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Atlanta Beat Adds 3 Goalkeepers

February 24, 2011 - Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) - Atlanta Beat News Release

KENNESAW, GA (February 24, 2011) - The Atlanta Beat of Women's Professional Soccer today announced goalkeepers Allison Whitworth, Allison "Alli" Lipsher and Kerri Butler as the newest additions to the 2011 roster.

Whitworth is a Birmingham, Ala. native and no stranger to the Atlanta area. Following a strong collegiate career at Auburn University (2005-2008), she joined the Atlanta Silverbacks (W-League) in 2008. During that W- League season, she held a perfect 8-0-0 record and was drafted by the Bay Area's FC Gold Pride for the 2009 inaugural WPS season.

She returned to Atlanta via trade on Oct. 29, 2009, and started three games for the Beat in 2010. Midway through the 2010 season, she was traded to the Chicago Red Stars.

Alli Lipsher also joins the Beat with WPS experience. In March 2009, she signed with the Boston Breakers and ranked among the league's top four keepers with five shutouts by season's end. She remained with the Breakers in 2010 before heading to the Australian league to play in the off-season. Lipsher played collegiately at Duke University from 2004-2007, finishing with 33 career shutouts.

Kerri Butler attended Atlanta Beat open tryouts Jan. 29-30 at KSU Soccer Stadium. She will postpone college graduation from West Virginia University (WVU) in exchange for her rookie season in WPS. Butler was a part of Big East Championship teams in 2007 and 2010. She earned 12 shutouts, made 72 saves and earned 23 starts in 2009. With 11 shutouts in the 2008 season, she still holds the Big East record for the most shutouts by a goalkeeper.

*Note: All player transactions are pending WPS approval.

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