@MemphisWSoccer Adds Highly-Touted Goalkeeper Rachel Ashworth
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Feb. 10, 2014

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - University of Memphis women's soccer head coach Brooks Monaghan announced Monday that Madison Central High School goalkeeper Rachel Ashworth has signed a National Letter of Intent to join the Lady Tigers for the 2014-15 campaign. Ashworth is third signee in the class.

"Rachel has all the pieces that you look for a in a young goalkeeper," Monaghan said. "She has the size and athleticism that is required for the position. I've always said if we find a keeper with all the tools that has the right mentality, there is nowhere to go but up with Jonny (Walker) coaching her. Rachel has a great mentality and work rate and she brings the tools to become a very good division I goalkeeper. Rachel is a great kid and we look forward to her coming in and challenging Maryse Bard-Martel."

Ashworth, ranked No. 73 in the IMG Top 150, was a four-year starter at Madison Central and helped the program win the 2011 and 2014 Mississippi Class 6A State Championship. Named a Mississippi Association of Coaches 2014 State All-Star, Ashworth has been a member of Mississippi's State ODP program from 2008-13. She was selected to the Region III Pool in 2012 and 2013 and made the Region III ODP Team for this season (2013-14).

Ashworth plays club soccer for the Chicago Fire Juniors of Mississippi, helping the squad to three Mississippi State Cup Championship (2006, 2011, 2013). The squad advanced to the stat cup championship game from 2007-10 and was a Region III Semifinalist in the 2013 US Youth Soccer Southern Regional.

Rachel is the daughter of Forrest and Tracy Ashworth. She competed in soccer, softball, basketball and bowling at Madison Central. She is a four-year Honor Roll member and expected to graduate in the top five percent of her high school class. She has been accepted into the Honors Program at the University of Memphis.

Why did Rachel choose the University of Memphis?
"There were several reasons I chose Memphis. The academic reputation was important to me. Also, since I am not completely decided on my major, I liked the variety of degree options that the University offered, and I really liked the campus size. I was especially drawn to the quality of the soccer program that Coach Monaghan and Coach Walker have built here and the caliber of players they've brought in, and I wanted to be a part of that. I was also able to work with Coach Walker at ODP camp the summer before I committed, and I knew he was the kind of coach I wanted to play for. The fact that the University is only three hours from my hometown made the decision that much easier."

What does Rachel plan to major in at the University of Memphis?
"I plan to major in business, sports marketing hopefully."



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