General: A returning letter winner in Carolina's deep attacking corps...will continue to see significant action in 2008 as one of the first forwards off the bench...likely to see quality minutes in each half of games this year...suffered a preseason arm injury but that is unlikely to keep her out of the lineup this year...has great speed...is tenacious with her tackling and relentless in her attacking style...veteran of several U.S. national youth teams prior to enrolling at Carolina.
National Team Experience: Enrolled at Carolina while a member of the U.S. U17 Women's National Team...prior to that she played on the U.S. U16 and U15 Women's National Teams.
Freshman Season (2008): Played in 20 matches as a freshman...played in every Carolina match through the NC State match on October 17 but an injury then sidelined her for the next eight matches...she returned in time to play in the final four NCAA matches of the campaign...earned starting assignments against Kentucky on September 7 and against Clemson on September 25...responded well to the starting assignment against Kentucky, scoring an unassisted goal 3:46 into the match that proved to be the game-winner in a 4-0 UNC win...also scored the game-winning goal against Georgia on September 19, netting the first goal of the game at 35:47 in an eventual 4-0 win over the Bulldogs...also scored the fifth and final goal in UNC's 5-0 win over Maryland.
Prep: Came to Carolina as one of the top-ranked recruits in the nation according to Soccer Buzz Magazine...graduated from Oak Mountain High School in 2008... a Parade Magazine high school All-America selection in 2007... was named a 2006 and 2007 National High School Coaches Association All-America... played on teams which were Disney semifinalists in 2006 and finalists in 2008.
Personal: Merritt Elizabeth Mathias is the daughter of Mark and Mary Jane Mathias... she was born July 2, 1990 in her hometown of Birmingham, Ala... has one younger brother, Mitch, 15.
Academic Major: Undeclared; Pre-Medicine
Career Plans: Play on the U.S National Team; Become an Orthopedic Surgeon
Hobbies: Painting, hanging out with my friends, listening to music, shopping
Athletes I Most Admire: Mia Hamm; Tom Brady
Biggest Sports Thrill: Scoring against Argentina's National Team to put us in the lead.
Person with the Greatest Influence on my Athletic Career: My Dad
Favorite Book: The Lovely Bones
Favorite Food: Ruth's Chris Bone-In Ribeye Steak
Favorite Movie: Wedding Crashers
Favorite TV Shows: Entourage; Grey's Anatomy
Favorite TV Show as a Child: Wishbone
Sport I Would Play Other Than Soccer: Football
Superpower I Wish I Had: Invisibility
Place I Want To Live For The Rest Of My Life: Rosemary Beach, Fla.
I Can't Live Without...: (i.e. family, cell phone, facebook)...Family, Friends, Cell Phone
Year GP/GS Shots G A PTS 2008 20/2 19 3 0 6 Totals 20/2 19 3 0 6
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