL, those being veterans Hope Solo and Kate Deines of the Seattle Reign and Veronica Perez of the Washington Spirit.

Elston was not drafted, but invited to the Dash camp as a trialist and earned a spot on the team. She has already made her debut, coming on as a reserve in the Dash’s first game last weekend.

“To be living my childhood dream means more than I could ever explain,” said Elston. “The NWSL is one of, if not the, top league in the world. To go out every day and compete with some the best players in the world has been an incredible experience. I'm just a rookie out of college, but after listening to other players’ experiences, it's clear that the Houston Dash is already one of the most well run organizations across the league. The standard has been set and I’m proud to be part of the first Houston team, but more importantly a special group of people.”

Husky head coach Lesle Gallimore is proud of Elston, despite a tough senior season. Elston led the Dawgs in goals in 2012, but did not find the scoring touch in 2013 as part of a disappointing finish to the season.

“I’m excited that Lindsay has gone to Houston and earned a place on their roster,” said Gallimore. “It has been so great to follow her journey as an invited trialist, to making the roster, to playing and having several quality minutes in the inaugural match for the Houston Dash. I’m just thrilled for her. Lindsay, as we all know, is a talented athlete and a quality soccer player. Her development during her time at UW was fun to watch, and although her senior season was a disappointment for her I’m happy to see that she could still learn and grow from a less than ideal situation and carry that resilience forward into her professional career.”

Elston is also happy to join such a talented group of Husky alums in the pros and takes the responsibility of representing her school with pride.

“I feel a sense of pride when I think about what that means,” said Elsotn. “Not just for myself, but what it means for my school, my teammates and coaches who helped me achieve this. I wouldn't be here without each and every one of them and the experiences we went through together. As for being one of the four, quite honestly, I don't consider myself there yet. Making the roster, playing pre-season games and signing the first contract has all been a dream, but I won't feel like I’ve truly made it in this league until I'm integral to helping my team win. I still have a lot of work to do and I plan on leaving my mark, just like my fellow Huskies have.”

With Houston, Elston will play under head coach Randy Waldrum.

“Randy is a great coach for Lindsay as he has seen her play with the U-20’s and when our UW team played Notre Dame,” said Gallimore. “We had several conversations about Elston prior to the NWSL draft and I’m so pleased he took a chance her and now I know he’s happy he did. She has her foot in the door now and the skies the limit if she keeps working hard and keeps her mind open to learning more about the game from the Dash coaches and the experienced players around her. I’m excited to follow her career and proud of her for sticking with it!”

Elston understands the challenge in front of her and will look to lessons learned at UW to help her achieve her goals.

“We all face challenges and get knocked down in life,” said Elston. “What matters is how you pick yourself up! I didn’t end my career at UW the way I wanted to, but I wasn’t going to let that stop me from pursuing my dream of continuing on to the NWSL. Everything that pushed me during my time at UW enabled me to grow and ultimately prepared me for this opportunity. I say opportunity because nothing is set and stone for me as a pro. Each day, practice, game... they're all opportunities to show what you can do and why you belong. Playing at UW helped me acquire the mentality to fight for what I want. Even though I probably should let myself feel proud of what I accomplished to get here, I also understand that the real work begins now. The players on this team, in this league and coming next year are all talented. What separates players at this level is your willingness and dedication to put in the work to stay. I have the fight and work ethic to never give up because of my four years at UW.”

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