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Rachel McDowell

Class:
Junior

Hometown:
Lakewood, CO

High School:
Wheat Ridge

Height:
5-4

Position:
Midfielder


2005: Appeared in 11 games for FSU in 2005 and made one start...made her only start of the season versus The Citadel...appeared in games versus ranked teams Ole Miss, Florida, Boston College and Clemson...recorded two shots...saw most of her action on the right side of the Florida State midfield...appeared in double digit games for the third straight season.

2004: Played in 16 of the Seminoles' 20 games and made 10 starts...made eight more starts her sophomore year after starting in two games in 2003...had four points on the year on one goal and two assists...scored the first regular season goal of her career in a win versus USF... assists came in wins over Jacksonville and nationally-ranked USC...equaled her point, goal and assist total from her freshman season...recorded the first game-winning goal and game-winning assist of her career ...game-winning goal came versus USF and the assist helped FSU open the season with a perfect weekend as they downed USC 2-1...one of only six players to score a game-winner in 2004 for FSU...finished the season tied for the sixth-most points on the team, the fifth-most goals, the third-most game-winning goals, the fourth-most assists and second on the team in shot on goal percentage...also among the team leaders in shots, shots on goal and shot percentage...led the team in shot on goal percentage in non-conference games... after coming off the bench in the season opener, McDowell started seven straight games and 10 of the first 12 to open the 2004 campaign. (in the ACC) appeared in seven ACC games and started three... made starts against Virginia, Wake Forest and Virginia Tech...did not record a point or a shot in conference play.

2003: One of FSU's top reserves in the wide midfield...appeared in all 26 games as a freshman and made two starts...one of four freshmen to appear in all 26 games...registered one goal and two assists in her inaugural campaign...one of four freshmen to record a goal in 2003... put 80% of her shots on frame for the season. (in the ACC) appeared in all seven ACC games and recorded one starting assignment...made the first start of her ACC career in a huge game as she started on the road versus No. 4 Virginia... in her first ever ACC start the Seminoles took a 2-1 lead into the 85th minute of the game...took just one shot in ACC play and put it on frame...appeared in all three ACC Championship matches...had one of the most memorable moments of her soccer career when she faced off versus her big sister Mary in the two games versus National Champion UNC. (in the NCAA) appeared in four of the Tribe's five NCAA Tournament games as the team advanced to the College Cup...scored her first career goal in her first ever NCAA Tournament match...made her first-ever NCAA Tournament start vs. West Virginia in the Sweet 16...one of just three subs called upon to play in the 2003 College Cup for FSU and the only reserve to appear in the Elite Eight win over Florida. (2003 Highlights) recorded the first point of her career in a 3-0 win over UCF as she assisted on FSU's third goal...first career goal was a memorable one as she found the back of the net in her first career NCAA Tournament game, a 5-0 win over Dartmouth...made the biggest start of her career in the Sweet 16 at West Virginia and responded with one of her most dynamic games of the season.

ODP Experience: National camp invitee in 2001...member of the Region IV team in 2000 and 2001...regional pool 2000...four-year member of the Colorado state ODP team.

HIGH SCHOOL: Four-time varsity letter-winner...team captain as a senior... named 1st team all-state, 1st team all-conference and All-Colorado her senior year...1st team all-conference and assists leader as a junior...team captain and 2nd team all-conference as a sophomore... before an injury ended her freshman season, McDowell was her high school's leading goal scorer...a three-sport star, McDowell excels in cross country and track as well as soccer...four-time varsity letterwinner in cross country...Outstanding Junior and Senior Athlete Award, four-time state qualifier and 2nd team All-Conference as a senior...member of league champions as a sophomore...USA Indoor Track competitor in 2001 and 2002... two-time state qualifier in the 4x800m... state qualifier in the 800m and 4x800m League Relay Champion as a junior.

CLUB: Member of Colorado Rush, which became the Colorado Girls Soccer Academy, from 1997-2001...team captain in 1996, 1997, 1998 and 2001...state champions 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001 and 2002.

ACADEMIC: Academic Lettermen 2000-2002...four-year honor roll student ...2000 inductee of the National Honor Society...Link Leader 2002-2003...Silver Medal Academic Honoree...Outstanding Student-Athlete 2000-2002...honors and AP coursework in English, history and biology.

PERSONAL: Sister of Mary McDowell who played at North Carolina and Rebekah McDowell who was with the Boston Breakers of the WUSA...two-time member of ACC Academic Honor Roll...major is communication studies.

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