The rugged defender is a fearless ball-winner who has done her best work for the USA in the center of the defense. In 2011, Buehler started in 18 of 19 games she played and became a consistent force next to Christie Rampone on the back line. Her breakout 2010 campaign included 1,474 minutes to lead the team.
Rachel Van Hollebeke
Full name is Rachel Marie Buehler … Nicknames are Rach, Buehles, Bue, Boo and, of course, the Buehldozer … Married Bobby Van Hollebeke in San Diego in October of 2012 … Father, Donald, a heart surgeon, was a member of Stanford’s water polo and wrestling teams ... Is the proud daughter of the ultimate soccer mom, Mary Ellen … Graduated pre-med with a degree in human biology … Took her medical school entrance exams in July of 2008 and hopes to be in the medical field one day after her soccer career is over … Has been accepted into medical school at the University of San Diego, but has deferred for now to pursue her soccer career … Received an NCAA post-graduate scholarship … She is one of 27 Buehlers to have attended Stanford … Has one sister, Anna, who played soccer for the Surf and graduated from Stanford … Enjoys going to the beach, rocking out to oldies, trying new restaurants, reading novels, and hanging out with her family, friends and husband Bobby … Loves to hike and be in nature, and to explore the many places to which the U.S. WNT travels … Was named one of the Girl Scout’s Cool Women of the Year in 2013 … She is known for being dedicated to warming up before practices and games and for being extremely prepared by having everything she might need at training in her backpack … Loves to go to farmers markets on the weekends … Has a vast collection of fun socks … Considers ladybugs her lucky charm … When she has free time, she volunteers at local elementary schools and a children’s hospital and spends time with senior citizens.
Finished a decorated career at Stanford in the fall of 2007 and was named by the NCAA Honors Committee as a recipient of the prestigious NCAA Top VIII Award … A three-year captain for the Cardinal, she was an All-Pac-10 Conference First-Team selection …She was an NSCAA First-Team All-American Scholar Athlete and was chosen as the ESPN Academic All-American of the Year … As a red-shirt senior, she started all 23 of Stanford’s games during one of the school’s most successful years ever … As a redshirt junior in 2006, she was an All-Pac-10 First Team selection and named to the Pac-10 All-Academic First Team, one of two players in the conference to be named to both First Teams ... She was also an ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American First Team selection ... Started all 23 games for the Cardinal, one of four Stanford players to start every game ... Led the defense to 15 shutouts and a 0.55 goals-against average ... As a redshirt sophomore in 2005, she started all 20 games for the Cardinal and earned Second Team All-Pac-10 accolades ... Named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Second-Team ... Tallied two goals on the year, both game-winners during the Stanford Nike Invitational ... Her first collegiate goal came against Santa Clara ... Followed up with her second goal two days later against Colorado College ... As a sophomore in 2004, she redshirted the season, spending the fall with the U.S. Under-19 National Team … As a freshman in 2003, she played in 15 games and made eight starts … High School: At Torrey Pines High School, she was twice named a Parade Magazine All-American (2002 and 2003) and named the Torrey Pines’ Defender of the Year in 2000 and Player of the Year in 2001 and 2002 ... Captained her high school squad during her junior and senior seasons ... Named the 2001 and 2002 Palomar League Player of the Year ... Earned First Team All-CIF and All-Palomar League honors for three straight years (2000-02).