Versatile fourth-year player who has seen time as an outside back and midfielder during her Irish career ... also has been used at times as forward during the past few seasons ... effective from the flanks, with the ability to serve a good ball in transition ... has shown improvement in her ability while adjusting to various roles ... appeared in 27 games during first three seasons, with four starts ... one of six players on current squad who hail from western part of the country, with that group including southern California natives Ashley Jones and Carrie Dew, plus players from Washington (Annie Schefter), Oregon (Maggie Manning) and Arizona (Molly Iarocci) ... one of 22 Californians to play for Notre Dame women's soccer program, with others including four All-Americans - forward Rosella Guerrero (Sacramento), midfielder Cindy Daws (Northridge) and goalkeepers Jen Renola (Los Gatos) and LaKeysia Beene (Gold River) - plus current U.S. National Team defensive midfield standout Shannon Boxx (Torrance) and record-setting forward Monica Gerardo (Simi Valley) ... could face several former teammates in '05 season, including Santa Clara's Bonnie Bowman (ODP) and Michigan goalkeeper Dory Gannes (Palo Alto HS) ... member of Notre Dame's prestigious London foreign-study program during the summer of 2004 ... enters senior year with a 3.09 cumulative grade-point average, including a 3.33 in the 2005 spring semester.
AS A JUNIOR: Appeared in six games as a reserve outside back ... saw time in both games during first weekend of the 2004 national championship season (7-2 vs. Baylor, 3-0 vs. Eastern Illinois) ... played in road win at Texas Tech (3-0) ... logged season-high 30 minutes of game action vs. Wisconsin-Green Bay (4-0) ... earned postseason experience in BIG EAST Tournament win over St. John's (7-0).
AS A SOPHOMORE: Played eight games in `03, including wins at Santa Clara (2-1) and Rutgers (3-0) and NCAA win over Loyola Chicago (5-0) ... and saw action in regular-season wins over Oklahoma, Western Kentucky, North Texas, Indiana State and Georgetown.
AS A FRESHMAN: Logged 13 games in 2002 season, including four early starts as Irish adjusted to injuries and national-team absences ... scored at Providence (3-0) on looping shot from outside the right corner of the box ... her pass set Ashley Dryer's winning goal in motion to beat Kentucky in preseason exhibition (1-0, in Fort Wayne) ... played in 12 of first 13 games, with start versus Virginia Tech (5-0) and eventual 2002 national champion Portland (0-1).
PREP & PERSONAL: Four-year all-conference defender/midfielder at Palo Alto High School (three times first team) ... member of under-16 north state team pool and under-16 and u-17 District II Olympic Development Program ... team captain and MVP as a senior ... helped win two conference titles ... second team all-section as junior ... named league's freshman and junior of the year ... played with DeAnza Force Blue club that won 2002 California Cup and Texas Shootout (u-19), plus under-17 Surf Cup and Texas Shootout in 2001 (NorCal Premier League and State Cup finalists) ... member of under-16 team that was 2000 Surf Cup finalist ... earned three letters in track ... an honor-roll student (3.9 GPA) ... other Portola Valley natives who have lettered with Notre Dame varsity teams include football quarterback Pat Dillingham (`05) and tennis player Kim Guy (`01; both via St. Francis High School) ... her brother Nathan is a two-sport athlete in his freshman year at Cornell, as a football quarterback and baseball catcher ... daughter of Notre Dame graduates Kevin ('75) and Celeste ('78) Ford ... her parents attended Notre Dame at the same time as Tony Iarocci ('75), father of current Irish junior forward Molly Iarocci ... full name is Miranda Jeannine Ford ... born Oct. 25, 1984, in Palo Alto, Calif. ... a finance major, enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business.