Women's Soccer



2009 Season in Review

Notre Dame Women's Soccer Season in Review

Two-year monogram winner ... spirited player whose athleticism, determination and strong decision-making made her a valuable asset at all three field positions ... early career plagued by nagging foot injuries and multiple surgeries ... recovered nicely and enjoyed her finest season at Notre Dame as a senior ... one of 22 Indiana natives to play for the Irish through the 2009 season.

AS A SENIOR: Saw action in career-high nine games, all in a reserve role ... recorded personal bests with two goals, one assist (tied), five points and 11 shots (five on goal) ... made season debut on opening night with 14 minutes and one shot against Wisconsin (3-0) ... also earned time in non-conference games against Wisconsin-Milwaukee (3-0), #3 Stanford (0-2) and Northwestern (2-0) ... collected first point of the season with an assist in the BIG EAST opener against DePaul (4-0), as her long-distance shot in the 88th minute rang off the crossbar and directly to Melissa Henderson, who scored on the rebound ... played in two other BIG EAST wins against Connecticut (6-1) and #rv/22 Georgetown (2-0) ... made NCAA Tournament debut with season-high 32 minutes in first-round victory over IUPUI (5-0) ... made the most of that extended time, scoring her first career goal on a scramble in the six-yard box with less than two minutes left in the first half ... also recorded career-best five shots (two on goal) in the win ... was even more efficient in the NCAA second-round victory over Central Michigan (6-1), needing just 12 minutes of action to notch her second goal in three days on a tremendous 35-yard rocket into the upper right corner with 1:16 left ... also rang up three more shots in the CMU win, her final home contest.

AS A JUNIOR: Played in two games for the Irish, registering an assist and a shot on goal ... saw time in Notre Dame's season-opening 7-0 win versus Michigan ... notched an assist in that game, helping set up Ellen Jantsch's goal in the win ... played 13 minutes in that game ... also saw action in Notre Dame's 5-0 defeat of SMU.

AS A SOPHOMORE: Played in one game for the Irish, picking up first career point on an assist ... saw action in final 10 minutes versus BIG EAST foe Providence (4-0), getting secondary assist on Susan Pinnick's goal in 86th minute.

AS A FRESHMAN: Appeared in six games during 2006 NCAA runner-up season ... logged career-high 33 minutes in opening day win over Iowa State (9-0) ... played 20 minutes in 5-0 win at DePaul and helped close out Rutgers in BIG EAST title match (4-2).

ODP/CLUB HIGHLIGHTS: Defender for Carmel Cyclones that have won eight straight state cups (2000-07) and were ranked in national top five from 2003-06 ... helped Cyclones reach Region II semifinals three times ('06 runnerup) before winning 2007 Under-19 regional title, in Des Moines, Iowa ... the Cyclones opened 2007 regional play with a 3-3 tie versus the K.C. Metro Dynamos (featuring current ND senior Lauren Fowlkes) before posting a 4-1 win over Cincinnati United and a 7-0 shutout of Louisville SA, followed by a 2-1 semifinal victory over the Chicago-based Eclipse Select (featuring her ND classmates Amanda Clark and Michele Weissenhofer) ... she then scored in the 2007 regional title game versus FC Milwaukee (2-0) ... Cyclones went 1-1-1 at nationals in Frisco, Texas, with a 1-0 win over CASL Spartan Elite (N.C.), a 1-0 loss to the Sereno Eagles (Ariz.) and a 3-3 tie with the PWSI Cardinals (Va.) ... the Cyclones earlier won their division at the 2006 regionals, after a 6-1 victory over the Dakota Gold Impact (S.D.), 4-0 shutout of Javanon (Ky.) and 2-0 win over CRSA team from Iowa, followed by a 4- 0 semifinal victory over FC Milwaukee before losing the regional title game to the Eclipse Select (0-5) ... also helped Cyclones win the 2004 Disney Showcase.

PREP & PERSONAL: All-state and top scorer (22G-13A) as senior at Lake Central High School, leading team to 2006 state semifinals (lost to Zionsville) ... four-year letterwinner as a forward/midfielder ... district and conference MVP as a senior, also Northwest Indiana Times player of the year ... named all-city and team MVP final three seasons (twice all-conference) ... two-year captain ... helped win 2003 and 2006 regional titles (also '06 conference champions) ... her three goals scored in the 2006 sectionals included overtime score versus Crown Point in title game ... added goal against Penn to win semistate (1-0) ... president of National Honor Society at LCHS ... former Notre Dame two-time All-America basketball forward Luke Harangody also is a native of Schererville (he attended Andrean HS) ... daughter of Roger and Janet VanderGenugten ... full name is Rachel Marie VanderGenugten ... born Jan. 8, 1988, in Olympia Fields, Ill. ... graduated in May 2010 from the College of Science with her bachelor's degree in science-business.

VanderGenugten's Career Statistics

Year G-S Sh G A Pts GW
2006 6/0 0 0 0 0 0
2007 1/0 0 0 1 1 0
2008 2/0 1 0 1 1 0
2009 9/0 11 2 1 5 0
Totals 18/0 12 2 3 7 0

VanderGenugten In the Post Season

Event G-S G A Pts GW
Big East 1/0 0 0 0 0
NCAAs 2/0 2 0 4 0
Totals 3/0 2 0 4 0

Rachel VanderGenugten
Rachel  VanderGenugten


Schereville, IN

High School:
Lake Central




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