GREENSBORO, N.C. – UNCG freshman goalkeeper Jamie Simmons (Houston, Texas/Clear Brook HS) has earned an invitation to the U.S. Goalkeeping National Training Camp held in Chula Vista, Calif., Dec. 7-10.
"I am very excited for Jamie and she is very deserving of this prestigious honor," said head coach Steve Nugent. "Our players at UNCG aspire to play at the highest level possible and this will give Jamie the best chance to do that. The opportunity to showcase your skills as a top level goalkeeper doesn't come around often. Jamie is focused on doing her best over the four day camp. We wish her the best of luck as she pursues the dream of playing for the United States one day."
The purpose of the first-ever youth camp is to identify and evaluate the best goalkeepers from the 1994 and 1995 birth years to compete for the 2014 U-20 Women's World Cup Team. Only five goalkeepers from college were chosen in; Caroline Casey (William & Mary), Andi Tostanoski (Santa Clara), Jamie Simmons (UNCG), Jordan Brown (Tennessee Tech) and Jillian McVicker (Ohio State).
"This new camp shows the great lengths that US Soccer is going through to identify the top talent in the US," added Nugent. "Our women's team has a long history of very successful goalkeepers and this new concept will increase the competitive level of the position and ultimately lead to even more success on the field. I applaud what April Heinrichs and her team of highly competent goalkeeper coaches will be working toward in Chula Vista this coming week."
Simmons earned second team All-Southern Conference after posting an impressive 1.05 goals against average with 97 saves and eight shutouts in 20 games played. The Houston, Texas native was ranked in the top five in five different statistical categories in the SoCon. She posted six-straight shutouts to help the Spartans clinch the SoCon regular season title after allowing just six goals in 11 conference matches.
"I am honored to be getting the chance to represent UNCG at the highest level of competition," said Simmons. "I am very excited for this opportunity and feel that this year at UNCG has prepared me mentally and physically to be able to compete at the highest level. My team has supported me and I have learned a lot from my teammates that has given me confidence in my ability to play."
Simmons was a two-time SoCon Player of the Week award winner and honored as the SoCon Player of the month for October where she held an impressive shutout streak of 589 minutes.
The Spartans finished the 2012 campaign with a 12-7-1 record that included a 9-1-1 league mark leading to their ninth SoCon regular season title.