The women's soccer team took on Cincinnati at Alumni Stadium on September 16th.
One-year monogram winner ... dynamic and versatile player who has seen action at all three field positions ... one of top young players in the country with ability to impact a match in numerous ways ... creativity and strength on the ball makes her valuable in possession game ... owns powerful shot and doesn't need much space to let loose ... has good pace and exemplary grasp of defensive tactics and positioning ... fearless in the air and in tight quarters ... leader by example who will be critical to Irish fortunes in coming seasons ... also brings wealth of experience from international stage as one of rising stars in U.S. Soccer system.
AS A FRESHMAN: Soccer America National Freshman of the Year ... NSCAA third-team All-America selection ... Soccer America Freshman All-America choice ... NSCAA first-team all-region pick ... BIG EAST Rookie of the Year ... first-team all-BIG EAST honoree ... BIG EAST All-Rookie Team selection ... missed first seven matches of season while playing for U-20 World Cup Team ... returned to start 16 of remaining 17 matches (missed regular-season finale at DePaul due to illness), piling up six goals and one assist ... played every minute in 11 matches ... ranked third on team in goals, total shots (41) and shots on goal (21) ... made nearly-immediate impact upon her return from U-20 World Cup, scoring goals in four of her first six matches in an Irish uniform ... opened college account with goal in 74th minute and chalked up season-high five shots against Cincinnati (7-0) ... netted opening score in 16th minute and tied season best with five more shots (three on goal) against Pittsburgh (2-1) ... posted first multi-point outing of career with goal and assist against Oakland (3-0), both in final 21 minutes; also had season high-tying three shots on goal ... earned nods as BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week and Chicagoland Soccer News Player of the Week for play in Pitt and Oakland wins ... potted goal in 57th minute at Connecticut (4-0) ... returned from late-season illness with a flourish in BIG EAST Championship quarterfinal vs. Syracuse (1-0), scoring lone goal of day with 12:47 left after running down lead pass from Mandy Laddish ... scored first career NCAA Championship goal in second-round win over #10 Wake Forest (2-1), tying match in 59th minute and setting stage for Crystal Thomas' winning score less than 12 minutes later ... tied season high with three shots on goal in NCAA quarterfinal at #7 Florida State (0-1) ... continued to blossom during spring 2013 season, assisting on Thomas' tying goal in 85th minute vs. Mexico Under-20 National Team (4-3), then scoring winning goal in second-half stoppage time ... potted match-winning goal in 44th minute against Haiti National Team (2-1) in spring finale.
NATIONAL TEAM HIGHLIGHTS: One of key contributors for United States Under-20 National Team since 2009 ... has 20 caps (one goal) during U-20 career, including five (all starts) during 2013 U-20 cycle (as of Aug. 1) -- including domestic contests, has played in eight matches (all starts) ... joined in various U-20 camps in 2013 by Notre Dame classmates Katie Naughton and Thomas, as well as Irish freshmen Morgan Andrews and Kaela Little ... participated in June U-20 camp in Portland, Ore. ... played every minute in all five international matches in 2013 -- exhibition tour in May/June against Sweden U-20s (3-1) and U-23s (1-0), as well as 12 Nations Tournament in La Manga, Spain, in February 2013 (1-1 vs. Norway, 0-3 vs. Germany, 0-0 vs. Sweden) ... along with Laddish, was part of U.S. squad that won 2012 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup title in Japan (Americans' third crown; first U-20 world championship earned by Notre Dame players since Lauren Fowlkes in 2008) ... second-youngest player on American roster, she played in four matches (starting three times) at center back in 2012 WWC, going the distance in all three elimination matches -- quarterfinal vs. North Korea (2-1, ot), semifinal vs. Nigeria (2-0) and final vs. Germany (1-0) ... joined Laddish in helping United States win CONCACAF U-20 title with five-match sweep in Panama, outscoring opposition by 24-1 margin ... started all five matches as a central defender ... scored first goal at U-20 level in 6-0 group-play win over Guatemala ... part of U-20 side that won 2012 Four Nations Tournament in La Manga, Spain ... started final two matches in central defense, part of retaining line that posted three shutouts in as many outings at the event ... joined Notre Dame juniors Karin Simonian and Taylor Schneider, and Irish classmates Naughton and Brittany Von Rueden in the 2011 U-18 and 2010 U-17 National Team player pools ... was member of U.S. side that was a finalist at 2010 CONCACAF U-17 Women's World Cup Qualifier in Costa Rica (had five-match aggregate of 38-0, but missed World Cup berth after falling to Canada on penalties in semifinals following scoreless draw) ... started three times and came off bench in a fourth during the 2010 U-17 WWC Qualifier, scoring goal vs. Haiti in opener ... played every minute for U-17 National Team at 2010 U-16 Nordic Cup in Denmark (USA won title, outscoring four opponents by a combined 13-1 margin) ... wore captain's armband for 2010 Nordic Cup title match win over Germany ... part of 2009 U-15 Girls' National Team player pool with Naughton, Von Rueden and another Notre Dame classmate, Stephanie Campo.
WPSL/ODP/CLUB HIGHLIGHTS: On roster for WPSL Elite's New York Fury and WPSL's Long Island Fury in summer 2012 ... member of ODP Region I Team from 2007-10 and Eastern New York state ODP squad from 2005-10 ... played for same Albertson SC Fury club program as Simonian under the direction of head coach Paul Riley ... helped club to pair of Eastern New York state cup titles (2009, 2011), as well as Region I championship (2009) and Region I Premier League first-place finish (2011) ... club also earned three National Elite Women's Soccer Showcase (NEWSS) crowns in 2008, 2009 and 2011, along with the 2009 Jefferson Cup ... spent time with Long Island Fury (amateur team in WPSL), pairing with Simonian to help that squad win 2009 WPSL National Championship ... two-time NSCAA Youth All-American (2010, 2011) ... named to ECNL All-Event Team in Sanford (2011) ... ranked fourth in 2012 ESPNHS 150 and fifth in 2012 Top Drawer Soccer club soccer player ratings (five-star ranking; No. 1 in New York region).
PREP & PERSONAL: Graduated from East Islip High School in Islip Terrace, N.Y., playing for head coach Julie Susskind ... started all five seasons on varsity (beginning in eighth grade), while serving as team captain her final three years (2009-11) ... amassed 39 goals and 19 assists during her prep career, including 11 goals and four assists as a senior in 2011 ... led East Islip to New York state semifinals in 2008, following Long Island and Suffolk County Class AA titles ... team also won three Suffolk County League III championships (2008, 2009, 2011) ... two-time NSCAA High School All-American (2010, 2011) ... Parade All-American (2010) ... ESPNHS first-team All-American (2010) ... Gatorade New York High School Player of the Year (2011) ... NSCAA New York State Player of the Year (2011) ... three-time all-state selection (2008, 2010, 2011) ... Long Island Player of the Year (2011) ... three-time all-Long Island choice (2008, 2010, 2011) ... two-time Suffolk County High School Player of the Year (2010, 2011) ... three-time all-Suffolk County pick (2008, 2010, 2011) ... three-time Newsday Player To Watch (2009, 2010, 2011) ...three-time all-conference selection (2008, 2010, 2011) ... Suffolk County Class AA Finals MVP (2008) ... also ran track for two seasons (2008, 2009) in high school, earning two all-conference citations ... holds school record in 400-meter dash ... won 2009 Suffolk County Division II title in 400 meters ... Suffolk County All-League Academic Team (2011) ... National Honor Society ... member of Girls Leaders Club ... full name is Cari Roccaro ... name is pronounced "CARE-e row-CAH-row" ... daughter of Mary and Tom Roccaro ... has older sister, Kristyn, who is a senior at Binghamton University ... enrolled in Notre Dame's College of Arts and Letters as a sociology major ... earned certificate of merit for participation in Notre Dame's Rosenthal Leadership Academy in 2012-13.