March 11, 2014
ATHENS, Ga. --- Recent Georgia soccer alums Torri Allen and Madeline Barker opened training camp with National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) squads on Monday, in hopes of landing a spot on their respective rosters. Allen is currently working out with the Western New York Flash, while Barker is in camp with the Washington Spirit.
"We are thrilled that both Torri and Maddy have been called in to their respective preseason camps," said Georgia soccer head coach Steve Holeman. "This is the next step in their goal of becoming pro, and they have worked extremely hard to get there. Many top-level players did not make it to this phase in the process, so they are in a select group. We know that their time spent at UGA has prepared them well, and we wish them the best as they compete with and against some of the top players in the world."
Allen was a four-year starter for Georgia on the back line, helping the Bulldogs to some of their best statistical marks defensively while chipping in on the offensive end as well. She finished her career as a three-time All-South Region selection and a two-time All-SEC performer, named to the league's second team in 2013 and to the All-Freshman Team in 2010.
Barker came on strong as a senior, turning in her best season in 2013 as she finished second on the team in goals with a career-high eight tallies. She also added three assists for 19 points. Barker earned a place on the TopDrawerSoccer.com midseason top-100 list and was named All-SEC by College Sports Madness. She concluded her Georgia career with 14 goals and eight assists for 36 points.
Georgia has had its share of players in the pro ranks, most recently goalkeepers Ashley Baker and Michelle Betos with Sky Blue FC and Portland Thorns, respectively.