#24 Jennie Bireley
Walk-on addition who earned roster spot after solid performance in 2007 spring season … appeared in one game for the Irish … a fifth-year senior, she previously played two years at Iowa State and then spent a year at the University of Texas-Dallas before transferring to Notre Dame prior to the 2006 fall season … converted midfielder who was used as an outside back in the spring … skillful player with good understanding of the game and strong left foot … played in all five spring games while making steady strides, with particularly strong showing in final win over Baylor (3-0, in Dallas) … took a full year off from college soccer in 2006 … prep teammate of recent Irish midfielder Claire Gallerano ([apos]07), with powerhouse Ursuline Academy … one of 21 Texas natives to play for ND (seven on [apos]07 team) … her former Iowa State teammates (both goalkeepers) Joanna Haig (Louisville) and Laura Boyer (Marquette) now play in the BIG EAST … inherits number-24 jersey worn by all-BIG EAST midfielder Jill Krivacek ([apos]07) … … Graduated with a 3.45 cumulative and a science business degree.
AS A SENIOR: Played in Notre Dame[apos]s victory (4-0) against BIG EAST opponent Providence, logging 13 minutes.
AT UT-DALLAS: Set team record with 12 assists during 2005 season while playing in all 19 games for team that went 15-3-1 and lost to Hardin-Simmons in American Southwest Conference title game (1-0, double overtime).
AT IOWA STATE: Appeared in 19 career games (one start) as a midfielder for the Cyclones … named to the Big 12 Conference All-Academic Team both years … appeared in nine games as a sophomore for 2004 team that went 8-12-0 … registered her only point career point at ISU (an assist) during 2004 season … appeared in 10 games as a freshman (2003), with lone start coming versus Minnesota.
PREP & PERSONAL: Member of North Texas ODP team (1998-2001) and invited to ODP Region III camp … captained Andromeda Soccer Club … senior captain for dominant program at Ursuline Academy that now has won 19 straight state titles and had an 111-game winning streak that overlapped her career … played on state-title teams from 2000-03 while earning all-state honors as a junior and senior (also named to state championship all-tournament team three times) … played at Ursuline for Susan Ellis, who later coached WUSA[apos]s Carolina Courage … served three seasons as assistant gymnastics coach … a national merit commended student … daughter of Michael and Polly Bireley … full name is Jennifer Anne Bireley … born Feb. 7, 1985, in Galveston, Texas.