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3   Teresa Rivera
Teresa Rivera

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Parkland, FL

High School:
Marjory Stoneman Douglas

Height:
5-4

Position:
Defender


2005: Had the best season of a career that has seen her play in 89 games and make 69 starts...Rivera came into the season with five career assists and seven points, this year she has surpassed her career total for assists (six) and was just one point away from equaling her career total in that category as well...her six assists are the fifth-most on the team...recorded assists in back-to-back games twice this season...tied for second with three game-winning assists...three game-winning assists in a single season ranks as the third-most in school history...now has five career game-winning assists, sixth-most in program history...her two assists in the season finale versus Clemson gave her the first multi-assist game of her career and just the second multi-point game ever...started all 25 games as FSU's right back in 2005...part of a defense that has allowed the fewest regular season goals in team history and set the record for shutouts with 11...she and the FSU backline have allowed an average of 0.73 goals per game and are attempting to become the first group in FSU history to allow less than a goal per game...Rivera and the defense allowed just five goals in 10 non-conference games...allowed just three opponents all season to score more than one goal the previous record in that category was five...FSU's defense allowed just 205 shots this season, 14 shots ahead of the single season record for shots allowed set in 1996. NCAA: Started all five NCAA Tournament games that gave her nine career postseason starts...played all 470 minutes...she and the defense allowed just three goals leading up to the College Cup and recorded the fifth postseason shutout in NCAA Tournament play.

2004: Appeared in all 20 of the Seminoles' games in 2004 and made 17 starts... spent most of the regular season in the back before making her first-ever start in the midfield during the last regular season game of the year and the ACC quarterfinal match versus Clemson ...returned to her accustomed role in the NCAA Tournament as she started in the middle of the FSU defense versus Boston College...recorded the first goal of her career in 2005 along with one assist, which upped her career total to five ...goal came versus Clemson in the ACC Tournament. Her goal came less than four minutes after half and helped FSU come back from a 2-0 deficit and eventually tie the game... her assist came in a 2-0 win over USF...spent most of the year as FSU's left back where she and her defensive mates finished off a second consecutive record-setting season...the Tribe allowed just 21 goals, which shattered the school record...the team's 1.02 GAA was the lowest in team history as well...no defense in FSU history has ever allowed fewer goals in a two-season span than the 2003-2004 FSU defense. (in the ACC) played in all nine ACC games and started in seven...the Tribe had the second best season in team history when it came to goals allowed in ACC play in 2004...the FSU defense allowed just 11 goals in nine games for a GAA of 1.19 in conference compe-tition. (in the ACC Tournament) recorded her first career goal in the ACC Tournament quarterfinals versus Clemson...scored the goal on her only shot of the game starting FSU's comeback from a 2-0 deficit...the points were the first of Rivera's career in the ACC Tournament...also the first goal of her career against an ACC team. (in the NCAA Tournament): started the Tribe's game versus BC as a center back...it was the junior's fifth start in the NCAA Tournament.

2003: Started 16 of 24 games for FSU in the backline...started the first five games as the Tribe's center back before moving out wide to replace senior Kristin Boyce when she fractured her ankle...after her move out wide, FSU closed the regular season with three straight shutouts before a 1-0 loss to Carolina...anchored the left side of the backline as FSU went through the NCAA Tournament and into the 2003 College Cup...Rivera helped FSU set a school record with nine shutouts, set a school record with four ACC shutouts and a school record with four consecutive ACC shutouts...Rivera and the FSU defense recorded the only shutout at the 2003 ACC Championships...set new career highs for points (3) and assists (3). (in the ACC) played in five of the Seminoles' seven conference games and made three starts...a key part of a Seminole defense that allowed the fewest goals ever in a single season and the fewest ACC goals ever in a single season...in the five conference games she appeared in, the Tribe allowed just one goal and that came in the season finale versus consensus No. 1 North Carolina...recorded her first point ever in ACC play when she assisted on the Tribe's third goal in a 3-0 win over Duke. (in the NCAA) started four of Florida State's five NCAA Tournament matches...recorded her first ever NCAA Tournament point versus Dartmouth...she and her defensive teammates recorded the third shutout in NCAA Tournament history for Florida State and allowed just one goal in over 237 minutes in the first two and a half games.

2002: One of FSU's top freshman...her 12 starts were the second most among all Seminole freshmen and she was third amongst newcomers with 21 appearances...the only freshman to start on opening day...filled in admirably for 2001 first team freshman All-American Katie Beal as she recovered from an early season illness...played a key role in an FSU defense that allowed the third fewest goals in team history...Rivera was a weapon on free kicks and corner kicks all season. (in the ACC) appeared in six conference games and made five starts... from her spot in the center of the FSU defense, she and her defensive teammates held ACC opponents to the second-fewest goals in team history...in three of FSU's seven ACC games, the defense held the opponent to one goal or less. (in the NCAA) saw action in all three of FSU's NCAA Tournament games...a key contri-butor to an FSU defense that had an unprecedented run through the NCAA's...the Seminole defense opened the tournament with a shutout for the second straight season and went on to allow just two goals in three games. High School: One of Florida's best... named 2002 Gatorade Player of the Year in Florida...Student Sports Magazine first team All-American...scored 36 career goals and recorded 44 career assists despite playing at sweeper her junior and senior seasons...a four-year starter and senior captain...led her team to the regional championship as a senior and into the regional semifinals as a sophomore and junior...helped lead the Eagles to nine consec-utive district and regional championships and was named 2001 Defensive MVP...as a senior, Rivera was named to the BCAA All-Star team, the FACA South team, a FASCA All-Star and to the Top 22 Elite of Florida...a two-time first team Miami Herald and Ft. Lauderdale Sun Sentinel All-Broward County selection...named Rookie of the Year in 1998.

ODP Experience: Played with the Region III ODP team from 2000-2002...attended Region III camp from 1998-2001...played with the Florida State ODP team from 1998-2001.

Club: Captained Team Boca for four years and won the Florida State Cup from 1998-2001...played in the Region III tournament from 1999-2001 including the 2000 regional semifinals...attended 2001 adidas ESP Camp.

Personal: Sister played soccer at East Carolina...major is recreation and leisure.

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