Keeley  Dowling

11Keeley Dowling


Carmel, Ind.

High School:
Carmel H.S.





"I think that Keeley's accomplishments speak for themselves. She has left a lasting impression on our program and is among the top defenders in the country. We are looking for her to be a mainstay in the back and a team leader on and off the field. Keeley has unbelievable athleticism and will once again be a go-to player for us. We know there are still more levels in her game, and I will continue to push her to work hard every day." SUMMER 2004: Represented the United States Under-21 National Team during the Nordic Cup between July 23-29 in Iceland...Started all four matches on defense as her squad captured the gold medal with a 3-0 win over Sweden...Assisted on the opening goal of the title match...The Americans did not surrender a goal over 360 minutes during the tournament...Over her career, Keeley has now totaled 23 caps for the U.S...

AS A JUNIOR (2003): Played a major role in Tennessee earning the "Triple Crown" from the Southeastern Conference: second-straight Eastern Division title, first regular-season championship and second SEC Tournament crown in a row...Was a semifinalist for the Missouri Athletic Club Hermann Trophy, presented to the top player in Division I women's soccer...Finalist for Soccer Buzz Magazine's National Player of the Year and earned the publication's Central Region Player of the Year, becoming the first Lady Vol recognized...First-team All-America choice by NSCAA/adidas and Soccer Buzz...Achieved first-team All-Central Region from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) for the third consecutive year, an unprecedented feat by a UT player...Honored as the SEC Defensive Player of the Year...Became the initial UT player to earn first-team All-SEC accolades twice...Earned a spot on the SEC All-Tournament squad for the second consecutive season, as the Big Orange took home the trophy via penalty kicks over eighth-ranked Florida on Nov. 9...Has now achieved all-league status three straight times...Ranked fourth on the squad with 18 points on seven goals and four assists...Tallied match-winners against Fresno State and William & Mary...Chosen as the Defensive Most Valuable Player of both the First Tennessee Classic and the Maryland/adidas Classic...Selected to Soccer America and Soccer Buzz Magazine's Teams of the Week on Sept. 2 and Sept. 16...Tallied both of her club's goals in a double-overtime triumph over eventual Colonial Athletic Association champion William & Mary on Sept. 18...Assisted on Lyndsey Patterson's score in the SEC final versus Florida...Found the back of the net in consecutive outings against Richmond and Charlotte...Anchored a Lady Vol defensive corps that posted a school-record 12 shutouts last fall...Contingent surrendered just six goals in nine league contests...Defense yielded one goal in 290 minutes of action in the SEC Tournament, including shutouts of South Carolina (1-0) and Ole Miss (2-0)...Voted as the edamerica Lady Vol Athlete of the Month for September...Entering her final campaign, she is tied for second on Tennessee's career list for match-winning goals (seven), ranks sixth in goals (21) and is seventh in points (53)...

AS A SOPHOMORE (2002): Became the first Lady Vol soccer player to achieve All-America status when she was a first-team selection from Soccer Buzz Magazine and a second-team pick from NSCAA/adidas...Was the initial UT player to repeat as a first-team All-Central Region honoree from the NSCAA and advanced to the first team on Soccer Buzz's All-Central list...Earned the distinction of being the first Tennessee sophomore to earn first-team All-SEC kudos...Chosen all-tournament at the Clemson/Nike Invitational, Santa Clara adidas Classic and the SEC Tournament...Tabbed as the edsouth Lady Vol Athlete of the Month for November...Despite missing her club's opening two matches of the campaign due to her National Team obligations, Keeley started the remaining 23 contests...Accumulated 12 points on five goals and two assists...Responsible for the most important goal in school history, as her header with 1:02 remaining in the second overtime off a cross from classmate Sue Flamini brought home the SEC Championship on Nov. 10...Her heroics triggered a wild celebration and resulted in a trifecta of awards for the defender, as she was chosen to Soccer America and Soccer Buzz's Teams of the Week and was tabbed as the Lady Vol Athlete of the Week for the first time...Anchored the Lady Vol defense at SECs en route to shutouts of Georgia and Kentucky and limited the trio of the Bulldogs, Wildcats and Florida to a paltry 14 shots on goal...Attempted a personal-high nine shots in the marathon against the Gators and Tourney MVP goalkeeper Jordan Kellgren...Also notched the match-winner in the 2-0 blanking of Kentucky on Oct. 13...Arched high in the air to head in the tying goal against No. 22 Cincinnati in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Nov. 17...Had also tallied a goal in the 5-0 conquest of Furman to start the Women's College Cup...Scored 11:12 into her '02 debut when she headed in a corner kick taken by Lyndsey Patterson versus Arkansas State...

AS A FRESHMAN (2001): Lived up to heady expectations as one of the most highly-touted rookies in Tennessee history...On the strength of 23 points on nine goals and five assists, good for second on the squad in scoring, Dowling etched her name in the record book as the first Lady Vol to achieve first-team All-Central Region recognition from the NSCAA...Earned Honorable Mention All-America nod from as a second-team Freshman All-American by Soccer Buzz Magazine and was a second-team All-Central choice and an All-Freshman Central Region pick by the publication...Tallied 15 points on six goals and three assists in league play to earn second-team All-SEC recognition...Rated fourth in goals and fifth in points in SEC action...Equaled Kim Patrick for the team lead with three match-winners (Alabama, James Madison and Vanderbilt)...A highlight of her inaugural season was a three-goal effort versus Alabama...Feat represented the first time since Oct. 17, 1999, that a Tennessee player had recorded a hat trick against a league opponent...Besides the trio of scores against the Crimson Tide, Dowling also found the back of the net against No. 13 Brigham Young, James Madison, No. 16 Wake Forest, Vanderbilt, South Carolina and Arkansas...Named to Soccer America's Team of the Week on Oct. 16 after delivering the match-winner in a 2-1 win over Vanderbilt and assisting on Patrick's Golden Goal at Kentucky...Scored just 5:18 into her collegiate career with a low shot that beat BYU netminder Jennifer Waldron as the Orange stunned the 13th-ranked Cougars, 2-1, in Provo...Later tickled the twine in her home debut in a 2-1 edging of Wake Forest on Sept. 20...

HIGH SCHOOL/CLUB: The 2000 Indiana Player of the Year, Dowling captained Carmel High School to the state championship as a senior and received numerous individual accolades...Squad also snagged the state title during her freshman campaign with a 19-0-1 mark...Tabbed as an All-American by Parade Magazine and earned both the Hamilton County and Metro Player of the Year honors as a senior...Named to the 2000 NSCAA/adidas High School All-America team and to the organization's Youth All-America unit...Holds her school's all-time assist record...An all-state selection in 1999 and 2000, she also competed for the Carmel Cosmos club team which claimed the state crown every season since 1993...That squad was the national runner-up in 2000 after bringing home a regional title that summer and has captured numerous tournaments around the country...Earned one varsity letter in basketball...NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL: Besides her recent Under-21 experience, Keeley served as one of the captains of the U.S. Under-19 National Team at the inaugural FIFA Under-19 World Championships between Aug. 17-Sept. 1, 2002...Squad finished a perfect 6-0 during the tournament and edged host Canada in overtime, 1-0, to claim the title...The final match was played before a crowd of 47,784 at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, Alberta, and Keeley played all 109 minutes on defense in helping the Americans post the historic shutout...She had missed the 2002 Under-19 CONCACAF Qualifying Tournament with an ankle injury...Initial appearance for the U-19s came at the ODP International Event at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex in 2000...Also played at a similar event in 2001 in Houston, Texas...Played for the U-19s in two matches against Canada in the summer of 2001 and also against Mexico in Chicago, Ill...Competed against Costa Rica and Mexico in Pachuca, Mexico, in March of 2002 and scored during her club's 4-0 blanking of Costa Rica...Faced the German U-21s and the Swedish U-19s on a tour of Europe in June of 2002...Played against the Mexican U-19s in San Diego in July of 2002...

PERSONAL: Majoring in exercise science...Chosen to the 2002 and 2003 SEC Women's Soccer Academic Honor Rolls...Member of the SEC Good Works Team for her participation in the Toyota Literacy Program by reading to kids at Spring Hill Elementary School and interaction with inner-city youth at "April Play Day" held on the UT campus...Keeley also takes part in the local Red Cross blood drive and conducts weekly Bible study classes...Hopes to train athletes after college and compete on the U.S. Olympic soccer team...Member of her high school's intramural board and the Key Club...Chose to attend Tennessee over Santa Clara, SMU and Virginia...Admires former San Antonio Spurs' NBA All-Star center David Robinson...Enjoys biking, lifting weights and rollerblading...Has played the piano for 16 years...Has an older brother, Tim, 24, who graduated from the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo...Keeley Kathleen Dowling was born Feb. 17, 1983, in Carmel, Ind...Her parents are Tim and Kimberley Dowling.





Dessert: Ben & Jerry's Half Baked Ice Cream with warm chocolate chip cookies
Ice Cream Flavor: Ben & Jerry's Half Baked
Vacation Spot: Cayman Islands
Knoxville Restaurant: Wasabi
Animal: Dogs
Television Show: The Apprentice
Soccer Memory: Winning our first SEC championship in 2002
Hobby: Riding my road bike
Magazine: People
Athlete: Lance Armstrong
Song: One More for Love (Five For Fighting)
Actor: Pierce Brosnan
Actress: Nicole Kidman
Spots at UT: Cherokee Park or by the Tennessee River
Cartoon Characters: Tom and Jerry


Dream Job: ESPN football broadcaster
CD in my stereo right now: Mix of some sort
If I could spend a day with anyone, I would: Hang out with Jesus Christ
My goals for the season are: To develop as a team and achieve our goals
Worst movie I have ever seen: The Stepford Wives
Where I see myself in 10 years: Working somewhere
Funniest teammate: Ali Christoph
Best part of road trips: Food
Which teammate will be the biggest surprise in 2004? Whoever wants to be!



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