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      Ali Christoph
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Columbus, Ohio

High School:
Columbus School for Girls

Height:
5-3

Position:
Midfielder

Birthdate:
05/25/1985

CHRISTOPH'S CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

AS A JUNIOR (2005): Earned first-team All-America honors as selected by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/adidas...Also picked up second-team honors from SoccerTimes.com and third-team accolades from Soccer Buzz magazine...A first-team player on Top Drawer Soccer's National Team of the Season, she started 22 matches for the Lady Vols...Consensus first-team All-Central Region selection by NSCAA/adidas and Soccer Buzz...Grabbed a spot on the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District IV second team...One of two Lady Vols to garner first-team All-SEC accolades...Ranked second on the team with five goals scored, tied for third with 13 points and tied for fourth with three assists...Midfield captain was held without a point through the first seven matches...Busted out with a goal and an assist, including the game-winner in the 3-0 win against Mississippi State on Sept. 23...Followed up with another game-winning goal in a 1-0 triumph over Mississippi on Sept. 25, finishing off the pass from Kylee Rossi in the 59th minute for the score...Raked in the awards after the two match-clinchers, garnering spots on three Teams of the Week (Soccer America, Soccer Buzz and Top Drawer Soccer) while also picking up SEC Co-Offensive Player and Lady Vol Athlete of the Week...Received a spot on Top Drawer Soccer's Team of the Week for her superior midfield play in the Lady Vols' 2-1 wins over No. 11 Florida and South Carolina...Tallied an assist on Genna Gorman's golden goal while also scoring a goal in UT's 2-1 overtime win at Arkansas on Oct. 7...Missed her first career start and match with pneumonia against Alabama on Oct. 23, ending a 64-match streak...After not expecting to play much, Christoph started and played all 90 minutes against Georgia on Oct. 28...Her 60th-minute goal gave the Lady Vols their third consecutive SEC regular-season trophy... Assisted on Kylee Rossi's game-winning goal in the 2-0 opening round win over LSU in the SEC Tournament...Had two shots on goal in the 0-0 draw against No. 20 Vanderbilt in the SEC Tournament semifinals...Put UT ahead, 3-2, in the shootout that the Lady Vols eventually won 4-3 to advance into the program's fourth straight SEC Tournament final...Scored on UT's only penalty kick of the season, which turned out to be the game-winner in the Big Orange's 5-2 win over No. 25 Wake Forest in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

AS A SOPHOMORE (2004): Named as a first-team All-SEC selection after starting all 24 matches...Also chosen as a second-team NSCAA/adidas All-Central Region selection and a third-team All-Central choice by Soccer Buzz...Academic All-SEC choice...Rated second in the Southeastern Conference in assists (eight) and fourth in assists per game (0.33)...Tied Genna Gorman for the team lead in assists (eight) and was fourth in points on the squad (three goals, eight assists, 14 points) on a team-high 75 shots during the 2004 campaign...Finished just two assists short of Lyndsey Patterson and Laura Lauter Smith's sophomore record of 10 helpers...Tallied an assist on senior Keeley Dowling's game-winning goal with just four seconds left in regulation to beat Kentucky 1-0...Garnered assists on the opening goals in both matches in the wins over Arkansas and LSU...The sophomore took a free kick off an LSU foul that was headed toward the goal by Keeley Dowling and corralled by Gorman, who scored to give UT a 1-0 lead against the Tigers...Christoph helped on Gorman's score for a 1-0 lead over Arkansas at the 18:27 mark... Assisted on Lockaby's "golden goal" to beat Florida in sudden-victory double overtime and netted the first goal in a 3-1 romp of South Carolina...Hammered a shot into the upper corner of the net to give UT a 1-0 halftime lead against Mississippi State...Registered a goal and an assist in the 2-1 victory over the Southern California Women of Troy...In finding the back of the net at the 36:53 mark against USC, the sophomore tallied the game-winning-goal...One of five Lady Vols named to the All-Tournament team at the First Tennessee Lady Vol Classic...Registered an assist on Tennessee's only goal in a 2-1 loss to then-#15 Washington...Assisted on Keeley Dowling's overtime game-winner in the 4-3 triumph over Duke.

AS A FRESHMAN (2003): One of five Lady Vols, and the lone rookie, to start all 24 matches...A finalist for Soccer Buzz Magazine's National Freshman of the Year and was tabbed as the publication's top rookie in the Central Region...A second-team Freshman All-America pick from Soccer Buzz, Ali was also chosen second-team All-Central Region and earned a spot on its Central Region All-Freshman squad...Named to the inaugural SEC All-Freshman unit...Rated second on the Orange with 22 points on six goals and a team-high 10 assists...Registered 11 points on three goals and five helpers in conference activity...Played a critical role in Tennessee claiming its second SEC Tournament crown in a row, contributing a point in all three outings...Converted a penalty kick against South Carolina in the quarterfinals with 25:35 remaining in regulation, a score which proved to be the lone goal of the contest...Added an insurance goal in the 2-0 semifinal victory over Ole Miss and helped set up Lyndsey Patterson to move UT in front of Florida in the championship tilt...Attempted the first penalty kick in the shootout against the Gators and was successful...Finished the campaign a perfect 3-for-3 on PKs... Fed Rhian Wilkinson with the winning goal as UT clinched its first SEC regular-season crown with a 1-0 conquest of Georgia on Halloween night...Handed out a couple of assists in 3-0 blanking of LSU...Chosen as the SEC's Offensive Player of the Week in mid-October after the squad posted wins over East rivals Florida and South Carolina...Totaled career highs in shots (six) and assists (two) and also scored in the 3-2 edging of the Gamecocks on Oct. 12...Netted first collegiate goal in 5-2 win over UNLV (Sept. 7) and was credited with her first assist during a 3-1 triumph over Fresno State (Aug. 31).

HIGH SCHOOL/CLUB: Has been a member of the United States Under-17 National Team and a participant in the Under-19 National Pool for three years...While competing for the Ohio Premier club team, she was chosen as a youth All-American by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)...Participated in the McDonald's All-American High School Soccer Games in Charleston, S.C., in June 2003...Was a three-year member of her Region II Olympic Development Program and Ohio state squads...Ali was one of the youngest players in the nation invited to participate in the adidas Elite Soccer Program in 2001 and 2002, and was selected to the ESP all-star team in '01...Her ODP 83 club team was the SuperClubs champion and a OSYSA State Cup semifinalist in 2001 and finished as the Disney Showcase runner-up the previous year...Did not play for her high school's soccer team...Earned two varsity letters in field hockey during her freshman and sophomore years and was tabbed first-team all-conference both seasons, in addition to picking up All-Ohio honors as a sophomore.

PERSONAL: Majoring in education...Received Academic All-SEC kudos on three occasions (2003-05)...Hopes to become a teacher or a counselor...Has modeled herself after U.S. Olympic midfielder Kristine Lilly...Highest ambition is to become a member of the United States National Team...Member of the band, German Club and was a referee in high school...Considers the 1999 Women's World Cup to be a positive influence on her...Hobbies include hanging out with friends, listening to music, running, sailing and reading...Admires basketball icon Michael Jordan... Chose to attend the University of Tennessee because she fell in love with the coaches, the campus' location, the team and the color orange...Superstitions include avoiding black cats, making wishes and not walking under ladders...Will meet former teammates Elizabeth Ramsey, Danielle Slupski and Erin Witchey when the Lady Vols host Kentucky on Oct. 13...Her older sister, Kesha, 25, played soccer at George Washington and started all 19 games for the Colonials during the '02 campaign...Ali Suzanne Christoph was born May 21, 1985, in Indianapolis, Ind...Her parents are John and Kathryn Christoph.

CAREER STATISTICS

OVERALL
YearGP/GSShotsGoalsAsst.PointsGWG
200324/2461022462
200424/243814752
200522/225313474
Totals70/701421491688
SEC
YearGP/GSShotsGoalsAsst.PointsGWG
20039/93511211
200411/11248341
200510/104210303
Totals30/3091129852

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