Former Minutewoman Named To All-Time U.S. Soccer Team

Briana Scurry

Briana Scurry appeared on a Wheaties cereal box in 1999 after the U.S. won the World Cup.

Friday, December 20, 2013

UMass women's soccer alumna Briana Scurry '95 (political science) has been chosen for the national women's team all-time best XI as a part of U.S. Soccer's commemoration of its centennial. A committee of 56 former soccer players and administrators, as well as media members, voted for the team.

Scurry played for the Minutewomen from 1990-93 before going on to a storied U.S. National Team career, which included Olympic Gold Medals in 1996 and 2004 and a Silver Medal in 2000. In her career, she made a total of 173 international appearances, which are the most among female soccer goalkeepers and the 10th most among any American female player.

She started 159 of her 173 games played for Team USA with a record of 133-12-14 with 71 shutouts. Along with her Olympic Gold and Silver medal performances, Scurry also helped the United States win the 1999 World Cup and finish third in 1995 and 2003. In three World Cup tournaments and two Olympic games, Scurry was an amazing 22-2-5 overall. Her 19 matches in World Cup play are by far the most ever for a U.S. goalkeeper.

The goalkeeper played professionally for the Atlanta Beat (2001-03) and the Washington Freedom (2009-10). She was an All-WUSA selection four times and named the WUSA Goalkeeper of the Year in 2003. That same year she was inducted into the UMass Athletic Hall of Fame.

During her time at UMass, Scurry backstopped the Minutewomen to an NCAA Final Four appearance and the program's first Atlantic 10 title as a senior in 1993 en route to Missouri Athletic Club/adidas Goalkeeper of the Year, All-America and Atlantic 10 Player of the Year honors. The squad also made NCAA appearances in her two previous seasons in Amherst, reaching the quarterfinal round in 1992.

Over four seasons at UMass, Scurry posted a 0.56 goals-against average in 6,073 career minutes, spanning 65 career games with 37 shutouts and a .906 save percentage.