Harvard standout Murphy Agnew tabbed as NWSL Discovery Player
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard women’s soccer forward Murphy Agnew has been identified as a Discovery Player by the National Women’s Soccer League’s (NWSL) OL Reign. One of the founding members of the league, the organization runs its operation out of Tacoma, Washington.
As a discovery player, the OL Reign owned Agnew’s playing rights if she decided to forgo her senior campaign in Cambridge. The New Hope, Pennsylvania native, however, has decided to return to the Crimson in 2021. In the meantime, Agnew will train with the club, while taking spring classes remotely at Harvard.
In her most recent season, Agnew was named the 2019 Ivy League Offensive Player of the Year and was a unanimous choice for the all-conference first team. She became the 10th player in school history to earn Ivy player-of-the-year honors and the sixth Harvard athlete to capture both conference rookie- and player-of-the-year accolades in a career.
On the pitch, Agnew led the Ivy League in 2019 with four goals and 11 points during Ancient Eight play, and finished her junior season with seven goals and 22 points. Agnew’s effort in ’19 helped Harvard put together a highly successful season as it posted a 12-3-1 record (5-1-1 Ivy). The Crimson’s season win total matched its most since the 2013 campaign.
The three-time all-Ivy selection has 13 goals and 17 assists for her career, and now has the option of joining an OL Reign organization that features a roster headlined by Megan Rapinoe, a two-time World Cup champion and Olympic gold medalist. Rapinoe is also a member of the US Women’s National Team and a teammate of former Harvard standout Margaret Purce ’17.