Hometown: Birmingham, AL
Birthdate: July 2, 1990
College – 2011 – SENIOR: Started in all of the Aggies’ 24 matches … Netted eight goals on the season, including game winners against McNeese State (Sept. 5), Kansas (Oct. 2) and Missouri (Nov. 4) … Ranked second on the team in assists with 11 … Led the Big 12 in all games with 93 shots on the season while ranking second in shots per game (3.88), third in assists (11) and third in assists per game (0.46)… Ranked No. 2 in the TDS Big 12 Top 20 Player Rankings … Named to the All-Big 12 First Team and the Big 12 All-Tournament Team … Ended the season ranked nationally in total assists (No. 17) and assists per game (No. 35).
2010– JUNIOR: Started in 20 matches as a first-year transfer … Netted a team third-best nine goals on the season… Named to the All-Big 12 first team and the Big 12 All-Newcomer team … Two-time Big 12 Player of the week (Sept. 7 and Oct. 19).
2009 — SOPHOMORE AT UNC: Clocked playing time in 19 matches … Fired off nine shots, including five shots on goal … Provided one assist in a 4-0 win over Wake Forest (Sept. 27).
2008 — FRESHMAN AT UNC: Saw action in 20 matches … Played in first 16 matches but an injury sidelined her for the next eight games … Returned in time to play in the final four NCAA matches of the season … Started against Kentucky (Sept. 7 ) and Clemson (Sept. 25) … Scored an unassisted goal 3:46 into the Kentucky match that proved to be the game-winner … Scored the game-winning goal against Georgia (Sept. 19), netting the first goal of the game at 35:47 in an eventual 4-0 win … Also scored the fifth and final goal against Maryland (Sept. 28).
HIGH SCHOOL/CLUB: – U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team (WNT) member … U.S. U-16 WNT member … U-15 WNT member … One of the top-ranked recruits in the nation according to Soccer Buzz Magazine … Parade Magazine high school All-America selection in 2007… 2006 and 2007 National High School Coaches Association All-America … Played on teams which were Disney semifinalists in 2006 and finalists in 2008.
PERSONAL: – Merritt Elizabeth Mathias is the daughter of Mark and Mary Jane Mathias of Birmingham, Ala. … Has a younger brother, Mitch (17) … Graduated from Oak Mountain High School in 2008 … Chose Texas A&M because “when I visited I fell in love with team, the campus and the coaches, and I look forward to playing for another national championship team here in Aggieland” … Agriculture leadership and development major.