Ashley Hatch

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Ashley Hatch
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Hatch (right) during a North Carolina Courage match, August 2017
Personal information
Date of birth (1995-05-25) May 25, 1995 (age 24)
Place of birth San Dimas, California, United States
Height 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Washington Spirit
Number 33
College career
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2013–2016 BYU Cougars 75 (47)
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2017 North Carolina Courage 24 (7)
2017–2018Melbourne City (loan) 14 (2)
2018– Washington Spirit 34 (7)
National team
2015–2018 United States U23
2016– United States 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of July 21, 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of April 8, 2018

Ashley Hatch (born May 25, 1995) is an American soccer player who plays as a forward for Washington Spirit of the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL). She has also played for the United States women's national soccer team. [1] [2]

Forward (association football) Association Football position played near the opponents goal

Forwards are the players on an association football team who play nearest to the opposing team's goal, and are therefore most responsible for scoring goals.

Washington Spirit Soccer club and National Womens Soccer Leugue franchise in Germantown, Maryland, USA

The Washington Spirit is an American professional soccer club based in Germantown, Maryland that participates in the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL). It is a continuation of the D.C. United Women of the W-League and continues to field both an amateur WPSL team and a youth team, both under the Spirit name. The Spirit is coached by Richie Burke.

National Womens Soccer League Professional soccer league, highest level of womens soccer in the United States

The National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) is a professional women's soccer league owned by the teams, and under a management contract with the United States Soccer Federation. At the top of the United States league system, it represents the sport's highest level in the United States. The NWSL was established in 2012 as a successor to Women's Professional Soccer (2007–2012), which was itself the successor to Women's United Soccer Association (2001–2003). The league began play in 2013 with eight teams, four of which were former members of Women's Professional Soccer. With the addition of three expansion teams in Houston (2014), Orlando (2016), Salt Lake City (2018) and the loss of FC Kansas City and Boston Breakers, it now has nine teams throughout the United States.

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Hatch was selected by the Courage as the second overall pick in the 2017 NWSL College Draft. Following the 2017 season, she was named 2017 NWSL Rookie of the Year after recording seven goals (including three game-winning goals) and one assist, [3] which helped the Courage win the 2017 NWSL Shield. [4] She previously played collegiate soccer for the BYU Cougars. [5]

The 2017 NWSL College Draft was held on January 12, 2017 at the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Convention in Los Angeles, California.

The 2017 North Carolina Courage season is the team's first season as a professional women's soccer team. North Carolina Courage plays in the National Women's Soccer League, the top tier of women's soccer in the United States. The Courage finished the regular season atop the table, winning the NWSL Shield and earning a spot in the NWSL Playoffs. After defeating Chicago 1–0 in the semi-finals of the playoffs, it lost 0–1 to Portland in the final.

The NWSL Shield is an annual award given to the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) team with the best regular season record, as determined by the NWSL points system. The NWSL Shield has been annually awarded since 2013, and is recognized as a major trophy by the league.

College career

Brigham Young University

Hatch attended Brigham Young University (BYU) where she played for the BYU Cougars women's soccer team from 2013–2016 in the West Coast Conference (WCC). [6] During her freshman season, she started in all 21 games, scored six goals and provided seven assists. [6] She earned All-WCC Freshman Team honors and was named an All-West Honorable Mention, CollegeSportsMadness.com's WCC Freshman of the Year, and was ranked 82nd in the Freshman Top 100 by Top Drawer Soccer. [6] During her sophomore season in 2014, Hatch's 15 shots in one match set a new school record. [6] Her 18 goals tied for fifth highest in the program's history. [6] She scored multiple goals in five games which ranked second in the program's history and first since 1996. [6] Hatch ranked ninth for goals scored per game, points per game and total goals scored per game nationwide. [6] She was named Player of the Week by ESPNW on October 15 [7] and was named WCC Co-Player of the Year. Hatch earned All-WCC First Team and NSCAA All-West Region First Team honors. [6]

Brigham Young University private research university in Provo, Utah

Brigham Young University is a private research university located in Provo, Utah and owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The university is run under the auspices of its parent-organization, the Church Educational System (CES), and is classified among "Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity" with "more selective, lower transfer-in" admissions. The university's primary emphasis is on undergraduate education in 179 majors, but it also has 62 master's and 26 doctoral degree programs. The university also administers two satellite campuses, one in Jerusalem and one in Salt Lake City.

BYU Cougars womens soccer

The BYU Cougars women's soccer represents Brigham Young University in the West Coast Conference of NCAA Division I soccer. Prior to the 1995 season, the team participated as a club sport. The team is coached by Jennifer Rockwood and has made the NCAA Tournament 19 times, reaching the Quarterfinals of the College Cup twice in 2003 and 2012. The team plays its home games at South Field on the university campus.

West Coast Conference college athletics conference of private parochial schools in the western United States

The West Coast Conference (WCC) is a collegiate athletic conference affiliated in NCAA Division I consisting of ten member schools across the states of California, Oregon, Utah and Washington.

As a junior in 2015, Hatch started in 10 of the 13 games she played. She suffered an injury that prevented her from playing for the majority of the season. [6] She scored four goals—including three game-winning goals— and recorded two assists. [6] Hatch was ranked best player in the West Coast Conference by Top Drawer Soccer in 2015 and 2016. [8] [8] During her senior season, Hatch scored a hat-trick against Penn State in August and was named Player of the Week by ESPNW for a second time. [9] She was also named NCAA and WCC Player of the Week. [6] Hatch started in all twenty matches, scored 19 goals and recorded six assists during the season. [6] She was named a semifinalist for the Hermann Trophy [10] and was ranked the seventh best player in the country by Top Drawer Soccer. [6]

A hat-trick or hat trick is the achievement of a positive feat three times in a game, or another achievement based on the number three.

The Penn State Nittany Lions women's soccer team is an intercollegiate varsity sports team of Pennsylvania State University. The team is a member of the Big Ten Conference of the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

Hermann Trophy

The Hermann Trophy is awarded annually by the Missouri Athletic Club to the United States's top male and female college soccer players.

On July 2, 2018, Utah Valley University announced they had hired Hatch as a volunteer assistant coach for the 2018 season, Hatch's sister Brianna plays on the UVU soccer team. [11]

Utah Valley University public university in Orem, Utah, United States

Utah Valley University (UVU) is a public university in Orem, Utah. UVU offers Master's, Bachelor's, and associate degrees. Previously called Utah Valley State College, the school attained university status in July 2008.

Club career

North Carolina Courage, 2017

Hatch was selected by the North Carolina Courage as the second overall pick of the 2017 NWSL College Draft. She signed with the team on April 10, 2017. [1] She made her debut for the club during its second match of the 2017 season: a 1–0 win over Portland Thorns FC on April 17. [12] Hatch scored her first goal on June 3 during a 2–0 win against FC Kansas City. [13] During a match against the Boston Breakers on June 24, she scored the game-winning goal in the Courage's 1–0 win. [14] She scored the game-winning goals in matches against the Seattle Reign FC on July 8 [15] and Washington Spirit on August 19. [16]

North Carolina Courage American womens soccer club

The North Carolina Courage is a professional women's soccer team based in Cary, North Carolina. Its former incarnation, the Western New York Flash, was a founding member of the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL), the top level of women's soccer in the U.S., in 2013. They relocated to North Carolina for 2017. They are affiliated with the men's team North Carolina FC of the United Soccer League, and play their home games at Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park.

The 2017 Portland Thorns FC season was the team's and the league's fifth season of existence. The Thorns played in the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL), the top division of women's soccer in the United States. The Thorns had finished in first place in the 2016 season, but failed to advance from the semifinals in the 2016 NWSL playoffs. With a slogan of "Unfinished Business", they qualified for the NWSL playoffs as the 2nd ranked team in the 2017 regular season. In the playoffs, they defeated the Orlando Pride and then the North Carolina Courage to become 2017 NWSL Champions. It was their second championship, following the first in 2013.

Portland Thorns FC soccer team and National Womens Soccer League franchise in Portland, Oregon, USA

The Portland Thorns FC is an American professional women's soccer team based in Portland, Oregon. Established in 2012, the team began play in 2013 in the then-eight-team National Women's Soccer League (NWSL), which receives support from the United States Soccer Federation (USSF), the Canadian Soccer Association (CSA), and formerly the Mexican Football Federation (FMF). The Portland franchise is owned by Peregrine Sports LLC, which also owns the Portland Timbers. The Thorns, the Houston Dash, the Orlando Pride, and the Utah Royals are other NWSL teams with Major League Soccer affiliations.

The Courage finished the regular season in first place with a 16–7–1 record winning the NWSL Shield and was the first team to secure a spot in the NWSL Playoffs after a 4–0 win over the Houston Dash where Hatch scored the fourth goal. [17] Hatch scored seven goals in her 24 appearances for the Courage. [12] After defeating the Chicago Red Stars 1–0 in the semi-finals and advancing to the NWSL Championship Final, the Courage lost 1–0 to the Portland Thorns. [18]

Hatch was named 2017 NWSL Rookie of the Year after recording seven goals (including three game-winning goals) and one assist in her first professional season, [3] which helped the Courage win the 2017 NWSL Shield. [4]

Melbourne City, 2017–2018 (loan)

In October 2017, Hatch joined defending W-League champions Melbourne City for the 2017–18 W-League season. [19] She was a regular contributor to the W-League champions earning 14 appearances and scoring twice. City's success brought them to the Grand Final against Sydney FC where Hatch helped City to a third-consecutive title. [20]

Washington Spirit, 2018–present

In January 2018, Hatch was traded to the Washington Spirit along with teammate Taylor Smith in exchange for Crystal Dunn's rights. [21]

International career

Hatch made her senior national team debut for the United States on October 19, 2016, in a friendly match against Switzerland [22] and her second appearance on April 5, 2018, against Mexico. [23]

On August 23, 2018 she was named to the United States U-23 team for the 2018 Nordic tournament. [24]

Honors and awards

North Carolina Courage
Melbourne City
Individual

Personal life

Hatch is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. [27] [28]

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