Latest in a series, offering an inside look at some of the meaningful items that line the walls in the offices of Notre Dame's head coaches.
Irish move into ACC while looking to replace key departures.
Senior defender becomes first Irish men's soccer player to receive the prestigious honor.
Van De Casteele and Mishu on scholar all-region team.
Finley, Powers, Shipp and Van De Casteele cop Great Lakes Region accolades.
Goals from Leon Brown and Andrew O'Malley give the Irish a 2-1 win and their first national title.
A Season in Photos: 2013 Notre Dame Men's Soccer
NCAA Men's Soccer Championship Notre Dame vs indiana.
The men's soccer team was victorious over Marquette, 3-1, at Alumni Stadium on October 24th.
Men's Soccer vs Georgetown on 10-06-2012
Returned to the Irish for a fifth season and served as a team captain during the 2013 campaign ... started all 84 matches over his final four seasons ... notched nine points on four goals and one assist ... earned four monograms ... received All-America and All-ACC honors in 2013 ... All-BIG EAST accolades in 2012 ... 2012-13 BIG EAST Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year ... received the team's Rockne Student-Athlete Award in 2012-13.
FIFTH-YEAR (2013): Served as a team captain ... started all 24 matches and played 2,272 minutes, which were the most for any Notre Dame field player ... NSCAA All-America Third Team ... Soccer America MVP Second Team ... NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team ... first team NSCAA All-South Atlantic Region ... third team College Soccer News All-American ... third team all-ACC ... second team NSCAA Scholar All-American ... first team NSCAA Scholar All-North/Central Region ... All-ACC Academic Team ... selected by the Colorado Rapids in the first round (19th overall) of the 2014 MLS SuperDraft Pick ... one assist ... helped the Fighting Irish post 10 shutouts on the season ... assisted on the goal that gave the Irish a 1-0 lead in the 59th minute of an eventual 1-1 draw with Maryland ... earned his fourth monogram.
AS A SENIOR (2012): Started all 22 matches and helped the Irish defense post nine shutouts ... third team all-BIG EAST ... BIG EAST Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year ... third team all-Great Lakes Region ... first team NSCAA Scholar All-Region ... Senior CLASS Award candidate ... co-recipient of the team's Knute Rockne Scholar-Athlete Award ... BIG EAST Academic All-Star ... named to the College Soccer News National Team of the Week and the Top Drawer Soccer National Team of the Week after helping the Irish win the Mike Berticelli Memorial Tournament with wins over Oregon State (1-0) and Akron (3-1) ... selected as the Mike Berticelli Memorial Tournament Defensive MVP and also was on the all-tournament team ... scored the game winner in the 71st minute and helped the Irish post a shutout in a 1-0 triumph at Indiana ... named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll for his performance against the Hoosiers ... tapped as the BIG EAST Championship Most Outstanding Defensive Performer along with being picked to the all-tournament team after helping Notre Dame win the league title ... earned his third monogram.
AS A JUNIOR (2011): Started all 18 matches ... tallied one goal ... helped the Irish defense post five shutouts on the season and limit opponents to just 0.89 goals per game ... a BIG EAST Academic All-Star ... named the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week on Sept. 19 after helping the Irish defense surrender just one combined goal in wins over Michigan (2-1 in ot) and Michigan State (1-0) ... put Notre Dame on the board in the 30th minute en route to a 4-0 win over Seton Hall ... received his second monogram.
AS A SOPHOMORE (2010): Started every match in the central defense ... helped the Irish defense post six shutouts ... scored two goals ... played the third-most minutes on the team (1,866) ... earned his first monogram ... a BIG EAST Academic All-Star ... made his collegiate debut in the season opener, a 1-0 loss to UCLA at the adidas/IU Credit Union Classic ... deposited the team's final goal in a 5-1 win over Cal Poly that clinched the Mike Berticelli Memorial Tournament title for the Fighting Irish ... tallied the game winner in the 66th minute in a 2-1 triumph of Marquette in the quarterfinals of the BIG EAST Championship ... named to the College Soccer News Team of the Week for his efforts against the Golden Eagles.
AS A FRESHMAN (2009): Did not see game action ... named a BIG EAST Academic All-Star.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Played with Andromeda 91, now Andromeda U-18 Academy, for eight years ... squad won the U.S. Youth Soccer (USYS) national championship in 2008 ... team was USYS regional finalists in 2007 and Disney Showcase finalists in 2008 ... team traveled to Sweden and England in 2006 where they were Manchester United Umbro Cup champions ... North Texas State Cup champion along with being a finalist on three other occasions ... named to TopDrawerSoccer.com's 2009 top 100 men's recruits ... played with former Notre Dame teammate Dillon Powers on Andromeda SC ... a three-time letterwinner at Frisco Centennial ... varsity captain ... named district player of the year in 2007 ... team captured the 2007 district title ... a National Merit Commended Scholar and a member of the National Honor Society ... named Texas Scholar-Athlete ... represented the men's soccer team on Notre Dame's Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) ... son of Mark and Barbara Van De Casteele ... graduated from the Mendoza College of Business with degrees in finance and economics ... finished with a 3.715 cumulative GPA ... appeared on the dean's list on multiple occasions.
Van De Casteele's Career Statistics
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