Notre Dame to face its fourth ranked opponent of season, second in past three matches (7 p.m. ET at Alumni Stadium, WatchND).
Diversely-talented forward who has made a name for herself with combination of calm finishing skills and pinpoint control on variety of set pieces ? has consistently delivered in big-game situations, totaling 50 points (20 goals, 10 assists) in 33 games versus ranked and/or postseason opponents during ?00-?02 seasons ? highlighted by goals in ND-record seven consecutive postseason games, spanning ?01 and ?02 ? proven scorer in all seasons, totaling 95 points (37G-21A) in ?00-?02 fall seasons while also scoring in six of seven games during ?01 spring season and scoring six of team?s 16 goals in ?02 spring (plus 2A vs. UNC, 1G vs. Kentucky in ?02 fall preseason) ? can mix calm hesitation moves with quick-strike ability and tough-angle shots with either foot ? looking to be more efficient overall with her scoring chances while improving play on both sides of the ball, with forwards playing key role as first line of defense in Irish system ? even-keeled frontrunner whose composed play around the goal serves as perfect complement to pace of speedy classmate Amy Warner, as potentially one of nation?s top forward duos (they both were named to the 2003 preseason all-BIG EAST team) ? combines with Warner as classic "fire and ice" attack, both developing tremendous interplay with their classmate Randi Scheller (who can fill offensive or defensive midfield role) ? played in all 67 games from ?00-?02 (63 starts), heading into ?03 with 36 consecutive starts ? enters senior year with 3.09 cumulative GPA as marketing major, including Dean?s List semester in fall of 2000.
IN THE ND RECORD BOOK: Set Irish record by scoring goals in 10 consecutive games during ?01 ? good for third in NCAA record book behind current U.S. National Teamer Brandi Chastain (15, with Santa Clara in 1990) and former Hartford player Maria Kun (11, ?97) ? could become first ND player ever to lead Irish in total points three times (also could be first three-time leader in goals) ? heads into ?03 needing 40 points to crack top-10 (Shannon Boxx had 135 from ?95-?98) while her 37 goals are six behind Susie Zilvitis (?92) for 10th on that list (?94 grad. Alison Lester is ninth, with 45) ? her career average of 0.55 goals per game is just behind Stephanie Porter (?94) and Lester (both 0.56) for ninth on that list ? her 15 career game-winning goals trail only three with 16 ? Rosella Guerrero (?96), Monica Gerardo (?99) and Anne Makinen (?01) ? plus Michelle McCarthy?s 18 (?96) and Jenny Heft?s 19 (?00) ? seven of her GWGs have come in one-goal games, including ND-record three in overtime ? with two vs. West Virginia (away ?00, home ?01) and the other at Boston College in ?02 ? also holds ND record for OT points (8; 3G-2A, in last eight OT games) ? joined Makinen (?00) as only players ever to lead Irish in goals and assists during same season (?02) ? ninth in career postseason points (26, 12G-2A; one behind Boxx) and fifth in postseason goals, behind Makinen and Gerardo (both 15) and Streiffer and Heft (both 14) ? her four postseason GWGs (and three in NCAAs) both are one shy of Gerardo records ? tied Streiffer?s record by scoring first goal in five postseason games ? her 18 career points in NCAAs (8G-2A) are fourth, behind Gerardo (24), Makinen (20) and Holly Manthei?s 19 (?98), while her eight NCAA goals trail only Gerardo (10) and Heft (9) ? tied ND record held by Amy VanLaecke (?97) for most career first goals in NCAAs (3) ? scored five postseason goals in ?01, including two GWGs (both marks rank third) ? opened scoring in three ?01 postseason games, one shy of Streiffer?s record (4, ?99) ? her goal vs. WVU in ?01 BIG EAST final (2:33) is fifth-quickest in ND postseason history ? her six total GWGs in ?01 are tied for sixth ? could become ninth player to appear in every game of her ND career ? she and Warner already have combined for 64 career goals, bested by just five previous pairs of Notre Dame classmates.
AS A JUNIOR: Added to reputation as primetime offensive player while leading team in scoring with 11 goals (five GWGs) and 11 assists ? ranked fourth among BIG EAST players in total points (33) and second in assists, besting her total from previous two seasons combined (10) ? nine of her assists came via pinpoint corner kicks (8) or free kicks ? one of four to start all 21 games ? set up pair of goals in preseason exhibition vs. North Carolina before scoring in 2-1 win over Kentucky (both in Fort Wayne) ? opened scoring and assisted on Mary Boland goal vs. Virginia Tech ? played key role in stunning comeback at Maryland (5-2), with corner-kick assists on pair of Melissa Tancredi headers (2-2, 4-2) in addition to knocking home gamewinner (3-2) after deflected shot from Warner ? opened scoring at Villanova, on crossing shot to left corner (2-1 loss) ? assisted on first of Warner?s three goals in 4-3 loss at Georgetown ? her leftside corner led to Cat Sigler?s header vs. Pittsburgh, adding 16-yard strike to cap 5-0 win ? knocked in rebounded Katie Thorlakson shot in 3-1 loss to Purdue ? added two more CK assists (headers by Scheller and Tancredi) as Irish rallied vs. Connecticut (3-1) ? picked off clearance and scored into right corner from 16 yards, for third career GWG vs. Michigan (1-0) ? her 25-yard free kick clanged off left post and led to Candace Chapman goal from close range vs. BYU (1-0; 3-2 loss) ? named BIG EAST player of the week after pair of CK assists in 6-0 win over Syracuse (headers by Scheller and Boland) and record-setting third career OT goal in 1-0 game at Boston College, set up by Warner?s leftside run and endline pass in 99th minute (six-yard shot into far sidenetting) ? pounced on turnover and beat ?keeper 1-on-1 in first-round NCAA game vs. Ohio State (1-0), later sliding onto Warner cross from left endline to cap 3-1 win ? completed nine-point weekend with 2G-1A in second round vs. Purdue ? ran onto Thorlakson thru-ball, nudged around charging ?keeper and cut back to goal before banging in her own point-blank shot ? later collected Sigler?s deflected free kick and slid eight-footer into right side (2-0) before her rightside corner set up Tancredi?s header in 84th minute, icing 3-1 win over Boilers ? helped beat Mexican National Team in ?03 spring (3-1), with her 25-yard free kick hitting off the crossbar and leading to Annie Schefter?s follow-up goal ? before scoring similar goal after Thorlakson?s 30-yard shot glanced off the bar.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Led team in scoring (15G-6A, 6 GWG) over 21 games (20 starts) while earning MVP at BIG EAST Tournament ? scored 10 of team?s final 16 goals, with points in 15 of final 17 games ? had 10G-3A vs. ranked/postseason opponents ? sidestepped ?keeper and nudged in 14-yarder for 2-0 lead on Penn State (2-1) ? her left-flank cross assisted late Warner goal at Hartford (2-0) ? fed Warner for 1-0 lead on Villanova (2-1) ? bent leftside corner into far side for 2-1 win over Georgetown ? part of set piece that beat Nebraska (1-0), flicking Scheller?s free kick to right side, with Tancredi?s endline pass leading to Mia Sarkesian?s early tap-in ? scored second goal at Pittsburgh (4-0) ? arched free kick from right flank, with double-header sequence by Boland and Sarkesian beating West Virginia (2-1, OT) ? assisted Tancredi header from similar spot vs. St. John?s (second-quickest goal in ND history, 0:27) and added short corner that led to Sarkesian goal before scoring on breakaway in 7-0 win (starting 10-game goalscoring streak) ? won ball at top of box and scored third goal at Miami (4-0) ? scored in 81st minute at UConn, on right-flank free kick under crossbar (3-1 loss) ? BIG EAST player of the week after crossing shots from both sides at Yale (2-0) and OT goal at Michigan (2-1), cashing in shanked clearance on six-yard shot to left corner ? scored on leftside corner into far side, for first goal in BIG EAST quarterfinal vs. SJU (2-0) ? set up Warner rebound goal vs. Boston College in BIG EAST semi?s, later scoring from short range (3-0) ? her rightside corner produced headers from Tancredi and Sarkesian, followed by Sheller?s game-winning volley vs. WVU in BIG EAST title game (2-1) ? opened scoring in that game after Scheller lead pass, on 10-yard shot into right side ? scored twice in NCAA win over Eastern Illinois (2-0), on 14-yard shot off ?keeper (via Scheller pass up the middle) and five-yard crossing shot into left corner (after Scheller flare pass) ? nearly scored in NCAAs vs. Cincinnati (off inside of left post) before running onto Scheller free kick and launching 22-yard shot from right side (3-2 loss).
AS A FRESHMAN: Third-leading scorer (behind Makinen and Meotis Erikson), with 11G-4A, 4 GWG (25 GP/22 GS) ? named to BIG EAST all-rookie team ? her hustle in left corner helped send Irish to College Cup, working ball to Scheller who sent it down line for Erikson tap-in (handing Santa Clara 2-1 OT loss in NCAA quarterfinals) ? scored on 15-yard chip shot in opener vs. Detroit and on quick shot vs. Providence ? her drop pass set up Erikson goal vs. SCU in regular season, later converting Makinen pass for breakaway (3-1, with late flurry for 6-1 win) ? ended OT at West Virginia (2-1), intercepting clear and breaking free for shot into left corner ? converted tough-angle shot with left foot to cap 2-0 win over Rutgers (assisted by Scheller) ? had 2G vs. Georgetown ? picked off clear and scored on low shot to beat Boston College (2-1, only deficit until NCAA semi?s) ? her corner led to Sarkesian?s early volley goal at Syracuse (3-0) ? scored rebound goal to help finish Yale (4-0) ? worked give-and-go on Scheller goal at Michigan (5-1) ? tapped in Scheller pass to cap 3-0 win over Miami in BIG EAST quarterfinals ? used hesitation move for GWG in NCAA win over Michigan (3-1) ? scored in spring exhibition vs. Mexico (2-1).
PREP & PERSONAL: Parade All-American at Grapevine High School ? part of U.S. under-17, u-19 national team pools, u-16 national team, ODP regional team (?96-?00) and ?99 U.S. Youth Soccer Association under-17 team ? Fort Worth Star Telegram ?98 player of the year and three times all-area ? 2000 district MVP ? ?98 county player of the year, ?97 newcomer of the year ? four times first-team all-district (twice offensive MVP) ? set Grapevine records for goals in game (6), season (49) and career (107) ? won four state titles and 2000 u-20 division crown with Texas Image ?81 club (twice regional runner-up) ? Grapevine female student-athlete of the year ? member of National Honor Society ? born Oct. 1, 1981, in Euless, Texas ? marketing major in Mendoza College of Business.