Three-time all-BIG EAST Conference performer who joins classmate Kim Lorenzen as veteran leaders of the Irish defense ... BIG EAST preseason defensive player of the year and one of five Irish players among the 11 named preseason first team all-BIG EAST ... started mostly as a center back in 2003 before primary role as starting left back in 2004 and '05 seasons ... could see some time back at the central defender position early in 2006 season, while sophomore Carrie Dew is competing with Team USA at the Under-20 World Championship (freshmen Haley Ford or Amanda Clark also could emerge as top options at one of the central spots, opposite Lorenzen) ... valuable at outside back due to her mobility down the flanks, great aerial precision and crossing ability with her left foot ... prep All-American who rates as one of nation's best tackling backs, regularly serving as a tough stopgap during the 2004 national-title season ... reads the game well and rarely gets caught out of position ... her ball skills have allowed the Irish to play more of a possession game in the defensive third ... Academic All-America candidate who enters her senior year with 3.44 cumulative GPA, including a 3.53 during the team's national-championship season (2004 fall semester) ... one of 10 Notre Dame players to earn all-BIG EAST honors in three-plus seasons (only three have been four-time BIG EAST honorees) ... hoisted three national championship trophies in span of eight months, adding the final two in summer of 2005 as member of F.C. Indiana team (based in nearby Goshen) that won the Women's Premier Soccer League title and the U.S. Open Cup ... helped FCI go 18-1-0 overall in summer of '05 while allowing just 15 goals ... her classmate Nikki Westfall was the starting 'keeper for FCI while two current ND sophomores - midfielder Brittany Bock and M/D Kerry Inglis - also were key members of the team ... played various midfield and defensive positions with FCI and even was used as emergency goalkeeper in Dallas at the Open Cup (Westfall was attending a family wedding) ... played second half in goal during Open Cup semifinal (2-0 vs. Ajax America) before logging 70 more minutes in net during 4-0 final versus Dallas Titans ... helped FCI claim WPSL title with semi-final win over New England Mutiny (2-0) and title game versus defending champs California Storm ... that game was 2-2 after regulation and 3-3 after OT before FCI won in PKs (4-3) ... marked former U.S. National Team player Brandi Chastain for much of game with the Storm ... returned to FCI in summer of 2006, playing alongside Westfall and two Irish forwards (junior Susan Pinnick and sophomore Kerri Hanks) as team went 5-2-3 ... played in 75 of 76 games during her first ND three seasons (the Irish went 67-7-2 in that span), with 67 starts and 14 points (3 goals, 8 assists) ... has appeared in 20 postseason games (18 GS, 2G-3A) ... enters 2006 having played in 72 of the past 73 games ... attended U.S. U-21 National Team training camp in July of '04 (at Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.) ... earlier was on pace to play for U.S. U-19 National Team before back ('01) and ankle ('02) injuries ... rated by Soccer America as nation's No. 22 incoming recruit in '03 ... made early commitment to the Irish in spring of '02 ... led F.C. Bucks Challenge to 2003 national semifinals, narrowly missing title game ... her busy '04 summer included playing alongside five current ND teammates - Inglis, Lorenzen, Jill Krivacek, Amanda Cinalli and Lauren Karas - plus former Irish starters Meotis Erikson, Mary Boland and Kim Carpenter - with W-League's Ft. Wayne Fever (3G-3A; 11-3-1 record) ... several of her former F.C. Parkwood teammates play for teams on ND's 2006 schedule: Elise Koslowski (UConn), Jen McGlick (Seton Hall) and Lindsey Finnegan (Villanova)... one of nine Pennsylvania natives to play for the Notre Dame women's soccer team, with others including midfielder Jill Matesic (Pittsburgh/North Allegheny HS; '91-'94) ... top forward Stephanie Porter ('94) also wore No. 18 for the Irish.
AS A JUNIOR: Picked up NSCAA second team all-Mideast Region and third team all-BIG EAST honors while ranking second on 2005 team with 1,886 minutes played (75/gm) ... appeared in all 25 games and started 24 (22 straight to end season) ... three of her five assists were on corner-kick headers, with all of her assists coming in big games ... key member of defense that allowed just 15 goals (0.60 GAA), 124 shots (5.0/gm), 54 shots on goal (2.2; 2nd-best in ND history) and 43 corner kicks (1.7) ... named to Soccer America and Top Drawer Soccer national teams of the week on Sept. 19, after helping hold DePaul and #20 Michigan to no goals, five combined shots and a single corner kick ... later named BIG EAST defensive player of the week (Oct. 10), following road wins at Rutgers (1-0, OT) and Seton Hall (7-0) that featured just one combined shot on goal ... named to ND Classic all-tournament team, after wins over #11 Florida (4-1; 4 SOG) and #25 Maryland (6-0; 1 SOG, 1 CK)... did not start the Florida game (due to illness) but promptly impacted game after entering in 59th minute, racing down left flank and sending cross from the corner for Katie Thorlakson's volley and 3-0 lead (4-1) ... later sent a Thorlakson corner to Buczkowski for double-header goal vs. #20 Michigan (2-0; won 3-0) ... headed a Thorlakson corner off the crossbar versus #15 UConn, with Brittany Bock knocking in the rebound for 2-0 lead in BIG EAST title game (5-0) ... her cross led to Thorlakson's chip and Amanda Cinalli's opening goal versus Yale in NCAA third round (5-2) ... headed another corner from Thorlakson to Bock in NCAA quarterfinal at #1 Portland, with that volley trimming UP's lead to 2-1 (3-1 final).
AS A SOPHOMORE: Repeated as all-BIG EAST selection (third team) while rating as team's most consistent defensive player in national-title season ... earned CoSIDA second team Academic All-District V honors, nearly qualifying for Academic All-America ballot ... started 23 games at left back while appearing in all 27, joining 10 teammates in setting ND record for games played ... both her goals came on corner-kick headers (as did both her scores on preseason Brazil trip) ... logged second-most minutes on team (2,209; avg. 82/gm), behind Melissa Tancredi ... played 90-plus minutes in 17 games ... helped compile 25-1-1 season that yielded best win pct. (.944) in program's history ... combined with center backs Tancredi and Gudrun Gunnarsdottir and righ back Lorenzen or stout back line ... member of '04 defense that ranks among best in program's history - most notably in low number of corners allowed (48; 1.8 per game/2nd in ND record book), also third in total shots allowed/gm (5.7; 155 total) and shots-on-goal allowed (2.6/gm; 71) ... helped Irish lead nation in shutouts (16; 3rd in ND history) while allowing 0-1 goals in 25 games ... the '04 team's 0.51 season goals-against avg. ranked fourth in nation and in ND history ... earned spot on ND Classic all-tournament team after playing all 90 minutes in wins over Stanford (1-0; 3 shots, 2 SOG, 2 CKs) and Santa Clara (5-2) ... helped mark Stanford All-American Marcie Ward out of the game ... two days later, helped shut out SCU for 60 minutes (second goal in 82nd minute) ... played key role in wins over top teams Arizona State (2-1; 3 SOG, 0 CK) and Connecticut (1-0; 2 SOG, 1 CK) ... played full 90 minutes in key BIG EAST road wins at UConn (1-0), and West Virginia (3-1) ... scored ND's quickest goal of '04 (8th-quickest in Waldrum era), at 2:38 of WVU game, after snapping a Thorlakson corner and sending ball across to the right side of the goal ... named BIG EAST defensive player of the week after helping limit Boston College to one shot on goal (1-0) ... logged all 110 minutes in scoreless tie with Rutgers ... second goal of season mirrored first, snapping Thorlakson's rightside corner kick back into right side of net for 2-0 lead on St. John's in BIG EAST quarterfinals (7-0) ... played entire game while helping hold BC to pair of shots on goal and one CK in BIG EAST semifinals (2-0) ... left BIG EAST title game in 64th minute due to leg injury that forced her to come off bench in NCAAs versus Eastern Illinois (4-0) and Wisconsin (1-0) ... closed final month as part of defense that allowed just 2 goals, 32 shots, 13 SOG and 14 CKs in NCAAs - vs. EIU (1 SOG), Wisconsin (1 shot), UConn (2-0; 2 SOG, 1 CK), Portland (3-1; 3 SOG, 2 CK), Santa Clara (1-0; 3 shots, 1 SOG) and UCLA (1-1/4-3 PKs; 6 SOG) ... played 90 minutes in NCAA wins over UConn, Portland and SCU (plus all 110 vs. UCLA) ... headed in Thorlakson's corner to open scoring on preseason Brazil trip (1-1 game vs. Santana Una), also heading in a Claire Gallerano cross versus Guarani (3-0) ... that trip marked her return to Brazil, earlier completing a senior photo-journalism project detailing the Flamengo club (see Prep & Personal notes) ... served as team's unofficial interpreter during '04 Brazil trip, after taking Portugese language courses at Notre Dame.
AS A FRESHMAN: Named second team all-BIG EAST and BIG EAST rookie of the year after settling in next to Tancredi as dominating pair of central defenders ... also named second team Freshman All-American, by Soccer Buzz ... three-time BIG EAST rookie of the week ... appeared in 23 games (all but Arizona State), with 20 starts (1G-3A) ... helped overcome absence of injured All-America right back Candace Chapman ... played lead role for defense that finished fifth in nation with 0.49 GAA (4th with 15 shutouts), allowed just 53 shots on goal, compiled 10-game shutout streak (5th NCAA history, longest since '99), logged ND-record 16 straight games without deficit and completed stretch of 24 games without allowing multiple goals (tying ND record) ... opened at left back but settled into central position after Gunnarsdottir's broken wrist ... defensive MVP of Santa Clara Classic, helping limit Stanford (0-0) and SCU (2-1) to three combined shots on goal ... Irish then allowed just one goal in next 15 games (138 minutes without allowing a shot, vs. Butler and Georgetown) ... notched her points in final 10 games, with assists on well-placed services ... struck rightside corner kick versus Miami (3-0), leading to Boland's far-post header (1-0) ... her leftside corner set up first goal versus UConn (2-0), with Tancredi snapping header at far post and Thorlakson nudging ball into goal ... assisted at Pittsburgh (1-0) with long service on Boland's strong header into upper right corner (1-0) ... scored in NCAA first-round win over Loyola Chicago (5-0), with near-post header on Thorlakson's leftside corner.
PREP & PERSONAL: Member of U.S. National Team program since 1998, including spot in u-21 pool ... a Parade ('02, '03) and NSCAA ('00, '01, '02) All-American ... member of ODP Region I team ('98-'03) ... five-year starter at Germantown Academy (83-12-6 record, '98-'02) ... played with ODP team at tournaments in England, Scotland and Ireland in 2001 (u-17 team), Italy, Monaco and France in '02 (u-19) and Holland, Belgium, Germany and Ireland in '03 (u-19) ... five times all-league/all-county while helping GA win 8th-12th consecutive league titles ... '02 Southeast Pa. player of the year ... switched from central defense to center midfielder as a junior, sparking 18-4 season ... center midfielder in '02 (15G; 15-3-2) ... four-time all-Southern Pa. pick, twice all-city ... all-state as senior captain and MVP ... switched to F.C. Parkwood Challenge club in '96 (now F.C. Bucks Challenge) ... three-year captain of F.C. Challenge teams that won four state titles ('00-'03) and were regional runner-up in '00 and '02 (losing to Bethesda, Md.) before claiming '03 regional title (PKs vs. Prince William Strikers) ... headed to Germantown, Md., for '03 nationals, with 3-3 draw versus Peachtree City Lazers (Ga.) in u-19 round-robin before losing to Elk Grove (Calif.) United (2-1) and beating Kolping (Ohio) Ben-Gals (3-1) to narrowly miss final ... scored on two headers in '00 state cup final (2-0; first-ever regional trip) ... all-star at Adidas ESP Elite Camp ('00, '01) ... member of state ODP ('94-'03; '01 regional champs, '02 national champs) ... named to USYS u-18 All-America team ('01), playing in Adidas Cup and Europe Tour ... played with USYS u-17 all-stars that won 2000 Adidas Cup in Houston ... MVP of annual GA/PC event ('01, '02) ... started playing soccer at age of five ... five-year member of indoor track team, running 4x400 relay that set school record in '02 (team captain) while also competing in Penn Relays ... talented swimmer (200 freestyle) before focusing on soccer in 8th grade ... pursued month-long senior project in Brazil (May '03), staying with a family in Rio and compiling photo-journal report that paid tribute to Brazil's passion for "futbol" and chronicled operations of famous Flamengo soccer club ... returned from that first experience in Brazil with an even great passion for soccer ... was volunteer Spanish teacher for preschool classes ... senior class president ... hails from same high school as former ND student-athletes Alissa Moser (lacrosse, now an ND assistant coach) and Marie Labosky (swimmer), among others ... her sister Julie was soccer midfielder at University of Pennsylvania ('00-'01) while her sister Laurie was diver and water polo player at Wesleyan ('03; also prep goalkeeper at Gwynned-Mercy) ... daughter of David and Susan Shaner ... full name is Christie Robinson Shaner ... born Sept. 7, 1984, in North Wales, Pa. ... a design major, enrolled in the College of Arts and Letters.
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