July 10, 2013
KAZAN, Russia --- Former Georgia soccer goalkeeper Ashley Baker helped her Great Britain squad to a 2-1 record in the group stage as the team punched its ticket to the quarterfinals this week at the World University Games in Kazan, Russia.
Baker played all 90 minutes in each of the team’s three games as they posted wins over Brazil and Estonia and suffered a loss to Japan. Great Britain will take on Ireland in the quarterfinals this Thurs., July 11. The semifinals are set for Saturday and the finals Monday.
After graduating from UGA following last season, Baker made her professional debut with Sky Blue FC of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) in early June. She was the 20th overall pick in the league’s college draft in January, selected in the third round. As a senior for UGA last fall, she posted 112 saves and recorded five shutouts in 19 starts and 1,786 minutes of action. She concluded her career with 305 career saves – fourth all-time.
Baker’s international resume includes a call-up to the England Senior National Team in December of 2012, which included a trip to La Manga, Spain as the team geared up for the 2013 UEFA Women’s Championships. She has experience with the England U23 team and played with the U20s in the Women’s World Cup in both 2008 and 2010.