July 11, 2013
KAZAN, Russia --- Former Georgia soccer goalkeeper Ashley Baker and her Great Britain teammates posted a commanding 8-0 shutout victory over Ireland Thursday in the quarterfinals of the World University Games, advancing to meet Brazil in semifinal action on Saturday.
Great Britain moved out of Group ‘C’ with two wins earlier in the week over Brazil and Estonia, while suffering one loss to Japan. Brazil today posted a 3-1 win over Chinese Taipei in their quarterfinal. The other Saturday semifinal matchup will feature South Africa and Mexico.
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.