WACO (February 15, 2013) -- Following a four-year career as one of the top defensive players in program history, Baylor soccer senior Carlie Davis has been invited to attend a preseason camp with the National Women’s Soccer League’s Portland Thorns FC.
“This is a huge accomplishment for Carlie,” co-head coach Paul Jobson said. “There are a lot of people out there vying for a limited number of spots and to see her get one of those spots is really cool. She has put in a ton of work and it has earned her an opportunity to continue to play.”
Davis, a product of Dallas, Texas, started all 67 games over her last three years in Waco, helping Baylor to the most impressive defensive run in school history. While serving as the lead marking back for the Bears, Davis was part of a 2012 squad that set the school-record for most wins (19), shutouts in a season (13), goals allowed (14), shots allowed (173), assists allowed (9) and points allowed (37).
With Davis’ help, Baylor boasted a program-best goals against average of .529. That mark ranked first in the Big 12 and third nationally. For her efforts, Davis was named to the All-Big 12 second team and the NSCAA All-Central Region third team.
To earn the invitation, Davis was among more than 80 players to tryout in Portland last week in front of Thorns FC head coach Cindy Parlow Cone and her staff.
During the two-day tryout, the professional hopefuls were split into two groups of nearly 40 players each, and then further divided into four teams competing in half-field, 8v8 matches. The second-day featured groups of full-field, 11v11 matches to further test the players’ fitness, skills and decision making abilities in a game atmosphere.
Davis was notified the day following the tryout that she had received on invite.
“I had been working really hard with Coach Jobson and the team here in Waco on increasing my offensive game and I was able to show some of that in the 11v11 matches that we had at the tryout,” Davis said. “Even as a defender you have to have some offensive ability at the pro level and I think my offensive game helped me earn the invite. I am really excited to get the chance to continue to play professionally.”
Preseason training camp is expected to begin in early March with the regular season beginning nearly a month later in April.
The NWSL is an eight-team league organized and administered by the U.S. Soccer Federation that will begin play in the spring of 2013. U.S. Soccer is subsidizing the salaries of the 23 American players, while the Canadian Soccer Association and the Federation of Mexican Football will each do the same for 16 players. The eight founding clubs are the Boston Breakers, Chicago Red Stars, FC Kansas City, Portland Thorns FC, Seattle Reign FC, Sky Blue FC (New York/New Jersey), the Washington Spirit and the Western New York Flash.