Absegami High School graduate Erica Skroski will play professional soccer next season.

Sky Blue FC of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) announced Wednesday that it has exercised the 2017 options on 16 players from its 2016 roster, including Skroski.

In January, Skroski was selected 23rd overall in the 2016 NWSL Draft in Baltimore by Sky Blue. Skroski started every game this season, scored a goal and played in all but about six minutes.

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WomensSoccerWeekly.com selected her as the NWSL Rookie of the Year.

“She’s been absolutely fantastic,” Sky Blue FC coach Christy Holly said. “Nothing seems to faze her. She keeps herself grounded and takes the time to ask questions to improve her game.

“She played every minute of every game for us, minus about six minutes, so that absolutely speaks to her character and her ability.”

Sky Blue also picked up options for goalkeepers Caroline Casey and Caroline Stanley; defenders Kristin Grubka and Erin Simon; midfielders Kelly Conheeney, Sarah Killion, Taylor Lytle, Raquel Rodriguez and Nikki Stanton; and forwards Kim DeCesare, Leah Galton, Maya Hayes, Tasha Kai, Danielle Schulmann and Catherine Zimmerman.

Sky Blue is also finalizing a new contract with forward Sam Kerr, while defenders Kelley O’Hara and Christie Rampone remain on the club’s roster as federation players. Additionally, the team announced that defender CoCo Goodson and midfielder Shawna Gordon have indicated they will be retiring.

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Started at The Press in 1993 as an Ocean County reporter. Moved to the copy desk in 1994 until taking over as editor of At The Shore in 1995. Became deputy sports editor in 2004 and was promoted to sports editor in 2007.

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