Notre Dame shut out East Carolina in a 5 to 0 win on Sunday, August 26th in Alumni Stadium.
One-year monogram winner ... tough, skilled and technically-sound player who blends well into Notre Dame's possession-based system ... displays poise and purpose on the ball ... manages game flow from the holding midfield spot with the ability to reverse the ball on a dime ... long-range service is exceptionally accurate out of the back, helping to fuel team's transition attack ... powerful shot from distance also makes her a threat on offense ... part of a deep and talented Irish midfield unit in 2013.
AS A FRESHMAN: Appeared in 21 matches, starting 17 times ... ranked third among Irish freshmen with 1,457 minutes played, including four complete-match outings ... started first 10 contests of her college career ... collected first point on assist in home opener against East Carolina (5-0) ... scored first career goal (and what proved to be the match-winner) in 58th minute against Pittsburgh (2-1); also had season-high three shots ... tied season best with three shots in double-overtime draw vs. Rutgers (2-2) ... went all 105 minutes in 1-0 win at DePaul in regular-season finale, clinching piece of BIG EAST National Division title ... started both BIG EAST Championship matches vs. Syracuse (1-0) and #15 Marquette (0-1), as well as NCAA Championship opener vs. Milwaukee (3-1) ... came off bench in NCAA contests against #10 Wake Forest (2-1) and at #7 Florida State (0-1).
ODP/CLUB HIGHLIGHTS: One of top players in class of 2012 for Sting Dallas club program under the direction of head coach Kenny Medina ... program was ranked No. 3 in nation in December 2011 article by Soccer America, and has produced several recent Notre Dame standouts, including 2010 Honda Sports Award recipient/two-time All-America forward Melissa Henderson, All-America midfielder Courtney Barg and two-time all-region defender Jessica Schuveiller (integral members of Notre Dame's 2010 national championship team) ... led Sting Dallas to consecutive USYS National Championships at U-15 and U-16 levels (2010 and 2011) ... named to 2011 USYS National Championship Best 11 Team ... guided squad to 2010 ECNL U-15 National Championship ... club also won numerous tournaments during her tenure, including four North Texas State Cups (2008-11), two Surf Cups (2006, 2008), the 2009 Disney Soccer Showcase and the 2008 Celtic Cup and Real Colorado Showcase ... participated in February 2011 ECNL/id2 National Camp ... named to all-event team at 2009 and 2010 Disney Showcase ... chosen as tournament MVP for 2008 Celtic Cup ... ranked 15th in 2012 Top Drawer Soccer club soccer player ratings (five-star ranking; No. 3 in Texas region) and 32nd in 2012 ESPNHS 150 ... technical director for her club program (Sting Dallas) was the legendary Tatu, the longtime Brazilian soccer standout who had his greatest success indoors with the Dallas Sidekicks from 1984-2003 (also coached the franchise from 1998-2004), ranking second all-time in numerous categories, including goals scored (857).
PREP & PERSONAL: Graduated from Lake Highlands High School in Dallas, Texas, where she played for head coach Misty Benson ... earned all-district honors in 2009 and 2010 ...named district's Defensive Player of the Year in 2010 ... full name is Gloria Kristin Williams ... daughter of LaDonna and C.L. Williams ... middle of five children ... sister, Hayley, is senior on women's soccer team at Rice (earned Conference USA All-Freshman Team honors in 2010) ... family also has cared for approximately 25 foster children since 2001. ... one of five Texans on this year's Fighting Irish roster, along with senior Rebecca Twining (Houston), juniors Jennifer Jasper (Fort Worth) and Taylor Schneider (Southlake), and freshman Kaleigh Olmsted (The Woodlands) ... enrolled in Notre Dame's College of Arts and Letters, but has not yet declared a major.