On Gustafson: Leading returning scorer in 2001 … honors candidate … a hard-working forward who has good feel for the game … a great defensive presence up top … expected to be an offensive force this season … a vocal leader on and off the field … an incredible desire to win.
Summer of 2001: Spent her second season in the W-League, playing for the Maryland Pride … in 2000, was a starting forward for the Delaware Genies and went on to play for U-23 Maryland state amateur team.
As a junior (2000): Named to Mid-Atlantic Region third team by Soccer Buzz after breakout season on offense … Maryland’s leader in goals (nine) and points (20) … tied for sixth in the ACC in total goals … played in all 19 games, drawing 12 starts at forward … had career game in Terps’ upset win of No. 4 Penn State (8/29), scoring all three goals in the 3-1 victory … named to the Soccer America Team of the Week (9/4) and named Maryland Student-Athlete of the Week (9/4) after netting first-career hat trick … posted first assist of season against Santa Clara (9/15) in the Stanford Nike Invitational, as she set up Katie Ludwig … also added an assist against Virginia (10/6) … tied the all-time Maryland record for goals in a game with four against Howard (10/11); record was set by Emmy Harbo at LSU (10/31/98) … the four goals and eight points in a game set new Ludwig Field records … her four goals in a game also equaled the most by an ACC player during the 2000 season … named Maryland Student-Athlete of the Week (10/16) … netted both of Maryland’s goals in a 2-1 win at James Madison (10/17), marking her third game-winning goal of the season … overall, her 13 career goals have come in six games.
As a sophomore (1999): Played and started in all 22 games in her first season after transferring to Maryland from Indiana … fourth on the team in scoring with four goals, two assists for 10 points … second on the team in shots with 39 … scored three of her four goals against Duke … tallied first multi-goal game in stunning upset of No. 9 Duke (9/19) … netted an unassisted goal to give the Terps a 2-1 lead early in the second half … came back for game-winner in the 98th minute, lifting Maryland to 4-3 victory … recorded first career assist on first goal at William & Mary (10/2) … scored the second goal in a 2-0 win over Navy (10/10), giving Maryland three straight shutouts … netted third goal against Duke in ACC semifinals (11/4), as she gave Maryland a 1-0 lead on the team's only shot of the first half in a 2-1 win … assisted on Terps' fourth goal in 6-0 NCAA Tournament first round win over Long Island (11/10) … posted a season-high four shots in two games against Penn (9/12) and Virginia (9/29).
As a freshman (1998): Played in 15 games at Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind. … Hoosiers advanced to NCAA Tournament's second round before losing to Penn State and finished with a 14-8-1 record.
Before College: Earned four letters while a member of the varsity at Franklin High School in Reisterstown, Md.… team captain as a junior and senior … a three-time all-state selection … earned All-Metro first team honors in 1996 and second team honors in 1995 and 1997 by the Baltimore Sun … was the leading scorer in Baltimore County in 1997 with 30 goals and 10 assists for 70 total points … scored 83 career goals and added 38 career assists for 204 career points … her marks for goals, assists and total points are all school records … currently a member of the U-19 Region I team … competed at the U-19 regional tournament and participated in the regional ODP camp in Massachusetts during the summer prior to her first year at Maryland … a member of the state of Maryland ODP for the seven years.
Personal: Sara Kirsten Gustafson … born Jan. 25, 1980 … daughter of Cathryn and Paul Gustafson … sister of Mike (26), Cara (25), Kevin (24), Lainie (19), Eric (15), David (14), Neil (10) and Brian (7) … majoring in physical education.
Gustafson's Career Statistics
Year GP GS G A Pt Shots GWG
1998 15 0 0 0 0 7 0
1999 22 22 4 2 10 39 1
2000 19 12 9 2 20 27 3
Totals 56 34 13 4 30 73 4
Goals: 4 vs. Howard, 10/11/00*
Assists: 1 on four occasions
Points: 8 vs. Howard, 10/11/00
*-Tied Maryland single-game record