LEWES, England – Former Georgia State women’s soccer player Ella Powell has signed her first professional contract with Lewes FC Women, the club announced Monday afternoon.

Powell, who joined the Panthers in the Fall of 2018, played with GSU for one season before deciding to pursue a professional career in the UK with plans to continue to represent her home country of Wales on the Cymru Women’s National Team.  

“I'm really excited to be heading to Lewes FC,” Powell said. “I’m looking forward to playing in a really competitive league against challenging opposition that can help to develop me as a player. After speaking with Fran (Alonso), the vision he has as a coach aligns really well with me and I think it’s a great match for me as a player and a person.”

Lewes FC competes in the FA Women’s Championship, the second-highest division of women’s soccer in England. The club comes off a season where it finished in ninth place in the league standings with a record of 5-13-2. Off the pitch, Lewes FC prides itself as the only women’s team in the world to have equal playing budgets for women and men thanks to its EqualityFC campaign.

Powell played in 18 games and started in 11 to accumulate over 1,200 minutes on the pitch for Georgia State last fall, aiding a Panther back line that was ranked as high as second in the Sun Belt in goals against average. The Cardiff, Wales native rejoined the Wales U19 Women’s National Team in early October to take part in the 2019 UEFA U19 Qualifying Round Tournament and later earned her first Senior Cap for the Wales National team in November.

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