Dec. 12, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. --- Departing University of Georgia soccer goalkeeper Ashley Baker has been called in to the England Senior National Team’s camp for the first time in her career, according to an announcement by the squad on Tuesday.
She is one of 24 players who will travel to La Manga, Spain, in January for training as the team gears up for the 2013 UEFA Women’s Championship. Baker – born in Grantham, Lincolnshire, England, though she grew up in Lilburn – most recently played with England’s U23 team and competed with the U20s in the Women’s World Cup in both 2008 and 2010.
As a senior in 2012, Baker posted 112 saves and recorded five shutouts in 19 starts and 1,786 minutes of action. She concluded her Georgia career with 305 career saves, good for fourth all-time, while her 20 career shutouts rank third in the Bulldog record book. She recorded double-figure stops in three games, including a career-best 13 vs. ninth-ranked UCF, just two off the school record.
Following the season she signed a professional contract with Lincoln Ladies FC of the FA Women’s Super League (FA-WSL) – the highest level of women’s football in England.
The England squad will first compete in 2013 at the Cyprus Cup from March 5-13, taking on Italy, New Zealand, and Scotland in the initial group stage.