As of Friday, January 18, 2013
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Parkview grad and former University of Georgia goalkeeper Ashley Baker was the 20th overall pick in the National Women's Soccer League College Draft on Friday. She was taken in the third round by New Jersey-based Sky Blue FC.
The brand-new NWSL is the top professional women's league in the United States, set to begin competition this spring. It includes eight teams -- each of which selected four college players Friday.
Currently in Spain training with the England Senior National Team, Baker has extensive international experience as the goalkeeper for the U-23 and U-20 England squads, playing in the Women's World Cup in 2008 and 2010.
As a senior for UGA in 2012, Baker posted 112 saves and recorded five shutouts in 19 starts and 1,786 minutes of action. She wrapped up her Bulldog playing career with 305 career saves, good for fourth all-time in the record book, while her 20 career shutouts are third all-time at Georgia. She recorded double-figure saves in three games last season, including a career-high 13 vs. No. 9 UCF, just two shy of the school record.