Lipsher Will Work With The Pirate Goalkeepers
Former Duke Blue Devil standout and Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) player Allison Lipsher enters her second season as an assistant coach at East Carolina University, a position she accepted in July of 2012.
During her first year in the Pirate program, Lipsher mentored First-Team All-Conference USA performer Christiane Cordero, who posted a league-best 10 shutouts (eight in league play). Cordero took home a C-USA best three player-of-the-week awards while also earningCollege Sports Madness (Sept. 24) and Soccer News Net National Player-of-the-Week (Oct. 9) accolades. The Valencia, Calif. native, who sported a 1.02 goals against average with 90 saves, capped off her stellar season being named College Sports Madness Defensive Player-of-the-Year.
Lipsher has spent three years on soccer's biggest stage playing for the Boston Breakers (2009-10) and Atlanta Beat (2011) in the WPS. While with the Breakers, she played in 11 games, starting in 10 and led all goalkeepers in minutes played with 928 allowing six goals in 11 games and recorded a league fourth-best five shutouts. In Atlanta, Lipsher started seven games, collected 47 saves and had one shutout. In 2012 she secured a roster spot in the Women's Professional Soccer League (WPSL) Elite with the Western New York (WNY) Flash playing alongside US National Team members Megan Klinginberg and Lori Lindsey, where they captured the 2012 league title.
Following a stellar career at Duke, she led Ajax America to the 2008 WPSL National Championship where she was named to the WPSL All-Tournament Team. Lipsher also played professionally for the New Castle Jets (2010-11) and Sydney FC (2011-12) of the Australia Women's League.
Prior to her appointment at ECU, Lipsher served as an assistant coach at the University of Arizona where she worked with the goalkeepers and mentored 2011 Pac-12 All-Academic Honorable Mention goalie Ashley Jett, who started 19 games in goal and recorded a pair of shutouts against Texas Tech and Oregon during her senior season.
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.
In 2010, Lipsher volunteered at Tufts University where she oversaw work with the goalkeepers prior to becoming a member of the Wildcats' staff in 2011.