NATIONAL TEAM HIGHLIGHTS:
Selected for 2008 United States Under-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 ... also was 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 fellow Notre Dame freshman Katie 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 ... participated in the percussion ensemble at her high school ... used to play the drums ... full name is Crystal Thomas ... daughter of Gladys and Mike Thomas ... middle of three children, bookended by older brother Collin and younger brother Kendall ... latest in strong pipeline of talent to come to Notre Dame from the Chicagoland area (and the state of Illinois), and one of three on this year's roster along with Naughton (Elk Grove) and sophomore Sammy Scofield (Geneva) ... enrolled in Notre Dame's unique First Year of Studies program.