Fifth-year member of 2002 squad, earning All-America and Academic
All-America honors ... versatile player who moved from forward to
outside back in 2000, emerging as a key center back in '01 ... returned
from ACL knee injury that forced her to miss all of '98 season ...
founding member of Mexico women's national team in 1998, playing in
'99 World Cup ... started at sweeper for Mexico in 2001, when she
played against Notre Dame in spring exhibition (ND won 2-1) ... excellent athlete with strong left foot and physical 5-11 frame ... played in '97, '99 and '00 College Cup semifinals (2000 title game) S
totaled 17 goals, 17 assists in 95 career games (49 starts) ... posted
five Dean's List semesters and 3.39 GPA, as double major in
management information systems and Spanish ... 11th selection in 2002
Women's United Soccer Association draft, as second-round pick of
AS A FIFTH-YEAR: Joined '97 grad Jen Renola as only ND women's soccer
players to earn All-America and Academic All-America in same season
(second team in both) S started all 21 games while shifting from left
outside back to central spot in seventh game, when her dominance in
the air played key role in 1-0 win over Nebraska S combined with
Vanessa Pruzinsky and Candace Chapman as first three defenders from
same team named first team all-BIG EAST S helped Irish post 0.82
goals-against average S her 20-yard shot forged 1-1 tie vs.
Wisconsin (2-2) S her pass sprung Randi Scheller, who then set up Amy
Warner goal vs. Villanova (2-1, OT) S sent long ball to set up
Chapman's first goal before assisting on Melissa Tancredi score at
AS A SENIOR: Key member of defense that led nation in GAA (0.39) ...
played 24 of 25 games (18 starts, mostly at left back; 1G, 4A) ...
assisted on Amanda Guertin goal in 6-1 win over Santa Clara ... had
stellar all-around game in 0-0 battle at UConn, splitting time at
midfield and defense while logging all 120 minutes ... scored in 5-1
win at Michigan ... assisted in NCAA wins over Michigan (by Ashley
Dryer), Harvard (Mia Sarkesian) and Santa Clara, working ball to
Meotis Erikson, who crossed to Ali Lovelace for 1-0 lead ... closed
with strong game in semifinals vs. North Carolina.
AS A JUNIOR: Made successful return after missing '98 season due to
injury ... key reserve, playing in 24 of 26 games S scored team's
first goal of season, on skilled volley against North Carolina (UNC
rallied, 3-2 in OT) ... played large part in four-OT NCAA
quarterfinal at Nebraska, in relief of flu-stricken Jenny Heft S had
goal and assist vs. Dayton in NCAA second round ... assisted on
Sarkesian's goal against Seton Hall in BIG EAST semifinals.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Did not compete in 1998 season while recovering from
summer knee injury.
AS A FRESHMAN: Had 1G-1A in first game, against St. John's ... scored
after intercepting goal kick vs. UConn in BIG EAST title game (6-1)
... scored vs. UCLA in NCAA quarterfinal (8-0) ... assisted on
game-winner against Washington (2-0) ... made first career start and
assisted on gamewinner vs. Pittsburgh ... scored twice, including
gamewinner, vs. Duke (4-1).
PREP & PERSONAL: Helped Dallas Sting win under-16 national title ...
member of Olympic Development Program region III team ... trained at
U.S. under-20 camp ... played soccer and basketball at Plano East ... played on boys soccer teams while living in Corpus Christi, before
moving to Dallas suburb of Richardson ... brother Rene played soccer
at Navy ... born Oct. 10, 1978, in Corpus Christi, Texas.