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  • Writer's pictureEmma Treptow

Rookie Profiles: North Carolina Courage

Updated: Apr 29, 2022

Emily Gray-

Photo courtesy of Virginia Tech Athletics

Team: North Carolina Courage


Position: Midfielder


Hometown: Sewell, New Jersey


College: Virginia Tech


College Number: 4


College Major: Sports Media and Analytics


College Awards: United Soccer Coaches All-Atlantic Region Second Team (2020-21), VaSID All-State First Team (2020), All-ACC Third Team (2020), United Soccer Coaches All-Atlantic Region Third Team (2019), All-ACC Freshman Team (2018), VaSID All-State Second Team (2018, 2019)


Draft Pick: #3 overall


Pro Contract: signed one-year contract with an option for 2023


Quote: “Signing my first professional contract is a dream come true and I would like to thank the NC Courage organization for this opportunity to begin my career,” Gray said. “The environment so far has been fantastic and I hope to grow into my own within this talented team as we look to compete for a championship. This is just the first step and I’m looking forward to the start of the season.”




Diana Ordoñez-

Photo courtesy of UV Athletics

Team: North Carolina Courage


Position: Forward


Hometown: Prosper, Texas


College: Virginia


College Number: 9


College Major: Arts & Sciences Undeclared


College Awards: MAC Hermann Trophy Semifinalist (2021), United Soccer Coaches All-American (2021), First Team All-ACC (2021), Second Team All-ACC (2019, 2020)

United Soccer Coaches All-Region First Team (2020, 2021), VaSID Rookie of the Year (2019), All-ACC Freshman Team (2019)


Draft Pick: #6 overall


Pro Contract: signed one-year contract with an option for 2023


Quote: “I am so grateful to have the opportunity to sign with the Courage,” Ordoñez said. “I’m incredibly excited to be starting my pro career and I couldn’t have asked for a better place to be!”




Kaitlin Fregulia-

Photo courtesy of Long Beach State Athletics

Team: North Carolina Courage


Position: Defender


Hometown: Torrance, California


College: Long Beach State


College Number: 2


College Major: Community Health Education


College Awards: Big West Defensive Player of the Year (2017, 2021), Big West All-Conference First Team (2017, 2021), United Soccer Coaches All-West Region Second Team (2017, 2021), Big West All-Conference Second Team (2019), Big West All-Freshman Team (2016), All-Big West Conference Honorable Mention (2016)


Draft Pick: #12 overall


Pro Contract: signed one-year contract with an option for 2023


Quote: “I’m so excited to be a part of the Courage and take my soccer career to the next level with this club,” Fregulia said. “I have been dreaming of being a pro since I was a little girl, so this moment is super surreal to me. I’m excited to bring a hard-working mentality and willingness to learn and grow to the team.”




Haleigh Stackpole-

Photo courtesy of Ole Miss Athletics

Team: North Carolina Courage


Position: Midfielder


Hometown: Bowling Green, Kentucky


College: Ole Miss University


College Number: 21


College Major: unknown


College Awards: United Soccer Coaches All-Southeast Region Second Team (2021), All-SEC Second Team (2021), United Soccer Coaches All-Southeast Region Third Team (2020), SEC All-Freshman Team (2018)


Draft Pick: #29 overall


Pro Contract: signed one-year contract with an option for 2023


Quote: “This is a very special moment for me,” said Stackpole. “I have dreamed of doing this since I was a young girl and now that I am here I insist on being the best I can possibly be day in and day out. I’m excited to play for a winning team and learn from and play with some of the best players in the league. I’m super excited to be coached by Sean and the staff and gain knowledge on how to compete at the top level. I hope to bring an elite mentality and contagious energy that breeds success and assist in creating an environment that pursues excellence.”




Marisa Bova-

Photo courtesy of Purdue Athletics

Team: North Carolina Courage


Position: Goalkeeper


Hometown: Hartland, Wisconsin


College: Purdue University


College Number: 44


College Major: unknown


College Awards: All-Big Ten Second Team (2021)


Draft Pick: #45 overall


Pro Contract: signed one-year contract with an option for 2023


Quote: “I am beyond grateful to sign with the Courage,” Bova said. “The environment here is special, and I look forward to learning and growing each day.”




Frankie Tagliaferri-

Photo courtesy of Rutgers Athletics

Team: North Carolina Courage


Position: Midfielder


Hometown: Colts Neck, New Jersey


College: Rutgers University (senior year), Penn State University (first three years)


College Number: 19


College Major: Kinesiology


College Awards: All-America First Team (2021), MAC Hermann Trophy Semifinalist (2021)

All-Region First Team (2018, 2020-21, 2021), All-Big Ten First Team (2018, 2020-21, 2021), Big Ten Midfielder of the Year (2021), Senior CLASS Award Finalist (2021), Senior CLASS Award First Team (2021), All-America Second Team (2020-21), All-Big Ten Second Team (2019), Big Ten All-Freshman Team (2017)


Pro Contract: signed one-year contract with an option for 2023


Quote: “Having this opportunity to play for the NC Courage, as well as the coaches and players there, is an absolute dream that I am beyond thankful for,” Tagliaferri said. “Playing in the NWSL, in general, is a huge honor, and has been a dream of mine since I was a little girl. Thank you so much to the Courage and all the staff within the club for giving me this opportunity, I can’t wait to get to work.”

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