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Kayce Blandford

Player Profile
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Columbia, Md.

High School:
Notre Dame Prep

Height:
5-7

Position:
Defense

Birthdate:
06/07/1986

On Blandford: Starting right-side defender who plays an important offensive role ... Takes a majority of the team's corner kicks and can create attack opportunities even from the back line ... Excellent technical player with a good air presence ... Has the potential to be a goal scorer ... Terrific soccer mind ... Dynamic defensive player.

2006: Started all 21 games she played in as the right-side defender ... Key contributor for her ability to stabilize the defense while playing an offensive role as well ... Took nearly all of the team's corner kicks and led the squad with eight assists, including two in an NCAA Tournament first round win over Toledo ... Assisted on the game-winning goal in season opener against La Salle and a win over Hartford ... As a defensive presence helped lead a unit that surrendered just 11 goals on the season ... Villanova tallied 11 shutouts and allowed the opposition an average of fewer than five shots on goal per game.

2005: Had a breakout season playing as a defensive midfielder ... Displayed the strong defensive skills that enabled her to start as a freshman, while showcasing improved offensive abilities ... Big East Defensive Player of the Week for the week of September 19-25 ... Also was named to the Soccer Buzz Elite Feet Team of the Week for the same period ... Started 18 of 19 games played and was one of the leading figures on a defense that registered seven shutouts ... Also tied for third on the team with six points scored ... Tallied two goals and dished out two assists ... Scored her first collegiate goal to beat Rutgers 1-0 ... Registered a goal and an assist in a 3-2 overtime win against Louisville ... Contributed an assist in a 4-2 loss to West Virginia ... Started nine of 10 Big East games ... Played 1,316 minutes on the season.

2004: Developed into a key figure on a strong Villanova defense ... Played in 21 games with 19 starts ... Helped the Wildcats limit opponents to a 0.70 goals-against average ... Villanova surrendered just 16 goals in 22 games ... Also registered two assists on the season ... Notched her first collegiate point with an assist in a 2-0 victory over Towson on Sept. 19 ... Assisted on the game-winning goal in a 1-0 victory at No. 9 West Virginia on Sept. 24.

Notre Dame Prep: Three-time All-State, All-County and All-League performer ... Led Notre Dame Prep to an IAMM Championship.

Club Team and ODP Experience: Member of the Bethesda Dragons club team ... Led the squad to six Maryland state titles and two regional championships ... Six-year member of the regional pool ... Played on the regional European tour team and the Adidas All-Star European tour squad ... Selected to the 2004 U-19 Regional I Pool along with Wildcat teammates Erin Hardiman and Stacia Hartung.

Personal: Born 6/7/86 ... First name is Elizabeth ... Kayce is her middle name ... Youngest of three daughters of Charles and Barbara Blandford ... Father played football at the University of Virginia ... Majoring in Business.

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