Sophomore has thrived at all three field positions during her young career at Notre Dame.
Notre Dame soccer captain combines athletic and academic excellence in distinctive fashion
Notre Dame kicks off 21st annual home tournament at 7:30 p.m. (ET) Friday at Alumni Stadium.
Gonzalez' Career Statistics
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 Boston Breakers
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 Pittsburgh (4-0).
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.
Gonzalez' Career Statistics