Ashley Baker is among the British soccer players eligible for selection to the 2012 Great Britain Olympic team.
Dec. 17, 2011
ATHENS, Ga. --- University of Georgia junior goalkeeper Ashley Baker has been included on the "long list" from which the British Olympic Association (BOA) will select the 2012 Great Britain Olympic soccer team roster, it was announced this week.
Baker received notice of her inclusion on the list on Fri., Dec. 16 in a letter from head coach Hope Powell, who coaches both the England National Team and the Great Britain and Northern Ireland Olympic squad.
Powell will pare down the list in March 2012 before choosing her team at the beginning of July in anticipation of the 2012 Summer Olympics. The games are being held in London, with the soccer tournament slated for July 25-Aug. 9.
"Ashley has worked extremely hard to put herself in this once-in-a-lifetime situation," said UGA goalkeepers coach Jonathan Harvey. "She is a very instinctual goalkeeper who plays with tremendous energy. Ashley always competes day in and day out at training, which should give her a fantastic chance to make the Olympic team."
Baker has extensive experience playing for England, most recently with the U23 squad in the La Manga tournament in Spain in February, and she was a member of the U20 Women's World Cup squad in both 2008 and 2010. In 2009 she helped the England U19s to the European Championship.
As a junior in 2011, Baker started all 22 games in goal, logging over 2,000 minutes. She posted six shutouts on the strength of 96 saves, posting a 1.20 goals-against average and a save percentage of 0.780. She was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Week on Sept. 5 after stellar play at the Minnesota Gold Classic, where she earned Defensive MVP honors. She was also named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District team and to the All-South Region third team.