FULLERTON, Calif. – Former Cal State Fullerton goalkeeper Karen Bardsley has been selected as one of 18 players to represent Great Britain in the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London the British Olympic Association announced Tuesday.Competition begins with the qualification rounds on July 25 – two days before the official opening ceremonies on July 27.
Bardsley, a native of Chino Hills, Calif., who competed for the Titans from 2002-06, becomes the second women's soccer Olympian from Cal State Fullerton, joining former teammate Marlene Sandoval (2002-05), who competed for Mexico in the 2004 games in Athens. Another former Titan women's soccer player, Leslie Munoz (2004, 2006-07), was an alternate for Mexico at the 2004 Athens Olympics.
Great Britain, making its first appearance in the Games on the women's side, is drawn against New Zealand, Cameroon, and reigning silver medalists Brazil in Group E, opening against New Zealand at Millennium Stadium in Cardiff on July 25.
Other countries that qualified include Japan, Canada, Sweden, and South Africa in Group F and 2008 gold medalist United States, France, Colombia, and North Korea in Group G. The top two teams from each group, along with the two best third-place teams overall advance to the knockout stage, which begins on Aug. 3.
A fixture on the England Women's National Team since her debut in the Algarve Cup against Northern Ireland in 2005, Bardsley has made 22 caps with the senior team, including starting all four matches for the "Three Lions" at the 2011 Women's World Cup in Germany, posting a 15-4-3 mark. She also competed with England's U19 and U21 squads. In her last appearance for England,
Bardsley posted a 6-0 shutout of Croatia on March 31 in a Euro 2013 Championship qualifier.
Professionally, Bardsley joined Swedish side Linkopings FC in August of 2011 after spending three seasons with Sky Blue FC in Women's Professional Soccer (2009-11), helping them to the league title in her inaugural season.
Bardsley is one of the most decorated student-athletes in school history, twice earning all-region honors from the NSCAA, while also being named the Big West Conference's Goalkeeper of the Year three times from 2004-06 and the league's Freshman of the Year in 2002. She earned all-conference honors in all four of her collegiate seasons, including first-team laurels three times.
Bardsley continues to hold school career records in saves (312), save percentage (.839), goals against average (0.84), victories (47), shutouts (26), and minutes played (6,395) while also holding single-season marks for save percentage (.848 in 2006), goals against average (0.64 in 2005), victories (16 in 2005), shutouts (10 in 2005), and minutes (2,031 in 2006).
GREAT BRITAIN WOMEN'S FOOTBALL OLYMPIC SCHEDULE
July 25 - vs. New Zealand, 8:00 a.m. PDT*
July 28 - vs. Cameroon, 9:15 a.m. PDT*
July 31 - vs. Brazil, 11:45 a.m. PDT*
Aug. 3 - Quarterfinal Rounds, 4:00/6:30/9:00/11:30 a.m. PDT*
Aug. 6 - Semifinal Rounds, 9/11:45 a.m. PDT*
Aug. 9 - Bronze Medal Match, 5:00 a.m. PDT*
Aug. 9 - Gold Medal Match, 11:45 a.m. PDT*
* Estimated Start Time
CAL STATE FULLERTON OLYMPIANS
Name - Sport - Country - Year - Location
Bob Caffrey - Baseball - USA - 1984 - Los Angeles
Phil Nevin - Baseball - USA - 1992 - Barcelona, Spain
Jason Moler* - Baseball - USA - 1992 - Barcelona, Spain
Mark Kotsay - Baseball - USA - 1996 - Atlanta
Brian Loyd - Baseball - USA - 1996 - Atlanta
Jenny Topping - Softball - USA - 2004 - Athens, Greece
Jenny Topping^ - Softball - USA - 2008 - Beijing, China
Lindsey Bashor - Softball - GRE - 2004 - Athens, Greece
Mike Fox - Men's Soccer - USA - 1984 - Los Angeles
Brian Dunseth - Men's Soccer - USA - 2000 - Sydney, Australia
Joe DiGiamarino - Men's Soccer - USA - 2000 - Sydney, Australia
Karen Bardsley - Women's Soccer - GBR - 2012 - London, England
Marlene Sandoval - Women's Soccer - MEX - 2004 - Athens, Greece
Leslie Munoz^ - Women's Soccer - MEX - 2004 - Athens, Greece
Leon Wood - Men's Basketball - USA - 1984 - Los Angeles
Billie Moore+ - Women's Basketball - USA - 1976 - Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Nancy Dunkle - Women's Basketball - USA - 1976 - Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Joanna Hughes - Women's Gymnastics - AUS - 2000 - Sydney, Australia
Heizaburo Okawa - Fencing - JPN - 1960 - Rome, Italy
Heizaburo Okawa - Fencing - JPN - 1964 - Tokyo, Japan
Heizaburo Okawa - Fencing - JPN - 1968 - Mexico City, Mexico
Giovanni Lanaro - Track & Field - MEX - 2004 - Athens, Greece
Giovanni Lanaro - Track & Field - MEX - 2008 - Beijing, China
* selected to the team, but was injured and did not make the trip
^ selected as an alternate
+ served as the Head Coach