LSU soccer adds North Carolina transfer Baker

LSU’s soccer program has added North Carolina transfer Mollie Baker to its roster the school announced.

Baker, a native of Gilbert, Ariz. with three years of eligibility remaining, played the last two seasons at the University of North Carolina, a perennial powerhouse. She will join the LSU team at the start of the 2022 spring semester and be eligible to participate in the team’s spring exhibition schedule.

“It’s an exciting day for our program to announce the signing of a player of Mollie’s caliber and background,” LSU soccer Sian Hudson said. “She has played at the very highest level in the club, college, and international game. Mollie is a dynamic attacking player who possesses power, dribbling ability, and two very dangerous feet in and around the box.

“She will be impacting the game in the final third with goals, assists, and creating chances for herself and her teammates. She’s a great fit for our program and will have a positive influence on those around her. We believe in her ability and potential to come in and have an immediate effect for our program both on and off the field.

Baker is currently in the U.S. Women’s National Team U20 player pool and played in the 2020 U18 Tri-Continental Cup for the U.S Youth National Team. She has been called up to team camp for the U.S. Youth National Team a total of four times during her playing career.

With the Tar Heels, Baker played in 14 matches and picked up her first career collegiate assist in UNC’s 2-1 overtime victory over Notre Dame on October 24, 2021.

Prior to her collegiate career, Baker was a force on the ODP circuit during her high school years. She was a five-time member of the Region IV ODP squad from 2015-19 and helped lead that program to a regional title.

She was also a member of the Arizona Arsenal Soccer Club that won three Arizona state titles in club soccer, and was a three-time ECNL All-Southwest Conference honoree in 2017, 2018, and 2019. She was tabbed as the top goal scorer by the United States Youth Soccer Association at the an ODP Interregional event in Boca Raton, Florida.

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