- U.S. National Team: WNT
- Position: Defender
- Date Of Birth: Feb. 10, 1982
- Height: 5-7
- Hometown: Birmingham, Ala.
- Club: Washington Freedom
After many years of consistent contribution to the youth national teams, she made her first world championship team for 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup Team, but expected to have a reserve role … That all changed when Brandi Chastain was injured in the first half of the first match, and Whitehill stepped in to play every minute of every match the rest of the way and has since developed into one of the most capped defenders in U.S. history … 2009: Played in one match for the USA, making her return to the national team on July 19 against Canada in Rochester after recovering from ACL surgery … 2008: Played in just six matches, starting two, before tearing her ACL on June 10 at the Peace Queen Cup in South Korea, knocking her out of contention for a spot on the Olympic Team … 2007: Played in all 24 games, one of two players to do so, and started 23 matches … Led the USA in minutes played during the year with 2,116 and played every minute of all six Women’s World Cup matches, one of two players to accomplish that feat … Has played every minute of 11 straight Women’s World Cup games … One of the top-scoring defenders in U.S. history, she did not get a goal in 2007, but set a record for assists in a calendar year by a defender with seven, including three at the WWC … Earned her 100th cap in the first match of the year against Germany at the Four Nations Tournament in China … 2006: Did not play in the Four Nations Tournament in China after missing training camp due to her honeymoon … Returned to the team for the Algarve Cup, coming on at halftime of the first game against China and playing every minute the rest of the way …Scored five goals, including a legendary 70-yard free kick against Sweden, as she tied for the second-highest scoring year for a defender … Her quirky free-kick against Sweden is unofficially the longest goal in U.S. WNT history … 2005: Played every minute of all four matches at the 2005 Algarve Cup and got a key assist off a free kick against Finland … Started all nine matches during the year and was second on the team in minutes played … 2004: Played in five games at the 2004 Olympics, starting three … Surpassed 50 caps in 2004 at the age 21 … Started 28 of the 32 matches she played overall, logging 2,527 minutes, third most on the team … Scored three goals from the back … 2003: Voted the U.S. Soccer Young Female Athlete of the Year … Established herself as a legitimate starter on the national team, starting in 12 of her 17 matches, and played more than 1,000 minutes (1,239) for the second year in a row … Played all but 45 minutes of the 2003 Women’s World Cup, starting five of the six matches … Scored two goals, one on a spectacular header against Korea DPR in the USA’s third first-round match, the first time in U.S. Women’s World Cup history a defender had scored twice in a match … Also picked up a huge assist on the USA’s lone goal in the historic 1-0 quarterfinal victory against Norway, launching a free kick into the penalty box for Abby Wambach to head home … Injured foot suffered in training kept her out of the Four Nations Tournament in January, but she returned for the Algarve Cup in March … 2002: Played in 16 matches, starting 11, by far the most in her to that point … Her 1,195 minutes were surpassed by just three players … Started all five matches at the CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup, helping the USA qualify for the 2003 Women’s World Cup … 2001: Played in eight matches and started seven for the WNT in 2001, third most on the team … Her 642 minutes were second most on the team … Scored her first full international goal against Olympic champion Norway on March 17 on a free kick at the Algarve Cup in Portugal … 2000: Earned her first cap with the U.S. National Team on July 7, 2000 against Italy … Youth National Teams: Led the U.S. U-21s to the Nordic Cup title in Denmark in 2003, the fifth consecutive Nordic Cup won by the USA and fourth in a row with Reddick as a starter … She assisted on the winning goal in the championship game win against Sweden … Played in three matches for the U.S. Under-21 Women’s National Team at the 2002 Nordic Cup, missing the first game of the tournament when she played 90 minutes for the full U.S. WNT against Norway on July 21 … She then played every minute of the remaining three games, scoring against Greece and Germany, to help the USA to its unprecedented fifth Nordic Cup title in the past six years … Captained the U-21s to the 2001 Nordic Cup championship in Norway ... Also helped the U-21s to the Nordic Cup title 2000 in Germany ... Played for the Under-18 National Team in 1998 and 1999 and captained the squad in 2000 … Also played with the U.S. Under-16 National Team in 1998 ... Was a member of the U.S. Under-18 WNT that won the gold medal at the 1999 Pan American Games, scoring the game-winning goal in the championship game against Mexico on a blast from distance … First Appearance: July 6, 2000, vs. Italy … First Goal: March 17, 2001, vs. Norway.
2009: Allocated to the Washington Freedom for the inaugural WPS season in 2009 … Played every minute of 19 matches for the Freedom, scoring three goals with two assist while helping the club to an 8-7-5 record, a third-place finish in the WPS and a berth to the playoffs … Named as a WPS All-Star … Youth: She played club soccer for 10 years for the Alabama Attack ... Won five Alabama state titles and made the regional semifinals twice.
As a senior, she played in just 13 of North Carolina’s 27 matches due to playing in the Women’s World Cup, but started the last 12 games, scoring six goals with five assists … Won the Hermann Trophy as college soccer’s top player … Scored winning goal on a penalty kick in the ACC Championship Game in a 3-2 win against Florida State … Her leadership was a key to UNC finishing off its perfect 27-0-0 record and NCAA Championship as she was named Defensive MVP of the Final Four … Marshaled a defense that shut out all six of its opponents in the NCAA Tournament … Named to the NCAA All-Tournament Team … Capped a brilliant college career with her third NSCAA All-American selection, this one to the First-Team … Also was a three-time First-Team All-ACC honoree … The Honda Award winner for soccer as a senior, signifying her as the nation’s outstanding female athlete in her sport … As a junior, she played in just 17 of North Carolina’s 27 games as a junior in 2002 due to national team commitments, but still scored six goals and had five assists … She took a red-eye flight from the CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup Final in Los Angeles to play in the ACC Championship game in Florida, then scored 20 seconds after entering the game as a substitute and added another goal from 40 yards out as the Heels claimed the ACC title … Led the Tar Heels to the NCAA Final Four, scoring five goals in the five games before the semifinals, and was named First-Team All-ACC and an NSCAA First-Team All American … Played in 23 games for UNC as a sophomore in 2001, scoring three goals with 10 assists in helping the Tar Heels to an undefeated regular season and into the NCAA championship game ... Named an NSCAA Second-Team All-American … Named to the All-Tournament Team at the 2000 NCAA Final Four, starting her first game of the season in the NCAA championship game against UCLA as the Heels won the national title … Honored as the Most Valuable Defensive Player of the NCAA Final Four ... Played in all 24 matches for the Heels ... Was a member of the NSCAA Freshman All-America Team ... Named to the Southeast Region All-Freshman Team ... Scored four goals and had five assists on the season for 13 points ... Scored one goal in each of the first two games of the season against Texas and Texas A&M, with both goals coming with less than one minute remaining in the first half and tying the match at 1-1 ... Was named North Carolina’s Rookie Player of the Year in 2000 … Attended Briarwood Christian School ... Played four years of soccer and three years of basketball ... Was a 1999 and 2000 Parade All-America selection in soccer ... Was a four-time All-State selection in soccer ... Was the Birmingham News State and Metro Player of the Year in soccer ... Was a two-time Gatorade Soccer Player of the Year for the State of Alabama ... Led her basketball team to the state Final Four twice and soccer team to four high school state titles ... Named All-State in basketball as a senior ... Was named the Birmingham News Shelby County Player of the Year in basketball ... Was named one of Birmingham Magazine’s Top Six People of 1999 ... Is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Birmingham Belles service organizations ... Is active in church youth groups and in fund raising for a “Kids Without Toys” program.
Full name is Catherine Reddick Whitehill ... Formerly Cat Reddick, she married Robert Whitehill on Dec. 31, 2005 … Goes by the nickname “Cat” … Her father played college football at Virginia Tech ... Hobbies include basketball and watching college football on TV ... Is a huge fan of college football, especially the Florida Gators and Georgia Bulldogs … Lists her idol as former Florida QB Tim Tebow … Worked with a child with autism in helping with physical education for a semester during her sophomore year at UNC … Says her parents, sister and husband as the people she most admires ... Biggest sports thrills are winning an Olympic gold medal, scoring two goals against Korea DPR during the 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup, and winning the NCAA Title as a senior with a perfect record at home in North Carolina ... Loves the TV sitcom “Friends” … Her car is named “Pheebs” as in Phoebe on “Friends” … Loves to sing in her car, even though she admits she’s not so good at it … If she wasn’t a soccer player, she might just be a cowgirl … Majored in communications ... Wants a career in sports broadcasting and did color commentary for ESPN during the NCAA College Cup in 2008 and 2009 … One of her most favorite things is sweet tea … Rescued a Rottweiler-Shepherd mutt named Izzy during 2006 Residency Training Camp … Also adopted Maeby, a white German shepherd mix, from the SPCA in Raleigh, N.C., and is now working for PAL (People. Animals. Love), an organization which allows her to brings her dogs to inner city schools, retirement homes and children’s hospitals to give them love and hope … Spokesperson for the SPCA of Wake County … Worked with the U.S. Soccer Foundation to benefit relief for Katrina victims, especially in her home state of Alabama, and is on the U.S. Soccer Foundation Players Advisory Council … Spoke in front of Congress on behalf of Title IX.