The Notre Dame Women's Soccer team played the University of North Carolina on 9/2/12 at Alumni Stadium.
One-year monogram winner ... highly-skilled striker who proved to be one of Notre Dame's most consistent and reliable attackers last season ... nonstop motor and pace makes her a nightmare for opponents ... excellent finisher from variety of angles ... outstanding long-range shot who can also deliver service in tight quarters ... student of the game who is constantly searching for ways to improve and diversify her skill set ... should figure prominently in Irish offensive plans in coming seasons.
AS A FRESHMAN: Second-team all-BIG EAST selection ... BIG EAST All-Rookie Team choice ... appeared in all 24 matches, starting 19 times ... finished with team-high 10 goals and two assists ... also had team-best 25 shots on goal and was second on squad with 46 total shots and two match-winning goals ... first Notre Dame freshman since 2005 (Kerri Hanks) to lead team in goals, and first Irish rookie since 2008 (Melissa Henderson) to tally double-digit goals ... ranked third in BIG EAST in goals, seventh in points (22) and eighth in goals per match (0.42) ... during conference play, ranked fifth in goals (5) and goals per match (0.50), sixth in points (12) and points per match (1.20), and 10th in total shots (27) ...started first seven matches of season ... netted first career goal in 58th minute of home opener vs. East Carolina (5-0) ... scored for second consecutive match with penalty kick in 38th minute against #24 Santa Clara (2-1) ... posted highlight-reel goal with 2:21 left in first half of nationally-televised BIG EAST opener vs. Louisville (2-1); raced from midfield and weaved through four defenders before unleashing a 25-yard right-footed shot that twisted high and right into the upper corner of the net ... had first multi-point match of career with goal and assist in win over Cincinnati (7-0) ... named NCAA.com Co-National Player of the Week and BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll selection after efforts vs. Louisville and Cincinnati ... broke the ice against Oakland (3-0) with match-winning goal in 69th minute ... added insurance goal in second half of win at Connecticut (4-0) ... turned in best match of rookie year in regular-season home finale vs. Rutgers (2-2), scoring both Irish goals six minutes apart in opening 35 minutes and finishing with career bests of nine shots and six on goal while playing all 110 minutes ... made BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll for second time after outing vs. Rutgers ... earned primary assist in regular-season finale at DePaul (1-0), setting up Lauren Bohaboy's golden goal in 106th minute, earning Irish a piece of the BIG EAST National Division title ... came off bench for NCAA Championship opener vs. Milwaukee (3-1), notching four shots and helping seal comeback win on goal with 40 seconds left ... earned start for final three Irish matches in NCAA Championship ... collected second postseason goal in as many outings (and first match-winner), running on to chip from Mandy Laddish and scoring with 19:35 remaining in second-round victory over #10 Wake Forest (2-1) ... played pivotal role in two key wins during spring 2013 season ... registered goal and assist against Mexico U-20 National Team (4-3), setting up Katie Naughton in 55th minute, then scoring equalizer in 85th minute ... opened scoring in spring finale against Haiti National Team (2-1), finding back of net in 19th minute.
NATIONAL TEAM HIGHLIGHTS: Participated in pair of U.S. Soccer youth national team camps during 2013 offseason, competing with U-23s (May) and U-20s (July) ... one of five current Notre Dame players called into July U-20 camp (held in Portland, Ore.), along with classmates Naughton and Roccaro and freshmen Morgan Andrews and Kaela Little ... part of 2008 U-14 Girls' National Team player pool.
ODP/CLUB HIGHLIGHTS: Spent time with ODP Region II Team, earning roster spot for trips to Costa Rica, Holland, Florida and California during her career from 2007-11 ... captain of ODP squad, both at region and state level ... participated in ODP Thanksgiving Interregional from 2008-11 ... collected Illinois Youth Soccer Outstanding Achievement Award for ODP competition ... part of Sockers FC Chicago club program, playing for head coach Oleg Vatchev ... played for same club with current Notre Dame classmate Naughton ... helped Sockers FC to pair of Illinois state cup titles (2010, 2011), as well as 2010 Disney Soccer Showcase and 2011 U-18 regionals ... named to 2011 USYS National Championship Best 11 Team (U-17s) ... three members of the 2004 Notre Dame national championship -- Jen Buczkowski, Jill Krivacek and Kim Lorenzen -- also came out of the Sockers FC Chicago club program ... ranked 55th in 2012 Top Drawer Soccer club soccer player ratings (four-star ranking; No. 4 in Midwest region), and 58th in 2012 ESPNHS 150.
PREP & PERSONAL: Graduated from Wheaton Academy in West Chicago, Ill., where she played for head coach David Underwood after spending her first three seasons playing for head coach Scott Marksberry ... helped Wheaton to three consecutive berths in Illinois Class 2A semifinals, including state title in 2009, as well as third-place finish in 2010 and fourth-place showing in 2011 ... team also won three Class 2A super-sectional, and sectional titles (2009-11) and four regional titles (2009-12), in addition to claiming four consecutive Suburban Christian Conference championships (2009-12) ... piled up career-high (and school-record tying) 36 goals and 17 assists as a senior in 2012 ... tallied 18 goals and career-best 22 assists during 2009 state title season ... two-time all-state selection (first team in 2012; second team in 2011) ... three-time all-sectional team pick (2010-12) ... three-time all-area choice (2009, 2011, 2012) ... three-time Suburban Christian Conference Player of the Year (2010-12) ... four-time all-conference honoree (2009-12) ... 2010 Illinois High School Athletic Association Scholastic Achievement Award ... full name is Crystal Thomas ... daughter of Gladys and Mike Thomas ... middle of three children, bookended by older brother Collin and younger brother Kendall ... part of strong pipeline of talent to come to Notre Dame from the Chicagoland area (and the state of Illinois), and one of four on this year's roster along with Katie Naughton (Elk Grove), junior Sammy Scofield (Geneva) and freshman Cindy Pineda (Bolingbrook) ... enrolled in Notre Dame's top-ranked Mendoza College of Business, but has not yet decided on a major ... earned Dean's List honors in spring 2013 after posting 3.734 semester GPA.