Aug. 26, 2011
TUCSON, Ariz. - Arizona women's soccer Head Coach Lisa Oyen named Allison Lipsher an assistant coach last week. Lipsher's primary responsibilities will include working with the team's goalkeepers.
"We are extremely excited about the addition of Allison to our staff for the fall of 2011," Oyen said. "She has an excellent reputation as a player and coach. She will not only serve as a great trainer for our goalkeepers but also as a mentor for all of our players. We are thrilled to add her experience and knowledge to our staff and program."
"I am so fortunate to have been given the opportunity to coach at such a highly regarded institution like the University of Arizona," Lipsher said. "The Athletic Department here is top-notch, and the soccer program is highly competitive. It's been great so far working with some of the top athletes in the conference, and I am really excited to see our potential and hard work translate into success this year.
Lipsher comes to Arizona with an exceptional résumé as a top goalkeeper. She has an established record as a goalkeeper at the college, club and professional levels.
A graduate of Duke University, Lipsher played four seasons for the Blue Devils, where she played from 2004-07. She finished her career ranked second on Duke and fourth on the ACC career charts in shutouts (33). Her career 0.87 goals against average and 265 saves ranked first and second, respectively.
As a freshman, Lipsher was named an ACC All-Freshman and Soccer Buzz All-Southeast Region All-Freshman selection in 2004. By her senior year, she set the Blue Devil record with 603:33 straight minutes without allowing a goal during the 2007 season, when she helped lead the team to an Elite Eight appearance in the NCAA tournament.
Lipsher then went on for an outstanding season in the Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL), where she led Ajax America to the 2008 WPSL National Championship. That year, she was named to the WPSL All-Tournament Team.
In 2009, Lipsher joined the Boston Breakers of Women's Professional Soccer (WPS). With the Breakers, she pllayed in 11 games, starting in 10. She led the goalkeepers in minutes played with 928 and only allowed six goals in 11 games. She recorded five shutouts, which was fourth-best in the league
Most recently, Lipsher completed a season with the Atlanta Beat of Women's Professional Soccer in 2011. This season, she started seven games, collected 44 saves and had one shutout.
In 2010, Lipsher volunteered at Tufts University. There she oversaw work with the goalkeepers.
The Wildcats open the 2011 home schedule against South Carolina on Friday night at 7 p.m.