General: A returning starter in the striker corps for the Tar Heels...joined the team a quarter of the way through the 2008 season and was a key element in UNC's successful run to the national championship...transferred to Carolina after attending junior college in her home state of Arizona...came to Carolina with three years of eligibility remaining...a strong and physical presence who is tremendous in the air...led the Heels in assists despite playing in only 75 percent of the team's games in 2008.
National Team: Member of U.S. U23 National Team in 2009...a veteran of several youth national teams all through her club years with the Sereno Soccer Club.
Club Experience: A member of the Sereno Soccer club from 2000-2007... that team won state championships each year she played for it...led Sereno to regional championships in 2003 and 2007...played on Surf Cup title-winning teams in 2005 and 2006 and was the MVP of the tournament in the latter year...Sereno was a national runner-up club team in 2003 and the WAGS champions in 2004.
Sophomore Season (2008): After transferring from junior college, she joined the Tar Heels after the first seven games of the season and played a key role in UNC's run to the national championship...played in 21 games and started 17 times...all of her starts came in the season's final 18 games, including the last 13 games in a row...scored five goals and had 10 assists for 20 points...led the Tar Heel team in assists despite missing a quarter of the season...scored a goal in her Tar Heel debut against Georgia...added her second goal in a decisive 5-2 win at Clemson...assisted on two goals by Courtney Jones, including the game-winner in the 5-0 win over Maryland...assisted on the first two goals in UNC's 5-0 victory at NC State...tallied the game-opening goal and also assisted on the fourth UNC goal as the Tar Heels won at Virginia 5-1...assisted on Casey Nogueira's game-winner against Miami in the regular-season finale...named to the All-ACC Tournament Team after she scored the game-winning goal and assisted on the second goal in the 3-0 triumph over Virginia Tech in the tournament championship match...assisted on Casey Nogueira's game-winner and then scored the second goal in the Tar Heels' 5-0 win over Western Carolina in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Phoenix College: Attended Phoenix College for two years... a member of the honors program there... played soccer, basketball and track as a freshman there...as a sophomore she played basketball and track in order to retain three years of soccer eligibility at Carolina... a first-team junior college All-America in soccer and National Junior College Player of the Year... named first-team all-conference and all-region...the single-season record holder at Phoenix College for goals and assists... also an outstanding basketball player, she earned first-team all-region and all-conference honors... in the juco ranks, she was the No. 1 rebounder in the country and among the Top 30 in scoring in the country... was named a first-team all-America and all-Region selection for Phoenix College in the 400 meters in track and field.
Prep: Graduated from Cactus High School in Glendale, Ariz. in 2006... played basketball all four years and ran track her junior and senior years... a member of state championship teams in 2004 and 2006 on the hardwood...was a first-team all-state and all-region selection in basketball... a state champion and record holder in the 400 meters during her track and field career...record holder at Cactus High School for the 100 meters, 200 meters, 400 meters, and 4x400 meter relay team.
Personal: Jessica McDonald is the daughter of Traci McDonald and Vince Myers...was born February 28, 1988 in Phoenix, Ariz. ... has one brother, Brandon, who is 23.
2008-09 JESSICA McDONALD HONORS
Academic Major at Carolina: African-American Studies
Hobbies: Eating and playing soccer
Athlete I Most Admire: Brandon McDonald
Biggest Sports Thrill: Winning the 2008 NCAA Championship
Person with the Greatest Influence on my Athletic Career: My big brother, Brandon McDonald
Favorite Book: The Bible
Favorite Foods: Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with Cheez-its
Favorite Movie: Hangover
Favorite TV Show: The Fresh Prince of Bel Air
Favorite Class I Have Taken at UNC: AFAM 101
Biggest Pet Peeve: When people walk in my house unannounced
If I Could Travel Anywhere, It Would Be: Ghana
What I Would Do on a Saturday Full of Free Time: Eat
If I Could Play Another Sport at Carolina, It Would Be: Track or Basketball
What I Like Most About Coach Dorrance: When he wears doo-rags to practice and when he goes to doctor's appointments with me
Year GP/GS Shots G A PTS 2008 21/17 33 5 10 20 Totals 21/17 33 5 10 20