Bowyer and Robertson Stay Busy After Senior Season
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Two of the most accomplished players to come through the Ohio State women's soccer program, Ashley Bowyer and Lauren Robertson, are well on their way to achieving their goal of making it to the next level.
Bowyer, a two-year captain who started 82 career games at Ohio State, is currently with the United States U-23 Women's National Team for training camp at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The Aliso Viejo, Calif., native is one of 24 players, 13 still in college, invited to the camp.
"It is a great opportunity because I am still playing at a higher level," Bowyer said. "I have had opportunities to play against the full National Team so it is an honor and a great chance to improve my skills."
As for her chances of playing professionally, the 2009 NSCAA third-team All-American sees the training camp as being a possible springboard.
"That is definitely a goal of mine so with the Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) Draft being in January, this gives me an opportunity to improve and let people see what I can do," Bowyer said.
Meanwhile, her fellow captain Robertson has been tabbed a "goalkeeper to watch" in the upcoming WPS Draft. The four-year starter has been traveling to WPS tryouts across the country over the past few weeks to better her chances of furthering her soccer career.
Robertson has already been to tryouts with the Atlanta Beat, Chicago Red Stars, New York/New Jersey Sky Blue and Philadelphia Independence.
"Tryouts have been a great experience so far with the solid competition and I am getting to play the game that I love," the Buckeyes' all-time shutout leader said. "More than anything, I am excited that I have the opportunity available to me to pursue soccer at the next level as a professional."
With the WPS Draft coming up in January, the future looks bright for both of these former Buckeyes.