Key veteran in the midfield who also filled in as a starter at outside back in 2002, as Irish coped with injuries to several defensive regulars ? likely to focus more on the midfield in ?03 ? has made big strides in her ability and impact throughout her four-year career ? also an emerging leader and consummate team player who is ready for any role thrown her way ? part of a deep midfield unit that could prove to be the key to the team?s success in 2003 ? skillful and speedy player with solid all-around skills ? comfortable on the ball and a proven performer under pressure ? looking to become more of a consistent and well-rounded threat on the offensive end ? has the field vision and touch needed to make quality runs and set up her teammates with regularity ? carries a 3.41 cumulative grade-point average into her senior year, including a Dean?s List GPA in each of the last three semesters.
AS A JUNIOR: Filled key role in injury-depleted defense by making several starts at outside back, in addition to her usual midfield spot ? one of five players to appear in all 21 games, with 20 starts ? member of defense that allowed more than one goal just once in final eight games ? assisted on Amy Warner goal that opened the season?s scoring, in 3-0 win at Providence ? that pass held up as her only official assist of the season, with several other plays that sparked goal-scoring sequences ? came off the bench in 1-0 loss to eventual national champion Portland ? played both midfield and right back in pair of wins at Maryland?s Fila Classic ? helped defense hold seven of final eight opponents to 0-1 goals ? her pass down the right flank led to game?s only goal in win over Michigan, with Katie Thorlakson then sending cross that led to failed clearance and Amanda Guertin goal ? had strong all-around game at right back in NCAA second-round win over Purdue (3-1), setting up first goal in that game with another pass to Thorlakson (Guertin then took a thru-ball into the box and used her dribbling skills to avoid the ?keeper before knocking in her own rebound) ? filled high midfield role in 2003 spring exhibition win over the Mexican National Team (3-1).
AS A SOPHOMORE: Appeared in 14 of 21 games as one of team's top midfielders off the bench ? scored in team?s biggest offensive game of the season (7-0 vs. St. John?s) ? converted in traffic for a 6-0 lead in that game, after Amanda Guertin's rightside corner kick ? played in Key Bank Classic wins over Penn State and Hartford and in showdown at BIG EAST rival Connecticut ? saw postseason action vs. Boston College (BIG EAST semifinals) and in NCAA games vs. Eastern Illinois and Cincinnati ? had impressive game as attacking midfielder in 3-2 win over Mexican National Team during 2002 spring, knocking in a loose ball to forge 1-1 tie (she also scored in 6-0 spring win at Marquette).
AS A FRESHMAN: Appeared in 10 games as reserve defender/midfielder ? scored in 8-0 win at Georgetown, knocking in deflected Ali Lovelace shot ? appeared in opening win over Detroit (6-0) and 5-1 win over Providence ? also played in wins over Rutgers (2-0), GU and at Villanova (1-0) ? saw action in 0-0 game at BIG EAST rival Connecticut and final regular-season win at Michigan (5-1) ? gained postseason experience in 3-0 BIG EAST Tournament wins over Miami and Boston College ? had solid showing as a starting defender in 2001 spring scrimmage vs. Mexican National Team (2-1).
PREP & PERSONAL: Five-year starter at Our Lady of Mercy High School, joining team in eighth grade ? three-time all-state selection (first team as a junior and senior) ? two-year team captain and MVP ? attended Olympic Development Program regional camp from 1995-99 and selected to regional pool in 1997 ? part of state ODP from 1995-99 ? helped team win two conference crowns and reach state final as a sophomore ? prep teammate of former Florida All-America forward Abby Wambach ? earned three letters in basketball, serving as two-year team captain ? brother Sean played soccer at Cortland State ? brother Brian is a 1998 Notre Dame graduate and was member of student manager program ? two cousins and an uncle also graduated from Notre Dame ? member of National Honor Society ? daughter of Bob and Kathi Carpenter ? full name is Kimberly Patricia Carpenter ? born Oct. 5, 1981, in Evansville, Ind. ? a pre-professional studies major in the College of Science.