Notre Dame soccer captain combines athletic and academic excellence in distinctive fashion
Notre Dame squeaked past Michigan State 1-0 during the second round of the NCAA tournament on November 16.
Transferred to Notre Dame prior to her junior season and immediately became a key starter for the Irish at left back ... started all 53 games as a junior and senior with the Irish, forming the foundation for one of the best defenses in the nation over that span and helping the Irish to consecutive College Cup appearances ... a standout performer in the classroom as well, earning ESPN The Magazine Second Team Academic All-America honors ... athletic and tenacious player with an attacking flair that includes great pace on the flanks and excellent ability taking on opponents in wide areas of the field ... a Chicago native who hails from the same Eclipse Select program that produced five other Irish players (including classmate Brittany Bock and current players Michele Weissenhofer, Amanda Clark and Erica Iantorno) ... inherited number-23 jersey previously worn by forward Molly Iarocci ... chosen with the final selection in round three (21st overall) by St. Louis Athletica in the inaugural Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) Draft.
AS A SENIOR: A BIG EAST Honorable Mention selection ... started all 27 games for the Irish ... netted a goal and added three assists for five points ... finished third among Irish players in minutes played with 2,153 ... scored in Notre Dame's 5-0 win over Cincinnati in the BIG EAST quarterfinals ... the goal came when she picked up a pass from Michele Weissenhofer on the flank, beat a defender to the inside and uncorked a rising shot from just outside the box that nestled into the top right corner of the net for a commanding 2-0 lead ... named to the BIG EAST and Inn at Saint Mary's Classic All-Tournament Teams ... one of a record setting 19 players to score for the Irish last season ... added assists in wins over Loyola Marymount (4-0), Villanova (3-2) and Seton Hall (6-0) ... helped Notre Dame to an impressive 18 shutouts on the year and a 0.44 goals-against average (GAA) for the season ... the Irish defense also limited its opponents to 74 shots on goal all season (an average of 2.74 per match) and kept Notre Dame either in front or tied for all but four minutes during the entire 2008 campaign ... named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll (Oct. 27).
AS A JUNIOR: Named a NSCAA second team all-Great Lakes selection and a third team all-BIG EAST honoree ... tapped for Soccer America Team of the Week (9/5) ... named BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week on three occasions (10/8, 10/15, 10/22) ... started all 26 games for the Irish, logging 2,134 minutes (fourth on team) ... majority of her minutes came at left back, but she also played at right back and in the midfield ... scored three goals and added seven assists (second on team) for 13 points ... set up Brittany Bock's diving header and added insurance score (her first at Notre Dame) in win at #7 Florida (2-0) ... also had cross on Bock's overtime game-winning header that beat #13 Connecticut (2-1) ... had secondary assist on Bock's GWG vs. Georgetown in BIG EAST semifinal (2-0) ... earlier scored on a direct free kick to open the scoring in 3-1 win at Seton Hall ... picked up assist that opened scoring in midseason game vs. #14 Penn State (1-2) ... had assist in 4-1 win at Syracuse and pair of assists in 5-0 win over Villanova ... tied NCAA semifinal game with Florida State at 2-2 after scoring in the 55th minute (2-3).
AS A SOPHOMORE (at Wisconsin): Ranked fifth on team with nine points (3G-3A) while starting all 19 games for squad that finished seventh in the Big Ten and lost to Illinois in first round of conference tournament (3-0) ... received Academic All-Big Ten honors, after helping women's soccer squad compile best 2006 fall semester team GPA (3.56) of any Wisconsin varsity program ... assisted on 62nd-minute goal by Sarkesian (1-2) as Badgers overcame two-goal deficit to beat Creighton (3-2) ... gave team 1-0 lead at Pepperdine (23rd minute), after intercepting free kick, taking a couple touches and blasting 35-yard shot (ended in 1-1 tie) ... her corner kick assisted on a 54th-minute header by Kara Kabellis, for 1-0 win over Kentucky ... assisted on 31st-minute tying goal by Kabellis (1-1) and then scored on a rebound for 4- 1 lead at Minnesota (5-1) ... converted a pass from Taylor Walsh for 2-0 lead on Northwestern (5-0).
AS A FRESHMAN (at Wisconsin): Named team's Freshman of the Year after starting 19 of 24 games and ranking fourth on squad in goals (5), plus sixth in points (12; with 2A) ... her 60th-minute goal - a shot to the lower-left corner, after intercepting an outlet pass - capped 2-0 opening win at Creighton for the 25th-ranked Badgers ... her cross assisted on Amy Vermuelen's back-post header (51st minute) in 1-1 tie with Oklahoma State ... rose to the challenge versus 2nd-ranked Penn State, after dribbling past several defenders and beating All-America goalkeeper Erin McLeod for tying goal in 80th minute (PSU won 2-1 in overtime) ... scored another tying goal in 75th minute versus Indiana, on shot from left side after taking pass from Marisa Brown (IU also won 2-1 in OT) ... scored for 4-1 halftime lead in 6-1 win at Wisconsin-Green Bay ... praised by coach Dean Duerst for her strong all-around game in regular season finale at Northwestern (1-0) that clinched a spot in the Big Ten Tournament ... scored in 71st minute of that game, after dribbling around the 'keeper and scoring into the left side (goal was set up by a pass from Allison Preiss and Vermuelen's flick) ... Wisconsin earned spot in NCAAs by winning Big Ten Tournament as seventh seed ... her pass assisted on Vermuelen's 24th-minute goal to open scoring in 3-0 quarterfinal win over second-seeded Purdue, followed by 2-1 win over Michigan State (winning goal at 89:43) and 3-1 title-game victory over host Michigan.
NATIONAL TEAM/CLUB HIGHLIGHTS: Currently a member of the U.S. Under-23 National Team pool ... named to the 2007 USASA Under-23 National Select team) ... also named MVP of the 2007 Donnelly Cup (national amateur tournament) ... served as co-captain of Eclipse Select '86-'87s team that advanced to the four-team national tournament in 2003 (U-16) and was a 2005 Region II finalist (U- 18) before reaching the 2006 national championship game (U-19), in Des Moines, Iowa ... the Eclipse battled back from a 2-0 deficit in the 2006 U-19 title game but lost 3-2 to a Colorado Nike Rush team that included 16 future Division I players (among them Ameere Abdullah of Florida, which will face ND in 2007) ... team posted wins at nationals over the Rush (3-2) and Chantilly (Va.) Inter Milan (2-1) before losing to Dallas Sting (0-1) ... the 2006 Region II title (in The Fox Cities,Wis.) included 1-1 ties with JB Marine (Mo.) and the Carmel (Ind.) United Heat, plus a 2-1 win over their city rival the Windy City Pride, a 2-1 semifinal with the Heat and a 2-1 final versus the Kansas City (Kan.) Dynamos ... posted 4- 0 win over the Pride to win 2006 state cup ... lost 2005 Region II U-18 title to Dynamos in PKs (1-1), in Sioux Falls, S.D., following a 3-2 semifinal with Ankeny (Iowa) Premier and group games versus the Dynamos (0-2), Michigan-based Vardar (1-0) and the St. Croix (Minn.) Elite (3-1) ... qualified for 2005 regionals despite losing to Pride in state final (0-1) ... advanced to 2003 nationals (U-16) after topping Dynamos in Region II final (in Des Moines), with the San Diego Surf ultimately edging Bethesda (Md.) Excel in PKs for the national title.
PREP & PERSONAL: Captained St. Viator Academy to 2005 state title as a senior, playing on earlier state-title teams in 2003 and '04 (both nationally-ranked)... played midfield and forward during prep career ... two-time team MVP who earned all-state honors from Chicago Tribune in final two seasons ... racked up 82 points as a senior (31G- 20A) while being named to IHSSA all-state team ... selected as 2005 East Suburban Catholic Conference player of the year (also Great Northwest player of the year) ... named all-sectional as a sophomore, all-conference as a junior ... a Daily Herald all-area pick all four seasons ... helped team win conference and regional titles all four years ... lettered as a sophomore guard on basketball team at St.Viator ... member of the National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society and a 2005 Illinois State Scholar ... sister Lauren played soccer at Marquette ... father Bill was a three-sport athlete (baseball, golf and basketball) at the U.S. Military Academy (Army) ... born July 26, 1987, in Elk Grove, Ill. ... daughter of Bill and Terry Weber ... full name is Elise Marie Weber ... a political science major who graduated from the College of Arts and Letters ... garnered dean's list honors in spring 2008, fall 2008 and spring 2009.
Weber's Career Statistics (*at Wisconsin)
In the Postseason