Theresa Diederich collects goal and assist in losing effort
2015 (Junior) Proved to be one of the more versatile players on the team as she saw action as both defender and forward during the season … made her first start at forward in the match at then-No. 17 South Carolina (Sept. 27) … as a defender, she made a contribution in five shutouts this season … started on the defensive line that that held Wake Forest scoreless (Aug. 28) … her defense contributed to Alabama earning its first win of the season against Troy (Aug. 23) … helped stifle Southern Miss’ attack to a season-low six shots (Sept. 13) … played in all 19 matches for the Tide in the season campaign, while making 16 starts. 2014 (Sophomore) Following a successful freshman campaign where she played in every game, Mercer once again saw action in every contest during her sophomore season ... started all 20 matches in 2014, sharing the honor with her defensive mates Abby Lutzenkirchen and Jordan Meier ... one of the quickest and most aggressive players, Mercer was all over the field on defense, helping the Tide to secure nine shutouts on the season, including five against Southeastern Conference competitors ... her lone assist on the season helped Alabama break even at 2-2 with Middle Tennessee State on Aug. 31 ... earned a spot on the SEC preseason "Players to Watch" list.
2013 (Freshman) Named to SEC First Year Academic Honor Roll ... made an immediate impact for the Alabama defensive unit ... played in all 18 matches making 17 starts ... ranked second on the team with 1,525 minutes of action ... played every minute in 10 out of 18 games, including nine out of 11 SEC contests ... scored a vs. then-No. 14 Kentucky (Oct. 20) ... collected an assist at then-No. 23 Ole Miss (Oct. 27) ... also recorded an assist in 4-2 win vs. Tennessee (Sept. 29) ... started and played 75 minutes in her collegiate debut, in season opener at then-No. 15 Wake Forest (Aug. 25).
High School and Personal Data An early enrollee at Alabama in January of 2013 ... listed 58th on the TopDrawer.com Top 150 recruits ... played under head coach Powell Williams at Weddington High School ... spent three years on the varsity team, collecting all-state and all-conference accolades in 2011 and 2012 ... named conference MVP as a senior ... graduated with a 4.1 cumulative GPA ... played on the Charlotte Soccer Academy club team with Alabama classmate Caroline Alexander ... part of the Region III ODP team in 2010 and 2011 ... participated in the soccer showcase at both the 2010 and 2011 ODP Thanksgiving Interregional ... named to the 2011 ECNL October Phoenix All-Event Team ... invited to participate in the 2009 Under-14 National Team Camp ... daughter of Mark and Tawny Mercer ... pursuing an exercise science major.