In the trade that brought Lindsay Tarpley to St. Louis, the Athletica traded young goalkeeper Jillian Loyden, leaving a vacancy to be filled. With the No. 19 overall pick, St. Louis had no doubts when they selected University of North Carolina goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris to join the team.
"This is a great opportunity for me to work with Hope Solo and learn from her,” said Harris to the WPS.
During her senior season, Harris was the third best in the nation in goals against average (0.416) and lead her team to the second-best shutout percentage in the nation (0.704).
Harris has had an impressive career, both at UNC and on the international stage as well. Beginning her collegiate career rehabbing two ACL injuries, but came back in time to play in all six NCAA Tournament games. In 2007 and 2008, Harris split time in goal with Anna Rodenbough.
Training with the full national team in September 2009, Harris continues to earn a place in the national team pool. Among her more notable national team statistics, Harris played every minute of the 2002 U-19 Women's World Cup, leading the US to the gold medal in a 1-0 win over Canada. Athletica teammate Lindsay Tarpley scored the lone goal in the final game). Harris was also a member of the 2004 US U-19 World Championship team.
Harris will provide an experienced and stable presence in the goal should Solo have National Team duties.