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    Nikki Westfall

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Waterville, OH

    High School:
    Anthony Wayne

    Height:
    5-6

    Position:
    Goalkeeper

    Birthdate:
    07/01/1985

    Club Team:
    Pacesetters


    Athletic fourth-year goalkeeper who may have a greater opportunity to step into more playing time during 2006 season, after combining with four-year starter Erika Bohn and current junior Lauren Karas to give Irish solid depth in the goal during the previous two seasons ... was Bohn's primary backup as a freshman in 2003 ... expected to be part of another strong competition for playing time in 2006, along with Karas and freshman Kelsey Lysander ... received huge confidence boost and quality playing experience during the summer of 2005, when she split time with the W-League's Cleveland Internationals and the Women's Premier Soccer League's F.C. Indiana team that is based near South Bend (in Goshen) ... a penalty-kick specialist whose two saves in the WPSL title-game shootout included stopping a shot by former U.S. National Team star Brandi Chastain ... boasts great reaction time and shot-stopping ability ... has shown key improvements in her ballhandling ... compiled a 0.18 goals-against average in her first three seasons with the Irish, allowing one goal while making nine saves in 485 minutes (13 shared shutouts, plus a solo) ... served as top 'keeper for F.C. Indiana team that accumulated 18-1-0 overall record in summer of '05, capped by winning both the WPSL championship (in Agawam, Mass.) and the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup ... made several key saves in WPSL semifinal versus New England Mutiny (4-0) before adding key stops in the run of play versus Chastain and Brazilian star Sissi, during title game with California Storm ... the Storm scored late in regulation (2-2) and added a late goal in overtime (3-3) but she saved PKs by Keri Sanchez and Chastain to help win shootout (4-3) ... unable to attend Open Cup in Dallas, due to her brother's wedding ... combined with three other players on the current Irish squad - senior defender Christie Shaner and sophomores Brittany Bock (midfielder) and Kerry Inglis (M/D) - as key members of 2005 FCI team, totaling 10 shutouts in her 13 starts ... returned to F.C. Indiana in summer of 2006, playing alongside Shaner and two Irish forwards (junior Susan Pinnick and sophomore Kerri Hanks) as team went 5-2-3 ... was a teammate of current junior forward Amanda Cinalli on 2005 Cleveland Internationals summer team that finished second in W-League's Midwest Division (9-5) before losing to Charlotte Lady Eagles in W-League playoffs ... logged handful of games for Internationals, (1.78 GAA, 405 minutes, 5 GP, 8 GA, 30 SV) ... earlier gained valuable experience with significant minutes in Notre Dame's 2004 spring season before playing first summer with Internationals in '04 (1.30 GAA, 9 GA, 36 SV) ... named to W-League team of the week after '04 shutout of Fort Wayne Fever squad (2-0) that included several players with Notre Dame ties ... joins Cinalli (Maple Heights/Laurel HS) and freshman midfielder Courtney Rosen (Brecksville/Hathaway Brown HS) among 12 Ohio natives who have played for Notre Dame women's soccer ... enters senior year with a 3.47 cumulative grade-point average, including a 3.47 in the 2004 fall semester (which ended the week after the national championship game).

    AS A JUNIOR: Member of talented three-player goalkeeping group, logging 196 shutout minutes in five appearances (3 saves) ... registered solo shutout at South Florida (3 SV; 3-0) while also picking up three shared shutouts ... helped compile 0.60 team goals-against average ... closed 6-0 wins over #25 Maryland (16 minutes), DePaul (28 min.) and Providence (played entire 2nd half) ... also logged 18 minutes in final regular-season game (6-1 vs. Georgetown).

    AS A SOPHOMORE: Did not allow a goal while making pair of saves in six appearances (128 minutes) ... helped Irish rank fourth in nation with 0.51 team GAA ... closed early 3-0 win over Eastern Illinois ... made saves in midseason wins over Wisconsin-Green Bay (4-0; played second half) and Providence (3-0) ... helped wrap up undefeated regular season by closing 4-0 win at Michigan ... added postseason experience in BIG EAST quarterfinal vs. St. John's (7-0) and NCAA win over EIU (4-0) ... made diving save in 1-0 win over Motorola during preseason trip to Brazil, later diving low and to her right to stop PK early in second half versus Guarani (preserving 1-0 lead in 3-0 win).

    AS A FRESHMAN: Backed up Bohn while helping Irish finish fifth in nation with 0.49 team GAA ... closed four shutouts in seven appearances, posting a 0.56 GAA (4 SV, 1 GA) in 162 minutes ... logged 19 shutout minutes in opener versus Hartford (SV; 9-1, at UConn) ... added 10 shutout minutes versus Oklahoma at ND Classic (5-1) and 20 minutes in 5-0 win over Western Kentucky (SV) ... logged second-longest stint of season with 33 minutes versus North Texas (8-1; GA) before her 22 minutes closed shutout of Indiana State (3-0) ... saved shot in 16 minutes versus Georgetown (6-0) ... played entire second half and saved only shot she faced in NCAA win over Loyola Chicago (5-0) ... allowed just five goals while helping Irish post 5-1-1 record in 2004 spring season, with lone loss coming against potent Mexican National Team (3-2) ... the five 2004 spring wins came versus Dallas Texans club team (3-0), Michigan State (3-1), Wisconsin-Milwaukee (3-0), Western Michigan (4-1) and Illinois (1-0), plus 1-1 tie with Florida.

    PREP & PERSONAL: Four-year letterwinner as goalkeeper at Anthony Wayne High School ... all-conference, team captain and MVP as a senior ... twice all-conference ... set school records for shutouts in season (15, as sophomore; 5 GA) and for consecutive shutouts ... posted 0.88 career GAA (state-best 0.76 as a senior; 12 shutouts) ... stopped 2-of-3 shots (other over crossbar) in PK shootout during freshman season ... helped team reach district finals in junior season, suffering tough OT loss ... played for Pacesetters club ... member of ODP 2001 state team, Region II player pool ... earned first team all-state athletic academic honors ... recognized for outstanding academic performance in extracurriculars (by Lucas County Educational Service Center) ... member of National Honor Society ... daughter of Neil and Roberta Westfall ... full name is Nicole Stiles Westfall ... born July 1, 1985, in Toledo, Ohio ... enrolled in Mendoza College of Business, as double major in entrepreneurship and Spanish (with a certificate in international business).

    Westfall's Career Statistics

    Year GP-GS SVGAMin.GAAShO W-L-T
    20037/041161:240.560 (4)0-0-0
    20046/020125:590.000 (6)0-0-0
    20055/130195:090.001 (3)1-0-0
    Totals18/191484:320.311 (13)1-0-0

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