Sophie Baggaley may only have been a regular in the Women’s Super League for two years after joining the Robins in 2017, but she has already made a name for herself.
Last season the goalkeeper featured in every match under Tanya Oxtoby and helped her side to an sixth-placed finish due to her goalkeeping heroics, keeping six clean sheets in the process.
As a result, she was recognised with the FAWSL Players’ Player of the Year award. However, in looking back on her short career thus far she instead looks to team achievements, rather than personal glory.
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Speaking exclusively to Football FanCast, Baggaley commented on her greatest career achievements: “We reached an FA Cup final with Birmingham.
“Last season was quite successful as a whole, individually and we did well as a team too, so probably last season.”
Despite the success achieved last term Baggaley hasn’t limited herself yet, and at 22 she offers a lot of promise to improve, but perhaps more importantly knows what it takes to repeat her accomplishments, and take her game to the next level.
So far this season Bristol City haven’t fared too well. Baggaley has two clean sheets from four games but only one of those came in the WASL – and the team remain winless in the league following a 4-0 defeat to Chelsea in their last match.
“You’ve just got to look at what you need to improve on and also look at what you’re good at, work on your weaknesses in order to improve your game all over and I think if you do that then the performances will come with that,” Baggaley added.
It shows a strong mindset for someone so young and a focused determination not to rest on her laurels, also stating that she wishes to have a 20-year long career in the game.