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Merel Van Dongen
Merel Van Dongen

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Amsterdam, Netherlands

High School:
Fons Vitae Lyceum Amsterdam

Height:
5-8

Position:
Midfielder

Experience:
2L



10/01/2013

Merel Van Dongen Suffers Season-Ending Injury

Crimson Tide leading scorer injured leg while playing for Netherlands National Team

09/15/2013

Late Goal Lifts Alabama Soccer Team Past UAB, 1-0

Merel Van Dongen scores game-winning tally in 86th minute

07/17/2013

Entire Freshman Class Named To SEC First-Year Honor Roll

07/16/2013

87 Alabama Student-Athletes Earn Place on SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll

The Crimson Tide's total ranks second in the conference this season

07/02/2013

Van Dongen To Play For Netherlands At Euro Championships

Rising sophomore tabbed to the 23-person Dutch National Team

08/22/2013

One-on-One with Merel Van Dongen

One-on-One with Merel Van Dongen

2013 (Sophomore)
Suffered a season-ending leg injury while training with the Dutch national team for a World Cup qaulifying match vs. Albania ... finished season with four goals and eight points, which tied for second on the team... scored two goals vs. Georgia State (8/30), including the game winner in overtime ... scored the game-winning goal vs. UAB ... also scored a goal vs. Mercer (9/1).

Member of the Netherlands National Team that competed at the European Championships during the summer of 2013.

2012 (Freshman)
Named SEC Freshman of the Year and named to the SEC All-Freshman Team ... started all 19 games in her first season at Alabama ... took 48 shots, with 19 on goal ... tallied seven points on two goals and three assists in conference play ... finished season with nine points on three goals and three assists ... recorded first career goal in loss against Maryland (9.6) ... took four shots, with one on target, in win over Samford (8.24) ... had two shots on target in season opener against Kennesaw State (8.17) ... recorded an assist against Tennessee (9.14) ... tallied four shots, with two on goal, against LSU (9.16) ... took one shot in win over Georgia, putting it on target (9.21) ... recorded three shots against Mississippi (9.23) ... took two shots, with one on goal, in tie against Vanderbilt (9.28) ... assisted on both goals, including overtime game-winner, in win over Kentucky (9.30) ... tallied a shot on goal against A&M (10.5) ... scored Alabama's lone goal in loss to Arkansas on a penalty kick (10.7) ... recorded four shots against the Razorbacks, including two on frame ... took five shots against Missouri (10.14) ... scored on a penalty kick against Auburn (10.25) ... tallied a career-high six shots against the Tigers, with three on frame.

High School and Personal Data
Amsterdam native who has played for the same club team (ADO Den Haag) and under-19 national team as current Alabama sophomore Pia Rijsdijk ... made nine appearances for ADO this past season, scoring two goals in 340 minutes of action ... has scored four goals with Dutch U-19 national team, in 15 appearances over the past three years ... since making the u-15 squad at 14 years old, she has played 53 games for her country ... led her u-15 region squad to two national championships ... helped lead u-19 Netherlands squad to a semifinal appearance at the 2010 European Championships in Macedonia and a top-8 finish in Italy (2011) ... twin sister Sanne and older sister Tessel are accomplished basketball players in the Dutch youth national team system ... also was a standout basketball player, getting invited to play with the under-16 national team but opting to focus on soccer ... studied at Fons Vitae Lyceum Amsterdam ... plans to major in psychology ... is the daughter of Ad van Dongen and Annemieke Vermaas.

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