Jill Krivacek feature story from The Observer (Sept. 12, 2006; "Need for speed - Krivacek brings new element to her game")
M.A.C Hermann Trophy Midseason Watch List ('06)
Third Team ALL-BIG EAST ('04)
BIG EAST Tournament Def. MVP ('05)
Honorable Mention ALL-BIG EAST ('06)
Imposing presence at defensive midfielder spot who could be in for best season of her career, after reporting for the preseason in tremendous physical condition ... collected third team all-BIG EAST honors during 2004 national championship season before being slowed by injury in 2005 ... has shown greatest improvement during her career in the air, maximizing 5-foot-11 frame ... her emergence as a steady option in the holding midfielder spot has allowed the Irish to field a better overall alignment, with others excelling in new roles ... very effective at receiving and holding the ball with pressure around her ... creates unique matchup problems, causing many observers to consider her one of the key elements to the Notre Dame lineup ... has improved her distribution, able to spray ball around the field in more regular fashion ... helps take pressure off defense by stopping opposing threats and controlling possession in middle third ... key transition player who can quickly cycle ball back into the attack ... appears ready to play at even faster pace in 2006 season ... has the capacity to log full game while sitting in behind the other two midfielders ... disciplined playmaker who fits well into team's style of play ... spirited player who regularly provides her patented brand of comic relief ... appeared in 68 of 76 games during first three seasons, starting 41 games with 19 points (5 goals, 9 assists) ... roughly half of her career points (2G-5A) have come in postseason (13 GP/9 GS) including 2G-1A in the NCAAs (20 GP/18 GS) ... three of her goals have been gamewinners ... delivered two of the biggest strikes during run to 2004 NCAA title, scoring in final minute to beat Wisconsin (2nd round) and converting ND's final penalty kick in title-game shootout versus UCLA ... gained top-level experience playing in W-League the past three summers ... played in all 14 games and logged team-best 1,280 minutes for Chicago Gaels in summer of '05, totaling 3G-1A (4-8-2 record) ... played on Gaels alongside Jen Buczkowski, a longtime teammate dating back to 7th grade on Illinois ODP (they also played together on the Arsenal, Sockers and Eclipse clubs) ... she and Buczkowski returned to the Gaels in the summer of '06, with Krivacek playing in 11 of 14 games (2G; 7-4-3- record) and ranking third on team with 989 minutes ... one of 15 Illinois natives to play for ND women's soccer - with others including her former ODP and club teammates Buczkowski (Elk Grove HS) and Kim Lorenzen (Naperville North HS) and three from Naperville/Neuqua Valley HS: sophomore midfielder Brittany Bock, freshman D/M Amanda Clark and freshman forward Michele Weissenhofer ... combined with Buczkowski, Lorenzen and Bock in leading Illinois ODP to 2003 national title ... played alongside Buczkowski and Lorenzen on Sockers and on Eclipse Select club team that came just shy of playing in USYS under-19 national title game (summer `04) ... her busy '04 summer included playing alongside several former and current ND players with W-League's Fort Wayne Fever on team that went 11-3-1 and lost to Chicago Cobras in Midwest Division title game (1G-2A, 12 GP) ... current ND players Lorenzen, Christie Shaner, Amanda Cinalli, Lauren Karas and Kerry Inglis also played on the '04 Fever (as did former Irish starters Meotis Erikson, Amy Warner, Kim Carpenter and Mary Boland) ... helped Eclipse win 2004 regional title after victories over teams from Ohio (Cleveland F.C., 5-1), Indiana (Carmel Cobras, 3-1), Kansas (KCFC Alliance, 2-1), Minnesota (Tsunami Sota, 3-0) and Missouri (JB Marine, 2-0) ... 2004 nationals saw Eclipse battle teams in four-team round-robin from New York (HBC Fury, 2-2), California (Pleasanton Rage, 0-1) and Georgia (Phoenix, 3-1) before missing title game on tiebreakers ... could face several former Sockers teammates in 2006, including Santa Clara 'keeper Julie Ryder and three from DePaul (Jen Lee, Amy Witt, and Amanda Marier) ... enters senior year with 3.20 cumulative GPA (including a 3.60 in the 2006 spring semester).
AS A JUNIOR: Slowed by early-season knee injury that held her out of seven games but ultimately appeared in 18 (12 starts; 2G-2A) ... named defensive MVP of the 2005 BIG EAST Tournament, after playing key role in dominating three-game stretch versus Georgetown (6-0), Marquette (3-0) and UConn (5-0) ... helped Irish compile 14-0 scoring edge in the BET, plus 59-18 in shots, 32-8 in shots on goal and 17-3 in corner kicks ... key cog in season-long domination that included 110-15 scoring margin and an average shot edge of 22.5 to 5.0 (12.3-2.1 in shots on goal; 7.0-1.7 in corner kicks) ... tapped in a Maggie Manning cross to complete 11-1 win over New Hampshire in season opener ... scored again after return from injury, on looping 58th-minute shot that opened scoring in 4-0 win over Villanova ... assisted in back-to-back wins over Georgetown (6-1, 6-0) - first on pass to Kerri Hanks (who sprung Cinalli for 2-0 lead) and then on another feed to Hanks, who converted thru-ball in BIG EAST quarterfinal ... her pass to Manning set up Bock's header versus Valparaiso in NCAAs (6-0) ... added entry pass the next week to Cinalli, who then fed Hanks for 4-2 lead in NCAA third round versus Yale (5-2) ... also assisted on Cinalli's goal that opened scoring in 2006 spring victory over the Mexican National team (3-0).
AS A SOPHOMORE: Recognized for strong season as defensive midfielder by earning third team all-BIG EAST ... made 23 starts while playing in all 27 games, tying 10 teammates for ND record for games played in a season ... her only goal of '04 came in dramatic fashion, beating Wisconsin in 90th minute of NCAA second-round matchup ... both of her assists also came in postseason ... averaged 74 minutes per game (eight with 90-plus) ... helped '04 defense rank among best in ND history - most notably in low number of corner kicks allowed (48; 1.8 per game/2nd in ND record book), also ranking third in total shots allowed/gm (5.7; 155 total) and fourth in shots-on-goal allowed (2.6/gm; 71) ... her defensive shutout skills contributed to Irish totaling nearly as many goals (71) as opponent shots on goal (73) ... helped Irish lead nation in shutouts (16; 3rd in ND history) while allowing 0-1 goals in 25 games ... the '04 team's 0.51 GAA ranked fourth in nation (4th in ND history) ... started final 15 games ... earned spot on ND Classic all-tournament team after wins over Stanford (1-0; 3 shots, 2 SOG, 2 CK) and Santa Clara (5-2; shutout SCU for 60 minutes) ... played all 90 minutes while helping mark Stanford All-American Marcie Ward out of the game ... played key role in wins over top teams Arizona State (2-1; 3 SOG, 0 CK) and UConn (1-0; 2 SOG, 1 CK), logging 81 minutes versus ASU, 73 at UConn ... played full 90 in BIG EAST road win at West Virginia (3-1) ... part of impressive defensive efforts versus Boston College in regular season (1-0; 2 shots, 1 SOG) and BIG EAST semifinals (2-0; 2 SOG, CK), logging 80-plus minutes in both ... credited with assist in BIG EAST quarterfinal with St. John's (7-0), after Katie Thorlakson's left-side corner kick grazed off her head and Lizzie Reed's head before settling into net ... had similar assist two weeks later, via Thorlakson corner from same flag, with ball skimming off her head to set up Cinalli's volley for early lead on Eastern Illinois in NCAAs (4-0) ... played 90 minutes in postseason versus UConn (BIG EAST title game, 1-2) and Wisconsin (1-0), also full 110 in NCAA title game versus UCLA (1-1; 4-3 PKs) and 80 in NCAA wins over UConn (2-0) and Portland (3-1) ... closed final month as part of defense that allowed just 2 goals, 32 shots, 13 SOG and 14 corners in NCAAs - versus EIU (1 SOG), Wisconsin (1 shot), UConn (2 SOG, 1 CK), Portland (3 SOG, 2 CK), Santa Clara (3 shots, 1 SOG) and UCLA (6 SOG) ... scored one of most dramatic postseason goals in Irish history, with Thorlakson again serving ball from northwest flag at Alumni Field in final minute of NCAA second-round game vs. Wisconsin ... shifted to her left and elevated for flick header into the far-right side of the net, with 0:53 left in regulation ... previous 16 seasons had seen the Irish win in final minute just twice but it happened twice in 2004 (also at Georgetown, on goal by Buczkowski) ... stepped forward for team's sixth PK in NCAA title game versus UCLA, sending well-struck shot past Valerie Henderson and into lower right corner (Erika Bohn's save moments later ended the 4-3 shootout).
AS A FRESHMAN: Emerged as key presence as defensive midfielder, appearing in 23 of 24 games (all but UConn showdown) while making six starts, with two goals and three assists ... helped Irish finish fifth in nation with 0.49 GAA while allowing just 53 shots on goal ... drew early start versus Oklahoma (5-1), later starting in midseason versus Villanova (1-0, OT), Butler (3-0) and at Pittsburgh (1-0) before starting final two regular-season games, at Seton Hall (2-0) and versus Michigan (2-3) ... opened scoring with second-half goal against Wake Forest (3-0, at UConn), taking left-endline pass from Buczkowski and roofing shot into left top-netting ... her next point came in midseason, passing ball to Buczkowski to assist on Amanda Guertin's far-post shot in 6-0 win over Georgetown ... ripped shot from top of box versus Miami, with Thorlakson banging home the rebound (3-0) ... supplied pass to set up Warner's race to goal that opened scoring at Seton Hall (2-0) ... collected loose ball at top of box and blasted shot into upper right corner to complete scoring in NCAA first-round win over Loyola Chicago (5-0).
PREP & PERSONAL: Four-year MVP at Rosary High School, totaling school records for career goals (78) and assists (65) ... member of state ODP program and regional ODP pool from '98-'03, combining with Buczkowski and Lorenzen in leading Illinois ODP to runner-up finish at 2001 nationals (in Las Vegas) before winning '03 title in Plano, Texas - after beating Kansas (2-1, regional final), Georgia (1-0, national semi's) and New Jersey (1-0, national final; with future ND teammate Lizzie Reed on that N.J. squad) ... named the Daily Herald's Tri-Cities female athlete of the year ... two-year captain at Rosary, helping team win '03 regional title ... all-state as a senior, also all-area and all-section each of her four seasons ... totaled 14G-15A as senior on team that lost in sectionals ... helped Illinois win five regional ODP titles ... played alongside Buczkowski and Lorenzen on Chicago Sockers club team that won '01 Presidents Cup and WAGS tournament in Washington, D.C. (state cup runner-up) ... center midfielder and stopper with Sockers, winning '02 state cup and reaching regional semifinals (also '00 and '03 state runner-up) ... the Sockers played up several age groups in 2003 u-23 state cup, winning that event and then playing in Detroit at U-23 regional ... earned three letters as forward on Rosary basketball team, setting school records for career scoring and rebounding ... led team to first conference basketball title in school history ('03) ... twice named conference basketball MVP, also all-area and team captain ... began playing soccer as first-grader, also playing tee-ball, softball and basketball as a youth ... member of National Honor Society and student council ... former ND volleyball player Jenny Birkner ('97; Geneva HS) also is native of Geneva, Ill., while former ND diver Jennifer Stumm (`93) is a Rosary HS grad ... daughter of Barry and Karen Krivacek ... full name is Jillian Marie Krivacek ... born May 30, 1985, in Chicago ... a marketing major, in the Mendoza College of Business.
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