Jane Campbell didn’t expect to be the starting goalkeeper last fall as a freshman at Stanford. The Cardinal was expecting that job to be owned by senior Emily Oliver, one of the top goalkeepers in collegiate soccer.
But Oliver’s senior season lasted just three games. Her career was over after the third game, when she suffered one too many concussions.
Campbell, a highly regarded recruit from Kennesaw, Ga., stepped up big in goal in Stanford’s final 19 games. She started 18 of those.
She allowed only 14 goals and had a 0.72 goals allowed average. She had six shutouts.
Campbell, a graduate of The Darlington School, brought international experience to the Cardinal. One of the top young goalkeepers in the U.S. youth national player pool, she was the starter for the U.S. at the U17 CONCACAF championships and at the FIFA U17 World Cup in Azerbaijan.
The U.S. won the regional title, but didn’t advance out of group play at the World Cup even though the team did not lose a game. They went 1-0-2 (tied for first), but were knocked out of advancing on goal differential.
Campell, 16, was the youngest player on the team. At age 17 she was the youngest player called in by U.S. WNT coach Tom Sermanni for a full national team camp prior to the 2013 Algarve Cup.
Campbell, along with University of Florida freshman Savannah Jordan, has been named to the 20-player U.S. roster for the upcoming U-20 CONCACAF championship this month in the Cayman Islands.
Both Campbell and Jordan played club soccer for the Atlanta Concorde Fire.
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