Ashley Mason was named to the 2003 NSCAA West Region second team.
Jan. 21, 2004
SALT LAKE CITY - Utah goalkeeper Ashley Mason will participate in the U.S. Under-19 Women's Soccer National Team training camp, Jan. 23-Feb. 1 in Carson, Calif.
Mason is one of 24 players, including four goalkeepers, head coach Tracey Leone has invited to the training camp. Leone will use the 10-day camp to evaluate players for selection to the U.S. team that will enter CONCACAF Qualifying in May for the 2004 U-19 Women's World Cup, to be held Nov. 10-27 in Thailand.
Mason, a native of Sunnyvale, Calif., recently completed her freshman season at Utah. She ranked first in the NCAA in goals-against average (.301), allowing just four goals and making 58 saves in 16 games. Mason helped lead the Utes to a 16-2-2 record, the Mountain West Conference regular-season and tournament titles, and the NCAA Tournament.
"I'm very excited. This is a great opportunity and something that very few players get to experience," said Mason. "Just getting the chance to train with players at that level will really help develop the technical and tactical parts of my game. My teammates at Utah deserve a lot of credit for this. They played great in front of me, and their efforts allowed me to have a season worthy of getting selected to attend this camp."
"This is a great chance for Ashley to train and play with the best young players in the country," said Ute head coach Rich Manning. "Ashley has all of the necessary tools for a top-level goalkeeper. In addition to her physical talent, she has shown great leadership and composure, which are equally important. I know she will do well and will return to our team with some valuable experience."