With Ashlyn Harris listed as questionable in the latest NWSL injury report with a hyper-extended left elbow, some fans have asked: Who is the Orlando Pride’s backup goalkeeper?
In years past, it was Aubrey Bledsoe, who was traded, along with the Pride’s first round pick in the 2019 NWSL Draft, to the Washington Spirit for centerback Shelina Zadorsky.
Now, it’s 27-year-old former Reign starter Haley Kopmeyer, who was acquired in the offseason via trade in exchange for forward Jasmyne Spencer. The Reign also sent the Pride their natural third-round pick in the deal.
During five years with Seattle, Kopmeyer made 46 appearances, including 20 during the 2017 season. During her career, Kopmeyer recorded 11 clean sheets and 185 saves.
The Pride play the Chicago Red Stars at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday in Toyota Park.
So Pride fans can get to know her better, here are three facts about Kopmeyer:
1. She was cut in her first NWSL season
Kopmeyer was selected in the 31st overall in the 2013 NWSL Draft by the Seattle Reign and made one appearance for the club before she was cut due to roster constraints.
Kopmeyer told the Pride’s website she hired her own coach to keep training. She was back with the Reign by the start of the 2014 season as a backup to Hope Solo and was the club’s starter in 2017.
2. She’s a Michigan graduate
After taking a redshirt year in 2008, Kopmeyer went on to post a stellar collegiate career with the Wolverines. She’s Michigan’s career leader in saves with 383. She set a record for shutouts by a freshman with six. She led the Big Ten in saves twice in her collegiate career. In her senior year, she was the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and a second team All-American.
3. Her middle name is Judith
Haley Judith Kopmeyer. It’s not listed that way on the Pride’s official website, but her full name is posted on the NWSL’s website.
She’s noticed, and whenever she reads something from the NWSL, she reads it in the voice of her mother.
I do. The voice I now associate with every tweet/release from the @NWSL is that of my mother. Right after being caught feeding the dog my dinner under the table. @prkop1 #FullNamed https://t.co/z9avhwOJiz
— Haley Kopmeyer (@hkopmeyer) May 1, 2018