Irish and Pilots square off at 1:30 p.m. (ET) Sunday at Alumni Stadium.
Notre Dame continues transition under first-year head coach Theresa Romagnolo.
Notre Dame faces its former BIG EAST rival for first time since 2003 (noon ET).
Notre Dame takes on fellow ACC newcomer Panthers in Sunday matinee (1 p.m. ET at Alumni Stadium, WatchND).
Sophomore has thrived at all three field positions during her young career at Notre Dame.
Preseason M.A.C. Hermann Trophy Watch List (2005)
Preseason All-American (Soccer America; 2005)
Preseason All-American (Soccer Buzz; 2005)
Preseason BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year (2005)
National Player of the Year (Soccer America; 2004)
National Player of the Year (Soccer Buzz; 2004)
NSCAA Second Team All-American (2004)
NSCAA First Team All-Region (2004)
BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year (2004)
First Team All-BIG EAST (2004)
College Cup Offensive MVP (2004)
Member of W-League Champions (Vancouver Whitecaps; 2004)
Dynamic frontrunner who returns for final season after ranking as college soccer's premier player throughout the 2004 national championship season ... her dual threat as a potent goalscorer and top playmaker are what most set her apart from other players in the college game ... totaled 23 goals and 24 assists in record-setting `04 season, factoring into 24 of team's final 28 scores ... former UNC great Mia Hamm is only player ever to total more goals and more assists in a season (see Record Book notes later in bio for other stat info.) ... able to strike ball with force and accuracy off either foot (and from any angle) ... dangerous server on corner kicks, leading to nine Irish goals in `04 (including one scored directly off her corner kick) ... emerging member of Canadian National Team who previously excelled with Canada's Under-19 team ... recognized by Soccer America and Soccer Buzz as 2004 Division I player of the year ... was one of five nominees for ESPN-sponsored ESPY, in category of "top female college athlete" (for `04-'05) ... driven winner who is quick to reciprocate when faced with physical and intimidating play ... continued to produce throughout `04 season despite drawing clear focus of opposing defenses ... tremendous field sense and vision allow her to make clever runs and deliver high-level passes ... joined Melissa Tancredi and Candace Chapman as three top Canadian players on '04 national-title team ... able to find her shot in tricky situations ... strong player who is tough to knock off ball due to low center of gravity ... can play with back to the goal but also effective running at opposition ... has rare ability to spring teammate off first pass ... consummate playmaker who filled role of "free" midfielder in 3-5-2 system used by Langley Ice club ... physically strong athlete who even has played in goal when needed ... has trained with W-League team that is part of prestigious Whitecaps F.C. in Vancouver (Canada's "soccer capital") ... helped Whitecaps win W-League title in summer of `04 (also 2nd-leading scorer, with 7G-5A in 9 GP, on `05 team that reached W-League semi's) ... could face three former U-19 teammates - Florida's Melanie Booth and UConn's Katie Radchuck and Steph Labbe - in `05 (her Whitecaps teammates Monique Gibji plays for Louisville) ... ND women's soccer players who have worn No. 7 include forward Amy VanLaecke (`94-'96) and defender Monica Gonzalez (`97-'01) ... followed up national title by posting 3.39 GPA in '04 fall semester.
IN THE RECORD BOOKS: Turned in one of top all-around offensive seasons in NCAA history (23G-24A, in `04), with Hamm being only Div. I player ever to total more goals and more assists in same season (32G-33A, `92 with UNC) ... 10th player in NCAA history to reach 20G-20A in season, joining ND 1996 teammates Cindy Daws (26G-20A) and Jenny Streiffer (22G-22A) ... just three others have reached 23G-23A: Hamm in '92, Marcy Clemens (24G-23A; Santa Clara, `99) and UNC's Lindsay Tarpley (23G-27A, `03) ... scored or assisted on 47 goals in `04 - 5th-best in NCAA history behind Hamm (65; `92), SMU's Lisa Cole (50, 37G-13A; `87) and Danielle Garrett/Fotopoulos (51, 32G-19A; `95) and Tarpley (50; `03) ... her 70 points rank 17th in NCAA history (2nd at ND, behind Daws' 72 in `96) while her 24 assists are 11th in NCAA record book (4th at ND, behind three Holly Manthei seasons) ... her 23G in `04 rank 3rd in ND record book (Jenny Heft had 28 in `98, Daws 26 in `96) ... set ND record for game-winning points in season (23), tying Michelle McCarthy's GWG record (8 in `94) while her 7 GWAs rank 4th (one shy of record) ... joined Anne Makinen (`00) and Amanda Guertin (`02) as third ND player to lead team in goals and assists ... broke Makinen's record with 127 shots in `04 ... enters `05 ranked 14th on ND career points list (112), 38 shy of 9th (repeat of 70 pts in `05 still would leave her 6th) ... 11th on ND career assists list (38; would be 6th to reach 50, 4th with 60) ... her 37G rank 15th (9 shy of top-10; 60 would be 6th) ... 4th-quickest ND player to 30G-30A (62 gms), 10th-quickest to 100 points (65 gms) ... needs 3G-2A to be 6th ND player (35th in NCAA history) with 40G-40A ... three at ND have reached 50G-50A: Streiffer (70-71), Daws (61-67) and Makinen (65-56) ... 8th in ND record book for career GWGs (13; record of 19 set by McCarthy and `00 grad. Jenny Heft), 9th in GWAs (10; 14 would rank 4th) and 10th with 36 GW points (Streiffer has record 51) ... set ND records in `04 for points (27), goals (9), assists (9) and GWAs (3) in one postseason (Makinen had 19 pts and 8G in `97, Manthei 8A in `94) ... enters `05 ranked 5th in ND history with 33 career postseason points, 6th in goals (11) and assists (11) - with Makinen (45 pts, 11G) and Manthei (11A) holding those records ... set ND records for points (14) and assists (6) in one NCAA Tournament, besting records held by Monica Gerardo (12 pts, `97) and Manthei (5A, `95 and `97) while her 4 goals in `04 NCAAs rank 3rd (one shy of record) ... enters `05 with 18 career pts in NCAAs (6 shy of Gerardo's record) and 8 career NCAA assists (Manthei had 15) ... holds ND record for points in a game (10, 4G-2A vs. St. John's in `04) while sharing ND records for goals in a game (4) and points in a half (7; vs. Baylor and Santa Clara, in `04) ... first player ever to score/assist on ND's first five goals in game (vs. BU and SCU, in `04) - then had G/A on first six vs. SJU ... enters `05 with 11-game point streak, one shy of Makinen's ND record (`99) ... has averaged 1.50 pts/gm (70 GP/63 GS) ... enters `05 with 70 consecutive GP.
WITH CANADIAN NATIONAL PROGRAM: Has played for various Canadian national teams since 1999, including nine official games with full national team (as of Aug. 1, 2005) ... made debut on July 30, 2004, in road game vs. Japan (0-3) before playing `05 games vs. Holland (1-1), Germany (1-3; 2-3/start), France (2-0, start), Denmark (4-3, start), Sweden (1-3, start), Norway (0-3) and the U.S. (0-2, start) ... combined with Chapman as two of top players on '02 squad that was runner-up at inaugural U-19 World Championship (held in three Canadian cities) ... showed strong interplay with tournament MVP Christine Sinclair (who led Portland to '02 NCAA title) on Canadian U-19 team, playing mostly as attacking midfielder ... opted not to compete in 2004 U-19 World Championship (in Thailand), which would have forced her to miss early rounds of NCAAs ... scored 5G in 27 career games with U-19s ... played in all five games of 2004 U-19 qualifying, including historic 2-1 win over U.S. (in Ottawa) ... played entire game in four of five '04 qualifying games ... scored twice vs. Haiti with Pan Am Games team ... her 5G with U-19s came in '02 friendlies vs. Taiwan (2) and Brazil - plus score vs. England in quarterfinals of '02 U-19 World Championship (6-2) and lone goal in 6-1 loss to U.S. at '03 Adidas Cup.
AS A JUNIOR: Earned player-of-the-year honors from Soccer America and Soccer Buzz after one of top seasons in NCAA history (see earlier Record Book notes) ... her 70 points (23G-24A) featured points in 21 of 27 games, with 11-game point streak to end season ... scored or assisted on 24 of ND's final 28 goals (each of final six) ... somehow dropped to NSCAA 2nd team All-America honors (1st team per SA and SB) ... named BIG EAST offensive player of the year ... made 26 starts while joining 10 teammates in setting ND record for games played (27) ... led nation in points and assists, 2nd in goals behind Penn State's Tiffany Weimer (26) ... only player in nation to reach at least 15G-15A ... more than doubled ND's 2nd-leading point total (30, by Chapman) ... scored/assisted on 66% of team's goals (47 of 71) ... had 51 points at Alumni Field (17G-17A, 7 GWG in 15 GP) ... racked up 23 points vs. top-25 teams (8G-7A, 8 GP) and ND-record 27 in postseason (9G-9A, 9 GP) ... her pinpoint corner kicks led to 9G for Irish ... her five multi-goal games included games with 10, 8, 7 and 6 points ... opened with G/A on first five goals vs. Baylor (2G-3A; 7-2), including assists on both Amanda Cinalli goals ... helped set up all 3G vs. Eastern Illinois (1A; 3-0) ... her 3G-2A vs. #4 Santa Clara (5-2) are most points (8) ever by ND player vs. top-25 team (first ND hat trick vs. top-25 since `98, third ever vs. top-10) ... had free-kick assist on Jen Buczkowski header vs. SCU (1-0), converted PK (2-1) and had thru-ball on Buczkowski's 84th-minute far-postshot (3-2), adding endline cross on Chapman goal before cashing in Erika Bohn's deep punt ... MVP of ND Classic after wins over Stanford (1-0) and SCU, also BIG EAST player of the week and named to SA and SB national teams of the week (repeating honors earned in week-1) ... her free kick set up Tancredi's winning volley at Arizona State (2-1) ... assisted on Cinalli goal at Texas Tech (3-0) ... had 4 GWGs in 5-game streak, starting with 83rd-minute poke at Syracuse (2-1) ... broke tie with PK and added CK assist on Chapman goal vs. Pittsburgh (3-1) ... scored on early volley (2:54) vs. Wis.-Green Bay, adding goal and assist on Cinalli score (4-0) ... her rightside CK produced quicker goal (2:38, header by Shaner) at West Virginia, capping 3-1 win with clever turn and score ... scored on tricky leftfooted shot vs. Providence (3-0) to earn BIG EAST player of the week ... endured rare four-game point drought (points in 10 of first 12) ... raced free on left side for goal vs. Seton Hall, adding assist on Chapman goal (3-1) ... had 2G-2A at Michigan (4-0), slotting pass to Buczkowski, angling in for one-timer on deflection, sending endline pass to Chapman and scoring after give-and-go with Cinalli ... record-setting 10-point game (4G-2A) in BIG EAST quarterfinal vs. St. John's included (all goals leftfooted): sliding goal after feed from Buczkowski; CK assist on Shaner header; goal after give-and-go with Buczkowski; CK assist on Lizzie Reed header; sliding shot after creating her own counterattack; and scoring from center of box after pass slotted from Kim Lorenzen ... that run completed 12 straight scores in which she had the G/A, earning CSTV national student-athlete-of-the-week honors ... scored after tap back from Chapman vs. Boston College in BIG EAST semi's (2-0), adding right-endline cross to Ashley Jones in title game vs. host UConn (1-0, lost 2-1) ... assisted on Cinalli goal, scored on rocket shot and had endline cross for Lorenzen tap-in vs. EIU in NCAAs (4-0) ... served leftside CK that produced Krivacek's flick-header (89:07) for dramatic NCAA win over Wisconsin (1-0) ... converted PK to cap 2-0 win over UConn, as march to title rolled on ... passed back to Schefter to set up Cinalli header, added left-endline cross on another Cinalli goal and scored directly off leftside CK in quarterfinal vs. Portland (1-0) ... took pass in transition from Chapman, drew defense to her on right side and sent return pass for Chapman's 73rd-minute score in NCAA semi's vs. SCU (1-0) ... batted into top of box and converted tying PK vs. UCLA (1-1; shot to lower left corner) in 74th minute (ND won in PKs, 4-3) ... had team-best 6A on preseason Brazil trip.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Combined with seniors Amy Warner and Amanda Guertin and junior Mary Boland in making ND nation's first team in `04 with four double-digit goalscorers ... her 31 points (10G-11A, 4 GWG) were one shy of Warner's team-best total ... appeared in all 24 games (19 GS) ... led team in scoring vs. ranked/postseason opponents (3G-4A) ... provided cross on Boland's one-timer vs. Hartford (9-1, at UConn) ... assisted on Warner's far-post shot at St. John's (2-0) ... nearly scored hat trick in span of 3:33 vs. Western Kentucky, heading in a Maggie Manning cross, one-timing a Warner thru-ball and getting taking down in box (Schefter converted PK) ... named offensive MVP at Santa Clara Classic (0-0 vs. Stanford, 2-1 vs. SCU) ... lofted 30-yard pass from left sideline, with Boland sweeping ball past SCU `keeper Julie Ryder for early lead ... banged home Boland's rebounded shot at left post for 76th-minute GWG, handing Broncos first-ever loss in SCU Classic ... assisted on goals by Lizzie Reed and Boland vs. North Texas (8-1) ... her leftside corner was deflected to Kim Carpenter, who scored at near post vs. West Virginia (2-0) ... set off OT celebration with goal vs. Villanova (1-0), taking short free kick from Carpenter and blasting leftfooted shot from 24 yards inside far left post ... flicked Shaner's rightside corner to Boland for header vs. Miami, later knocking in Jill Krivacek's rebound (3-0) ... opened scoring vs. UConn (2-0), knocking in Tancredi's far-post header via Shaner's leftside corner ... provided leftside CK on Tancredi's header vs. Rutgers and later ripped 25-yard shot from left side into far sidenetting (3-0) ... sent long entry pass for Warner's crossing shot vs. Seton Hall (2-0) ... slid onto Warner's leftside cross and scored from eight yards out for final goal vs. Michigan (2-3) ... had 2A in NCAA win over Loyola Chicago (5-0), with rightside pass on Buczkowski's crossing shot and leftside corner on Shaner header ... led team with 5G in '04 spring season (6 GP), including hat trick vs. Western Michigan (4-1) and goals vs. Florida (1-1) and Mexico (2-1 lead; lose 3-2).
AS A FRESHMAN: Played key role in late surge after shift to high forward role, appearing in 19 total games (18 GS) as 4th-leading scorer (4G-3A) ... missed first two games while playing with Canada at U-19 World Championship ... split time at midfield and forward in first half of season ... had primary assist vs. Seton Hall, heading cross that led to Boland's diving header for only goal (1-0) ... added assist in 3-1 loss to Purdue, on Guertin rebound goal ... made mid-game shift to forward vs. UConn and picked perfect time for first goal, scoring into left corner after Chapman and Warner worked a give-and-go (3-1) ... added game-tying goal vs. BYU, lofting 25-yard shot for 2-2 game (BYU won on rare late-game PK) ... chipped lead pass to Randi Scheller for 2-0 lead on Syracuse before converting feed from Chapman (6-0) ... scored eventual GWG in NCAAs vs. Ohio State (3-1), knocking home deflected Warner shot ... helped open scoring two days later vs. Purdue (3-1), sending thru-ball that sprung Guertin ... set up second goal in 3-0 win over Mexico during '03 spring, lofting 30-yard shot that glanced off crossbar (Guertin put back rebound).
PREP & PERSONAL: Attended Walnut Grove HS while playing with Langley Ice club in elite Metro League ... played several sports - volleyball, basketball, track and cross country - before focusing on soccer in 2000 (she advanced to provincial finals in all five sports) ... named Langley's athlete of the year as a junior, also receiving 2002 Ultimate Athlete Award ... MVP at '01 Coastal Cup Championship (u-17, also u-13 MVP) ... club team MVP in '00 and '01 ... three-time provincial all-star and member of Langley program that won provincial titles in '98 (8th at nationals) and '02, with provincial runner-up finishes in '99 and '00 ... had 8G in 9 GP for '01-'02 team that went 12-0 ... scored 13 of team's 44 goals in '00-'01 ... began playing soccer at age of four ... district all-star in volleyball, second-team all-star in basketball ... won '99 Little Masters tournament for Vancouver golfers (u-14) ... honor-roll student ... daughter of Larry and Mary Thorlakson ... full name is Katie Marie Thorlakson ... born Jan. 14, 1985, in New Westminster, B.C. ... psychology major, in College of Arts and Letters.
Thorlakson's Career Statistics
In the Postseason