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Christa Neary
Christa  Neary

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
West Deptford, N.J.

High School:
West Deptford

Height:
5-7

Position:
Defender

Experience:
3L

Major:
Psychology


AWARDS:
Senior season (2014)
• SEC Academic Honor Roll

Junior season (2013)
• 2013 SEC Defensive Player of the Week (Week 4)
• SEC Academic Honor Roll

Sophomore season (2012)
• SEC Community Service Team
• SEC Academic Honor Roll

Freshman season (2010)
• SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll

IN THE RECORD BOOK:
• 10th -- Career matches played (90)
• Shares senior record for matches played (25)
• Shares senior record for matches started (25)

2014: Played 1,595 minutes at outside back, starting all 25 games of the season for the best defense in the SEC...posted a season-high two shots in three contests -- vs. No. 22 Boston University (8/29), vs. High Point (9/7) and at No. 6 Texas A&M (10/26)...put a shot on goal in six contests, including the NCAA Round of 16 vs. No. 6 North Carolina (11/23) and at No. 2 Florida State (11/28) in the national quarterfinal...helped the Gamecocks three-straight NCAA Tournament shutouts despite missing key personnel...Gamecocks allowed just 11 regular-season goals and finished the season with a 0.72 goals against average -- 26th nationally and tops in the SEC -- after seeing just 18 balls hit the back of the net...contributed to 13 shutouts, second most in school history

2013: Played in all 23 matches, making one start ... Played 945 minutes ... Scored game-winner in 1-0 victory over East Carolina (9/15) ... Named SEC Defensive Player of the Week (9/16) ... Assisted on game-tying goal versus Alabama (10/6) ... Part of defense that ranked 15th nationally in goals against average (0.59) and 25th in shutout percentage (.522) ... Tied for the second-most shutouts in a season in program history with 12.

2012: Played in 19 games, making 15 starts for the Gamecocks as a defender...scored three points on one goal and one assist...scored the game-winner against LSU (10/12)...logged an assist in a 3-0 victory over Jacksonville (8/26)...fired 26 shots with nine coming on frame...played on a backline that limited Vanderbilt, Georgia, Tennessee, LSU and Ole Miss to only 17 shots on goal in 470 minutes of action during a five-game stretch...named to the SEC Community Service team

2011: Played in all 23 matches with 16 starts at defender ... Earned starts at center back and right back for the top defensive unit in the SEC ... Tallied three assists for three points ... Earned first career point with an assist in the rivalry match at Clemson (9/9) ... Had assists in back-to-back wins against Arkansas (10/23) and Florida (10/28), both coming on the game-winning goals in each match ... Was named SEC Defensive Player of the Week and a CS360 Primetime Performer on the last week of the regular season after helping lead the team to the win at Florida to clinch the SEC title ... Team led the SEC regular season in nearly every major defensive category, including goals allowed (9), goals against average (0.79), shots on goal allowed (53) and points allowed (25) ... Averaged 71 minutes per game for a backline that limited seven of 11 SEC opponents to four shots on goal or less ... Registered 21 shots.

PRE-COLLEGE: TopDrawerSoccer New Jersey Region Top 15 Recruit ... A three-star recruit by TopDrawerSoccer ... Five-year member of New Jersey ODP State pool (2006-10) ... Two-time member of Region I ODP region pool (2006, 2010) ... Participated in Region I Interregional (2010) ... 2011 Region I trip to Russia ... 2008 Super-Y League ODP First Selection national camp ... Three-time First Team All-Conference (2007, 2009-10) ... Two-time All-South Jersey (2009-10) ... NJGSCA Sectional Recognition (2010) ... NJGSCA Top 20 South Region (2010) ... Played for Penn Fusion (2009-11) and Match Fit Strikers (2005-08) club teams ... Club team ranked No. 6 in the nation ... USYS Region I Finalist (2010) ... 2010 EPYSA State Cup Champion ... 2009 Northeast Region Futsal champion with LSTS United ... Two-time New Jersey State Cup Champion (2003, 2005) ... 2004 Region I Champion with TBAA Renegades.

PERSONAL: Full name is Christa Helen Neary ... Undecided major ... Chose USC over Rutgers, Connecticut and George Washington ... Born April 7, 1993 ... Has an older brother, Andrew, and younger sister, Shannon ... Father, Phillip, played soccer at Rutgers ... Parents are Phillip and Jacquelyn Neary.

Neary's Career Stats
YEAR GP-GS Min. G A P SH SH% SOG SOG% GWG
2011 23-16 1627 0 3 3 21 .000 3 .143 0
2012 19-15 1576 1 1 3 26 .038 9 .346 1
2013 23-1 945 1 1 3 18 .056 17 .389 1
2014 25-25 1595 0 0 0 16 .000 6 .375 0
TOTAL 90-57 5743 2 5 9 81 .025 25 .309 2