Irish and Pilots square off at 1:30 p.m. (ET) Sunday at Alumni Stadium.
Notre Dame continues transition under first-year head coach Theresa Romagnolo.
Notre Dame senior midfielder goes in third round to her hometown franchise, FC Kansas City.
Sophomore has thrived at all three field positions during her young career at Notre Dame.
Notre Dame to face its fourth ranked opponent of season, second in past three matches (7 p.m. ET at Alumni Stadium, WatchND).
First Team All-American (Soccer Buzz, '03)
Second Team All-American (Soccer America, '03)
NSCAA Second Team All-Region ('03)
BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year ('03)
First Team All-BIG EAST Conference ('03)
Current member of Canadian National Team
2004 Team Tri-Captain
Defining presence of Notre Dame defense who has returned for fifth year of eligibility after earning All-America honors in 2003 ... was one of 15 final candidates for 2003 Hermann Trophy and likely to be included on even shorter player-of-the-year list in 2004 - as one of eight returning players from that final-15 list in `03 (Tennessee's Keely Dowling is the only other defender, plus North Carolina midfielders Lindsay Tarpley and Lori Chalupny, Texas forward Kelly Wilson, Tennessee defender Keely Dowling, Stanford goalkeeper Nicole Barnhardt, Kansas forward Caroline Smith and Penn State forward Tiffany Weimer) ... rode momentum of 2003 season to become fixture in lineup with Canadian National Team, as starter in defense while also seeing some time as a frontrunner ... a converted forward who made midseason shift to central defense in 2002 ... has the combination of skills - namely a rare match of strength and speed - to match up with variety of nation's top forwards ... talented all-around player who combines size (5-9) with speed, toughness and strong shot ... an unstoppable force in the air, regularly dominating her heading duels (she won 93% in `03 season) while serving as top target player on set pieces (her 11 career goals include seven set-piece headers and a free-kick volley) ... also makes big impact off the field, with free spirit and lively personality ... will serve as 2003 team tri-captain, alongside forward Mary Boland and fellow central back Gudrun Gunnarsdottir ... burst onto the national scene in 2003 while leading Notre Dame's dominating defense ... skillful enough to play into the attack from the back, with ball control ability needed to quickly jump into attack ... totaled 12 goals and 9 assists in first three seasons of action with the Irish (55 games/46 starts) ... missed entire 2000 fall season due to anterior cruciate ligament knee injury ... classic defensive enforcer who has strong field presence and mental toughness ... also has explosive speed with surprising technical ability and touch ... first women's soccer field player ever to earn a top BIG EAST honor (defensive player of the year, in `03) despite having no previous all-BIG EAST recognition ... reunited at Notre Dame with senior right back Candace Chapman, who teamed with her on Canada's under-18 National Team and Burlington Sting club ... joined Chapman and former midfielder Anne Makinen (Helsinki, Finland) as foreign players who have lettered with Notre Dame women's soccer (Icelandic native Gunnarsdottir became the fourth, with Finland's Jannica Tjeder joining `04 squad) ... the addition of forward Katie Thorlakson in 2002 gives the Irish three Canadians on `04 roster ... completed strong 2002 spring season before adding productive summer in her native Ontario ... also played with the W-League's Detroit Jaguars in summer of 2004, with two goals and two assists in 10 games played ... 10 of her current Notre Dame teammates, plus several former Irish stars, also played for W-League Midwest Division teams in summer of `04 (Fort Wayne Fever, Chicago Cobras and the Cleveland Internationals) ... posted 3.52 grade-point average (Dean's List) in 2002 fall semester while registering GPA of 3.0-plus in both semesters of her senior year (3.33 in spring of `04).
AS A JUNIOR:Appeared in 18 games (16 starts) while scoring four goals, each on corner-kick headers ... forced into starting role at central defense in third game of season versus Hartford (at Maryland Classic) before being sidelined with Achilles injury ... shook off that injury two days later, coming off the bench at forward in second half to spark stunning 5-2 comeback win over Maryland ... earned Maryland Classic offensive MVP honors, with her physical presence and pair of goals changing the tenor of the Maryland game ... headed Guertin's leftside corner under crossbar and into topnetting (2-2), with her thru-ball springing Warner to set up Guertin's rebound goal a minute later ... added another goal in closing moments, heading down Guertin's rightside corner (4-2) ... returned to central defense at Villanova ... did not play two days later at Georgetown (leg injury) ... started next game at right back (versus Pittsburgh), also playing some centrally ... picked up fifth yellow card of season at West Virginia, forcing her to miss Purdue game ... helped hold seven of final eight opponents to 0-1 goals ... replaced injured Gunnarsdottir at central defense in showdown with Connecticut, winning all 18 of her heading duels and sending strong header under bar to cap 3-1 win ... her full-time shift to defense helped spark 6-1-0 record in seven-game stretch ... turned tables on Purdue in NCAA second-round rematch, shutting down top threat Annette Kent and scoring on another header (via rightside corner) to seal 3-1 win ... did not play in 2003 spring exhibition game versus Mexico, due to injury.
AS A FRESHMAN: Missed entire 2000 fall due to ACL knee injury suffered in preseason ... saw significant minutes off bench in '01 spring win over Mexican National Team (2-1), creating several scoring chances.
PREP & PERSONAL: Member of Canadian Under-19 National team, under-19 provincial team and Burlington Sting club program ... played on national under-19 championship team ... also member of '99 national women's 'B' training team ... trained in British Columbia with 2000 u-20 national team ... helped Sting win Canadian title and Ontario Cup ... MVP of Sting in '99 ... three-sport standout at Cathedral High School, earning three letters in soccer, volleyball and track ... soccer MVP as senior, volleyball MVP as junior ... named Cathedral's senior athlete of the year ... one of some 60 Ontario natives who have lettered with Notre Dame varsity teams, with the others including seven fellow All-America performers: hockey wingers Eddie Bumbacco (Sault Ste. Marie; `74) and Greg Meredith (Toronto; `80), sabre fencers Leszek Nowosielski (Ottawa; `91) and Bill Lester (Windsor; `97), golfer Walter Mulfur (Sault Ste. Marie; `56), hurdler Erica Peterson (Blairmore; `96) and current senior distance runner Lauren King (Toronto) ... former Notre Dame distance runner and `03 graduate Eric Morrison (St. Mary's HS) also is a native of Ancaster ... daughter of Peter and Ann-Marie Tancredi ... born Dec. 27, 1981, in Hamilton, Ontario ... an anthropology and pre-professional studies major, enrolled in the College of Arts and Letters.
Tancredi's Career Statistics
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