"I choose Minnesota because it has always been my dream to play soccer for my home state. The University of Minnesota is a place that I feel will prepare me for success on and off the field. Along with a great soccer program, they have an excellent engineering program. I also want to help bring a championship to the University."
Part of a team that claimed section championships in 2011 and 2012...Took fourth place at the 2012 state tournament... All-Conference and All-State in 2012...Most Valuable Defender...Most Valuable Player...All-Region...All-Tournament Team... All-American nominee...Four-time letterwinner in soccer...Also a four-time letterwinner in track and field...Honor roll student.
Played for Minnesota Thunder Academy...Helped team take second place in the B Flight at the 2012 National Tournament...Member of the state championship team in 2010.
Participated in the Minnesota Olympic Development Program in 2009 as part of the regional and state teams.
Daughter of Debora and Jay Pafko...Has four siblings, Andrew (26), Jessica (24), Alexandra (22), and Jason (15)...Born March 16, 1995...Plans to enroll in the College of Science and Engineering.
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING ABOUT ASHLEY...
"The U of M is signing the total package. Ashley Pafko is easily one of the best athletes in the state of Minnesota and will have an immediate and lasting impact on the Gopher program. She will work as hard as anybody in and out of the classroom and is easily one of the most athletic soccer players I have ever coached. She is physical, technically sound, and can shoot from anywhere. Her greatest quality is that she NEVER quits. Ashley can play any position and is phenomenal on both sides of the ball. She will truly be a name people will remember." - Scott Zachmann, Blaine High School Soccer Coach
"Ashley would be a very nice addition to any collegiate team. She is an exceptional athlete with great speed and strong defending abilities. She has also really developed her attacking game in the last year, making the most of any opportunity and get forward into the attack. Good timing and bravery make her very tough on air balls and on 50/50 balls. Ashley has great character and is willing to play anywhere on the field. I look forward to watching her develop over the next few years into a top flight collegiate player." - Mark Yueill, Minnesota Thunder Academy Club Coach
"Ashley Pafko is another athletic player with some versatility to her game. She can play almost anywhere on the field because of her hardness and tremendous work rate. She lays great tackles, looks to connect, and gets forward well. We will be a deeper team with Ashley." - Minnesota Head Coach Stefanie Golan
Alumna Johnson Named Director of Operations
University of Minnesota head coach Stefanie Golan has announced the hiring of Sara “SJ” Johnson as the program’s new Director of Operations.
Gophers Welcome Seven to Soccer Program
Minnesota soccer has signed seven student-athletes for 2017 season. Meet the newest Gophers.
Beal Drafted By FC Kansas City
Golden Gopher Rashida Beal was selected by FC Kansas City in the 2017 NWSL Draft.