Villanova finishes the 2011 season with an 8-9-2 record, 4-7 BIG EAST mark
Katie Ryan scored 12th goal of the season for Villanova in the 62nd minute
Villanova 1, Cincinnati 0
On Ryan: Shifts from defense to forward this season to give the Villanova front line a great deal of speed ... One of the quickest players on the team ... Will provide the Wildcats attack with a great deal of offensive chances ... Excellent all-around athlete.
Awards: JMU/Comfort Inn Harrisonburg Invitational All-Tournament Team (Aug. 27/29, 2010).
Career: Has appeared in 45 games with 42 starts ... The defense has registered 12 shutouts in her 42 starts and 13 overall in the games she has played in ... Also has two assists on the offensive end while attempting four shots and putting one shot on goal (.250 shot-on-goal percentage).
Big East Regular Season: Has started all 25 regular season conference games she has played in ... The Wildcats have shut out their opponent in 10 of those 25 games ... Has three shots and one shot on goal (.333 shot-on-goal percentage).
Big East Championship: Played every minute of games against Connecticut (first round) and Marquette (quarterfinals) in the 2009 conference tournament, when the Wildcats surrendered just one goal in each game.
NCAA Tournament: Made her NCAA Tournament debut against Washington State in the first round of the 2009 tournament ... Villanova allowed just three shots on goal in the game.
2010: Appeared in 14 games, all starts, while missing time with an injury during parts of the season ... Was a key part of the team's defense and helped Villanova post a pair of shutouts in the games she played in ... Named to the All-Tournament Team at the JMU/Comfort Inn Harrisonburg Invitational ... Dished out an assist on the first goal in a 3-2 win over Wake Forest ... Attempted three shots and had one shot on goal (.333 shot-on-goal percentage); BIG EAST: Started six conference games along the back line ... Villanova allowed just over seven shots on goal per game in those six contests and posted one shutout in a 1-0 win over Rutgers.
2009: Started all 14 games she played in, while missing eight games during the middle part of the schedule due to an injury ... Villanova posted five of its seven shutouts in her 14 games played and allowed just 11 goals total in those contests ... The defense surrendered more than one goal just twice in her 14 games; BIG EAST: Started all eight conference games she played in, during which the Wildcats posted all four of their shutouts versus league opponents ... After missing the first three conference games while recovering from an injury, returned to play 44 minutes against Connecticut before then playing every second of the final 10 games of the season; BIG EAST CHAMPIONSHIP: Helped the Villanova defense allow just one goal in games against Connecticut in the first round and at Marquette in the quarterfinal round of the conference tournament; NCAA TOURNAMENT: Played all 90 minutes in the first round of the NCAA Tournament against Washington State, helping the Wildcats allow just three shots on goal to the Cougars.
2008: Played in 17 games with 14 starts ... Made her collegiate debut in season's third game, entered the starting lineup three games later and remained there for the rest of the season ... Played both outside back positions, helping a Villanova defense that posted seven shutouts and allowed an average of just over six shots on goal per game ... Registered one assist on game-winning goal at Vermont in championship game of TD Banknorth Classic; BIG EAST: Started all 11 regular season conference games and was third on the team in minutes played ... Villanova posted five shutouts and held opposing teams to just 6.7 shots on goal per contest.
Club Team and ODP Experience: Won a USYSA Region 1 regional championship and advanced to national championships with F.C. Delco U-19 team in summer 2009.
Gwynedd Mercy Academy: Earned four varsity letters in both soccer and track and received two letters in basketball ... Named to the all-state soccer team in 2006 and was a two-time league MVP in both 2006 and 2007 ... Four-time all-conference selection, three-time team MVP and two-time Philadelphia Inquirer first team honoree ... First team Southeastern Pennsylvania in 2006 and 2007 the 2008 Gwynedd Mercy Senior Athlete of the Year ... Led her team in scoring all four seasons and was a senior team captain ... Had single-season highs of 19 goals and 18 assists during her career and holds her school's all-time record with career marks of 59 goals and 74 assists ... As a track runner achieved all-state status three times and was a state champion in the 4x800 meter relay in both 2006 and 2008 ... Earned first team recognition in 2008 from the Philadelphia Inquirer ... Gwynedd Mercy won a state championship in 2006 ... Winner of five PIAA State Medals and nine PA District Medals ... Two-time team MVP and senior team captain ... Holds school records in the 200 meter dash (25.6 seconds, personal best) and 4x800 meter relay (9:04.35, personal best split of 2:13) ... In basketball was the MVP of the Lower Merion Classic in 2007 and was a team captain that year ... Earned `Academic Honors' in 2004 and 2005 and Accounting Honors in 2007.
Personal: Born 4/3/90 in Bryn Mawr, Pa. ... Youngest of four children of Michael and Andrea Ryan ... Siblings are Kieran (28), Terence (26) and Maura (22) ... Kieran played soccer at Mount St. Mary's from 2000-04 and was a midfielder ... Maura also played soccer and was a defender at Penn State, while also running on the cross country and track teams ... Majoring in Marketing.