FULLERTON, Calif. - Karen Bardsley, an alumna of Cal State Fullerton, is starring for England in the 2019 Women's World Cup. Bardsley was a member of the Fullerton women's soccer program from 2002 to 2006 and is now the starting goalkeeper for the Lionesses and plays for Manchester City Football Club.
Bardsley was in the cage for the opening match of the World Cup and played well, helping England earn a 2-1 victory over Scotland. She made four saves in the match to put the Lionesses at the top of group D. England entered the competition ranked No. 3 in the world per FIFA. Her squad returns to action on Friday, June 14, at 12 p.m. PT against Argentina on FOX.
Bardsley is arguably the best goalkeeper in Titan history. She was a three-time Big West Goalkeeper of the Year (04, 05, 06) and the Big West Freshman of the Year (02). She earned First-Team All-Big West honors three times and second-team honors once. She was also a three-time NSCAA All-West Region honoree. She still holds career program records for saves (312), save percentage (0.839), goals against average (0.84), goalkeeper victories (47), shutouts (26) and minutes played (6,395).
After graduating from Fullerton, she began her professional career in Europe in 2007. She went on to represent Great Britain in the 2012 London Olympics as well as England in the 2015 World Cup, 2017 UEFA Women Euros and now the 2019 World Cup. She has made 77 appearances for the national team over the course of her career.
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