Courtesy: Duke Sports Information Release: 01/09/2012
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DURHAM, N.C. - Former Duke University goalkeeper Allison Lipsher has signed a contract with the Atlanta Beat of Women’s Professional Soccer.
“Alli is a fantastic player,” said Beat head coach James Galanis. “She is not really lacking in any department when it comes to her position. On the field, she is a well-rounded goalkeeper who is excellent in all areas of the game. She is just solid.”
Lipsher started all seven appearances for the Beat in 2011 with 44 saves and one shutout. After Week Two and Week Three double-digit save performances, she became the first player in league history to earn back to back WPS Player of the Week honors. Her Week Two effort included 11 saves against Sky Blue FC (NY/NJ) for a 1-0 home victory on April 6. She then collected 13 saves in a Week Three draw against the Western New York Flash on April 24.
“I am really looking forward to building on things from last season,” said Lipsher. “[Coach Galanis] worked really hard to develop players, and that has been his mindset from the beginning.”
Following the 2011 season, Lipsher served as goalkeeper coach at the University of Arizona. She is now spending a second straight offseason in the Australian women’s professional league.
“Playing overseas is going to give her tremendous experience in goal,” said Galanis. “As a goalkeeper, Alli needs games. She’s got the skill and the physical fitness, but she needs to get in as many games as she can. I expect her to come back even better than she was last season.”
A native of Honolulu, Hi., the goalkeeper initially inked with the Beat as a free agent in 2011 following her first offseason in Australia. She began her professional career in the 2009 WPS inaugural season with the Boston Breakers where she started 10 of 11 appearances, logging 928 minutes, 37 saves, and a 0.58 goals against average (GAA). Lipsher starred at Duke University from 2004-07, finishing her career with the second most shutouts and a school best 0.87 goals-against average.
“The fans in Atlanta were so loyal and supportive to us last season,” said the goalkeeper. “That provides something really special to play in front of at your home stadium. This is a very attractive place to be, and I am excited for another year.”
Lipsher and all Atlanta Beat players report for preseason on March 1, 2012. She is one of two former Duke soccer players who have signed with the Beat as 2006 alum Rebecca Moros is on the squad.
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