CHINA--Former Pitt women's soccer player Rachel Brown is competing as the starting goalkeeper for England this week in the FIFA Women's World Cup. England tied Japan 2-2 lastnight (Sept. 11) in World Cup first round action. China is hosting the World Cup, with England playing in games in Shangai and Chengdu.
Since Brown graduated from Pitt in 2001, she struggled with an injury until she was able to start consistently playing again in 2005. From 2001-2003, Brown played on the Burnley club team, but as of this season, she plays on the Everton squad.
She returned to action for England during its last game against Sweden in the 2005 Women's European Championship. She played in all of England's World Cup qualifying matches, helping the team reach China with a victory over France. Brown has played in a total of 44 international games for England.
In 2000, Brown transferred to Pitt from the University of Alabama where she played from 1998-1999. She concluded her four-year collegiate career with a combined total of 468 saves and 12 shutouts.
During her two years at Pitt (2000-2001), Brown received several honorary awards from the Big East. She received the Big East Goalkeeper of the Year award and was named to the All-Big East First Team after both her junior and senior seasons. Brown is one of only two multiple Big East Goalkeeper of the Year award recipients. She was also the recipient of the Big East Goalkeeper of the Week award for the week of Sept. 17, 2001. Brown became the first women's soccer player to received Pitt's Blue-Gold Award in 2001.
Brown currently holds three school records at Pitt. She recorded 16 saves in a game twice during her career as a Panther when Pitt played against Notre Dame in 2000 and PennState in 2001. From 2000-2001, Brown allowed only 56 goals in 32 games played. She has the lowest goals allowed average of any goalkeeper in school history with a 1.87.
While at Pitt, Brown also played for the England National Team and saw action as its backup goalkeeper for a World Cup qualifying matchup against Germany.
Brown played in her first FA Women's Final Cup game at the age of 15 while she played for the Liverpool Ladies in 1996. She was named a Regional All-Star and started in eight games for England in the 1998-1999 U18 European Championship.
Game two for England is on Sept. 14, at , against Germany. England's third game will be against Argentina on Sept. 17, at