Women's Soccer

Andrea Ridgeway
Andrea Ridgeway


St. Charles, Ill.

High School:
St. Charles East




Club team:
Campton United

Played in 21 matches and started 14 at forward • Was third on the team in scoring with 15 points on five goals and five assists • Tallied two goals and two assists to lead the Illini to a 6-0 victory against Ohio on 8/31 • Scored three game winning goals - tied for second-most on the team • First GWG came vs. Ohio on 8/31, the second was vs. Northwestern on 10/24 and the last was vs. Michigan State in the Big Ten Tournament (11/6) • Three of her five assists led to game-winning goals.

Saw action in all 21 games and made six starts • Split time as both a defender and a forward • Came off the bench to spark the Illini to a 4-3 win over #10 Penn State in the Big Ten Tournament with a pair of second half goals and the game-winning assist • Was named to the Big Ten All-Tournament Team for her efforts • Scored her first career goal in the 5-2 win over Minnesota on 10/6 • Scored three goals and tallied one assist on the season • Fired 25 shots, 16 of which were on goal.

Made five starts in 19 games played • Made her first start against Syracuse in the Orange and Blue Classic • Fired eight shots during the season • Earned the team's Most Improved Player award.

High School
Attended three high schools, earning one soccer letter at Dowling High School in West Des Moines, Iowa, one at Central Bucks West in Doylestown, Pa., and one at St. Charles East • Scored 12 goals and recorded six assists her senior year at St. Charles East• Earned All-Conference and Daily Herald All-Area honors in both soccer and basketball her senior year • Garnered All-Conference and All-State honors in track in 1998 and earned second team All-Conference and honorable mention All-Area accolades in soccer in 1999 • Helped lead St. Charles East to the state title in 2000 • Played for Iowa United, Lenape Valley Lightning and Campton United club teams • High school coach was Joe Moreau.

Born on Sept. 20, 1983, in Albany, N.Y. • Daughter of John and Sherri Ridgeway • Has one brother • Majoring in chemical engineering • In high school she was active in National Honor society, Spanish National Honor Society, Key Club, Peer Leadership and student government • Earned academic honors her sophomore, junior and senior years as well as being named a State Scholar and a Ventura scholar • Also earned the Human Relations award in 2001 • Lettered in both basketball and track in high school.

Getting to know Andrea
Nickname: Dre • Favorite athlete: Allen Iverson • Favorite book: Their Eyes Were Watching God • Favorite TV show: The Real World • Biggest sports thrills: winning the state title and beating Michigan and Penn State for the first time • Favorite thing about Coach Rayfield: Her willingness to do all she can to bring this program to another level • Three words that describe me: unique, funny and hard-worker • I chose Illinois because: it's a school with the combination of a good education and the ability for me to play soccer at a high level.

Coach Rayfield on Ridgeway
"Andrea has gotten a look of resolve in her eye since the season ended in 2003, which indicates her determination to have a great senior year. Her speed continues to be a threat and her dedication to improving her ability on the ball throughout the summer could be significant in her realizing the type of senior year she dreams about. She has a competitive edge that will be pervasive to the underclassmen and will help set the tone of the season. I hope that everyone has the same look in their eye by the time pre-season ends."

Ridgeway's Career Statistics

Year    GP-GS     S   SOG    G    A   Pts.  GWG
2001    19-5      8    6     0    0    0     0
2002    21-6     25   16     3    1    7     0
2003    21-14    33   18     5    5   15     3
Total   61-25    64   40     8    6   22     3