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#16 Heather Mitts
  • Senior - 4L
  • Midfielder/Defender
  • 5-5
  • Cincinnati, Ohio
  • (St. Ursula Academy)
  • **1998 & '99 All-American (NSCAA)**
  • **1998 NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team**
  • **1998 & '99 All-SEC first-team**
  • U.S. National Team bio

Selected by the Philadelphia Charge in the second round (15th selection overall) of the 2000 WUSA draft

1999: Led the team in minutes played (2,081), averaging 90.5 minutes per match...National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-America first team...Soccer America All-America selection...All-Southeastern Conference first team selection...Also selected to the SEC All-Tournament team...1999 Gator MVP for defense and shared the team's Player Choice (as voted by the players) with Sarah Yohe...Owns Gator career records for starts (94), minutes (7,547) and consecutive starts (74)... Soccer Buzz All-America first team member...College Soccer Weekly's All-America honorable mention selection...Trained with the U.S. under-21 National Team and traveled to Iceland for the Nordic Cup, where the U.S. claimed the team title...participated in 1999 Adidas Summer League in Portland, Ore... Named to the All-SEC Academic Honor Roll.

1998: Started all 27 games, playing a team-high 2,329 minutes, which is an UF single-season record... Third-team NSCAA All-America selection...Selected to the NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team...Member of U.S. under-21 National Team...Honorable mention All-America selection by College Soccer Weekly...NSCAA All-Southeast Region First Team selection...First-team All-SEC...Had one goal and one assist for three points...Scored game-winning goal against Florida State...Recorded two back saves in UF's 1-0 win over Santa Clara in the NCAA semifinals...Ranks third in UF history with 71 starts and 5,441 minutes played...Gator Offseason Award recipient...Received invitation to 1998 Adidas Summer League.

1997: One of four Gators to start every match, playing wide midfield for a total of 1,842 minutes...Scrappy, physical player who scored points in four consecutive matches...One goal and seven assists for nine points during the regular season...Scored goal in Gators' win against Kentucky to open SEC play...Earned the Coaches Award for Most Inspirational Player...Member of Cardinal Premiere team that won Snickers USYSA National Championship in August of 1997 in Phoenix, Ariz.

1996: 21 matches (20 starts for 1,295 minutes)...One of only two true freshmen to be regular starters throughout the 1996 season...Versatile player who started the Central Florida match at defender...Scored two goals against Vanderbilt, including the game winner...Turned in a double assist effort against Mississippi State...Fractured fibula in her left leg in the first five minutes of the SEC Tournament semifinal match against Auburn and missed the last four matches...Received team's Gator Award for exceeding coaches expectations at the conclusion of the 1996 season.

High School: Two time all state and all central region selection...1994 GGCL Player of the Year...Named to Cincinnati Enquirer and Cincinnati Post all city first teams in 1994 and 1995...Earned first team all league honors three straight years (1993 95)...Coached by Bob Sheehan at St. Ursula Academy...Helped lead high school team to four straight district titles (1992 95) as well as 1993 state crown...Member of St. Ursula teams that ranked fourth (1993) and 12th (1992) nationally in USA Today Girls High School Soccer Poll...Scored 27 goals and 15 assists as a prep, while leading squad to 70 5 10 record...Member of National Honor Society.

Club: Two year member of Ohio state champion Club Cincinnati select team...Three year member of Olympic Development Program (ODP) state team and regional pool participant since 1994.

Personal: Born June 9, 1978...Daughter of Don and Jan Mitts...1996 graduate of St. Ursula Academy...Father, Don, played basketball at Kentucky under Adolph Rupp...Also considered Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland and George Mason during the recruiting process.

Major: Graduated in December of 2000 with a degree in advertising

Mitts' Collegiate Statistics
Year G-GS Min. Shots G(GW) A Pts.
1996 21-20 1,295 17 3 (1) 4 10
1997 24-24 1,842 25 1 7 9
1998 27-27 2,329 18 1(1) 1 3
1999 23-23 2,081 19 1(0) 7 9
Totals 95-94 7,547 79 6 (2) 19 31
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