Merel van Dongen records a goal and an assist in victory
Finished her Alabama career ranked in a number of career categories ... her 76 shots on goal ranked her third in Crimson Tide history ... the 157 total shots for her career ranks fifth all-time at UA ... the 23 career goals ties her for seventh in Alabama history ... thanks to her 23 goals and 10 assists she accumulated 56 career points to rank eighth all-time in Tide annals.
2014 (Senior) A three-year captain, with her guidance and excellent play Diederich helped the Tide to a 10-7-3 record in her final season at the Capstone ... her senior campaign helped the forward reach new career-highs in points (18), assists (six) and shots (55) ... her 18 points ranked second on the team and included six goals and six assists ... scored the game-winning goal in a 3-2 overtime thriller at LSU (Oct. 9) ... her goal helped the Tide clinch a victory in its first nationally televised game of 2014 ... her assist in the Georgia game helped put the Tide ahead, 2-0, to secure a victory over the 22nd-ranked Bulldogs and send the Tide to Orange Beach for the SEC Tournament ... scored a goal in the SEC tournament game vs. Tennessee (Nov. 3) ... assisted on the lone goal in the win at Missiouri (Oct. 19) ... had three assists, including her first of the season, in the 5-1 win vs. Kennesaw State (Aug. 22) ... the three assists were tied for the SEC lead and team lead for assists in a game by one player at season's end ... her six assists gave her the eighth-most assists in a season in the program's history ... her 55 shots during the 2014 season tied her for seventh in Alabama school history.
2013 (Junior) Played in all 18 games in the midfield, making 16 starts ... served as team co-captain for the second consecutive season ... her eight points for the season included three goals and a pair of assists - giving her 38 career points (17g, 4a) in 59 career games (50 starts), heading into the 2014 season ... all of her 2013 goals and assists came against SEC competition ... ranked among team leaders in minutes played with 1,338 ... finished third on the team in shots with 27 ... scored the game-winning goal and collected an assist in 5-2 game vs. Vanderbilt (Sept. 27) ... also scored a goal and recorded an assist vs. then-No. 14 Kentucky (Oct. 20), with her season-high four shots including three on goal ... scored a goal picked up her third goal of the season in 3-1 win at Mississippi State (Oct. 25).
2012 (Sophomore) Started all 19 games at forward while wearing the captain's armband ... tied for second on the team with seven goals and added one assist for 15 points ... finished with seven points in SEC play on three goals and an assist ... recorded 33 shots, with 17 on target ... scored game-winning goal in 2-1 victory over Samford (Aug. 24) ... scored a goal in 4-0 victory at UAB (Aug. 26) ... her goal in 9-0 win at South Alabama (Aug. 31) gave her three goals in three-game stretch ... took a season-high five shots against South Alabama, putting two on goal ... scored game's first goal in 3-0 win against Mercer, giving her a goal in four straight matches (Sept. 2) ... recorded an assist while putting two shots on goal in 1-1 game at LSU (Sept. 16) ... scored Alabama's second goal in a come-from-behind road tie against Vanderbilt (Sept. 28), 3-3 ... scored opening goal in 2-1 overtime victory over Kentucky (Sept. 30) ... scored Tide's first goal in comeback against Auburn (Oct. 25).
2011 (Redshirt Freshman) Garnered SEC All-Freshman Team honors ... named to the SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll ... played in all 22 games, starting 15 ... finished as the team's leading scorer with seven goals, to go with one assist for 15 points ... fired off 42 shots, putting 24 on frame ... logged 1,643 minutes, playing 90 or more minutes on seven different occasions ... was 4-for-4 on penalty kick attempts ... played in all 11 SEC matches, making 10 starts ... logged 918 minutes against league opponents ... led the team with 11 points on five goals and one assists during league play ... had a season-high four points against Kennesaw State (Aug. 19), scoring two goals in that 7-1 win ... scored Tide's lone goal against Kentucky (Sept. 25) ... her goal in 95 minutes of action helped deliver 2-2 final at Mississippi State (Sept. 30) ... scored team's lone goal against South Carolina (Oct. 7) ... posted an assist in the 3-0 victory over Arkansas (Oct. 14) ... tallied a season-high five shots in 1-0 upset over Tennessee (Oct. 20) ... scored on a penalty kick to give Alabama a 2-2 tie against Georgia (Oct. 23) ... buried a penalty kick in 3-2 win against Auburn (Oct. 28).
2010 (Freshman) Missed the season due to injury, ultimately providing her current fifth year of eligibility.
High School and Personal Data Four-year letterwinner at Episcopal High School in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. ... tallied 99 career goals and 79 assists ... recorded 18 goals and 18 assists during her senior year ... named team MVP in 2009 ... all-state honoree in 2009 ... also lettered in track and field in 2009 ... member of 2007 state semifinalist team ... played 10 years for the Ponte Vedra Storm under Louis Torres ... member of 2009 state championship team ... helped lead Storm to the 2009 USYS National Finals and a national championship in 2012 ... played for the Region III ODP team ... daughter of David and Maureen Diederich ... graduated in December, 2013 with a psychology degree and is currently enrolled in the sports management graduate program at Alabama.