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Beat Add Fraine as Third GK

April 19, 2011 - Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) - Atlanta Beat News Release


KENNESAW, GA (April 19, 2011) - The Atlanta Beat has added another goalkeeper to their lineup with the addition of Katie Fraine from the University of Florida. Fraine was selected 22nd overall in the 2011 WPS draft by the Washington Freedom (magicJack) but now joins veterans Allison Whitworth and Alli Lipsher as the third goalkeeper on the Beat's roster. Kerri Butler has been released.

Fraine, a native of Titusville, FL, graduated from the University of Florida with a criminology degree in December, 2010. She holds the Gators' school record for most shutouts with twenty-seven, and she started in sixty-eight of eighty-four matches at the University. She maintained a goals against average of just 0.79, and notched 256 saves in her collegiate career. Fraine was also named to the All-SEC first team in 2009, as well as the All-SEC second team in 2010.

Fraine earned a call-up to the U-23 National Team training camp in the summer of 2010, and she played with the United Soccer League's Pali Blues W-League squad that summer.

Fraine was released from magicJack late in the preseason and was picked up by the Beat for an evaluation period. After training with Whitworth and Lipsher for nearly two weeks, she was officially signed to contract on Monday, April 11, 2011. Fraine joins fellow Florida alumna Heather Mitts in the Beat lineup.

QUOTES

How do you feel about being in Atlanta'

"I really like it. It's a lot different. I'm from a small town, so it's busy and exciting. It's a big change, but a fun one."

What are your thoughts on joining the Beat'

"I'm really excited. It's been a fun transition. Everyone's been very nice and very supportive. The environment is fun and challenging. The team works together for one goal. It's a little scary going to a new team, but the girls and the atmosphere have made that easier."

What is it like to play for Coach Galanis'

"I really like Coach Galanis a lot. He's positive and straightforward. You know where you stand, so there's never any guessing. That's a cool experience as a player to know where you stand so that you can work for your goals. If you have everything sugarcoated then you never know."

What is your favorite thing about playing professional soccer'

"I think the step-up in the level of play and the intensity the girls bring is my favorite thing. Everyone's good here, so you can't slack off for one rep or you're going to look silly."

How do you feel that the team is meshing'

"I think that off the field we're one of the closest teams in the league if not the closest, and that's slowly transferring onto the field. We are young, so it will be a process for us to show that unity on the field. Being close-knit is really helping us on and off the field."

What's it like to play with Heather Mitts, Lori Chalupny, Cat Whitehill, and Carli Lloyd'

"To me, it's fantastic. I've looked up to them forever. They're great teachers because they're not caught up in the fact they have a gold medal or that they are on the National team. They are here for the Beat and really want to help us get better as a team. I couldn't ask for more in a mentor."

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