Notre Dame welcomes a new coach, 11-member freshman class to the field in 2014
Notre Dame scored twice in final 30 minutes to cap preseason comeback
Notre Dame pair will represent their country at FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Aug. 5-24 in Canada.
Notre Dame continues transition under first-year head coach Theresa Romagnolo.
Notre Dame caps regular season schedule at Alumni Stadium with ACC showdown (7 p.m. ET, live on WatchND).
One-year monogram winner ... talented player who offers depth in midfield ... sees pitch well and is solid on the ball ... has sharp tactical knowledge of the game, enhanced by her experience at the international level with youth national team programs in United States and Mexico ... part of youthful Fighting Irish midfield contingent and one of several who will compete for coveted playing time in that role this fall.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Played in two games in 2014 against Oakland and USC … averaged 1.50 shots per game … tallied 32 minutes on the season.
AS A FRESHMAN: Appeared in 17 matches as a reserve midfielder ... scored one goal and took four shots (three on goal) ... found back of net in second career match against hometown school Northwestern (4-1), capping ND's three-goal first half with goal in 25th minute ... had season-high two shots (both on goal) against Northwestern ... also registered single shots in ACC opener at North Carolina State (3-1) and in NCAA Tournament first-round win against Iowa (4-1) ... played season-high 48 minutes against #21 Maryland (5-0).
NATIONAL TEAM HIGHLIGHTS: Has become a key contributor for Mexico's youth national teams ... joined Mexican U-20 Women's National Team roster for 2013-14 cycles ... competed at 2014 CONCACAF U-20 Championship in Cayman Islands, helping Mexico to runner-up finish and spot in FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup ... appeared in two matches (starting once), and scored goal in Mexico's 10-1 group-stage win over Honduras ... did not play in 2014 CONCACAF U-20 final against USA squad that featured three of Notre Dame teammates (Cari Roccaro, Katie Naughton and Morgan Andrews) ... suited up for Mexico at 2012 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup in Azerbaijan (did not face a U.S. side that included Andrews) ...started all three matches for Mexico at U-17 WWC, earning corner-kick assist on country's lone goal in competition (1-0 win over New Zealand) ... participated with Mexico at 2012 CONCACAF U-17 Championship in Guatemala, helping team to third-place finish and qualification for U-17 WWC (appeared in all five matches, starting four times and scoring goal in group-stage win over Bahamas) ... fourth Notre Dame women's soccer player in school history to have experience with Mexican National Team program (either before or after tenure with Fighting Irish), joining a group that includes Monica Gerardo, Monica Gonzalez and Rebecca Mendoza ... previously part of U.S. Soccer U-14 and U-15 Girls National Team player pools in 2009 and 2010, respectively.
CLUB HIGHLIGHTS: Played for Sockers FC Chicago club program that also produced current Notre Dame junior Katie Naughton ... previously played for Chicago Fire Juniors club ... won 2010 Disney Showcase and 2011 MRL Premier Division titles with Chicago Fire Juniors ... also competed in USYS National League in 2011-12.
PREP & PERSONAL: Graduated from Plainfield East High School in Plainfield, Ill. ... best prep season came in 2010-11 when she piled up team highs of 21 goals and 11 assists ... led PEHS to regional title in 2011-12 and East Aurora Tournament crown in 2010-11 ... earned all-sectional and East Aurora All-Tournament team honors as sophomore in 2010-11 ... excellent student who maintained better than 5.0 grade-point average (adjusted) throughout high school ... earned high honor roll status all four years of high school ... member of French club and National French Honors Society ... chosen as Illinois State Scholar for 2013-14 by Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) ... daughter of Gloria and Victor Pineda ... older brother, Victor, plays for Chicago Fire of Major League Soccer (MLS) as its first homegrown player and one of its youngest (as well as teammate of 2014 Notre Dame graduate Harrison Shipp, who led Fighting Irish to their first NCAA national championship in 2013); he also is presently part of U.S. Soccer U-21/U-23 National Team player pool (after prior stints at U-17, U-18 and U-20 levels) ... younger brother, Mauricio, plays for Chicago Fire Academy (youth club affiliate for MLS franchise) ... continues tradition of outstanding talent matriculating to Notre Dame women's soccer program from Illinois (specifically Chicagoland area) ... one of four Chicago-area products and Illinois natives on 2014 Fighting Irish roster, along with senior Sammy Scofield (Geneva), junior Naughton (Elk Grove Village) and freshman Ginny McGowan (Lake Forest) ... enrolled in Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business and is pursuing a degree in marketing.
Pineda's Career Statistics
Pineda In the Postseason