Women's Soccer beat Santa Clara 2 to 1 on Friday, August 31st in Alumni Stadium.
One-year monogram winner ... tall, strong defender who can play any of the backline positions ... played mainly at center back during club career, but has transitioned primarily to outside back in college ... deadly accurate with service from flanks and on set pieces ... plays physical style and is difficult to move off the ball in possession game ... figures to be integral part of Irish defensive corps in coming years.
AS A FRESHMAN: Appeared in all 24 matches, starting 13 times ... one of just two Irish rookies (along with Crystal Thomas) to play in every contest in 2012 ... recorded team-high seven assists, the first defender to lead squad in helpers since 1999 (Kara Brown, who split time between defense and midfield) ... ranked seventh in BIG EAST in assists ... during conference play, had three assists (tied for eighth in league) ... logged first career assist on Anna Maria Gilbertson's 73rd-minute goal vs. East Carolina (5-0) ... posted first multi-assist outing with pair of helpers in Senior Night win over Seton Hall (5-1) ... followed that up with assist on Thomas' 35th-minute goal vs. Rutgers (2-2), proving to be the equalizer in double-overtime draw ... earned spot on Top Drawer Soccer National Team of the Week for three-assist weekend vs. SHU and RU ... registered only two shots of the season against Villanova and Syracuse (the latter in the BIG EAST Championship quarterfinals) ... made most of NCAA Championship debut, dishing out assists in each of first three Irish matches vs. Milwaukee (3-1), #10 Wake Forest (2-1) and #8 Florida (2-0) ... assisted on tying goals in first two contests, then delivered corner-kick service for Rebecca Twining's 20th-minute goal that stood up as match-winner at Florida.
NATIONAL TEAM HIGHLIGHTS: Regular within U.S. Soccer youth national team system since 2007, starting with appearances in Under-14 player pool and continuing through role as member of 2012 U-18 National Team ... joined Notre Dame juniors Karin Simonian and Taylor Schneider, and Fighting Irish classmates Katie Naughton and Cari Roccaro in the 2011 U-18 and 2010 U-17 National Team player pools ... also was part of 2009 U-15 Girls' National Team player pool with Naughton, Roccaro and fellow Notre Dame sophomore Stephanie Campo.
WPSL/ODP/CLUB HIGHLIGHTS: Spent two summers (2011-12) playing for FC Milwaukee Nationals team in the Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL) ... in 2012, helped Nationals to 5-0-0 record and Midwest Conference title (team did not compete in WPSL playoffs due to roster conflicts with players returning to college teams) ... earned 2011 WPSL All-Midwest Conference honors, joining an all-conference squad that included such notables as former Notre Dame standouts Amanda Cinalli ('08) and Michelle Weissenhofer ('10) ... was mainstay with ODP Region II Team from 2008-11, including trips to Costa Rica, Holland and Portugal ... played in ODP Thanksgiving Interregionals in 2007, 2008 and 2010 ... participated in adidas ESP Camps in 2008 and 2009 (camp all-star the latter year) ... played her entire club career with FC Milwaukee (serving as captain) for head coach Christian Lavers ...club program was ranked No. 19 in nation in December 2011 article by Soccer America ... led FC Milwaukee to 2011 USYS Under-18 National Championship ... also competed regularly in ECNL, earning all-event honors at 2009 Final 4 Showcase and 2011 San Antonio tournament ... 2011 NSCAA Youth All-American ... 2010 NSCAA Youth All-Region pick ... ranked 15th in 2012 ESPNHS 150 and 59th in 2012 Top Drawer Soccer club soccer player ratings (four-star ranking; No. 6 in Midwest region).
PREP & PERSONAL: Graduated from Divine Savior Holy Angels High School in Milwaukee, Wis. ... did not play soccer in high school in favor of competing at club level year-round ... ranked No. 1 in her high school class with a perfect 4.0 grade-point average ... class valedictorian ... AP Scholar ... full name is Brittany Elizabeth Von Rueden ... last name is pronounced "von REE-den" ... daughter of Lynn and Anthony Von Rueden ... has one brother, William ... enrolled in Notre Dame's top-ranked Mendoza College of Business, where she is studying economics ... earned Dean's List honors in spring 2013 with 4.0 semester GPA.