Aug. 18, 2004
The Notre Dame women’s soccer team’s Freshman Focus series wraps up today with a visit from midfielder Ashley Jones. During the past few months, Jones experienced the unique double of winning national titles with her Olympic Development Progrmam state team (California-South) and her club team (Southern California United). Jones then turned in an impressive all-around performance during the six-game Brazilian tour, scoring twice and adding three assists while showcasing her diverse offensive skills. Notre Dame Women’s Soccer 2004 Freshman Focus – Entry #4 (Ashley Jones; Aug. 18) Full Name – Ashley Lauren Jones Hometown – Westlake Village, Calif. High School and Club Teams – Westlake HS, Southern Califonrnia United, California-South ODP Family Members – Parents Doug and Lisa, younger brother Brian Number with the Irish – 12 [worn last four seasons by another speedy offensive player, Amy Warner] Anticipated Major – Business Nicknames – Ash, Jonesey What was your high school’s nickname, colors and school chant? – Warriors, Blue and Orange Who has influenced you the most as a soccer player? – My club coach Kristy Walker What made you stick with soccer over the years? – When I was younger, I played almost every sport imaginable. Once I entered 8th grade, I had to make a decision between softball and soccer. I chose soccer because it was so much more fun. I loved the competitiveness and excitement of the game. Who is your favorite soccer player? – David Beckham What are your rituals or superstitions before a game? – none What is your favorite “pump-up” song before a game? – “Taking Back Sunday” Favorite Soccer Move – “Nutmeg” How would you describe yourself on the field and off it? – On the field, I work hard and I am extremely competitive. Off the field, I enjoy hanging out with friends, snowboarding, wakeboarding and going to the beach. Now describe the other three freshmen who are on this trip with you – Lauren, Amanda and Jannica all are really talented players. They also are so nice and we already are having so much fun together.
Ashley Jones buzzed all over the field during the six games in Brazil, scoring twice, adding three assists and creating many other quality scoring chances.
How awesome was Lauren Karas at the 2004 ODP Nationals, where your Cal-South teams edged her North Texas team in the final (1-0)? – Lauren played so well at Nationals. She made many incredible saves that earned her the Golden Glove Award. What are your thoughts on the Brazil trip? – The Brazil trip has been so much fun. I have enjoyed getting to know the team. They are incredibly nice and fun ot be around. Experiencing the sport of soccer, as well as life in another country, has been very interesting. What dorm will you be living in at Notre Dame? – Lyons What is something about you that people may not know? – I have a golden retriever named Kalli. Why is California soccer the best? – California has a large population base and the sport of soccer is continuing to grow. Additionally, the competition in California is amazing. There are so many great teams and great players and the leagues are very organized. Favorite Food – Pasta Favorite TV Show – “The O.C.” Favorite Movie – “How To Lose A Guy In Ten Days” Best book you’ve read recently – Catch 22 Favorite Actor – Brad Pitt