Her senior year of high school, she hid in her closet with her phone, talking with Anson Dorrance, coach of the University of North Carolina. She knew UNC only gave full scholarships to players on the full National Team. “I told Anson, ‘Listen, it’s always been my dream to come to UNC. But my parents aren’t in a position to pay for anything – I can’t ask them to help.’” And Anson said they’d find a way. I told him, “‘You won’t regret it, I will be the best student athlete I can be.’” Fast-forward four years: Harris had a 3.3 GPA and was the first in her family to graduate from college. She also won three national championships with the Tar Heels.
- Full name: Ashlyn Michelle Harris.
- Nickname: Ash
- Loves to express herself through fashion and design clothes.
- Has extensive tattoo work and says: “My body is a canvas; it tells my story; it’s personal and real.”
- Is a small-town girl who enjoys the simple life.
- If she isn't getting tattoos or in her creative realm you will catch her in the waters of Satellite Beach surfing with friends. This is where she finds her center. "It's my haven, just me and the deep blue sea. It's calm and quiet. It’s where I find peace in all life’s chaos.”
- Absolutely loves Shark Week on Discovery Channel. “My favorite animal is probably a toss-up between lion and shark. In some weird spiritual way, I feel connected to these beautiful creatures. I am addicted to learning and understanding the great white shark among others.”
- Very artistic, loves to draw and paint and has recently been immersing herself in photography.
- Loves being around people, telling stories and making people laugh.
- Considers herself a giving person and a dreamer and likes to live life to the fullest and then never look back.
- Would one day love to be in a movie.
- Loves home-cooked meals at her grandma’s house.
- A big supporter of the non-profit TWLOHA and a believer that “people need other people.” - “I'm passionate about telling my story and helping others find their voice. What you see is what you get with me. My aim is always to be authentic and genuine to those around me.”
U.S. Women's National Team
First Cap: March 11, 2013 vs. Sweden
First Shutout: Oct. 20, 2014 vs. Haiti
- Has made two appearances and two starts so far this year, against England on March 4, and against Russia on April 9.
- Was the alternate goalkeeper on the 2016 Olympic Team.
- Was on the roster for the CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship.
- Played in three matches, all starts, and picked up one shutout.
- All of her caps in 2016 came after the Olympics and she started two of the last three games of the year.
- Named the 2016 CONCACAF Female Goalkeeper of the Year, the first time she has won the award
- One of three goalkeepers on the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup champion, she was named to her first World Cup roster at the senior level.
- Played four matches on the year – including in two matches during the Victory Tour -- starting during the first match of the tour in Pittsburgh.
- Also played and started in the first two matches of the year for the WNT on the road against France and England.
- Earned her second career shutout in a 1-0 victory over England on Feb. 13.
- Member of the squad that won the USA's 10th Algarve Cup in Portugal.
- Played one match and earned her first career shutout in a 6-0 win against Haiti during the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship.
- Made her long-awaited senior team debut against Sweden on March 11 at the Algarve Cup in Portugal, helping the USA to a 1-1 draw.
- Earned her second cap against the Netherlands during a 3-1 win on April 9 in The Hague.
- Did not play in a game, but did train in numerous camps with the U.S. WNT.
U.S. Youth National Teams
- Played every minute of all 12 matches for the USA over the 2002 FIFA U-19 Women’s World Cup in Canada and the 2004 FIFA U-19 Women’s World Cup in Thailand.
- The youngest starter on the team that won the inaugural U-19 Women’s World Cup in 2002, she made several key saves during the 1-0 overtime win in the title game as the captain of the 2004 U-19 Women’s World Cup Team that finished third.
- Finished her U-19 international career with 39 caps, one of the highest totals in U.S. history.
- Was also the starting goalkeeper for the USA in both CONCACAF qualifying tournaments for those youth World Cups.
- Played for the U.S. U-23/U-21s in 2009, 2006 and 2003, when she helped the U-21s win the Nordic Cup title in Denmark as the starting goalkeeper.
- During 2000 at the age of 15, she played with the U.S. U-16, U-17 and U-19 teams.
- Attended the U.S. U-14 I.D. camp in 1999.
- Put in an excellent performance in her first season with the Orlando Pride, playing every minute in 15 matches while making 62 saves and finishing with a 1.33 GAA.
- Named the NWSL Goalkeeper of the Year and to the NWSL Best XI.
- Had four shutouts which was good for fifth in the league.
- Played in nine matches for the Washington Spirit due to WNT commitments, but played all 810 minutes in helping the squad to a fourth place league finish a berth to the playoff semifinal.
- Had 47 saves, a 1.33 GAA and compiled a 3-2-4 record with one shutout.
- Finished the season third all-time in NWSL saves with 198.
- On Nov. 2, she was taken 2nd in the NWSL Expansion Draft by the Orlando Pride in her home state of Florida.
- Played every minute of all 19 games she started.
- Had a 10-5-4 record and one of only three goalkeepers in the NWSL to reach 10 or more wins.
- Recorded four shutouts in helping lead the Spirit to an NWSL playoff berth.
- Played every minute of all 18 starts she made for the Washington Spirit, putting in an admirable effort while making 85 saves as the Spirit endured a difficult season.
- Following the NWSL season, she signed on loan with Damallsvenskan club Tyresö.
- She started seven league matches for Tyresö and four UEFA Champions League matches, helping the club into the quarterfinal round after two-leg victories over Paris Saint-Germain (she put in a particularly excellent performance in the second leg of the Round of 32 series) and Fortuna of Denmark (Round of 16).
- Allocated to the Washington Spirit for the inaugural season of the NWSL.
- In June, she signed with FCR 2001 Duisburg in the Women’s Bundesliga.
- Played eight matches with Duisburg in 2012 before the winter break, seven Bundesliga games (630 minutes) and one German Cup game (120 including extra time), before the Spirit reached a mutual agreement with Duisburg for her release to start the NWSL season in Washington.
- Signed with the Western New York Flash for the 2011 WPS season and put in a stellar performance, earning WPS Goalkeeper of the Year honors while helping the club to the regular season title and championship in its first year of existence.
- Made several key saves in the championship game victory over Philadelphia, including stopping the Independence’s fifth and final penalty kick during the shootout to clinch the title for the Flash.
- She played every minute of all 18 regular season games while compiling a 13-2-3 record and a 1.00 GAA, which was tops in the league.
- She tied for the league lead in shutouts with five.
- Taken in the second round of the 2010 WPS Draft, 19th overall, by the St. Louis Athletica, but did not play in a match as she backed up Hope Solo.
- She signed with the Washington Freedom as a free agent in June after St. Louis folded and played a key role in the team’s playoff run, starting the final nine matches in relief of injured goalkeeper Erin McLeod.
- She went 4-3-2 with four shutouts, making 36 saves and allowing 10 goals.
- Made six saves in an excellent performance in the Freedom’s playoff match against Philadelphia Independence.
- Played club soccer with boys until the age of 14.
- First teams were the Palm Bay Rangers and South Brevard United.
- Played for the Seminole Ice girls for three seasons.
- Won the state championship in 2003 with the U-17 Indialantic Force.