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Michelle Enyeart

U.S. Under-23 Women's National Team

Getting to Know U-20 WNT Striker Michelle Enyeart

Even though she's found the back of the net six times through four games of the CONCACAF Qualifying tournament, Michelle Enyeart is more than just a goal-scorer. The usually quiet University of Portland sophomore talked to about solving mysteries, sculpting and her lime green sombrero.

Center Circle: To what do you attribute your rampant scoring throughout this tournament?
Michelle Enyeart: I have to attribute it to our team playing together and people getting good balls forward. It’s been giving everyone opportunities to score. We’ve just been playing well together as a team and creating those chances, and we’ve been able to put them away.

CC: What is your greatest strength as a player?
ME: I guess it would be my speed and my mentality. I actually get mad pretty easily, and that’s when I tend to like running by people so it kind of just works out. My parents were both sprinters so I guess I have good genes. They both ran track in college and my Dad actually ran the 800 in the 1976 Olympics.

CC: There was a play against Cuba where nobody scored, but your teammate, Alex Morgan was issued a yellow card for running into the goalkeeper – did you frame Alex during that play?
ME: Of course I did! No, I didn’t frame her. She went into the goalkeeper to challenge for a rebound and I followed up as well. I went to jump over the ‘keeper and accidentally skimmed her ponytail with her foot. I just jogged back nonchalantly, not thinking anything of it and she got a yellow card. I didn’t frame her, I actually felt terrible.

CC: How have you been enjoying your time in Puebla?
ME: I’ve been watching a lot of episodes of CSI, which is one of the shows we have in English. I’ve also been looking out the window and enjoying the lightning storms every day, I really enjoy those. I talk to my Mom and Dad on the computer a lot and just kind of cruise the internet and read my book (Green River Running Red) about a real-life serial prostitute murder. It’s pretty interesting. Yesterday, the internet went down and I really didn’t know what to do with myself. I actually watched an episode of Dr. Phil here. I’ve also been watching The Bachelorette episodes online.

CC: Do you have a favorite in The Bachelorette?
ME: Well, it’s down to three and my favorite is Jason. I can’t tell if he’s The Bachelorette’s favorite, but he already has a kid so I think that hurts him a little because she’s a little unsure about it.

CC: You seem to have enjoyed the team’s trip to Cholula – What’s up with the lime green sombrero?
ME: Well, I wanted a sombrero because we’re in Mexico. And lime green is my favorite color. So I thought that’d be perfect. The lady accepted American money so I bought it. I’m going to surprise my Mom, my Dad and my boyfriend at the airport by wearing it when they pick me up on Sunday. I haven’t told them about it.

CC: Have you been enjoying the food here?
ME: Some of it. I love the beans, chips and salsa that they’ve finally included with just about every meal for us. The food has been good. It’s getting us through the week and gives us energy to play so that’s good enough for me!

CC: Do you eat a lot of Mexican food at home in Hemut, Calif.?
ME: Yes, Taco Shop is my favorite. I’m very specific because we have about eight taco joints in Hemut. I am obsessed with their taquitos, and that’s going to be the first meal I have when I get home on Sunday evening, directly from the airport while wearing my sombrero. I have that meal after pretty much every trip I go on.

CC: So, you’re going to leave Mexico and immediately go to a taco joint in the United States?
ME: Yes!

CC: Aside from your artistry on the ball, you also like to sculpt and paint. Do you still keep up with those hobbies?
ME: Yes, I do. I go to Target and buy the clay that’s supposed to be for kids. Recently I’ve made a heart that’s got a Bible verse written on it, and then I made something with my family name on it. Right before this trip I actually made a soccer field, complete with little people that are probably about a centimeter high. It had a little goal, a ball, corner flags and everything. I really enjoy that.

CC: Is there anything you’re not good at?
ME: Well, I wish I was a good singer. I always sing and I don’t feel right making other people listen. I do wish I had a better voice.

CC: If you weren’t pursuing a career in soccer, what would you be doing?
ME: Well, I have actually started studying forensics in school. I love it. My Dad’s in the FBI now and I can’t decide whether I want to go into the FBI or into forensics. I watch CSI and I watch all the murder shows and I get really excited when I figure them out. I’m also taking a bunch of criminal justice classes. I think I like it because of the mystery and partly just catching people when they think they’ve gotten away with something. There’s always that one piece of evidence!

U.S. U-20 Women Head to Maryland for Pan-Am Prep

CHICAGO (June 4, 2007) - In its final training camp before heading to Brazil for the 2007 Pan-American Games, the U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team will hold a training camp in Maryland as head coach Jillian Ellis brings in 24 players for eight days from June 9-16, a period that will include scrimmages against two W-League teams.

As the Pan-American Games is an “open” tournament for women, Ellis will bring four “overage” players into this camp, none of whom who are age-eligible for the 2008 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup, the ultimate goal of this team, to be held at the end of next year in Chile.

Those “overage” players are forwards Michele Weissenhofer and Lauren Cheney (who spent most of the last three months in Residency Training Camp with the full Women’s National Team), midfielder Amanda Poach (a member of the FIFA All-Star Team at the 2006 U-20 WWC in Russia) and defender Brittany Taylor.

Ellis also named four players just graduating from high school in Gatorade Girl’s National High School Player of the Year Melissa Henderson, a forward from Garland, Texas, headed to Notre Dame, and defender Meghan Klingenberg from Pennsylvania and forward Rachel Givan from Mississippi, both headed to UNC, and midfielder Kylie Wright, who will attend UCLA. Ellis also named the Parade Girl’s High School Player of the Year, junior Teresa Noyola, who at 17 is the young player on the roster.

For the first time, Ellis will have on her roster the three players from U.S. team that competed in the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Championship who are age-eligible for the next U-20 WC, in midfielder Tobin Heath and forwards Casey Nogueira and Kelley O’Hara, all of whom spent some time training with the full Women’s National Team in 2007. Ellis also gives a first call-up to midfielder Nikki Washington, who performed so well for UNC during the NCAA Final Four last fall. Ellis has some serious height in her goalkeeper corps, calling in 5-foot-11 Chantel Jones, 5-foot-9 Alyssa Naeher and 6-foot Kristin Olsen. The camp may have an emphasis on attacking as Ellis has called in 10 forwards among the 24 players.

While in Maryland, the U-20s will take on the Virginia Majestics on June 12 and face the Washington Freedom on June 14. The Pan-Am games will be held in Rio de Janeiro from July 12-26 and will feature two groups of five teams each with Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, Paraguay, Uruguay, Canada, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama and the USA participating on the women’s side. Matches will be held on July 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 23 and 26.

U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team Roster – Boyds, Maryland
June 9-16, 2007

Goalkeepers (3): Chantel Jones (Virginia), Alyssa Naeher (Penn State), Kristin Olsen (USC)
Defenders (4): Meghan Klingenberg (Hot Spurs), Nikki Marshall (Colorado), Brittany Taylor (UConn), Lauren Wilmoth (UCLA)
Midfielders (7): Becky Edwards (Florida State), Kaley Fountain (Wake Forest), Tobin Heath (UNC), Teresa Noyola (MVLA Mercury), Amanda Poach (Santa Clara), Nikki Washington (UNC), Kylie Wright (So Cal Blues)
Forwards (10): Lauren Cheney (UCLA), Gina DiMartino (Boston College), Michelle Enyeart (Portland), Rachel Givan (Mississippi United), Melissa Henderson (Dallas Texans), Alicia Jenkins (Stanford), Jessica McDonald (Phoenix College), Casey Nogueira (UNC), Kelley O’Hara (Stanford), Michele Weissenhofer (Notre Dame)

U.S. U-20 Women Win Both Matches in England

CHICAGO (May 14, 2007) - The U.S. Under-20 Women's National Team won both of its matches in England, downing the Leeds Ladies, 3-1, on May 10 as forward Melissa Henderson tallied twice and Gina DiMartino added a single score, and defeated the Blackburn Ladies, 2-0, on May 12 as forward Whitney Hooper got a goal and an assist and midfielder Teresa Noyola add the other goal.

The U-20s were supposed to play the first match on May 8 against the Everton Ladies, but the game was cancelled due to an unplayable field.

Against Leeds, the 18-year-old Henderson scored in the 13th minute off an assist from Noyola, before making it 2-0 in the 39th minute, this time off a feed from midfielder Michelle Enyeart, who also assisted on the USA's third goal. Leeds pulled a goal back just before halftime but DiMartino, the younger sister of former U.S. U-20 and current U.S. U-21 Tina DiMartino, put the game away with a goal in the 74th minute.

The USA dominated Blackburn, out-shooting them 25-3, but could not find the net until the 72nd minute when Hooper scored off an assist from Hendreson. Noyola, one of the youngest players on the roster, put the game away in the 80th minute, this time off an assist from Hooper.

U.S. head coach Jillian Ellis is preparing the team for the Pan-American Games to be held in July in Brazil, as well as qualifying for the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup, to be held at the end of next year in Chile. CONCACAF qualifying will be sometime in the second quarter of 2008.

U.S. U-20 WNT Schedule
Date       Opponent                  Result          U.S. Goal Scorers
May 8     Everton Ladies         Cancelled    n/a
May 10   Leeds Ladies           3-2 W            Melissa Henderson (2), Gina DiMartino
May 12   Blackburn Ladies    2-0 W            Whitney Hooper, Teresa Noyola

U.S. U-20 WNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Chantel Jones (Virginia); Alyssa Naeher (Penn State);
DEFENDERS (4): Kelly Henderson (Boston College), Nicole Ketchum (Texas A & M), Nikki Marshall (Colorado), Carly Peetz (Nebraska);
MIDFIELDERS (5): Kaley Fountain (Wake Forest), Ali Hawkins (UNC), Whitney Hooper (Texas A & M), Teresa Noyola (MVLA Mercury), Kylie Wright (So CalBlues);
FORWARDS (7): Gina DiMartino (Boston College), Ashlee Elliott (Florida),Michelle Enyeart (Portland), Rachel Given (Ridgeland, Miss.), Melissa Henderson (Dallas Texans), Alicia Jenkins (Stanford), Jessica McDonald (Phoenix College).

U.S. Under-20 Women Head To England For Three Matches

CARSON, Calif. (May 7, 2007) - The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team and head coach Jillian Ellis headed to Manchester, England for three matches against top English women’s clubs.

The U-20s will play Everton Ladies on May 8, the Leeds Ladies on May 10 and the Blackburn Ladies on May 12. Leeds and Blackburn may be without some National Team players as England plays Northern Ireland in a European Championship qualifier on May 12 and has a friendly on May 17. Everton, however, could have as many as nine National Team players in its side for the first match of the tour.

Ellis, who was born and grew up in England before coming to the USA at the age of 15, continues to form a pool of players that will look to qualify the USA for the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup that will be held at the end of next year in Chile. Qualifying is tentatively set for the second quarter of 2008. 

Players born on or after January 1, 1988, are age-eligible for the next U-20 Women’s World Cup. Most of the players on the roster were born in 1988, with several in 1989 and one in 1990 in midfielder Teresa Noyola.

U.S. U-20 WNT Schedule
Date       Opponent               Venue
May 8     Everton Ladies      Netherton
May 10  Leeds Ladies         Harrogate
May 12  Blackburn Ladies  Clitheroe FC

U.S. U-20 WNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Chantel Jones (Virginia); Alyssa Naeher (Penn State);
DEFENDERS (4): Kelly Henderson (Boston College), Nicole Ketchum (Texas A & M), Nikki Marshall (Colorado), Carly Peetz (Nebraska);
MIDFIELDERS (5): Kaley Fountain (Wake Forest), Ali Hawkins (UNC), Whitney Hooper (Texas A & M), Teresa Noyola (MVLA Mercury), Kylie Wright (So Cal Blues);
FORWARDS (7): Gina DiMartino (Boston College), Ashlee Elliott (Florida), Michelle Enyeart (Portland), Rachel Givan (Mississippi Fire), Melissa Henderson (Dallas Texans), Alicia Jenkins (Stanford), Jessica McDonald (Phoenix College)

U.S. U-20 Women Head to Texas for Three Matches

U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team head coach Jillian Ellis will take her squad to Texas from March 23-28 for three matches against college teams currently in the midst of their spring seasons. All the matches will be played at Texas A&M in College Station, site of the 2007 NCAA Women’s College Cup. The U-20s will take on BYU on March 24 at 6 p.m., then play SMU on March 25 at 4 p.m. The USA will finish the tour with a game against the host Aggies at 6 p.m. on March 28. The U-20s went to a similar event last year in early match in College Station, and lost to both BYU and Texas A&M, in what were the only losses of the year for that U-20 squad against non-international sides. Ellis has brought 22 players for the three matches, as the team continues its very early preparations for qualifying to the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup to be held in Chile. Players born on or after January 1, 1988, are eligible for the next U-20 World Cup. Ellis has called in two players from the host Texas A&M in goalkeeper Kristin Arnold and midfielder Whitney Hooper, as well as two players born in 1990, midfielder Teresa Noyola and forward Rachel Wood. The majority of the roster is1988s with a few players born in 1989.

U.S. Roster
Goalkeepers (3): Kristin Arnold (Texas A & M), Alyssa Naeher (Penn State), Kristin Olsen (USC);
Defenders (5): Lauren Barnes (Alta Loma Arsenal), Hannah Cerrone (Lewisboro Xtreme), Kelly Eagan (Villanova), Nikki Marshall (Colorado), Lauren Wilmoth (UCLA);
Midfielders (6): Ashley Bowyer (Ohio State), Becky Edwards (Florida State), Kaley Fountain (Wake Forest), Kelly Henderson (Boston College), Whitney Hooper (Texas A & M), Teresa Noyola (MVLA Mercury);
Forwards (8): Kiersten Dallstream (Washington State), Ashlee Elliot (Florida), Michelle Enyeart (Portland), Rachel Givan (Mississippi United), Laure Heyboer (Bloomfield Force), Allie Sadow (Wake Forest), Brittney Steinbruch (Miami), Rachel Wood (Slammers FC).