Mariah Bullock

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Mariah Bullock
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Personal information
Full name Mariah Bullock
Date of birth (1991-02-22) February 22, 1991 (age 26)
Place of birth Westminster, California
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
2009–12 Stanford University
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013 Boston Breakers 20 (3)
2014–2015 Seattle Reign FC 28 (1)
National team
2010–2013 United States U-23
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Mariah Bullock (born February 21, 1991), née Mariah Nogueira, is an American retired soccer midfielder. She most recently played for the Seattle Reign FC in the National Women's Soccer League. She previously played for the Boston Breakers.

Early life[edit]

Bullock was born in Westminster, California. She attended and played for Marina High School in Huntington Beach, California.[1] Bullock earned NSCAA Youth All-America and High School Scholar-Athlete All-America honors and was named an ESPN All-American[2] while captaining the team for three years.[1] She earned Sunset League MVP honors, was named to the All-Orange County first team three times and the All-Southern Section first team twice.[1] Bullock was named Marina Female Athlete of the Year twice.[3] While playing for Cal South, she won three State Cups with the team.[1] She also played for the regional Olympic Development Program (ODP) team.[1] In 2009, she was rated in the top twenty college prospects by ESPN Rise and was ranked 27th in the country by Top Drawer Soccer.[4] Bullock played club soccer for Slammers FC.[1]

Stanford Cardinal[edit]

Bullock attended Stanford University where she majored in Psychology. She was a starter for the Stanford Cardinal from 2009 to 2012.[4] During her freshman season, Bullock scored five goals ranking fifth on the team. She scored her first goal off a header against Notre Dame and scored a brace against Wisconsin. She was named to the NSCAA All-Pacific Region first team, NSCAA third-team All-American, All-Pac-10 first team, and Pac-10 All-Freshman team. She also earned the Pac-10's Newcomer of the Year award.[4]

As a sophomore in 2010, Bullock scored five goals ranking fourth on the team. She was named to the NSCAA first-team All-Pacific Region team, All-Pac-10 second-team and received a Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention. She was also named to the MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List. She scored the game-opening goal in the NCAA quarterfinals helping the Cardinal defeat Florida State 5–0.[4] The following year, she scored four game-winning goals during her junior season all with her head.[4] During the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament, she scored the game-opening goals in each match. Post season, she received All-Pac-12 and Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mentions.[4]

During her last season with the Cardinal, Bullock's seven goals ranked second on the team. As team captain, she finished her collegiate career with 21 goals and 15 assists.[5] 15 of the 21 goals she scored throughout her time with the Cardinal were equalizer goals or put Stanford ahead in the match.[4] Her 95 career starts tied for third in the program's history.[4] Following her senior season, she earned Pac-12 Scholar Athlete of the Year honors and was named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) (NSCAA) All-American team.[6] She was also named to the NSCAA All-Pacific Region first team, All-Pac-12 first team, and Pac-12 All-Academic second team selection.[4]

Playing career[edit]

Club[edit]

Boston Breakers, 2013[edit]

Bullock was selected in the second round (13th overall) of the 2013 NWSL College Draft by the Boston Breakers for the inaugural season of the National Women's Soccer League draft.[7][8] As a midfielder, she played in 20 of the team's 22 matches during the 2013 season with 16 starts.[9] She scored her first goal of the season in a match against the Seattle Reign FC in which the Breakers lost 1–2.[10] She scored two additional goals in matches against Sky Blue FC and Washington Spirit helping the Breakers win both games.[9] The Breakers finished the 2013 season fifth in the league with an 8–6–8 record.[11]

Seattle Reign FC, 2014–2015[edit]

In October 2013, Bullock was traded to the Seattle Reign FC in exchange for two third round draft picks.[12] Of the trade Bullock said, "I'm grateful for everything the Boston Breakers provided me in my first professional season and am excited for the new challenge and growth potential that Seattle offers."[13]

During the 2014 season, the Reign set a league record unbeaten streak of 16 games during the first part of the season. During the 16 game stretch, the team compiled a 13-0-3 record.[14] The Reign finished first in the regular season clinching the NWSL Shield for the first time.[15] After defeating the Washington Spirit 2-1 in the playoff semi-finals, the Reign were defeated 2-1 by FC Kansas City during the championship final.[16] Bullock finished the 2014 season with one assist and started in 6 of the 13 games in which she played.[17]

During the 2015 season, the Reign finished the regular season in first place becoming the first team to win the NWSL Shield two consecutive years.[18] The team advanced to the playoffs where they faced Washington Spirit in a semi-final match on September 13, 2015 in Seattle. Bullock's goal two minutes before stoppage time lifted the Reign to a 3-0 win.[19] The team faced FC Kansas City in the final and was defeated 1-0.[20]

In September 2015, Bullock announced her retirement from professional soccer choosing to pursue a doctorate degree in Psychology.[21]

International[edit]

Bullock represented the United States at various youth levels. She was selected to participate in the U.S. under-15 camp in 2006.[4] She has played for the U.S. under-20 and under-23 teams.[22][23]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Mariah Noguiera". Boston Breakers. Retrieved April 23, 2014. 
  2. ^ Shealer, Sheldon (June 2, 2009). "All-Americans a real 'Payne' for foes". ESPN. Retrieved April 23, 2014. 
  3. ^ Szabo, Matt (June 4, 2009). "Nogueira relishes the ride". Huntington Beach Independent. Retrieved April 23, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Mariah Nogueira". Stanford University. Archived from the original on October 21, 2012. 
  5. ^ "MARIAH NOGUEIRA TRADED TO SEATTLE REIGN FC". National Women's Soccer League. October 23, 2013. Retrieved November 11, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Card compiles All-America, Pac-12 honors". Stanford Daily. December 4, 2012. Retrieved November 11, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Closer Look at the Boston Breakers NWSL draft pick". 
  8. ^ "Meet the Breakers: Stanford University midfielder Mariah Nogueira". Boston Breakers. 
  9. ^ a b "Mariah Nogueira". Soccer Way. Retrieved November 11, 2013. 
  10. ^ "BOSTON BREAKERS VS. SEATTLE REIGN 1 – 2". Soccer Way. Retrieved November 11, 2013. 
  11. ^ "2013 National Women's Soccer League". Soccer Way. Retrieved October 25, 2013. 
  12. ^ Hemming, Nick (November 1, 2013). "The Break Down, Part Two: Breakers Trade Midfielder Mariah Nogueira". SB Nation. Retrieved November 11, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Reign FC acquires midfielder Mariah Nogueira from Boston for two draft picks". Seattle Times. October 23, 2013. Retrieved November 11, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Seattle Reign FC sees unbeaten streak end at 16". The Seattle Times. July 12, 2014. Retrieved November 12, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Reign Dominate Dash to Clinch Shield". Sounder at Heart. July 30, 2014. Retrieved January 21, 2015. 
  16. ^ Bird, Liviu (August 31, 2014). "FC Kansas City beats Seattle Reign to win NWSL championship". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved January 21, 2015. 
  17. ^ "2014 Player Statistics". National Women's Soccer League. Archived from the original on January 7, 2015. Retrieved January 23, 2015. 
  18. ^ "Seattle Reign Win NWSL Shield for 2nd Straight Season". ESPN. August 27, 2015. Retrieved October 10, 2015. 
  19. ^ Pentz, Matt (September 13, 2015). "Seattle Reign shuts out Washington Spirit, 3-0, in NWSL semifinal". The Seattle Times. Retrieved October 10, 2015. 
  20. ^ "FC Kansas City down Seattle Reign to win second straight NWSL title". MLS. October 2, 2015. Retrieved October 10, 2015. 
  21. ^ "Reign FC midfielder Mariah Bullock announces retirement". Seattle Reign FC. October 8, 2015. Retrieved October 10, 2015. 
  22. ^ "Mariah Nogueira". Premier Sports Management. Retrieved April 24, 2014. 
  23. ^ "U.S. U-23 WNT Falls to Freedom, Beats Miami During Florida Training Camp". United States Olympic Committee. March 15, 2010. Retrieved April 24, 2014. 

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