#18 Stephanie Sohn
Came off the bench to play both center and right back for the Irish last season … solid all-around defender who excels at reading the game and is rarely caught out of position … also excels in the classroom as she was named to the dean[apos]s list in the fall of 2008 … her strong discipline to maintain defensive shape is a good complement to Notre Dame[apos]s defensive philosophy … cerebral player who is willing to do the dirty work while others get the bulk of the attention … has shown ability to play very simple and within the team[apos]s system … extremely coachable with outgoing personality … has potential to contend for playing time in 2009 … former member of U.S. Under-17 National Team player pool and member of 2005 Olympic Development Program (ODP) national champions … one of 10 New York natives to play for Irish women[apos]s soccer program, most notably midfielder and two-time team captain K.T. Sullivan (Northport HS; [apos]90) and recent midfielder Kimberly Carpenter (Webster/Lady of Mercy HS; [apos]04).
AS A SOPHOMORE: Appeared in eight games for the Irish … played 24 minutes in Notre Dame[apos]s season opening 7-0 win versus Michigan … also played in regular season wins over Loyola Marymount (4-0), SMU (5-0), Cincinnati (6-0), USF (3-0), No. 18 Rutgers (3-1) and Seton Hall (6-0) … also saw time in Notre Dame[apos]s NCAA Championship opening round win over Toledo (5-2).
AS A FRESHMAN: Played in 17 games as both a center and right back for the Irish … played 26 minutes versus #1 Santa Clara … logged 13 minutes of play in the BIG EAST semifinal win over Georgetown (2-0) … made NCAA Tournament debut with 16 minutes against Loyola-Chicago in first-round victory (3-0) and saw two minutes of action in round-of-16 win at No. 4 North Carolina (3-2).
ODP/CLUB HIGHLIGHTS: Member of U.S. Under-17 National Team player pool in 2006 … also in ODP Region I player pool from 2002-05 and participated in ODP national camp (July 2004, in Seattle) … led Eastern New York team to ODP Region I title in 2003-04 and 2004-05 before winning 2005 ODP national title … four-year captain and starter at center back for that team (2001-05) … played several seasons with Albertson Fury [apos]88s club that reached 2007 USYS Region I semifinals … previously played three seasons as leading member of Long Island-based ISA (Intense Soccer Academy) Magic club team that won two state cups ([apos]04, [apos]05) and annually was ranked among national top-10 … helped ISA reach 2005 USYS regional-title game … anchored defense that posted nine straight shutouts in state cup and regional play … helped ISA Magic win three major tournaments: WAGS in 2003, PDA in 2004 and Disney Showcase in 2004-2005 … led defense that shut out nation[apos]s third-ranked team, Eclipse Select (featuring future ND classmate Erica Iantorno) in Disney final … earlier played for Sachem Apaches club team that won 1999 Eastern New York state title.
PREP & PERSONAL: Played one season at Sachem High School and a final season at Sachem East, following two-year transition in which the school was split into two units … senior leader of 2006 team that went 19-1, won county and Long Island titles, and advanced to state semifinals … central defender on that 2006 team that allowed just five goals in 20-game season (was on field for only one of those goals allowed), earning all-league, all-conference, all-county and all-county academic honors (also named to Newsday all-Long Island team) … helped Sachem HS win share of 2003 county title, while starting at sweeper … talented three-sport athlete who had to give up volleyball and lacrosse when she entered high school … team MVP in all three of her sports as an 8th-grader (2002-03), when she led those teams to 34-2 combined record … served as setter for 2002 volleyball team that went 12-0 … member of National Honor Society and National Art Honor Society … named to Scholar-Athlete Team … received numerous other academic and art awards at Sachem … born March 30, 1989, in Smithtown, N.Y. … daughter of Thomas and Kathleen Sohn … full name is Stephanie M. Sohn … enrolled in the College of Arts and Letters as a graphic design major with a 3.469 cumulative GPA … earned dean[apos]s list honors in the fall of 2008.
Sohn[apos]s Career Statistics
Sohn In the Post Season