Merel Van Dongen scores game-winning tally in 86th minute
2013 (Sophomore) Earned the starting goalkeeper position early in the year and started the team's final 16 matches ... made 81 saves on the year and led the SEC with 5.06 saves per game ... in her second career start she recorded 19 saves, the third-most in a game in school history, in the overtime loss to Colorado (9/16) ... had her first career shutout vs. UAB (9/15) ... collected her first career assist vs. Vanderbilt (9/27) ... she made 10 saves at then-No.23 Ole Miss ... recorded eight saves against Texas A&M (10/18) ... also started at then-No. 20 Denver (9/8) and finished with seven stops.
2012 (Freshman) Saw action in four games in goal as a true freshman ... combined for two shutouts ... tallied six saves in 123 minutes of action ... played 24:21 against South Alabama, making one save in a winning effort (8.31) ... played 20:08 in win over Mercer, earning her second straight combined shutout (9.2) ... recorded a save against Texas A&M (10.5) ... tallied a career-high four saves against Arkansas (10.7) ... played in two conference matches, logging 78 minutes while making five saves.
High School and Personal Data Enrolled early at Alabama, after attending North Mecklenburg and Hough High School in Charlotte, N.C. ... played her club soccer on the Charlotte Soccer Academy ECNL '93, for coaches Adam Denton and Philip Poole ... also a Region III player and helped her squad reach the 2010 State Cup finals ... named to multiple All ECNL Event teams ... helped guide her high school team to state and region championships and a pair of conference titles ... named State Championship MVP and a two-time all-conference selection ... also received I-Meck Conference Player of the Year and Lake Norman Area Player of the Year ... is the daughter of Michael Rusk and Alison Rusk Shaw.