Ingrid Wells playing for the Georgetown Hoyas
|Full name||Ingrid Wells|
|Date of birth||March 29, 1989|
|Place of birth||New York City, New York, United States|
|Height||5 ft 2 in (1.57 m)|
|1. FFC Turbine Potsdam|
|2013||Western New York Flash||10||(0)|
|2013||1. FFC Turbine Potsdam|
|2007–2008||United States U-20|
|2009||United States U-23|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of April 14, 2013.
Ingrid Wells (born March 29, 1989) is an American professional soccer player from Upper Montclair, New Jersey. Nicknamed "the Little General", Wells was a midfielder for the Georgetown Hoyas women's soccer team, and currently plays on the 1. FFC Turbine Potsdam in the German Frauen-Bundesliga as well as the United States U-23 women's national soccer team. She previously played in the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) for the Western New York Flash and Washington Spirit and Sweden's Göteborg FC in the Damallsvenskan.
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Wells attended Montclair High School for all four years of her high school career. She was captain of the Mounties' varsity squad during her junior and senior years. Wells helped the Montclair Mounties win the Essex County Championships in 2007. She was the New Jersey Gatorade Player of the Year and the Star Ledger Player of the Year in 2007. Wells was regarded as one of the top 50 incoming freshman in the nation by SoccerBuzz. The 2006–07 New Jersey Gatorade Player of the Year is a past member of the U.S. National Pool, a three-time Region One ODP team member and a member of the N.J. ODP Program. An NSCAA All-American, Wells enjoyed an exceptional career at Montclair High School where she was named New Jersey Star Ledger High School Player of the Year and First Team All-State. Wells was also a member of the U18 Parsippany Gazelles, a very successful club team program, and one of the leading teams on the East Coast.
During her first year at Georgetown, in which she started every game, Wells scored six goals and dished out 13 assists, tying Georgetown's single-season record for assists. Wells also earned many accolades such as being the BIG EAST Rookie of the Year, First Team All-BIG EAST, NSCAA/Adidas National All-American, Regional All-American, SoccerBuzz Magazine National All-American, National Freshman All-American, Regional All-American and Regional Rookie of the Year.
In 2008, Wells redshirted her sophomore year to play for the United States U-20 women's national soccer team in the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup. By the end of the 2009 season, Wells was ranked second all-time in assists (24) for the Hoyas. She had also been named to the Preseason M.A.C Hermann Trophy Watch List. During her sophomore year for the Hoyas, Wells started all 20 games and led the Hoyas with 11 assists and 25 points. She once again earned many accolades such as an All-BIG EAST First Team selection, named an Honorable Mention All-American by TopDrawerSoccer.com, selected to the BIG EAST Academic Honor Roll, and was an ECAC Division I Women's Soccer All-Star. She was ranked first in the BIG EAST with 11 assists and was third in the league with 25 points, and fourth in the league with 1.25 points per game. Wells was also named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on Oct. 12 after scoring both goals in a 2–1 win over Louisville and assisting on the game-winner in a 3–2 decision against Cincinnati. Her point total matched her output from her freshman campaign in 2007, which was one point shy of the school single-season record. By the end of the season she ranked second all-time in assists (24) and eighth all-time in points (50).
In her third year for the Hoyas, Wells once again started in all 24 games. She earned the honors of being the BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year, an All-BIG EAST First Team selection for the third time in her career, an NSCAA All-Northeast Region First Team selection, a First Team All-American by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, a BIG EAST Academic All-Star, and was named one of 15 finalists for the Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy, recognizing the top player in college soccer. She trained during the second half of the year with the United States Under-23 National Team. Her 28 points tied for the single-season record in school history while also leading the team with 10 assists and was second on the team with nine goals. Her 10 assists were the fourth-best single season mark in school history, and had nine games with at least two points, including four with at least three points . She was second on the team with 57 shots and had scored three game-winning goals. By the end of the regular season she had tied for fifth in the BIG EAST in points per game (1.17) and tied for third in assists per game (0.42).
Wells led the Hoyas into the 2010 College Cup; Georgetown was knocked out by Ohio State in the quarterfinals. Georgetown head coach Dave Nolan remarked, “I thought Ingrid was tremendous tonight, she was the best player on the field, [but to win] you probably need to have eight or nine of your players show up and have great games, and I don’t think we got that.”
Göteborg FC, 2012
During the 2012 season, Wells played for the Swedish club Göteborg FC in the Damallsvenskan. She made 19 appearances with nine starts for the club for a total of 862 minutes. The team won the Svenska Cupen Women and was runner-up at the Super Cup Women.
NWSL: Washington Spirit and Western New York Flash, 2013
In 2013, Wells signed with the Washington Spirit for the inaugural season of the NWSL. Of the signing, Wells said, "It's an honor to get the opportunity to play for the Spirit. I'm excited to be playing in DC again as it is a strong soccer community and am really looking forward to the start of the season!" Wells made eight appearances and starts for the club playing a total of 549 minutes. On June 20, 2013, it was announced that she had been waived by the Spirit in accordance with league rules. She later signed with the Western New York Flash who won the regular league title and were runners-up for the inaugural NWSL championship title. Wells made ten appearances for the Flash.
1. FFC Turbine Potsdam, 2013
Wells was a member of the United States U-20 women's national soccer team, which won the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Chile. She played in five matches, starting in four which included the final match where the United States defeated North Korea, 2–1.
Currently, Wells is a regular with the United States U-23 women's national soccer team.
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-  Archived November 28, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
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