Quick Take: One of the best athletes on the U.S. team and the only player on the roster from a small soccer school, the former college basketball point guard missed games during her senior hoops season at Monmouth in New Jersey for a no-guarantees trial with the national team. One of the fastest and most rugged players on the team, Pearce has had a breakthrough year, mostly at right back after Joy Fawcett moved into the middle following Carla Overbeck's knee surgery. Virtually unbeatable on the sprint, she also owns the team's best vertical jump and is a crunching tackler.
U.S. National Team: A high-scoring forward in college, she converted to defender for the USA when making her debut in 1997 ... She is the only player from a small soccer school to ever make an impact on the national team ... 1999: A member of the 1999 Women's World Cup championship team, she played in one match against North Korea ... The versatile defender played in 18 matches for the USA in 1999, starting eight ... 1998: Solidified her position as a solid starter in the defense for the national team in 1998, starting 14 of her 19 matches and playing 1,164 minutes ... Started both matches as the USA took the gold medal at the 1998 Goodwill Games ... 1997: Started 16 of 18 games for the USA in 1997, her first year with the national team, finishing third on the team in minutes played ... First trained with the USA at training camp in San Diego in January of 1997 ... Traveled with the USA to Australia in February of 1997, making her debut against the Matildas on Feb. 28 in Melbourne ... Played second half in Melbourne, then all 180 minutes of matches in Bathurst and Canberra, and her international career was off and running ... Played right midfield in all three games at U.S. Cup '97, scoring the 100th U.S. Women's Cup goal against Australia in Ambler, Pa. ... First Appearance: Feb. 28, 1997 vs. Australia ... First Goal: May 2, 1997 vs. South Korea.
College/High School: A two-sport star at Monmouth University in New Jersey, she is the school's all-time leading scorer in soccer and was the starting point guard on the basketball team, but opted to miss numerous games during her senior season while training and traveling with the national team ... A First-Team All-Mid-Atlantic Region selection and 1995 & 1996 Northeast Conference Player of the Year in soccer ... Led Monmouth to a 51-11 mark over her last three seasons, including 17-5 as a senior ... Ranked 3rd nationally in scoring as a senior with 75 points, fourth in goal scoring with 29, seventh in assists with 17 and second in game-winning goals with nine ... Monmouth's record holder for goals, assists and points in a season, she posted 10 multiple goal games as a senior ... Finished 8th in the nation in 1995 with 19 goals and 15 assists for 53 points ... She started all 80 games in her soccer career, scoring 79 career goals with 54 assists for 212 career points ... Co-captained the basketball team as a senior and was considered the quickest player on the team, a tenacious one-on-one defender and an excellent passer ... Played both the point guard and shooting guard positions for Monmouth ... Had a career-high 22 points vs. Rider during the 1995-96 season, picked up a career-high 13 assists vs. Marist that same season, and had a career-best 10 steals vs. Farleigh Dickinson the year before ... Holds the school record for steals in a season with 79 ... Also played in two lacrosse games for Monmouth as a senior ... Heralded as the finest athlete Ocean County has ever produced, earning all-league honors in basketball, soccer and field hockey ... As a senior at Point Pleasant Boro High School, she became the first person to lead the Shore Conference in scoring in soccer, basketball and field hockey ... Scored 2,190 career points in high school basketball ... Named New Jersey Female Athlete of the Year by the New Jersey Nets as a senior.
Club: Played several matches for the New Jersey Stallions of the W-League during the summer of 1998.
Personal: Graduated from Monmouth with a degree in Special Education, and is working toward her teaching credential ... Also volunteered as a soccer coach and basketball coach at the middle school where she was student teaching ... Works in classroom situations with communication handicapped children ... A talented seamstress and avid sewer, she made her own prom dress in high school ... Has a large collection of Snow Babies.