Ashley Luis, who currently boasts a save percentage of almost 80 percent, has been a major benefactor to the Seawolves 14-5-1 record.
“In my culture growing up soccer was always a big thing,” said Sonoma State University women’s soccer goalkeeper Ashley Luis.
From the time she was five years old Luis had been playing sports. She accredits her love for the game of soccer though to her father; who had moved over to the U.S. from Portugal, bringing with him the love for soccer that so many Europeans possess.
Though she has now found a home in net, Luis didn’t always play keeper. Up until the age of 12 Luis had always played in the field. She explains that it was during a particular game in which her team was winning by a wide margin, that her coach decided to throw her in goal. Upon making “a cool save” Luis decided that from then on she was going to play in goal.
After a very successful high school career where she won a sectional title, Luis was being scouted by coaches from across the country. Though her biggest offer came from a school in Florida, in which she was given a full scholarship, personal matters kept her in state where she eventually ended up going to play at Santa Rosa Junior College.
This minor setback didn’t hold Luis back though as she went on to play two years at SRJC. During her two years there, personal and team accolades were to follow. Following a freshman season in which her team won a state title, her sophomore year saw her become the No. 1 goalkeeper in the entire state.
That was sure to draw the attention of coaches across California and after finishing her time at the junior college; Luis had plans to go play in Sacramento. That was until she learned that SSU had been looking at her as well.
Since she comes from Petaluma and claims to be a “Sonoma County Girl”, Luis said it was an easy decision to come play here. This season Luis is the proud owner of a Goal Against Average (GAA) of 1.15, a true testament to how important she is to this Seawolves team. Madison Minton, one of Ashley’s teammates said of her keeper, “she has really good composure on the ball and knows how to settle a game down when it gets frantic.”
For Ashley, the road to SSU hasn’t always been the most direct but she attests her success in becoming a college athlete to her family.
“Going through the stages of trying to figure out where to go, they were always behind me and supported me in all of my decisions.”
Luis is only in her junior year but she still has aspirations of playing at the highest level. Though she knows how hard it is to reach the echelon of professional sports, Luis believes that her love of the game will always drive her to try and reach the next level.