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#16 Shira Averbuch
Position: Midfielder
Height: 5'10"
Year: Junior
Hometown: Upper Montclair, NJ
High School: Montclair

At Stanford: Outstanding playmaking ability ... superior skill ... tactically strong player.

As a Junior in 2010: Played in 10 matches, all as a reserve ... played a season-high 46 minutes in 4-0 victory over Pacific (Sept. 12) ... took three shots against Washington State (Oct. 15) ... took five shots, two on goal ... served mostly as a backup to Teresa Noyola in attacking midfield role.

As a Sophomore in 2009: Played in seven matches, all as a reserve ... played season-high 40 minutes against Wisconsin (Sept. 20), taking season-high three shots and forcing one save.

As a Freshman in 2008: Played in 18 matches, all as a reserve ... earned her first career assist on Kristin Stannard's goal against UNC Greensboro (Sept. 14) ... took nine shots, four on goal.

National Team Experience: Played with the U.S. U-16 and U-17 squads from 2005-2007 ... first entered the U.S. system with the U-15 National Development Program.

High School/Club: A 2008 graduate of Montclair (N.J.) High School, where she was a four-year letterwinner ... scored 62 goals and had 45 assists during her high school career ... a two-time NSCAA All-American ... team captain and MVP, and all-New Jersey first-team selection in 2007 ... first team Northern New Jersey Interscholastic League All-Conference selection and All-Essex County player all four years ... a two-time Essex County Player of the Year (2006, 2007) ... played club for Arsenal World Class ... club team advanced to USYSA National Cup in 2007.

Personal: Daughter of Paul Friedman and Gloria Averbuch ... older sister, Yael, played soccer at North Carolina and now plays for the Western New York Flash of Women's Professional Soccer, as well as for the U.S. national team ... father set the still-standing Rutgers University 10,000-meter record (29:20.8) at the 1980 Penn Relays and twice ran in the Olympic marathon trials ... majoring in psychology.

Career Statistics:

YearGP-GSShotsGoalsAssistsPoints
200818-09022
20097-04000
201010-05000
Totals35-018022
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