#15 Karin Simonian
2014: TopDrawerSoccer.com Team of the Week (September 30) … CollegeSoccer360.com Primetime Performers Weekly Honor Roll (September 30).
Four-year monogram winner … crafty and agile player who can play up top or as attacking midfielder … strong with the ball, particularly in traffic, and key to team’s possession game … owns powerful shot from distance … quiet, confident player who took an upward trajectory during final three seasons following injury-plagued rookie year.
AS A SENIOR: Played all 22 games during the 2014 season with starts in 14 of them … played for a total of 1,083 minutes … racked up three goals and one assist during her senior campaign … notched goals against Wake Forest (1), Miami (1) and No. 2 Florida State (1); assisted on a goal against No. 2 Virginia Tech … played all 90 minutes against Wake Forest and No. 4 Virginia and averaged 1.59 shots per game … named to TopDrawerSoccer.com Team of the Week and named to the CollegeSoccer360.com Primetime Performers Weekly Honor Roll after road wins over No. 2 Virginia Tech (2-0) and Wake Forest (1-0) (September 30, 2014) … earned a monogram.
AS A JUNIOR: Turned in best season of career to date, playing in 19 matches and starting 12 times … chalked up career highs of four goals, three assists (tied) and 11 points, as well as 35 shots (12 on goal) … ranked fourth on team in goals, as well as fifth in assists and points and sixth in shots … started season opener and played season-high 70 minutes against No. 25 Illinois (4-1) and earned assist on first goal scored 4:22 into match by Lauren Bohaboy … opened season goal-scoring account with tally in 48th minute and had four shots (career high-tying two on goal) in second start of year against Oakland (4-0) in Notre Dame adidas Invitational opener … started nine consecutive matches beginning with Detroit contest (tied career best with two shots on goal in that 4-0 win) … scored second goal of season in 27th minute of team’s first-ever ACC match, a road win at North Carolina State (3-1) … earned assist on last of fellow Long Islander Cari Roccaro’s three goals in 60th minute against No. 21 Maryland (5-0) … tied career high with six shots against Pittsburgh (3-0) … gave ND second-half lead against No. 11 Wake Forest (1-1), scoring in 76th minute as part of five-shot outing during weather-delayed double-overtime match … tied career high with two shots on goal (three total shots) at Miami (0-2) … set up Rilka Noel’s first career goal with 1:24 left in first half of double-overtime match against Duke (1-2) … netted opening goal against Boston College, scoring with exactly one minute remaining in first half (3-1) … started regular-season finale at No. 3 Florida State (1-2, 2OT) and saw time as reserve during ACC Tournament quarterfinal at No. 5 Virginia Tech (0-1, 2OT) … injuries kept her on sideline for team’s three NCAA postseason contests … returned to play vital role both in lineup and coming off bench during spring 2014 season, most notably going full 90 minutes against NWSL’s Chicago Red Stars (0-2) and playing 65 minutes in reserve against Haiti National Team (2-0) … earned a monogram.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Factored prominently into rotation as both starter and reserve, appearing in 23 matches while starting nine times … set (then) career highs with one goal, three assists and 31 total shots (nine on goal) … one of eight Irish players with at least 30 total shots … earned starting nod in six of season’s first seven matches … had season-best five shots in season-high 74 minutes at Wisconsin (0-1) … netted first collegiate goal in home opener against East Carolina (5-0), scoring unassisted in the 84th minute as part of four-shot effort (two on frame) … had assist on Nicole Rodriguez’s first career goal late in win over Cincinnati (7-0); also tied season best with five shots (two on goal) in that match … one week later, duplicated that performance with assist (on Anna Maria Gilbertson’s 83rd-minute goal) and season-high five shots at home against Oakland (3-0) … added third assist of season on New England homecoming weekend, connecting again with Gilbertson for final goal in win at Connecticut (4-0) … chalked up single shots at home on Senior Night against Seton Hall (5-1) and in BIG EAST Championship quarterfinal vs. Syracuse (1-0) … appeared in first three of team’s four NCAA Championship matches … made NCAA postseason debut in first-round home win over Milwaukee (3-1) … continued growth during spring 2013 season, most notably scoring opening goal in 4-3 win over Mexico U-20 National Team … earned a monogram.
AS A FRESHMAN: Played in 13 matches, starting three times …collected one assist and tallied 17 shots (six on goal) … missed preseason and first six matches of regular season following leg surgery … made debut at #17 Santa Clara (1-1) … had two shots, including one on goal against Louisville (0-1) … earned first career start at Cincinnati (4-1) and picked up first collegiate point with assist on Melissa Henderson’s third goal while posting three shots (two on goal) in 76 minutes … started next match at South Florida (1-1), logging career highs of six shots (two on goal) and 86 minutes … supplanted Henderson in starting lineup at Seton Hall (2-0), when Henderson arrived late due to U.S. National Team training camp duty … registered two shots against Villanova (3-1) … earned a monogram.
NATIONAL TEAM HIGHLIGHTS: Member of U.S. Soccer youth national team player pools at U-15 (2008) and U-17 (2009-11) levels … participated in 2008 Nike Friendlies and ODP Thanksgiving Interregional with U-15 National Team … also competed in U-17 National Team camp in July 2009 and with U-17 National Team on December 2009 trip to Argentina.
WPSL/ODP/CLUB HIGHLIGHTS: Attended the adidas Elite Soccer Program (ESP) in 2009 … member of Region I ODP team for four years (2006-09) … participated in ODP Thanksgiving Interregional in 2007 and 2009 (captain), along with ODP foreign tour to Costa Rica (2008) … also played for Eastern New York (ENY) ODP squad for six years … was mainstay with Albertson SC club program from 2008-11, playing under director Paul Riley (now coach of NWSL’s Portland Thorns FC) … scored 37 goals in final two years (20 in 2008; 17 in 2009) … team captain … helped team to two Disney Showcase titles (2009, 2010) and consecutive berths in ENY State Cup finals (2009, 2010) … at age 14, made club debut with U-18 club team, helping team to finals of ENY State Cup, Disney Showcase and Region I Premier League … ranked seventh in the February 2011 Top Drawer Soccer club soccer player ratings (five-star ranking; No. 4 midfielder in nation) … played seven seasons (2007-10, 2012-14) with Long Island Fury, an amateur team in the Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL), amassing 21 goals and two assists (including team-high 11 goals in 2013, among league leaders) … helped squad to 2009 WPSL championship and 2008 WPSL semifinal berth (won Eastern Conference title both years) … earned Big Apple Soccer Player of the Week honors on June 23, 2009, while with the Long Island Fury … played alongside current Irish junior (and fellow Long Island native) Cari Roccaro on numerous Albertson SC teams, as well as during WPSL season.
PREP & PERSONAL: Graduated from W.T. Clarke High School in Westbury, N.Y., where she played for head coach Becky Wachsberger for three seasons (grades 8-10) before electing to play club soccer full-time … in her final prep season as sophomore in 2008-09, scored 25 goals and added three assists for 28 points, leading Nassau County in goals and points … helped team to New York Class A state semifinals as freshman in 2007-08 … three-time NSCAA Youth All-American (2008, 2009, 2010) … two-time NSCAA Youth all-region selection (2008, 2010) … all-state pick (2008) … two-time all-county choice (2007, 2008) … Newsday Player to Watch (2009) … East Meadow Herald Spotlight Athlete (2008) … high school honor roll selection … last name is pronounced “sih-MOE-knee-un” … daughter of Rehan and Alex Simonian … has younger sister, Dina … graduated from Holy Martyrs Armenian Language School in 2006 after attending the school on Saturdays from age 3 … one of three New York natives on this year’s Notre Dame roster, along with Roccaro (East Islip) and freshman Meghan Doyle (Niskayuna) … enrolled in Notre Dame’s top-ranked Mendoza College of Business as a marketing major … one of team representatives (along with Katie Naughton) on Notre Dame’s Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC).
Simonian’s Career Statistics
Simonian In the Postseason