#20 Rebecca Mendoza
Four-year contributor to the Irish midfield, making 83 career appearances … improved her ability in the air and her defensive toughness … talented player on the ball who showed she could either start or come of the bench to provide a spark … part of Notre Dame[apos]s traditional pipeline to elite Texas talent, having played for one of nation[apos]s top clubs (Dallas Sting) … member of Mexican National Team, with dual citizenship … one of 25 Texas natives to play for Notre Dame women[apos]s soccer program.
AS A SENIOR: Played in 24 of Notre Dame[apos]s 27 games while making six starts … scored a goal and added an assist for three points … scored a vital goal in Notre Dame[apos]s 3-1 win over No. 11 Duke … sealed that win with a left-footed shot that looped over Duke[apos]s charging goalkeeper and started off frame before curling nicely back into the top left corner of the net … added an assist in Notre Dame[apos]s regular season triumph at UConn (2-0) … her assist came on a Kerri Hanks goal that sealed the win (70:14) … played in all three BIG EAST tournament games … also saw time in NCAA Championship wins over Toledo (5-2), Minnesota (1-0) and Florida State (2-0) … one of a record 19 players to net a goal for the Irish.
AS A JUNIOR: Played in all 26 games, including 12 starts … had three goals and an assist for a career-high seven points … most of her minutes came in the attacking midfield role … her pass to Erica Iantorno led to right-endline cross and Ashley Jones[apos] volley goal that capped 4- 0 win over DePaul … also scored twice in 4-0 win over Providence and had goal that iced 3-1 win at Rutgers.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Logged 20 games (four starts) in midfield unit … drew the start in opener versus Iowa State (9-0) and promptly assisted on the quickest goal ever by Notre Dame in a season opener (1:19), after receiving a pass from the left side and dribbling across the top of the box before playing Kerri Hanks into the right side (Hanks then buried a 14-yard shot into the lower right corner) … was in starting lineup two weeks later for home-state games at TCU (2-0) and SMU (3-0) … rated as Notre Dame[apos]s most improved player in 2007 spring season while averaging more minutes per game.
AS A FRESHMAN: Appeared in 15 games as a reserve midfielder, scoring in final regular season game versus Georgetown (6-1) … played in pair of wins over nationally-ranked teams at Inn at Saint Mary[apos]s Classic (4-1 vs. #11 Florida; 6-0 vs. #25 Maryland) … saw time in noteworthy wins over Michigan (3-0), Connecticut (4-0) and Villanova (4-0) … earned postseason experience in BIG EAST Tournament win over Georgetown (6-1) and NCAA Tournament wins over Valparaiso (6-0) and Michigan State (3-0).
WITH MEXICAN NATIONAL TEAM: Made debut with Mexican National Team on Dec. 8, 2004, versus U.S. in farewell game for American soccer legends Mia Hamm, Julie Foudy and Joy Fawcett (Home Depot Center) … competed with Mexico at Algarve Cup, beating host Portugal … played alongside former Notre Dame defensive standout Monica Gonzalez ([apos]97-[apos]01), a founding member of the Mexican National Team in 1998 … her 2005 spring schedule with Mexico featured tour of U.S., including classic 2-2 battle at Notre Dame in late April (she then played for the Irish in 2006 spring exhibition versus Mexico, a 3-0 ND win) … also played in summer of 2005 with Mexican U-20 National Team, versus U.S. U-20s, Canada U-20s (2-0, 0-2) and U.S. U-18s (assisted on first goal in 3-0 win) … the U-20s later played in Birmingham, Ala., versus ODP Region III (3-2, 1-2, 3-0) … scored in loss to Region III before assisting on first goal in 3-0 win … earlier played with Mexico[apos]s U-19s, totaling 2G-1A at 2003 U-19 World Championships in Canada.
ODP/CLUB: Played two years for North Texas Olympic Development Program state team in 2003 and [apos]04 ([apos]87 birthday age group) … selected for ODP Region III team in 2003 before moving to the Mexican program … high-scoring midfielder during seven years with the Dallas Sting club (1999-2005), coached by legendary soccer player ‘Tatu’ … helped Sting place third at 2005 U.S.Youth Soccer Nationals in Orlando, narrowly missing spot in U-18 title game after 4-3 win over K.C. (Kan.) Dynamo, 4- 1 loss to Bethesda (Md.) Excel and 1-1 tie with Laguna Hills (Calif.) Eclipse … the Sting won 2005 Region III title in Plano,Texas, beating rival Dallas Texans (0-0, 4-3 PKs) in title game … the Sting earlier won the 2005 North-Texas title, after wins over D[apos]Feeters (7-0), Solar (6-0), Inter Blue (4-0) and Texans (3-0) … scored once in state cup versus D[apos]Feeters and twice against Inter Blue … helped the Sting to USYS nationals in 2002 and [apos]03 (third place) … helped Sting win Region III titles in 2002, [apos]03 and [apos]05 ([apos]01 runner-up, [apos]04 semifinalist), plus North Texas state titles in 2001-03 and [apos]05 … led Sting to six Texas Cup title games (champs in [apos]99 and [apos]03- [apos]05, plus 2000 and [apos]02 runner-up) and five Lake Highlands Classic League grand championships ([apos]99, 2000-03) … helped Sting win three times at Dallas Cup Spring Classic ([apos]99, [apos]01, [apos]03; [apos]02 finalist), plus 2003 and [apos]04 Disney Showcase and 2002 St. Louis Cup … member of Sting teams that won 1999 and 2001 North Texas State Cups and the 2001 Texas state championship while reaching the finals of the annual WAGS tournament in Washington, D.C. (2000) and the semifinals at the 2001 Surf Cup … played one season with the D[apos]Feeters club team ([apos]98) before joining the Sting.
PREP & PERSONAL: Four-year team MVP at North Garland High School, totaling 77 goals and 58 assists in first three seasons … played sparingly as a senior, due to Mexican National Team commitments … named city and district MVP as a junior and senior (three time all-district selection) … graduated with 3.78 cumulative GPA, with her studies including an emphasis in engineering and architecture … daughter of Angel and Rebecca Mendoza … full name is Alexandrea Rebecca Mendoza … born July 12, 1987, in El Paso, Texas … a double major in marketing and sociology, who graduated from the Mendoza College of Business.
Mendoza[apos]s Career Statistics
In the Postseason