#27 Brynn Gerstle
Three-year monogram winner … athletic and versatile player who spent time as midfielder and center back … good size and mobility to go along with her competitive nature … also possessed powerful shot … displayed tremendous development in her game during final three seasons … became reliable member of the Irish rotation by her senior year.
AS A SENIOR: Appeared in career-high 13 matches and earned first career start … had career bests for goals (2), points (4) and shots (13, including six on goal) … one of five Irish players to score multiple goals in 2011 … scored first career goal in 26th minute against #21 Duke (1-3) at the Carolina Classic, knocking down errant Blue Devil clearance and playing into empty net to give Notre Dame early lead … squeezed off career-high five shots (two on goal) in 35 minutes against Tulsa (7-1) at Notre Dame adidas Invitational … played 52 minutes against hometown Louisville side (0-1), notching two shots … saw career-high 74 minutes at South Florida (1-1), adding two more shots to her total … worked her way into starting lineup at #14 Marquette (2-3, ot), playing 25 minutes … made the most of final home match at Alumni Stadium, scoring her second goal of the season in win over DePaul (5-1) with a wicked long-range blast into the upper 90 in 73rd minute (part of Irish scoring flurry that featured four goals in less than 19 minutes) … played 30 minutes against DePaul and put both of her shots on goal.
AS A JUNIOR: Played in nine matches (88 minutes) during Notre Dame[apos]s third national championship season … credited with one shot, which came during 45 minutes of action against Cincinnati (4-0) … made two appearances during the NCAA Championship, seeing time in the second round against #22 USC (4-0) and third round at #3 North Carolina (4-1).
AS A SOPHOMORE: Appeared in six matches, playing 74 minutes … had one assist and took four shots, including one on goal … made season debut against Wisconsin-Milwaukee (3-0), playing the final eight minutes … also saw time in regular season against Connecticut (6-1) … made first postseason appearance in BIG EAST Championship quarterfinal win over South Florida (5-0), taking one shot in 10 minutes … called upon in BIG EAST title match victory over #rv/10 Marquette (2-1), playing four minutes in the second half as the holding midfielder after the Irish took a one-goal lead … made NCAA Championship debut in first-round contest against IUPUI (5-0) … played 28 minutes in that match, registering her first career point when she assisted on Ellen Jantsch[apos]s goal in the 86th minute … also took two shots (one on goal) against IUPUI … logged 23 minutes in NCAA second-round conquest of Central Michigan (6-1), notching one shot.
AS A FRESHMAN: Played in two matches for the Irish … made her collegiate debut in Notre Dame[apos]s season-opening 7-0 defeat of Michigan, when she came off the bench to play 13 minutes … also played in Notre Dame[apos]s 5-0 win over SMU.
ODP/CLUB HIGHLIGHTS: Member of Kentucky ODP state program from 2006-08 … also part of ODP Region II player pool from 2005-07 … top player for the Javanon SC club program (`90s) from 1999-2008 … helped Javanon reach US Soccer club finals (`05) while also winning four state cups (`01, `02, `04, `06) and being state runner-up in three other seasons (`03, `05, `07).
PREP & PERSONAL: Played as a forward, midfielder and defender during her youth soccer career … a four-time team MVP while totaling 190 career points (57G-76A) at Assumption High School … received NSCAA all-region honors as a senior in 2007 … named first-team all-state in each of her final three seasons (honorable mention as a freshman) … her annual scoring totals included 9G-19A as a freshman, 18G-18A as a sophomore, 14G-22A as a junior and 16G-17A as a senior … a 2007 all-tournament pick at the Region 6 tournament and the Male High School Bulldog Cup, also helping AHS win `07 Bluegrass State Games … named all-tournament as a junior at the 2006 District 13 tournament and the Fayette County Soccer Spectacular, while helping team with the BSG and MHS Bulldog Cup … led 2005 team to the state semifinals, earning all-tournament honors (she also was all-tournament at the District 13 event and the Oldham Country Bluegrass tournament) … AHS won the `05 BSG and OCB tournament while being a finalist at the Bulldog Cup … her freshman season in `04 also saw AHS reach the state semifinals, after winning the Bulldog Cup and reaching the OCB final … member of the National Honor Society, principal[apos]s list and honor roll (3.9 GPA) … a four-year class officer and member of the student-faculty advisory board … recent ND golfer Lauren Fuchs (`00), volleyball outside hitter Christina Kaelin ([apos]09) and middle blocker Jeni Houser ([apos]15) also attended Assumption … last name pronounced ‘GUR-stull’ … graduated in May 2012 from College of Arts and Letters with bachelor[apos]s degrees in psychology and history … earned BIG EAST All-Academic Team honors three times (2009-10 through 2011-12).
Gerstle[apos]s Career Statistics
Gerstle In the Post Season