2015 NSCAA Second-Team All-South Region
2015 NSCAA Second-Team Academic All-South Region
2015 SEC All-Tournament Team
2015 SEC Community Service Team
2015 SEC Defensive Player of the Week (Sept. 21)
2015 TopDrawerSoccer.com Women’s National Team of the Week (Sept. 22)
2015 LSWA First-Team All-Louisiana
2015 SEC Academic Honor Roll
2014 SEC Academic Honor Roll
2014 Mexican National Team
2013 Mexican National Team
2011 Conference USA All-Freshman Team
An outstanding central midfielder in her two seasons with the Tigers in 2014 and 2015 … Redshirted during the 2013 season after transferring to LSU from the University of Memphis prior to her junior season … Started all 43 matches of her collegiate career, scoring nine goals and dishing out 11 assists for 29 points in the attack … Scored two game-winning goals in her time with the Tigers … Attempted 119 shots with 47 shots on goal in two seasons … Captained the Tigers to their fifth appearance in the NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer Tournament in 2015 … Owns the distinction of being the first LSU Soccer player to earn an international cap at the senior level while playing two games for Mexico at the 2013 Algarve Cup in Portugal … An outstanding student earning two selections to the SEC Academic Honor Roll in 2014 and 2015 and a selection to the NSCAA’s NCAA Division I Academic All-South Region Second Team … Member of the SEC Community Service Team in her senior season in 2015 … Graduated from LSU in December 2015 with her degree in civil engineering.
SENIOR SEASON (2015)
One of the SEC’s elite central midfielders during her senior season in 2015 … Started all 23 matches for the Tigers in her final season in Baton Rouge … Captained the Tigers to the SEC Tournament semifinals and first round of the NCAA Tournament … Helped LSU earn its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2011 and fifth appearance in the team’s history … Ended the season as the team’s third-leading scorer with career highs with five goals and seven assists for 17 points on the campaign … Turned in one of the most memorable individual performances of the season while scoring two late goals in the 69th and 79th minutes in LSU’s 4-3 comeback win over Georgia on Sept. 17 … Game-tying free kick in the 69th minute appeared on the “Top Plays” segment on ESPN’s SportsCenter that night as the No. 8 play of the day in the world of sports … Game-winning goal in the 79th minute handed the Tigers their first SEC win of the season … Honored as the SEC Defensive Player of the Week on Sept. 21 and named to the TopDrawerSoccer.com Women’s National Team of the Week on Sept. 22 following her performance against Georgia and a 5-1 destruction of Marquette the previous weekend … A lethal free-kick specialist while scoring directly from three free kicks on the season … Fired home a 30-yard free kick in the 10th minute against Mississippi State to lift the Tigers to a 1-0 win in league play on Oct. 23 … Also opened the scoring in the fifth minute of LSU’s 3-2 road win at Kentucky on Oct. 29 with a swerving free kick from 25 yards … Led the Tigers to a 2-1 comeback win over Kentucky in the first round of the SEC Tournament with a long-range strike in the 47th minute to tie the match … Named to the SEC All-Tournament Team following LSU’s run to the semifinals for the first time since 2010 … Topped the team’s scoring charts with a career-high seven assists on the season … Also tied for the No. 6 spot on the SEC list for assists on the season … Equaled LSU’s single-game record with three assists in a 4-1 win over Western Kentucky … Named to the Battle on the Bayou All-Tournament Team after leading the Tigers to a pair of wins over Western Kentucky and Minnesota … Assisted Jorian Baucom’s game-tying goal in a 1-1 draw with Ball State and Summer Clarke’s game-winning goal in a 4-0 win over Indiana at LSU’s “Stomp in the Swamp” to earn a spot on the all-tournament team … Earned her share of recognition for her performance on the season, highlighted by her selection as a Second-Team All-South Region performer by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America … Also a First-Team All-Louisiana selection by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association … A team leader on and off the field while being honored for her academics and community service efforts … Named to the NSCAA’s NCAA Division I Academic All-South Region Second Team … A member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll for the second-straight season … LSU’s nomination to the SEC Community Service Team following the season … Earned her second varsity letter.
REDSHIRT JUNIOR SEASON (2014)
Started all 20 matches in midfield in her debut season with the Tigers in 2014 … Scored four goals and served up four assists for 12 points to finish the season as the team’s third-leading scorer … Made her much-anticipated debut for the Tigers in LSU’s season opener against the Troy Trojans on Aug. 22 … On target in each of her first two appearances to start the season, opening her account in the 59th minute in LSU’s 2-0 shutout of Troy and scoring a free kick in the fourth minute in a 6-2 win over Northwestern State on Aug. 29 … Assisted Lexi Gibbs’ game-winning goal in the 39th minute against Northwestern State for a season-high three points in the match … Also assisted Emma Fletcher’s game-winning goal in the 79th minute in LSU’s 4-3 win at BYU on Sept. 11 … Served up two other assists during the non-conference season in a 3-0 home victory over Nicholls and a 2-1 road defeat at Marquette … Scored two goals for four points during the SEC season … Sealed LSU’s 2-0 victory at Mississippi State by scoring the second goal of the match in the 48th minute of play … Scored the team’s second goal in the 58th minute in a home match against Alabama … Attempted 64 shots with 24 shots on target for a .375 shots on goal percentage on the season … Recognized for her academic performance with a selection to the SEC Academic Honor Roll … Earned her first varsity letter with the Tigers.
JUNIOR SEASON (2013)
Did not compete for the Tigers in 2013 … Received a redshirt after transferring to LSU from the University of Memphis … Received an invitation to train with the Mexican Women’s National Team during the 2014 spring season ahead of the collegiate season.
PRIOR TO LSU
One of the elite performers in Conference USA during her two-year stint at the University of Memphis in 2011 and 2012 … Scored 10 goals and dished out two assists for 22 points at Memphis … Named to the Conference USA All-Freshman Team in 2011 after scoring eight goals and 17 points as Memphis’ second-leading goal scorer … Played in all 24 matches while making 10 starts for a Memphis team that finished the 2011 season with a 22-1-1 mark … Became the first Memphis player since 2007 to score a hat trick with three goals in a 4-0 victory over Tulsa during the 2011 regular season … Also scored the Golden Goal in a 2-1 overtime victory over Tulsa in the first round of the 2011 Conference USA Tournament … Scored goals in matches against Central Florida, Charlotte, Samford and Vanderbilt during the 2011 regular season … Recorded her first assist in a 7-0 shutout of Tennessee-Martin in the first round of the 2011 NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer Tournament … Followed her rookie season by scoring two goals and five points as a sophomore in 2012 … A veteran of the Mexican Women’s National Team system … Earned her first and second career international caps as a member of the senior Mexican Women’s National Team at the 2013 Algarve Cup held in Algarve, Portugal … Earned a start in Mexico’s midfield against Wales before coming off the bench in the second half against Portugal in group play at the 2013 Algarve Cup … Owns the distinction as LSU’s first footballer to earn an international cap at the senior level after being called up to Mexico’s full national team for the first time … Made seven appearances with Mexico’s Under-20 squad at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in 2010 and 2012 … Scored two international goals for Mexico at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup … Scored the only goal for Mexico in a 3-1 defeat to South Korea in the quarterfinal round at the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup held in Germany … Scored the second goal in a 4-0 rout of New Zealand in the group stage as she helped Mexico advance to the quarterfinal round once again at the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Japan … Mexico’s top goal scorer with six goals in its World Cup qualifier at the Confederation of North, Central American & Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) Qualification Tournament held in Panama … Played club soccer with the Nuevo Leon state team, guiding the club to a pair of national championships in 2008 and 2010 and a pair of third-place finishes nationally in 2007 and 2009 … Also a standout on her high school team at Prepa Tec in her hometown of Monterrey, Mexico … Guided her high school team to a first-place finish in the national tournament of private high schools in 2009 as she was named the Most Valuable Player.
Full name is Natalia Ines Gomez-Junco Esteva … Born on Oct. 9, 1992, in Mexico City … Has lived most of her life in Monterrey, Mexico … Parents are Bernardo Gomez-Junco and Veronica Esteva … Has one older sister, Veronica … A standout in the classroom during her prep career at Prepa Tec in Monterrey … Maintained a perfect 4.0 grade-point average during her high school tenure … Graduated from LSU in December 2015 with a degree in civil engineering.