Notre Dame shut out East Carolina in a 5 to 0 win on Sunday, August 26th in Alumni Stadium.
One-year monogram winner ... prototypical center back who stepped into the lineup from day one ... very athletic and uses her length to cover ground extremely well ... gives Notre Dame a significant presence in the air on set pieces at both ends of the pitch ... calm and composed on the ball ... intricate knowledge of defensive tactics and positioning ... embraces challenge of defending some of nation's top strikers ... developed even further during the offseason, breaking into the starting lineup with U.S. Under-20 Women's National Team ... expected to be one of cornerstones of Irish backline once again this season.
AS A FRESHMAN: Started 23 matches and ranked second on team/tops among freshmen in minutes played (2,109), missing just 16 total minutes all season (did not play vs. #24 Santa Clara due to injury) ... had 21 complete-match efforts, going the distance in team's final 10 outings (including all six postseason contests) ... part of young Irish defense (featuring four freshmen in the rotation, plus rookie goalkeeper) that crafted 10 shutouts and 0.73 goals-against average ... also collected three goals and one assist ... potted first career goal at home against Cincinnati (7-0), scoring 4:43 into second half ... also found back of net on Senior Night against Seton Hall (5-1), scoring what proved to be match-winning goal in 24th minute ... sparked come-from-behind victory in NCAA Championship opener vs. Milwaukee (3-1), burying goal with 1:09 left in first half ... chalked up first career assist on Cari Roccaro's tying goal in 59th minute of NCAA second-round win over #10 Wake Forest (2-1); also helped hold Demon Deacons to three second-half shots (one on goal) ...helped shut out #8 Florida (2-0) in NCAA third-round match on the road, also holding Gators to three shots in second half (two on goal) ... added goal in spring 2013 season, scoring in 55th minute of 4-3 comeback win over Mexico U-20 National Team.
NATIONAL TEAM HIGHLIGHTS: Mainstay in the U.S. Soccer youth national team system since 2009 (currently with U-20s) ... has five caps during 2013 U-20 cycle (as of Aug. 1), starting three times (including domestic contests, has played in eight matches/five starts) ... joined in various U-20 camps in 2013 by Notre Dame classmates Roccaro and Crystal Thomas, as well as Irish freshmen Morgan Andrews and Kaela Little ... participated in June U-20 camp in Portland, Ore. ... started both matches on Swedish exhibition tour in May/June, going full 90 against Sweden U-20s (3-1) and playing first half against Sweden U-23s (1-0) ... made U-20 debut at 12 Nations Tournament in La Manga, Spain, in February 2013 ... appeared in all three matches, starting finale vs. Sweden (0-0) ... joined Notre Dame juniors Karin Simonian and Taylor Schneider, and Irish classmates Roccaro and Brittany Von Rueden in the 2011 U-18 and 2010 U-17 National Team player pools ... started all four matches for U-17 National Team at 2010 U-16 Nordic Cup in Denmark (USA won title, outscoring its four opponents by a combined 13-1 margin) ... was part of 2009 U-15 National Team player pool with Roccaro, Von Rueden and another fellow sophomore Stephanie Campo.
ODP/CLUB TEAM HIGHLIGHTS: Played extensively with ODP Region II Team from 2009-11 and Illinois State ODP Team from 2007-11 ... competed in ODP Thanksgiving Interregional from 2008-11 ... participated in February 2011 ECNL/id2 National Camp ... was part of Sockers FC Chicago club program for many years, playing for head coach Oleg Vatchev ... played for same club as Notre Dame classmate Thomas ... three members of the 2004 Notre Dame national championship -- Jen Buczkowski, Jill Krivacek and Kim Lorenzen -- also came out of the Sockers FC Chicago club program ... two-time NSCAA Youth All-American (2010, 2011) ... ranked ninth in 2012 ESPNHS 150 and 10th in 2012 Top Drawer Soccer club soccer player ratings (five-star ranking; No. 1 in Midwest region).
PREP & PERSONAL: Graduated from Elk Grove High School in Elk Grove Village, Ill., where she played for head coach Daniel Klaus ... four-year starter, registering career totals of 10 goals and 30 assists despite playing almost exclusively in defensive third ... was team captain all four seasons of high school ... had career-high three goals as freshman (2008-09) and junior (2010-11) ... delivered career-high nine assists as both a junior (2010-11) and senior (2011-12) ... led defense to 22 shutouts in final three seasons ... runner-up for Illinois Gatorade High School Player of the Year in 2010 ... three-time Chicago Tribune all-state choice (second team in 2010 and 2012; first team in 2011) ... four-time Northwest All-Area Team selection (2009-12) ... Mid-Suburban League East Division Player of the Year (2012) ... four-time all-conference pick (2009-12) ... also ran track in junior high school and still holds that school's record for the mile run ... full name is Kathleen Naughton ... last name is pronounced "NAW-ton" ... only child of Claire and Tom Naughton ... mother is oldest of 11 children ... part of strong pipeline of talent to come to Notre Dame from the Chicagoland area (and the state of Illinois), including a pair of Elk Grove natives in Buczkowski (2003-06) and Elise Weber (2007-08) ... one of four Illinois natives on the 2013 Fighting Irish roster, along with junior Sammy Scofield (Geneva), classmate Thomas (Elgin) and freshman Cindy Pineda (Bolingbrook) ... enrolled in Notre Dame's College of Arts and Letters where she is pursuing a double major in anthropology and Spanish ... named to the Dean's list during the fall 2012 semester ... team representative on Notre Dame's Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) ... earned certificate of merit for participation in Notre Dame's Rosenthal Leadership Academy in 2012-13.