Parkview grad Ashley Baker, who recently finished her career as a University of Georgia goalkeeper, has been called up to England's Women's Soccer National Team for the first time in her career.
Baker 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, who was born in Grantham, Lincolnshire, England and grew up in Lilburn -- most recently played with England's Under-23 team and competed with the Under-20s in the Women's World Cup in both 2008 and 2010.
As a UGA 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 soccer 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.