COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State women’s soccer players Ashley Bowyer and Lauren “Taz” Robertson were each selected in the fifth round of the Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) Draft held Friday in Philadelphia.

Bowyer was selected with the third pick of the fifth round by FC Gold Pride while Robertson was taken four picks later by D.C. Freedom.

“It was great to be in the room and see Ohio State come up on the board and it is a great opportunity for both Ashley and Taz,” head coach Lori Walker said from Philadelphia where she just received her 2009 Great Lakes Region Coach of the Year award. “It is a testament to how hard both of these girls have worked. Ashley and Taz are the kind of players every coach wishes they could have on their team.”

It will mean a trip back to California for Bowyer, a native of Aliso Viejo who is busy at the U.S. Under-23 National Team camp in Carson City. A 2009 NSCAA third-team All-American and first-team All-Big Ten selection, Bowyer helped lead the Buckeyes to the NCAA tournament and a ranking as high as No. 11 nationally, scoring four goals and dishing out five assists in 2009. The two-year captain started 82 career games, fourth-most all-time at Ohio State, and ranks fifth on the career assists list with 16. Last week, Bowyer received her third Academic All-Big Ten award.

“I’m very excited to be back playing in California, even if it is a few hours away,” Bowyer said with a laugh. “This is a great opportunity for me and it’s an honor to be drafted.”

Robertson will be headed to play for the D.C. Freedom, a 2009 WPS playoff team. A third-team All-Great Lakes Region and second-team All-Big Ten selection, Robertson posted one of the most dominant seasons in program history in 2009, recording an Ohio State record 12 shutouts and a 0.63 goals-against average, the second-best ever. The 29 career shutouts posted by the Mission Viejo, Calif., native are the most ever at Ohio State and second-most all-time in Big Ten history. Taz’s career goals-against average of 1.03 ranks second at Ohio State and her 283 career saves are the third-most in program history.

“It is definitely one of the happiest moments of my life,” Robertson said. “This is a dream come true and the fact that it has come true is unreal. I’m looking forward to getting started.”

Training camp will begin in March for both teams.