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Defender Kristen Gierman.
2013 - RS Senior: Played in seven games and started once ... Totaled 81 minutes and took two shots ... Academic All-Big Ten.
2012 - RS Junior: Academic All-Big Ten ... Played in 14 games, starting in 8 ... Provided the game-winning assist in the 1-0 win at UC Santa Barbara ... Also recorded the game-winning assist in the 3-1 win over Wisconsin-Milwaukee ... Produced a shots on goal percentage of .636.
2011 - RS Sophomore: Big Ten Sportsmanship Award ... Subbed in against Ball State, playing 17 minutes ... Also competed in Illinois' victories over Oregon and Indiana, totaling six minutes in each contest.
2010 - Sophomore: Big Ten Distinguished Scholar ... Big Ten Sportsmanship Award ... Did not see action in 2010.
2009 - Freshman: Collected her first collegiate minutes as a substitute against Penn State on Oct. 25 ... Also saw time against Michigan State ... Totaled 26 minutes on the season ... Named Fighting Illini's Most Improved Award recipient.
Chicago Tribune Third-Team All-State ... Two-time Mid Suburban League all-conference honoree, two-time all-area selection and two-time all-sectional selection as center back for Hersey High School ... 2009 District 214 Athlete of the Year and Hersey High School Female Athlete of the Year ... Set school records for single-season assists and career assists and was a two-year team captain ... Led Hersey to its first-ever conference, regional and sectional championship in school history ... Anchored defense that set high school season records for best record, fewest goals allowed, best winning percentage and most shutouts ... Also was an all-conference honoree in golf and basketball ... Played club for Eclipse Select ... Coached by Brad Abel and Mike Nesci.
Born Feb. 16, 1991 ... Plans to major in sociology ... Daughter of Hal and Jean Gierman ... Has two brothers and two sisters ... Honorable mention IHSA All-State Academic Team in 2008 and 2009 ... Howard Lester Award in 2009 ... Hobbies include basketball, golf, Frisbee and going to Chicago Cubs and Chicago Blackhawks games.
Getting to Know Kristen: Favorite athlete: Tiger Woods ... Favorite pro team: Chicago Cubs ... Favorite actor: Will Ferrell ... Favorite music group: OAR ... Favorite TV shows: Entourage and Gossip Girl ... Favorite book: A Thousand Splendid Suns ... Favorite quote: "Never, never, never give up!" - Winston Churchill ... Favorite food: Chicken Madeira with mashed potatoes ... Favorite pregame meal: Mestacciolli or fettucini alfredo ... Favorite Illini athlete: Deron Williams.
Kristen Gierman's Career Statistics
Updated January 2014