Head Coach John Ross and goalkeeper Amy Carr talk about the Huskies fall camp and look ahead to their exhibition match with Valparaiso Friday August 16 versus Valparaiso.
2015 SEASON: Played in eight games and started five contests at right back...attempted five shots with two on goal. 2014 SEASON: Played in 19 games for the Huskies, starting the first eight games of the season at center back before moving to a more attacking role in her other four starts...The most versatile player on the team, having played at defender, midfielder and forward in 2014...tallied four points...recorded two assists: one against Chicago State (Sept. 12) and the other against Ohio (Oct. 5)...scored a beautiful chipped goal in the 2-0 win against Ohio, altering the game as a reserve forward in NIU's 2-0 win...named to the Academic All-MAC Team.
2013 SEASON: Appeared in 17 games for the Huskies ... Played a total of 542 minutes ... Scored three goals on the season, translating to six points ... Recorded 10 shot attempts, seven on goal ... Scored in the season opener against Eastern Illinois (Aug. 25) ... Scored twice to force a draw against Ball State (Oct. 20). The second goal came with just 10 minutes left in regulation.
CENTER POINT-URBANA HIGH SCHOOL: Nine-time varsity letter winner, earning four in soccer, three in basketball and two in softball ... Two-year soccer captain ... All-area soccer player and three time all-conference player ... Twice named team MVP ... Soccer team was a Class 1A semi-finalist senior year and qualified for the state tournament in both sophomore and junior seasons ... Notched 25 goals in senior year to end her career at the high school with 76 goals, the most in school history ... Amassed 32 goals and six assists in junior year, setting the school-record for goals in a season in first season in attacking role ... Scored 19 goals and eight assists in defensive role during freshman and sophomore seasons.
CLUB/ODP: Played for Cedar Valley Soccer Association ... State Cup Champions in 2011 and 2012, runners-up in 2013 ... Region II championship qualifier ... Coached by Alen Kudomovic.
PERSONAL/MISCELLANEOUS: Born March 10, 1995 ... Daughter of Ann and Andy ... Father, Andy, was a tight end for the Huskies in 1984-85 ... Intends to major in speech/language pathology ... Involved with the National Youth Leadership Council ... Also a member of the Art Club, Student Council, Storm Troopers and Fellowship of Christian Athletes ... Volunteered at local elementary school ... Enjoys reading in her spare time ... Lists Michelle Akers as an athlete she admires because "she was a great leader and soccer player while battling health issues."
COACH ROSS ON WOOLDRIDGE: "Jess is very athletic and has a ton of potential. She is a basketball player as well. Her father played football here at NIU and we are excited to have an alumni's daughter into the program. She knows a lot about NIU and I think she will have a strong career here.