CoSIDA Second Team Academic All-American (2004)
Returning Academic All-American and prospective medical student who has played key midfield role in Notre Dame's recent dominance of possession game ... prep All-American and former member of U.S. Under-19 National Team who missed all of her freshman season due to ACL knee injury in summer of '02 (the Irish went a combined 45-4-2 during her first two seasons, in '03 and '04) ... has option to apply for fifth year of eligibility in 2006 ... team co-captain who has made key strides in her leadership qualities and training regimen ... bright player who serves as a coach on the field, able to solve any problem by adjusting team's shape or finetuning other tactics ... key part of team's effective set-play offense ... accurate with long-range shots from all angles ... dangerous when ball played into her, able to read play several passes ahead ... typically knows how she is going to redirect ball before it arrives ... appeared in all 51 games of `03 and `04 seasons, making 41 starts with 28 points (8 goals, 12 assists; career postseason stats include 3A in 13 GP/10 GS) ... all eight of her `03 and `04 goals came at Alumni Field ... converted penalty kick to help win shootout with UCLA in 2004 NCAA title game ... enters senior season with 3.76 cumulative GPA, as psychology and pre-professional science major (including 3.72 during national-championship semester in fall of '04, then 3.88 in the spring of '05) ... second-generation ND student-athlete, with her father Rob serving as a captain of the Irish tennis team in the early 1970s ... rated nation's No. 11 incoming freshman by Soccer America in 2002 ... made impressive return in spring of '03, when she showed good ability on the ball, confidence, leadership and scoring punch ... played during summer of `04 with Seattle Hibernian Saints ... scored twice in three U-19 qualifying games with U.S. in Trinidad (May '02), logging 10 career games with U-19s ... basketball point guard for '01 state champs at West Valley High School, where her teammates included former Notre Dame center Teresa Borton ... those point-guard skills are comparable to her soccer field vision, passing and ball control ... second-year member of athletic department's Academic Honors faculty mentoring program ... involved in Life Skills community service programs, including Soccer Cycle Challenge (benefiting cancer research) and Christmas Party with pediatric oncology patients ... former teammate of players from several 2005 opponents, including: Santa Clara's Jessica Ballweg and Michigan's Judy Coffman (both with ODP Region IV team) and Gonzaga's Beth Drollinger and Megan Trammell (state ODP) ... 10th Washington native to play for Irish women's soccer program ... inherited No. 11 jersey worn by All-America forward Ragen Coyne (`96), Notre Dame all-time goals leader Jenny Heft (`00) and ace defensive midfielder Ashley Dryer (`03).
AS A JUNIOR: Emerged as key member of Irish midfield, finishing 5th on team with 15 points (4 goals, 7 assists) ... joined 10 of her teammates in setting ND record for games played (27), with 22 starts (including all 6 in NCAAs) ... one of six non-seniors named to CoSIDA 2nd team Academic All-America squad, with 3.73 GPA as double major in pre-professional studies and psychology ... also named an NSCAA third team Scholar All-American ... combined with sophomore Jen Buczkowski in leading ND's dominating possession that yielded nearly as many Irish goals (71) as opponent shots on goal (73) during '04 season ... the '04 Irish averaged 20.6 shots/10.2 SOG per game while allowing just 5.7 shots/2.6 SOG per game (both a 4-to-1 ratio in favor of ND) ... her touch pass set up Katie Thorlakson's drop to Buczkowski for 4-0 lead on Baylor in opener (7-2) ... arched 20-yard crossing shot into right sidenetting to open scoring vs. Eastern Illinois (3-0) ... sent 82nd-minute PK into lower right corner to beat Stanford team that included many of her former youth-soccer teammates (1-0), with Amanda Cinalli's run into the box setting up the PK ... redirected Thorlakson cross before Candace Chapman scored at far post for 85th-minute goal and 4-2 lead on Santa Clara (5-2) ... her "dummy" move on Kate Tulisiak's cross preceded Cinalli's 84th-minute goal in 1-0 win at UConn ... her deep free kick assisted on Thorlakson's early volley vs. Wisconsin-Green Bay, later scoring on crossing shot from left flank (4-0) ... chased down deflected corner kick vs. Providence and scored on one-timer into far-left sidenetting (3-0) ... played 75 minutes in key 3-1 win at West Virginia ... has pass to Maggie Manning initiated Cinalli's game-tying goal at Georgetown (2-1) ... logged 95 minutes in scoreless tie with Rutgers ... collected her own deflected free kick and slid pass to Buczkowski for assist on Chapman's crossing shot vs. Seton Hall (3-1) ... played 78 minutes in BIG EAS title game at UConn (2-1 loss) ... her pass assisted on Thorlakson's endline cross that produced Kim Lorenzen tap-in vs. Eastern Illinois in NCAAs (4-0) ... averaged 82 minutes in final five games of season ... one-touched serve from 40 yards out on left flank, with Cinalli slanting in for flick header that opened scoring in 3-1 NCAA quarterfinal vs. Portland (ND's quickest postseason goal since '01) ... engaged in fierce midfield battle during NCAA semifinal vs. Santa Clara (1-0) ... placed perfect PK into back-left corner of the net for 3-1 cushion in NCAA title-game vs. UCLA (`keeper Valerie Henderson didn't even move on the play), with the Irish ultimately winning 4-3 after six rounds of kicks ... put back her own deflected PK for goal on preseason Brazil trip, in 3-1 win over Astra.
AS A SOPHOMORE: One of six Irish players to appear in all 24 games, starting 19 while ranking seventh on team in scoring (4 goals, 5 assists) ... started first 12 games (including brief stint as central defender, vs. ASU) and 17 of first 18 ... more than half of her 13 points (2G-3A) came on set plays ... served as third stage in classic five-player combination that produced season's first goal vs. Hartford (9-1), at UConn (she played ball into space on right side, with Amy Warner sending cross to Mary Boland) ... later looped shot from top of box that was nudged in by Kim Carpenter and picked up second assist on rightside corner (Boland one-timed Thorlakson's deflection at near post) ... scored on 25-yard free kick (low riser to left side) vs. Oklahoma before her leftside corner deflected off Carpenter and was knocked home by Molly Iarocci (5-1) ... had 2G-1A in 5-0 win over Western Kentucky, launching 30-yard crossing shot from left, feeding Boland for left-endline cross on Warner header and burying PK to low right (after Thorlakson was tackled in the box) ... took pass from Becky Tweneboah at top of box and converted low shot versus Georgetown (6-0) ... started NCAA games vs. Loyola Chicago (5-0) and Michigan (0-1) ... chipped leftside free kick into right side, with Buczkowski scoring inside near post vs. Loyola Chicago.
AS A FRESHMAN: Missed 2002 fall season after summer ACL knee injury ... made impressive return in spring of `03, including player-of-the-game type of performance versus Mexican National Team (3-1) ... played new position of central defender in that game (in place of injured Melissa Tancredi), helping Irish allow just three shots on goal while scoring late in the first half when she knocked home Amanda Guertin's free kick that had rebounded off the crossbar.
PREP & PERSONAL: A Parade and NSCAA All-America performer at West Valley High School, where she also was four-year starting point guard on basketball team ... member of Olympic Development Region IV team from '98-'02, also playing with U.S. Under-16 and U-19 national teams ... named Gatorade player of the year for Washington ... set school record for points in season (119) with 47 goals and 25 assists for '01 state champs (24-0), as center midfielder on nation's No. 19-ranked squad ... scored both goals in 2-1 state-title win over Lakeside ... three times all-state, all-city, all-conference and team MVP (twice league MVP) ... two-year team captain ... helped win four conference and regional titles ... competed in 2000 USYSA Adidas Cup and two Adidas ESP Camps ('01, '02) ... played for Sun City Strikers club ... teamed with Boland on U.S. U-19 team in 2001 ... captained basketball team as senior, averaging team-best 17 points per game as team MVP ... helped basketball team go 26-2 and win state title as a junior (both losses came at California tournament) ... three times all-conference and all-city in basketball, helping win four conference and regional titles ... played in '01 and '02 Hoops Media Classic ... lettered in track as a freshman, competing in the 400 meters, long jump and triple jump (undefeated conference champs) ... class valedictorian (4.00 GPA) and member of National Honor Society ... hails from same area as former Notre Dame football lineman Ryan Leahy and baseball pitcher Pat Leahy ('90-'92; both Eisenhower HS), grandsons of legendary Irish football coach Frank Leahy ... her brothers Bob ('02) and Mike ('03) played soccer at Seattle-Pacific while her brother John played at Washington ... father Rob is a Yakima native (Carroll HS) and 1973 Notre Dame graduate who was two-year captain of the Irish men's tennis team (her mother Grace is a '73 Saint Mary's graduate) ... grandfather Robert Schefter, Sr. ('37), and uncles Richard Hendrichs ('63) and Daniel Hartigan (`76) also are Notre Dame graduates ... full name is Annie Leone Schefter ... born Jan, 10, 1984, in Rochester, Minn. ... a psychology and pre-professional studies major, enrolled in the College of Arts and Letters.
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