Breakers sign former WNY Flash midfielder Ashley Grove

(April 7, 2014) - The Boston Breakers announced today the signing of midfielder Ashley Grove for the 2014 National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) season. Per team and league policies, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

(April 7, 2014) - The Boston Breakers announced today the signing of midfielder Ashley Grove for the 2014 National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) season. Per team and league policies, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

The former University of Maryland standout during ranks fifth all-time in points (64), sixth in career goals (23), and eighth in all-time assists (18) for the Terrapins. The 24-year-old Rochester, N.Y. native spent time last season with the Western New York Flash. She made two appearances, logging 19 minutes. She was the club’s fifth pick in the 2013 NWSL Supplemental Draft.

“I am thrilled to be a part of the Boston Breakers. I am looking forward to playing for such a wonderful organization, with a great coaching staff, and awesome teammates,” Grove said. “Competing with and against some of the best players in the world will only make me a better player, and I look forward to a successful season.”

A 2010 ACC All-Tournament selection at Maryland, Grove returned to her alma mater in 2012 to serve as a student-assistant coach. From 2009-2012, Grove was a midfielder for the Rochester Ravens of the USL W-League. She scored two goals and logged a team-high 1,080 minutes in her final season - 2012 - with the Ravens.

“Ashley has proven to be very versatile and that is exactly what is needed from a few players on the 20-player roster. She’s comfortable at any position in the back line and has filled in as a defensive midfielder when needed,” Boston Breakers head coach Tom Durkin said. “Like Mollie Pathman, she has shown a good comfort level on the ball. The speed of play has not been an issue for Ashley, and she has good athletic capabilities in her pace, agility, and strength, which will serve her well at this level.”

The Boston Breakers open the 2014 National Women's Soccer League on Sunday, April 13, at Seattle Reign FC before returning to Harvard Stadium on Sunday, April 20, at 6:30 p.m. ET to face the Houston Dash. Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.breakerstickets.com or by calling 617-945-1704.

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