Women's Soccer beat Santa Clara 2 to 1 on Friday, August 31st in Alumni Stadium.
One-year monogram winner ... tall, athletic netminder who plays above her years ... used size and skill to cover great deal of space ... has solid command of penalty area ...expertly handles crosses and other long-range services ... good timing and reflexes ... manages the defensive unit well ... provides strong clearances out of the back to spark transition ... not rattled by high-profile opposition or situations, having risen to challenge in some of team's biggest matches during her rookie year ... should remain firmly in the mix to be starting Irish goalkeeper in 2013.
AS A FRESHMAN: Appeared in 17 matches, starting 16 times ... posted 10-5-1 record with five solo shutouts (plus one shared clean sheet) ... registered team-best 0.63 goals-against average (second in BIG EAST, 22nd in nation) and .851 save percentage (third in BIG EAST, 28th in nation) in 1,434:12 of action ... her .851 save percentage ranked fifth-best for single season in school history ... limited by injury during conference play, but did not allow a goal in four matches (305:08), turning aside all 10 shots she faced -- would have set BIG EAST record for lowest GAA in regular-season action, but barely missed meeting league minimums (needed to play in half of team's 10 BIG EAST matches to qualify) ... started first seven matches of rookie season, going the distance five times ... earned first career win and shutout at Tulsa (2-0), making five saves in return to her home state ... split clean sheet with Sarah Voigt in home opener against East Carolina (5-0) ... named BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Week on Aug. 27 for her efforts against Tulsa and ECU ... picked up first win over ranked opponent with three stops in conquest of #24 Santa Clara (2-1) ... held #19 North Carolina at bay for nearly all of regulation, making seven saves before late goal allowed UNC to take 1-0 win ... named Chicagoland Soccer News Player of the Week and earned spot on Notre Dame adidas Invitational All-Tournament Team after performances against SCU and UNC ... continued strong early-season run with career-high nine saves in double-overtime draw at #19 Portland (1-1) -- was most stops by a Notre Dame freshman goalkeeper in more than 13 years (LaKeysia Beene - 15 vs. North Carolina on Sept. 3, 1999) ... earned win in BIG EAST debut vs. Louisville (2-1) with three saves in opening 45 minutes before injury sidelined her for remainder of day (and ensuing six matches) ... returned to pitch in regular-season home finale vs. Rutgers (2-2), keeping visitors scoreless through second half and both overtimes ... returned to lineup for good Oct. 14 at Villanova and proceeded to reel off three consecutive solo shutouts, blanking Villanova, DePaul and Syracuse by identical 1-0 scores (the DePaul match went to a second overtime, while Syracuse win came at home in BIG EAST Championshp quarterfinal) ... made six saves BIG EAST semifinal vs. #15 Marquette but had string of 473:38 scoreless minutes snapped on goal in 72nd minute (first allowed since Sept. 9 at Washington) ... started all four NCAA Championship contests, giving up just three goals (two in run of play) ... made four saves in NCAA third-round win at #8 Florida (2-0), earning her second nod of season as Chicagoland Soccer News Player of the Week ... tallied four saves in NCAA quarterfinal at #7 Florida State (0-1), including pair of second-half stops as Irish looked to rally for equalizer.
WPSL/ODP/CLUB HIGHLIGHTS: Competed for Oklahoma FC during 2012 Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL) season (appeared in five matches for club that reached WPSL semifinals) ... starter for Oklahoma ODP squad from 2006-10 ... spent four seasons with Oklahoma FC club program in Edmond, Okla., led by coach Stephen Phillips ... collected 43 shutouts and helped team to a 53-10-8 record while in goal ... led all state clubs in shutouts in 2009 (17) and 2011 (12) ... twice shut out reigning national club champion, blanking San Diego Surf in 2010 and Dallas Solar SC Red in 2011 ... helped Oklahoma FC to three consecutive state titles from 2010-12 ... club also finished in top three at Region III Premier League West (third in 2010, second in 2011) ... club qualified for USYS Region III U18 Championships in 2012, advancing to regional semifinals ... won three titles at the Beat The Heat tournament (2009-11) ... also spent time with Edmond Soccer Club prior to its merger with the North Oklahoma City Soccer Club (that formed Oklahoma FC), helping Edmond SC to 2008 state title ... earned four-star ranking in the 2012 Top Drawer Soccer national club soccer player ratings ... among top 10 in Top Drawer Soccer South Region club soccer player ratings.
PREP & PERSONAL: Graduated from Bishop McGuinness High School in Oklahoma City, Okla., playing for head coach Sally Schmidt ... compiled 35 shutouts in her prep career, while team had 48-12 record when she was between the pipes ... team captain ... played in eight matches (four shutouts) as a senior, with time limited due to other sport commitments and injury, helping team to 12-4-0 record ... led state with 11 shutouts as sophomore in 2010 ... paced Bishop McGuinness to state finals berth (Class 5A - 2010), and two trips to the state semifinals (Class 4A - 2009; Class 5A - 2011), as well as two district titles (2009, 2010) and a district runner-up finish in 2011 ... 2012 all-state honoree (led West All-Star Team to 1-0 victory) ... four-time all-city (first team in 2011 and 2012) and all-district selection ... remarkably-gifted all-around athlete who lettered 12 times in four sports (soccer, basketball, track & field and volleyball) and qualified (as team or individual) for 11 state tournaments/meets during high school career ... two-time Class 5A all-state selection in basketball (2011, 2012) ... averaged 20.2 points and 8.5 rebounds per game as a senior and team captain in 2012 ... helped team to Class 5A state title in 2011, school's first girls' basketball crown in 34 years (was state tournament MVP) ... three-time all-city selection, earning first-team honors in 2011 and 2012 ... scored team-high 18 points for East Team in 2012 state all-star game ... four-time state track & field championship qualifier in the shot put (2009-12), with best state finish being seventh in 2012 Class 5A meet ... earned honorable mention all-city accolades in shot put in 2012 ... won three meet titles in that event during 2011 season ... three-year starter on Bishop McGuinness varsity volleyball team ... also spent one year playing softball ... had opportunity to play a sixth prep sport, having been invited to join Bishop McGuinness football team as a punter/kicker during her sophomore year (2009-10), but overlap with other sport commitments did not make that possible ... 2012 Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year by the Jim Thorpe Association (top female prep scholar-athlete in Oklahoma City area) ... earned 2012 Bob Colon Scholarship, presented by The Oklahoman ... won't have to make much of an adjustment in terms of her team's nickname -- Bishop McGuinness athletic teams also are known as the Irish ... Bishop McGuinness is no stranger to Notre Dame soccer, having produced Steven Perry (`11), who earned first-team all-BIG EAST and Notre Dame Monogram Club Most Valuable Player honors as a senior in 2010, and was 2011 draft pick by Major League Soccer's New England Revolution ... an accomplished poet who earned three honorable mention citations from the National Writers' Workshop Poetry Contest from 2008-11 ... helped school to four consecutive top-three finishes and all-state honors in Oklahoma's annual yearbook competition ... four-year member of National Honor Society, serving as its historian in 2011-12 ... four-year member of French Club, serving as president in 2009-10 and treasurer in 2010-11 ... student council representative in 2010-11 ... member of executive board for school's Glee Club in 2011-12 ... four-year member of school's Spirit Club ... dedicated to community service including time spent as volunteer coordinator for Kickstart Soccer League for Autistic Children (2010) and founder of the Matt Allen Cancer Drive (that raised $2,700 in a two-week span) ... a talented musician, playing the electric bass and singing ... enjoyed family vacations to Australia, Tasmania and Hawai'i ... full name is Elyse Christine Hight ... daughter of Nannette and Joe Hight ... has older sister, Elena ... first Oklahoma native to suit up the Fighting Irish, making it the 33rd different state to produce a Notre Dame women's soccer player in program history ... enrolled in Notre Dame's top-ranked Mendoza College of Business, but has not yet declared a major.