Ashley Lawrence has been named the 2019 Canadian Player of the Year by Canada Soccer after seeing success at both the international and club levels.
The fullback competed in her second FIFA Women’s World Cup over the summer, helping take Canada to the Knockout Stage for the third time in history. She also led the team in assists in 2019 with 4 en route to being named the Canada Soccer Player of the Month for June and November.
At the club level, Lawrence appeared in 14 matches for her Paris Saint-Germain squad. She contributed 2 goals in the 2018-19 season as PSG finished second in France’s Division 1 Feminine.
“Ashley Lawrence is a fantastic, positive individual with great character and someone who looks at ways to improve her game all the time,” said Canada Soccer women’s head coach Kenneth Heiner-Møller in a release. “She is a world-class player with a fast-paced drive on the ball; she has the ability to pass, cross and shoot with both feet; she is able to play at several positions on the highest level. In 2019, her leadership abilities continued to develop both on and off the pitch, providing a positive impact on both her younger teammates as well as her own game.”
Lawrence started 67 of her 68 matches at West Virginia, and was a crucial piece to the Mountaineers’ squad who finished as runners-up to USC in the NCAA Tournament. She contributed 51 points in three seasons, including 13 goals.