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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



10/02/2014

The Battle Plan

Reflecting on the Value of an Open Date While Getting Ready for Ole Miss

08/29/2014

Soccer Blows Past Austin Peay, 5-0

Merel van Dongen records a goal and an assist in victory

08/24/2014

Memphis Stuns Alabama With 2-1 Come-From-Behind Victory

Crimson Tide falls to 1-1 on the young season

08/16/2014

Alabama Defeats Mississippi State, 2-0, in Exhibition Action

Tide outshoots Bulldogs, 16-9, on the night

10/01/2013

Merel Van Dongen Suffers Season-Ending Injury

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

08/22/2013

One-on-One with Merel Van Dongen

One-on-One with Merel Van Dongen

2014 (Senior)
Selected to the CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-American team and All-District 4 First Team ... member of the All-SEC second team ... broke the school record for most assists in a season with 10 ... those 10 assists ranked her third in the SEC ... every time the ball was at her feet, van Dongen provided a spark to help the Alabama offense ... on most offensive possessions, she was a key distributor and gave direction to the Tide offense ... she took the majority of free kicks and corner kicks for Alabama ... member of the All-SEC second team ... accumulated 16 points over the 2014 season, ranking third on the team ... was among team leaders in shots (42) ... she collected six points in a five-game span, from Sept. 12 vs. UAB to Sept. 28 at Vanderbilt ... in the win vs. then-No. 22 Georgia (Oct. 24) her assist set up the first goal of the game ... that goal helpded Alabama to a 2-0 victory and earned them a spot in the SEC tournament ... scored the first goal and recorded an assist in the 5-0 vs Austin Peay (Aug. 29) ... scored a goal in a 3-2 victory at LSU (Oct. 9) ... that goal helped send Alabama to overtime, during the Tide's first nationally-televised game of the season ... had two assists in a 8-0 victory against Alabama State (Sept. 21) ... collected the game-winning assist in a 1-0 double-overtime victory at Tennessee (Sept. 26) ... had the game-winning assist in a 1-0 win vs. Vanderbilt (Sep. 28) ... that assist helped Alabama collect back-to-back road victories for the second time in school history ... in the SEC tournament, van Dongen's corner kick led to an Ally Ocon goal ... that assist helped van Dongen move two aheadof the previous record for most assists in a season.

2013 (Sophomore)
Played and started in the first six games of the season ... suffered a season-ending leg injury while training with the Dutch national team for a World Cup qualifying match vs. Albania ... finished season with four goals and eight points, which tied for second on the team ... scored two goals in 2-1 win vs. Georgia State (Aug. 30), including the game-winner in overtime ... scored the game-winning goal vs. UAB, 1-0 ... also scored vs. Mercer (Sept. 1) ... named to the SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll ... member of the Netherlands National Team that competed at the European Championship during the summer of 2013.

2012 (Freshman)
Named SEC Freshman of the Year and earned a spot on the Southeastern Conference First Year Academic Honor Roll ... 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 (two via penalty kicks) and three assists ... recorded first goal in loss against Maryland (Sept. 6) ... took four shots, one on target, in 2-1 win over Samford (Aug. 24) ... recorded an assist against Tennessee (Sept. 14) ... assisted on both goals, including overtime game-winner, in 2-1 game at Kentucky (Sept. 30) ... took four shots, with two on goal, in 1-1 game at LSU (Sept. 16) ... recorded a season-high six shots against the Tigers, three on frame ... scored Alabama's lone goal, on a penalty kick, in loss to Arkansas (Oct. 7) ... recorded four shots against the Razorbacks, including two on frame ... took five shots against Missouri (Oct. 14) ... scored on a penalty kick against Auburn (Oct. 25).

High School and Personal Data
Amsterdam native who played for the same club team (ADO Den Haag) and under-19 national team as Alabama classmate Pia Rijsdijk ... made nine appearances for ADO in 2011, scoring two goals in 340 minutes of action ... scored four goals with Dutch Under-19 National Team, in 15 appearances from 2010-12 ... 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, earning an invitation to play with the Under-16 National Team but opting to focus on soccer ... studied at Fons Vitae Lyceum Amsterdam ... majoring in psychology with a minor in consumer sciences ... daughter of Ad van Dongen and Annemieke Vermaas.

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