12 - Heather Aldama
Heather Aldama
Born: 12/01/1978
Height: 5-2
Year: Senior
Hometown: Redlands, Calif.
High School: Redlands
Position: Forward/Defender
An honorable mention All-West Coast Conference selection... one of six seniors on the 2000 squad... will see playing time up front or in fullback... a quick and aggressive left-footed player who excels on both the offensive and defensive ends... a tenacious defender as well as a powerful scorer... a member of the U.S. Under-21 National Team pool.

AS A JUNIOR IN 1999: Earned honorable mention All-West Coast Conference honors... selected to the all-tournament team at the Stanford Nike Classic... played in 21 games... scored a career-high three goals, six assists for 12 points... missed four matches while recovering from an ankle injury... earned the starting nod in seven of Santa Clara's first eight matches and in seven of the last eight... recorded first point of the year in the WCC opener, assisting on the second of Jacqui Little's three goals as Santa Clara downed host Gonzaga 6-0... nailed a shot from 16 yards out at the 25:42 mark to give the Broncos a 1-0 lead en route to a 2-1 victory against No. 3 Nebraska on Sept. 19... started as forward against Portland on Oct. 29 and responded with one of Santa Clara's five first-half goals as the Broncos rolled to an 8-0 victory at Buck Shaw Stadium... started all four matches in the postseason, recording a goal and three assists... scored the game-winning goal, and her first career playoff goal, at the 23:36 mark in the Broncos' third-round victory against UCLA... also added an assist against the Bruins... assisted on both of Aly Wagner's goals, including one just 3:49 into the game, as Santa Clara defeated Connecticut 3-0 in the national quarterfinals.

AS A SOPHOMORE IN 1998: Appeared in 21 matches, getting the starting nod in 12... tallied a goal and a pair of assists for four points... made first goal of the year a memorable one, netting the game-winner at the 15:03 mark of an eventual 3-0 triumph over visiting Pacific on Sept. 16... assisted on Santa Clara's first goal in a 3-1 home win against Fresno State on Sept. 19... notched an assist on the final goal of Santa Clara's 4-0, Conference championship, clinching victory at USF on Nov. 8... made second-half appearances in NCAA Tournament victories over Pacific and No. 19 Brigham Young... came on as a substitute on the forward line against No. 3 Florida in the NCAA Semifinals.

AS A FRESHMAN IN 1997: Appeared in 24 matches, starting 20... earned honorable mention All-WCC accolades... tallied a pair of goals on the season, including the game-winner at conference rival Loyola Marymount... earned first career start at Washington State on Sept. 12... scored first career goal on Oct. 5 against George Mason in Fairfax, Va. on an assist from fellow freshman Megan Horvath... assisted on both of Mandy Clemens' goals at Saint Mary's on Nov. 4... defensive play was a key in holding conference opponents to only three goals in seven games.

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL: Attended Redlands (Calif.) High School... played forward for coaches Jose Uria and Rolo Uribe... set Redlands single-season records for goals (38) and assists (22)... led Redlands to four Citrus Belt League titles, two appearances in the CIF Quarterfinals and one in the CIF Semifinals... a four-time first team All-CBL selection and a three-time league MVP... named All-CIF four times, including two first team selections... Redlands' Athlete of the Year as a senior, after scoring 24 goals and adding 18 assists... helped lead the Southern California Blues club team to a U-19 state title under coach Hugh Donald... graduated with a 3.45 grade point average... majoring in liberal studies... full name is Heather Marie Aldama... daughter of Bob and Dede Aldama... born December 1, 1978.

Aldama's Career Statistics

YearMatches-StartsShotsGoalsGW GoalsAssistsPoints
199724-20212137
199822-12161124
199921-153331612
Career67-4770631123

Aldama's Career Honors
Honorable Mention All-West Coast Conference 1997