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Mandy Laddish

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My Favorite Olympic Moment

Midfielder Morgan Brian:
“My favorite moment was seeing all of them up on the podium getting their gold medals. That gave me chills. At that moment, I was thinking about how long and hard they worked to get there and with us a few weeks away from our World Cup, it was really inspiring to me. It was awesome to see all that work pay off.”

Defender Julie Johnston:
“It had to be Carli Lloyd coming off the bench in the first game and making a HUGE difference. You have to respect someone who was a starter and scored the winning goal in the gold medal game in 2008 and then was given a reserve role. It’s awesome when you are ready anytime to come off the bench and help your team and not just play, but make a tremendous difference. You go girl!”

Forward Becca Wann:
“For me, it was probably Abby’s goal when they were down 2-0 against France. It sparked the comeback. She’s a leader on the team and that goal instilled the confidence that they could come back. And then they did just that and got the dub!”

Midfielder Sarah Killion:
“Just the Canada game overall was inspiring to me. Seeing the team being able to come back from being down a goal three times in one game was outstanding. We always look up to the full team and our U.S. women’s teams have always represented the attitude of not giving up and that game was a perfect picture of that. No matter what goes wrong in a game, we’ll never give up and we’ll always keep fighting for a goal.”

Midfielder Samantha Mewis:
“For me, it was when Sydney Leroux scored against New Zealand and just seeing how excited she was, it made me just as excited for her. I got to play one year with Syd in college (at UCLA) and seeing her succeed at such a high level was really inspiring. If I had to describe her facial expression, it would be pure shock and joy.”

Midfielder Kealia Ohai:
“I just loved watching Megan Rapinoe in the Canada game. She kept our team alive. Who scores off a corner kick? Megan Rapinoe. Who shoots with no space through traffic off the post and in? Megan Rapinoe. Twice when Canada thought they were about to take over the game she answered back with a moment of brilliance. It wasn’t just her goals, it was her entire performance. As a winger, that’s how I aspire to impact a game.”

Defender Cari Roccaro:
“I’m huge a Carli Lloyd fan. I liked her first goal in the final, but the second was mind-blowing. I knew it was going to go in as soon as she started dribbling and I’m not just saying that. I knew it, I knew it, I knew it! And when it did go in, I just got really happy for her. When that ball flew into the corner of the goal, I knew we were going to win. I was hoping she would get the hat trick, but two was enough!”

Goalkeeper Bryane Heaberlin:
“Hope Solo made some great saves in the tournament, but my favorite moment was actually her punch in the final when she went through Rachel Buehler and the Japanese player. She got the ball out of danger and that was the most important thing. Hope Solo is a force to be reckoned with. That makes opponents second-guess if they want to go hard for a ball in the box again.”

Midfielder Mandy Laddish:
“I think one of my favorite parts of the Olympics was just the way we played in the final. You could tell that the team wasn’t dwelling on the World Cup, but that they also had something to prove. Japan played a tremendous game, but we never looked nervous and had amazing focus and tenacity. It was awesome to watch two great teams play that well in a world final and even better for our team to come out on top.”


A member of the team that won the 2012 CONCACAF Under-20 Women’s Championship and earned a berth to the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Japan … Played in three games and totaled 137 minutes in the qualifying tournament … Has 12 career U-20 caps heading into the Women’s World Cup … Part of the U.S. U-18 team from 2009-2010 ... Saw first action with the U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team in 2008 and earned herself a spot on the Women’s World Cup Team that year … One of four players to make the final U-17 WWC roster that was not a part of the CONCACAF qualifying squad … One of just three players uncapped at the U-17 level heading into the Women’s World Cup, she played in two matches in New Zealand against Japan and Paraguay for her only two U-17 caps.

Full name is Amanda Christine Laddish … Is a marketing major enrolled in Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business … Member of LSHS Principal's Honor Roll (2006-09) ... Twice earned Academic Letters (2007, 2009) ... Has participated in local Susan G. Komen For The Cure walk (to benefit breast cancer research and awareness) for five years ... Enjoys reading, painting, and hanging out with friends ... Favorite foods are steak and anything with chocolate ... Likes squirrels ... Favorite movie is “How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days” ... Watches Revenge, Pretty Little Liars, and Modern Family on TV … The resident nail artist for the U.S. U-20s, she specializes in various colorful and creative designs for her teammates, mostly with a patriotic theme.

As a sophomore, she started all 21 games for the Fighting Irish and scored one goal with seven assists … In her first year, she was named to the Soccer America Freshman All-America Team and the Big East All-Freshman Team ... Also named to the NCAA College Cup All-Tournament Team ... Started all 25 matches during Notre Dame's third national championship season (one of only 26 players in school history to start every game of their freshman season, including just six since 1999) ... Ranked fifth on team (fourth among field players and first among freshmen) with 2,158 minutes played ... Score two goals and had one assist … Played at least 77 minutes in all six NCAA Championship matches, moving primarily into attacking midfield spot, and went the distance in final three matches of NCAA tournament ... Was a hero in NCAA College Cup semifinal win over #17 Ohio State scoring lone goal of match at 82:22 following a 40-yard run from midfield and culminating with 20-yard strike into upper left corner of net … Attended Lees Summit High School and was a Parade All-American for the Tigers as a senior ... An NSCAA All-American as a senior ... ESPN Rise Second-Team All-American as a senior ... All-State selection as a junior and senior ... Kansas City All-Metro and All-District honoree as a senior ... Holds school records for assists in one season and full career ...  Score 24 goals and 16 assists in 2009 and scored 12 goals with a school-record 24 assists in 2008 ... Helped LSHS to 2008 conference title and 2009 district crown... Club: Played for the Blue Valley Stars Mallorca from U-15 to U-19 ... Played for the Dynamos from U-14 to U-15 ... Played for the Pink Panthers from U-8 to U-13 ... Runner-up in regionals in 2009.

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