FRESHMAN SEASON (2013)
Made 18 appearances with 11 starts during her true freshman season with the Tigers in 2013 … Played as both a central defender and defensive midfielder during her rookie campaign … Scored two goals and four points despite playing a defensive role in the team … Scored her first career goal in the 86th minute of LSU’s 5-3 win at Arkansas on Oct. 4 to seal the victory … Also scored the team’s only goal of the match in the 51st minute in a 3-1 defeat on the road to 23rd-ranked Kentucky on Oct. 27 … Attempted just five shots with three shots on goal on the season, finishing with a .400 shot percentage and a .600 shots on goal percentage … Appeared in all six of LSU’s shutouts on the season … Earned a start in shutouts against Louisiana Tech (1-0), Louisiana-Monroe (6-0) and TCU (0-0) at home and 13th-ranked Southern California (1-0) on a neutral field at the Minnesota Gold Classic … Came off the bench to help lead the Tigers to a pair of 1-0 shutouts at Rice to wrap up the non-conference season and Missouri on their home field … Helped lead a defensive unit that finished the season with a 1.49 goals against average while conceding 31 goals to LSU’s opponents during the 2013 season … Earned her first varsity letter.
PRIOR TO LSU
One of the premier central defenders in North America to join the NCAA Division I ranks for the Class of 2013 … Represented her country at the highest levels of youth soccer worldwide as part of the Canadian Women’s National Team system … Invited to train with the best Under-20 players in Canada in two national EXCELeration camps held in Portland, Ore., and Vancouver, British Columbia, in the spring of 2013 … A veteran of the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Azerbaijan as a member of the U-17 Canadian Women’s National Team under the direction of coaches Bryan Rosenfeld, Dave Benning and Linda Hathorn … Started all four matches for Canada at the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in group play matches against Nigeria, Colombia and Azerbaijan and a quarterfinal match against North Korea … Earned 10 international caps during her stint with the U-17 Canadian Women’s National Team as she has also competed against the likes of China, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Trinidad & Tobago and the United States … Helped guide the U-17 Canadian Women’s National Team to a berth into the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup with a silver-medal-winning second-place finish at the Confederation of North, Central American & Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) Qualification Tournament held in Guatemala … Attended four training camps with the U-17 Canadian Women’s National Team in preparation for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup … Captained the U-15 Canadian Women’s National Team for the 2010 season … Also captained the Ontario Provincial Team for two seasons in 2009 and 2010 while competing for the squad for three seasons from 2009-11 … Coached with the provincial team by head coaches Ruben Flores (2009), Thomaz Niedzwiecki (2010) and Joey Lombardi (2011) … Led her provincial team to a pair of gold medals in the U-14 and U-16 levels at the Canadian Soccer Association National All-Star Championships in 2009 and 2011, respectively … A three-year member of the player pool at the CSA National Training Center from 2010-12 … A five-year veteran of the Oakville Soccer Club from 2007-11 … Coached at the club level by Dino Lopez … Honored as the Outstanding Female Player of the Year for the Oakville Soccer Club following the 2011 season … Also coached by Danny Stewart as a member of the W-League’s Toronto Lady Lynx … Also a standout performer in basketball, cross country, volleyball and track and field at St. Thomas More Catholic Secondary School … A three-time city cross country champion in Hamilton, Ontario, in 2007, 2008 and 2009 … Was a regional finalist in the 400-meter dash and 4x100-meter relay on the track.
Full name is Rebecca Marie Pongetti … Born on June 28, 1995 … Parents are Larry and Kristine Pongetti … Has an older sister, Sarah, who is studying biology at the University of Western Ontario … An honor roll student during her prep career at St. Thomas More Catholic Secondary School … Maintained a 3.5 grade-point average during her high school tenure … Recipient of the Director of Education Award in Physical Education in 2009 … Majoring in sport administration with a concentration in sport leadership.