Internationally-seasoned player who provides another quality option at central defender ... Icelandic National Team experience has allowed her to develop calm demeanor while playing high-pressure position ... tactically-sound, reads the game well and rarely gets rattled ... quiet leader with a strong work ethic ... her value to the team was recognized when the Irish players selected her as a 2004 team captain (alongside fellow central back Melissa Tancredi and forward Mary Boland) ... appeared in just 42 games (21 starts) in first three seasons while coping with injuries ... clever player with tremendous 1-on-1 marking and steady anticipation that leads to intercepting passes and timely toe pokes ... provides unique look in the back due to height (5-9), speed, field vision and worldwide experience ... second European player to join Notre Dame women's soccer program, following 2000 player of the year Anne Makinen (Helsinki, Finland) ... joined on `04 roster by another Finland native, forward Jannica Tjeder (Espoo) ... her name is pronounced Gud (as is bud)-run Goon-us-dott-err and she is most known by the nickname "Gunna" (Goon-uh) ... made first visit to Notre Dame in February of 2001 ... other Notre Dame players who have worn No. 2 include All-America forward Rosella Guerrero (`96) and standout central defender Kelly Lindsey (`01) ... an Academic All-America candidate, entering her senior year with a 3.31 cumulative GPA.
ICELANDIC NATIONAL TEAM: Has played 21 career games with Iceland's full national team (as of Aug. 1, 2004), plus 18 with under-21 squad, 13 with the u-18s and 13 with u-17s ... starter at central defender for Iceland ... had busy '04 summer, playing three games with national team and 13 with her club team FC Reykjavik ... helped Iceland post 1-0 win over England and star forward Kelly Smith, in Birmingham, followed by European Cup games in Budapest vs. Hungary (5-0) and potent France team (0-2) ... played with club team in 2004 European Championship (July 19-25, in Slovenia), registering wins over national champions from Holland (Ter Leede, 1-0) and Finland (Malmin Palloseura, 3-1) before 2-1 loss to Slovenia's ZNK KrKa (Iceland played with 10 after early red card) ... helped FC Reykjavik rank second in Icelandic Championship 2004 standings before returning to Notre Dame with five games left in league season ... started for national team in 2000 scoreless tie vs. U.S., in Charlotte, N.C. ... marked variety of top forwards in that game, including Mia Hamm ... several of her former club teammates went on to play in the U.S. (at Duke, Vanderbilt and Richmond) ... two of her Icelandic national teammates - midfielder Margret Olafsdottir and Rakel Karvelsson - played in the Women's United Soccer Association (with Philadelphia Charge).
AS A JUNIOR: Appeared in 18 of 24 games, with most of her 11 starts at central defense ... helped ND allow just 53 shots on goal while finishing 5th in nation with 0.49 season goals-against avg. ... named all-tournament at UConn Classic, starting alongside Tancredi in impressive wins over Hartford (9-1) and Wake Forest (3-0) ... suffered broken wrist late in WFU game and went on to miss four games ... returned off the bench in stellar team defensive effort at Santa Clara Classic (0-0 vs. Stanford, 2-1 vs. SCU; three combined shots on goal, three combined corners) ... missed two of next three games (8-1 vs North Texas, 2-0 vs. West Virginia) before appearing in final 13 (starts in final six) ... had starting role in shutouts of Villanova (1-0, OT; ND allowed just 5 shots/1 on goal), Butler (3-0; 2 shots/1 SOG) and Pittsburgh (1-0; 6 shots/3 SOG) ... started final two games of regular season (2-0 vs. Seton Hall, 2-3 vs. Michigan) ... her pass assisted Katie Thorlakson's long entry to Amy Warner, who one-timed crossing shot to left side to cap win over SHU ... started all four postseason games but only one in defense (replacing injured Tancredi in final 1-0 loss to Michigan, when ND allowed just 3 shots/1 SOG) ... started as defensive midfielder in BIG EAST Tournament games vs. Miami (3-0) and Boston College (1-2) before opening NCAAs as forward vs. Loyola Chicago (5-0), as regulars Warner, Boland and Amanda Guertin did not start due to injuries.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Limited to seven games played (six starts, as central defender) due to stress fracture and ankle injury - with season-ending ankle surgery on Oct. 10 ... named BIG EAST defensive player of the week after key role in wins over Providence (3-0) and Virginia Tech (5-0), with the Irish holding PC to a pair of shots while allowing just two corner kicks in the weekend action ... that early performance took on added significance due to the absence of defensive standouts Vanessa Pruzinsky and Candace Chapman ... also named to all-tournament team at Notre Dame Classic, helping Irish stay in the game versus eventual national champ Portland in 1-0 late-game loss ... missed next six games due to injury before playing first half in 5-0 win over Pittsburgh ... knocked from action two games later in collision during Oct. 8 Purdue game, two days before her surgery.
AS A FRESHMAN: Appeared in 17 games as a central defender, making four starts ... helped Irish post 0.82 goals-against avg. ... three of her starts came in first six games, including win over Hartford (2-0), 2-2 tie with Wisconsin and win over Georgetown (2-1) ... started in 3-2 NCAA loss to Cincinnati, as Irish adjusted to absence of Chapman (illness) ... missed midseason wins over Nebraska, Pittsburgh and West Virginia while competing with her national team ... played in BIG EAST Tournament win over Boston College (3-0), BIG EAST title game vs. West Virginia (2-1) and NCAA first-round win over Eastern Illinois (2-0) ... started at central back in 3-2 win over Mexico during 2002 spring exhibition.
PREP & PERSONAL: Hails from Seltjarnames (near Reykjavik) while attending Menntaskolinn I Reykjavik (the school does not sponsor a girls soccer team) ... began playing soccer at the age of seven, on boys team ... also participated in basketball, gymnastics and dancing ... born Sept. 15, 1981 ... her parents names are Gunnar and Sigrun ... full name is Gudrun Soley Gunnarsdottir ... a finance major, enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business.
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