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GK Karen Bardsley Named WPS Player of the Week

Bardsley Recorded 13 Saves to Lead Sky Blue FC Past the Atlanta Beat, 1-0 (Photo by Howard C. Smith - ISI Photos)

Somerset, N.J. (Tuesday, May 11, 2010) – After registering 13 saves en route to her league-leading third shutout of the season, Sky Blue FC goalkeeper Karen Bardsley has been named the Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) Player of the Week. Many of Bardsley’s saves were done in spectacular fashion in a Sunday evening road win over the Atlanta Beat, 1-0, and her blank slate helped move Sky Blue FC into sole possession of second place in the WPS Standings.

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"Goofy" Makes the Big Time

Karen Bardsley started playing soccer at age 5, and became a goalkeeper because “basically no one else really wanted to do it, and I was naturally good at it.” When she asked her native-born English father to sign her up to play soccer, he said “Girls don’t play soccer.” He signed her up anyway, and now with her English mom, they are Karen’s biggest fans.

Q: Goalkeeper—it’s a “feast or famine” position, right?

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