LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech soccer senior Rebekah O’Brien & former Red Raider standout Alli Murphy have signed new professional contracts to continue their soccer careers.
O’Brien, a native of Spring, Texas, inked her first pro contract with Ravaen in Sweden. Murphy, a Red Raider letterwinner from 2012-15, signed with the Houston Dash in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) after playing in Sweden last season.
O’Brien, a four-year letterwinner defender for the Red Raiders, will join the squad at the beginning of April for the 2018 campaign, which will run until the end of October.
“We are thrilled for Rebekah and her opportunity to pursue her goals of being a professional soccer player overseas,” Texas Tech head coach Tom Stone said. “She set her sights on this years ago and has made it happen through a lot of hard work and strong commitment to her craft. Her athleticism and technical ability will serve her quite well in Europe and we can’t wait to see how she progresses in her career.”
At Texas Tech, O’Brien played in 80 matches, starting 55, including all 39 during her last two seasons in the scarlet & black. She recorded 13 points in the form of four goals and five assists, while helping the Red Raiders to 33 clean sheets during her time at Texas Tech. O’Brien also helped the Red Raiders to three-straight NCAA Tournament appearances and the program’s first Big 12 championship in 2015.
Murphy was drafted by the Washington Spirit in the second round of the 2016 draft. After playing in Sweden to advance her career, she was invited to join the Houston Dash in their preseason camp & was signed to a contract for the 2018 campaign.
“Alli has had quite the journey to becoming a contracted player in the best women’s pro league in the world,” Stone said. “Alli is certainly one of the most stubborn and committed soccer players we’ve ever had at Texas Tech and I say that in the best possible way. She was ultra-determined to make it back to the NWSL and make a roster this year. It’s a huge credit to Alli’s willingness to travel the world in an effort to develop her game and come back ready to show what she could do at this level. We can’t wait to watch Murphy play this year and wish her all the success in the world – she has certainly earned it.”
Murphy completed her Texas Tech career in 2015 with 13 goals as a midfielder for the scarlet & black, including three in her senior season. Murphy was a prime distributor for a heralded Texas Tech offense, racking up 25 career assists, which sits at third all-time in the Red Raider record books. Her 12 assists during the 2014 season shattered the single-season mark at Texas Tech, helping set the Red Raiders up for 48 goals. That year, she also posted the individual record for assists in a game with four against Oral Roberts.
O’Brien joins six other former Texas Tech student-athletes who are currently playing professional soccer.