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#4 Alina Garciamendez
Position: Diving
Height: 5'8"
Year: Senior
Hometown: Fairview, Texas
High School: Ursuline Academy
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At Stanford: Started every match since she arrived as a freshman ... became team captain as a sophomore ... outstanding technical skills.

As a Senior in 2012: Third-year team captain ... started a school record 102 matches -- every match of her career ... earned first-team NSCAA All-America honors for the first time ... also named to Soccer America MVP's first team ... TopDrawerSoccer.com Team of the Season first team ...vital to Stanford's 94-4-4 record, four College Cups and four conference titles during her collegiate career ... earned All-Pac-12 first-team honors forsecond time ... NSCAA All-Pacific Region first team ... four-year all-conference selection ... tied for third on the team in goals, with a career-high six ... scored an overtime winner at USC, with her foot in the 103rd minute for a 1-0 victory (Oct. 26) ... scored on a 20-yard shot in the 89th minute to beat visiting Boston University, 1-0 (Sept. 7) ... Missouri Athletic Club Hermann Trophy semifinalist ... twice named to CS360 Primetime Performers Weekly Honor Roll ... Stanford/Muscle Milk Athlete of the Week winner on Sept. 11 ... allocated to the Washington Spirit of the National Women's Soccer League on Jan. 11, 2013 ... contributed to 58 shutouts during her collegiate career ... Stanford earned shutouts in 57 percent ofits matches with Garciamendez in lineup.

As a Junior in 2011: Named to Soccer America MVPs second team ... NSCAA All-Pacific Region first team ... All-Pac-12 first team ... NCAA College Cup All-Tournament Team ... Soccer America Preseason All-American ... Our Game Magazine NCAA Players to Watch (Sept. 12) ... weekly honors: Collegesoccer360.com Primetime Player of the Week (Oct. 10), Top Drawer Soccer Team of the Week (Oct. 10), Top Drawer Soccer Team of the Week (Nov. 21), Our Game Magazine NCAA Second Round/Round of 16 Team of the Week (Nov. 22) ... contributed to 18 shutouts and a team goals-against average of 0.34 from her central defender position ... scored on a header for Stanford's final goal in 3-0 NCAA semifinal victory over Florida State, on a long pass from Madeleine Thompson ... played alongside Kendall Romine, her third partner in central defense in as many years, following Courtney Verloo in 2010 and Alicia Jenkins in 2009.

As a Sophomore in 2010: Named to Top Drawer Soccer's Team of the Season third team ... received All-Pac-10 honorable mention ... has started every match in the central defense since arriving at Stanford ... scored first collegiate goal against Santa Clara in the second round of the NCAA tournament (Nov. 14) on a header at the far post off Lindsay Taylor's corner kick in the 49th minute ... the goal gave Stanford a 2-0 lead and proved to be the winner in a 2-1 victory ... nearly scored on a second-half header in NCAA final against Notre Dame ... foundation of a defense that allowed 0.45 goals per match and had 15 shutouts.

As a Freshman in 2009: Stepped in immediately in the central defense, starting every match ... teamed with Alicia Jenkins in the middle to replace graduated standouts Allison Falk and Marisa Abegg ... vital part of a defense that allowed only 0.58 goals per match and totaled 14 shutouts ... named to the Soccer America All-Freshman and Top Drawer Soccer All-Rookie first teams ... selected to the All-Pac-10 second team and Pac-10 All-Freshman team ... named among CollegeSoccer360.com's Primetime Performers of the Week on Oct. 20 following Stanford's shutouts of USC and UCLA.

National Team Experience: A member of the Mexican national team ... started in the 2011 Women's World Cup ... started on the Mexico side that reached the semifinals of the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament on Jan. 24, 2012,, but fell one victory short of a berth in the London Games ... traveled back and forth between Stanford and Cancun, Mexico, in early November, 2010, when the CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying Tournament was taking place ... she didn't miss any Stanford matches and played twice for Mexico, which finished second and qualified for the 2011 Women's World Cup ... first joined the full Mexican national team in December, 2009, leaving immediately after Stanford's NCAA championship match against North Carolina, for a trip to Brazil ... started twice against the United States, in San Diego (March 28, 2010) and Salt Lake City (March 31, 2010) ... captain of the Mexico team at the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Germany ... scored on a short-range volley against Nigeria, in the 78th minute, to tie the match 1-1, allowing Mexico to win its group and advance to the knockout stages ... captained the Mexico team that finished second in the eight-team U-20 CONCACAF Championship in Guatemala City, Guatemala ... headed in a corner kick in extra time of a 2-1 loss to the U.S. in the final match of group play ... a member of the Mexico national team system since February 2008, under coach Leonardo Cuellar, the former Mexican star who played for the San Jose Earthquakes from 1982-84 ... scored two goals at the U-17 CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying Tournament in Trinidad and Tobago in July, 2008 ... played two matches at forward for Mexico at the 2008 FIFA under-20 Women's World Cup in Chile ... participated in the United States U-15 and U-16 camps, in 2006, but fell off the U.S. national team radar after an injury.

High School/Club: A 2009 graduate of Ursuline Academy of Dallas, Texas ... selected as the 2009 Gatorade Texas Player of the Year .... led Ursuline to four consecutive Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools Division I championships, extending the school's streak to 19 consecutive titles ... selected as the Dallas Morning News 2009 All-Area Player of the Year ... three-time TAPPS District 1-5A Player of the Year ... scored eight goals and had 12 assists as a senior midfielder, completing her fourth season as a starter and second as a captain ... also participated in track and field ... won a national club championship with Dallas Texans Red 91 in 2008 and reached the finals in 2007 ... won three Region III championships and four North Texas State Cup titles ... rated as the 34th-best college prospect in the class of 2009 by ESPN Rise.

Personal: Daughter of Edsel Garciamendez-Budar and Lisi Rowold-Garciamendez ... older brother, Erik, was a goalkeeper at Georgetown University ... younger brother, Kristian, is a sophomore defender at Davidson College ... born in Los Gatos, Calif. ... majoring in biology ... with her brother, has collected clothes, especially old cleats, for underprivileged children in Mexico City.

Garciamendez's career statistics:

YearGP-GSShotsGoalsAssistsPoints
200926-269000
201026-2620113
201126-2623135
201224-24176113
Totals102-102698521
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