The women's soccer team took on Cincinnati at Alumni Stadium on September 16th.
NATIONAL TEAM HIGHLIGHTS: Has been fixture in U.S. Soccer youth national team system since 2008, working her way up from the Under-14 squad to her current spot as a teammate with Notre Dame junior Mandy Laddish in 2012 U-20 National Team pool ... during 2012 cycle, earned the first seven caps of her U-20 career, starting five times and scoring one goal (as of June 1, 2012) ... helped U.S. qualify for 2012 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup (August-September in Japan) by winning CONCACAF U-20 title with five-match sweep in Panama City (March 2012), outscoring opposition by 24-1 margin with four shutouts ... started three matches in the tournament 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 of the tournament in central defense, part of retaining line that posted three shutouts in as many outings at the event ... joined Notre Dame sophomores Karin Simonian and Taylor Schneider, and fellow freshmen Katie Naughton and Brittany Von Rueden in the 2011 U-18 and 2010 U-17 National Team player pools ... was member of USA side that was a finalist at 2010 CONCACAF U-17 Women's World Cup Qualifier in Costa Rica (did not allow a goal in five matches with 38-0 aggregate, 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 against Haiti in first match ... started and played every minute in 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) ... wore United States captain's armband for 2010 Nordic Cup title match win over Germany ... also was part of 2009 U-15 Girls' National Team player pool with Naughton, Von Rueden and fellow Notre Dame freshman Stephanie Campo.
WPSL/ODP/CLUB HIGHLIGHTS: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, learning under the direction of head coach Paul Riley (the 2011 Women's Professional Soccer Coach of the Year, now with the WPSL's New York Fury) ... 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) ... was on roster for WPSL's New York Fury in summer 2012 ... 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 Magazine 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 ... volunteers with "Just For Kicks," a program that works with young autistic soccer players ... has a reputation as a practical joker ... daughter of Mary and Tom Roccaro ... has older sister, Kristyn, who will be a junior at Binghamton University in 2012-13 ... enrolled in Notre Dame's unique First Year of Studies program.