Once again, Ashley Lawrence will play for Canada’s senior women’s national soccer team. She is 21-year-old defender from Brampton, Ont.
At first, Lawrence could hardly juggle the ball with her feet before hearing the dull thud of it hitting the field. But at every practice her coaches challenged her to go again. First, she hit double digits with her dominant right foot. Then, on her weaker left foot. Gradually, the number increased. As it did, Lawrence became one of the most technically gifted players in her age group.
Lawrence credits much of her success to the foundation she learned in Brampton.
Her father was born in St. Thomas, JAM while her mother was born in Montego Bay, Jamaica. She grew up in the Greater Toronto Area, including homes in Brampton and Mississauga (she was the youngest of seven girls in a single-parent home)… grew up competing in soccer, basketball, flag football, volleyball, track and field… she was eight years old when she started playing soccer at Brams United SC… enjoys television, playing soccer…attended the Final Match at the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 in Vancouver.
As a youth player in 2012, was noted by the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Technical Study Group (“solid defensive technique and heading ability”)… as a youth player in 2014, was noted by the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Technical Study Group (“good in one-on-one situations, strong, fair and effective tackles, skillful and fast player, strong on the ball”)… from Canada 2015, was noted by the FIFA Women’s World Cup Technical Study Group (”very dominant and tough central defender, good in one-on-one situations, good build-up play, covered all players around her”)… from Rio 2016, was noted by the Olympic Football Tournament Technical Study Group (”competitive central defender with good positional play and anticipation”)…
She was 14 years old when she made her debut in the Canadian youth program in 2010 with coach David Benning… won a silver medal at the 2012 CONCACAF Women’s Under-17 Championship in Guatemala (Canada qualified for Azerbaijan 2012)… represented Canada at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Azerbaijan 2012… finished sixth with Canada at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Canada 2014… finished fourth with Canada at the Pan American Games Toronto 2015…
She was 17 years old when she made her debut for Canada on 12 January 2013… finished sixth with Canada at the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015… won a silver medal with Canada at the 2016 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship in USA (Canada qualified for Rio 2016)… she was the 31st women’s footballer to make her 50th appearance for Canada (2 March 2016)… finished first with Canada at the 2016 Algarve Women’s Cup… she played in a career-high 49 consecutive Canada matches from 2013 to 2016… won an Olympic bronze medal with Canada at the Rio 2016 Women’s Olympic Football Tournament.
Also on the schedule for the Canadians this summer are two home matches against Costa Rica in Winnipeg on June 8 and in Toronto on June 11. The Canadians are gearing up for the 2019 Women’s World Cup in France and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.