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    Jennie Bireley

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Plano, TX

    High School:
    Ursuline

    Last College:
    UT-Dallas/Iowa St.

    Height:
    5-6

    Position:
    Defender

    Birthdate:
    02/07/1985

    Club Team:
    Andromeda


    Walk-on addition who earned roster spot after solid performance in 2007 spring season ... appeared in one game for the Irish ... a fifth-year senior, she previously played two years at Iowa State and then spent a year at the University of Texas-Dallas before transferring to Notre Dame prior to the 2006 fall season ... converted midfielder who was used as an outside back in the spring ... skillful player with good understanding of the game and strong left foot ... played in all five spring games while making steady strides, with particularly strong showing in final win over Baylor (3-0, in Dallas) ... took a full year off from college soccer in 2006 ... prep teammate of recent Irish midfielder Claire Gallerano ('07), with powerhouse Ursuline Academy ... one of 21 Texas natives to play for ND (seven on '07 team) ... her former Iowa State teammates (both goalkeepers) Joanna Haig (Louisville) and Laura Boyer (Marquette) now play in the BIG EAST ... inherits number-24 jersey worn by all-BIG EAST midfielder Jill Krivacek ('07) ... ... Graduated with a 3.45 cumulative and a science business degree.

    AS A SENIOR: Played in Notre Dame's victory (4-0) against BIG EAST opponent Providence, logging 13 minutes.

    AT UT-DALLAS: Set team record with 12 assists during 2005 season while playing in all 19 games for team that went 15-3-1 and lost to Hardin-Simmons in American Southwest Conference title game (1-0, double overtime).

    AT IOWA STATE: Appeared in 19 career games (one start) as a midfielder for the Cyclones ... named to the Big 12 Conference All-Academic Team both years ... appeared in nine games as a sophomore for 2004 team that went 8-12-0 ... registered her only point career point at ISU (an assist) during 2004 season ... appeared in 10 games as a freshman (2003), with lone start coming versus Minnesota.

    PREP & PERSONAL: Member of North Texas ODP team (1998-2001) and invited to ODP Region III camp ... captained Andromeda Soccer Club ... senior captain for dominant program at Ursuline Academy that now has won 19 straight state titles and had an 111-game winning streak that overlapped her career ... played on state-title teams from 2000-03 while earning all-state honors as a junior and senior (also named to state championship all-tournament team three times) ... played at Ursuline for Susan Ellis, who later coached WUSA's Carolina Courage ... served three seasons as assistant gymnastics coach ... a national merit commended student ... daughter of Michael and Polly Bireley ... full name is Jennifer Anne Bireley ... born Feb. 7, 1985, in Galveston, Texas.

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