Notre Dame winds up opening weekend with visit from Windy City neighbors (3:30 p.m. ET at Alumni Stadium).
Former addition via the Notre Dame soccer camp who has developed into one of team's top options at outside back ... battled back from 2003 anterior cruciate knee ligament injury, returning to play key role in 2004 national championship season ... will have the option of applying for a fifth year of eligibility in 2006 ... prep midfielder who has emerged as an intriguing option at outside back, after impressive debut at that position with W-League's Fort Wayne Fever in summer of '04 ... a proven sparkplug with good athleticism, high workrate and solid ability on the ball ... one of 11 players named to W-League's 2004 Central Conference all-star team, after playing in 14 games with a goal and four assists on 11-3-1 team that lost to Chicago Cobras in Midwest Division title game (3-2) ... gained valuable experience by playing two summers in W-League ('05, with Atlanta Silverbacks) ... first returned from ACL injury (suffered in spring of '03) late in the 2003 fall season before making steady return in spring and summer of `04 ... has explosiveness to get up and down the flank while her midfield background provides attacking mentality from outside back ... has made good adjustments on her defensive reads ... saw action in 32 games (8 starts) during first two healthy seasons (1A) ... appeared in 12 of 14 Silverbacks games , playing alongside two members of ND's 2004 national championship team - current 5th-year standout Candace Chapman and former defender Melissa Tancredi - on team that finished third in Atlantic Division (8-5-1) ... could face Silverbacks teammate Megan Tuura (starting 'keeper at Michigan) in '05 season ... member of '04 Fort Wayne Fever roster that featured several other Irish players, including current teammates Amanda Cinalli, Kerri Inglis, Lauren Karas, Jill Krivacek, Kim Lorenzen and Christie Shaner (plus former ND starters Meotis Erikson, Amy Warner, Kim Carpenter and Mary Boland) ... invited to join Irish program after impressive showing at 2001 ND summer soccer camp ... other Notre Dame players who have worn No. 14 include defender Ashley Scharff ('96), a starter on the 1995 national-title team ... one of 13 Illinois natives to play for Notre Dame women's soccer, as are current juniors Krivacek (Geneva/Rosary HS), Lorenzen (Naperville North HS) and Jen Buczkowski (Elk Grove HS) and incoming freshman Brittany Bock (Naperville/Neuqua Valley HS) ... registered 3.33 GPA in 2004 fall semester while helping win national title.
AS A JUNIOR: Appeared in 15 games with six starts at outside back ... played key role in tremendous depth that allowed for season-long pacing of roster ... assisted on Katie Thorlakson goal vs. Wisconsin-Green Bay (4-0), sending pass to Jannica Tjeder to set up endline cross ... drew start in early win over Santa Clara (5-2), also starting on the road at Texas Tech (3-0) and Georgetown (2-1) ... logged season-high 74 minutes at Texas Tech ... gained postseason experience in BIG EAST Tournament wins over St. John's (7-0) and Boston College (2-0) and NCAA victory over Eastern Illinois (4-0).
AS A SOPHOMORE: Did not see any game action while rehabbing from ACL knee injury suffered in spring of '03 ... joined All-America defender Chapman (ACL) and all-BIG EAST midfielder Randi Scheller (hip) as regulars who missed all of '03 due to injuries.
AS A FRESHMAN: Appeared in 17 games (2 GS) while serving as one of top reserve midfielders ... provided spark in win over Hartford (2-1, at Maryland), starting in second half as Irish rallied ... registered only point of season in first start, springing Chapman for breakaway vs. Pittsburgh (5-0) ... also started at West Virginia ... appeared in 10 of final 12 games, including NCAA wins over Ohio State and Purdue (both 3-1) and loss at top-ranked Stanford (1-0).
PREP & PERSONAL: Three-sport athlete at Bloomington High School, twice earning female athlete of the year ... four-year letterwinner in soccer as center midfielder ... three-year team captain and MVP, twice all-city plus four all-conference honors ... helped win conference title as a freshman ... 48 career goals included 14 as a freshman, 12 in sophomore and junior seasons, 10 as a senior ... four-year letterwinner in tennis, earning three all-state and team MVP honors ... four-year conference and regional champ in tennis ... advanced to state semifinals in doubles as a junior, with undefeated regular-season record ... posted top-seven finish in state doubles as sophomore and senior ... tennis captain as a senior ... compiled 66-9 career singles record (20-1 as senior, at No. 2 singles) ... earned three letters as basketball point guard (two-year captain) ... member of student council ... other Bloomington, Ill., natives who have lettered with ND varsity teams include football All-America end Chuck Sweeney ('38; Trinity HS), swimmers Lorrei ('95; Bloomington HS) and Tom ('96; University HS) Horenkamp, golfer Bill Cvengros ('70) and four other Trinity HS products: golfer/fencing epeeist Jim Jacobs ('52), baseball third baseman Dave Costigan ('53), football fullback Ron DeNardo ('58) and wrestler Jim Kane ('61) ... her brother Mike played tennis at Bradley while sister Carrie is sophomore on Illinois Wesleyan soccer team ... daughter of Jack and Karen Walz ... full name is Jennifer Lynn Walz ... born May 21, 1984, in Phoenix, Ariz. ... American studies major, in College of Arts and Letters.