8  Heather Dittmer
Heather Dittmer

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Marietta, Ga.

High School:
Walton HS

Height:
5-7

Position:
M


2007: Started all 20 matches of her senior campaign, one of only three players on the squad to make 20 starts... Finished the year with a pair of goals and one assist for a total of five points overall... Took a team-high 43 shots on the season, putting 22 on goal, also tops on the team... Found the back of the net against Winthrop and Chattanooga... Recorded her assist in the 2-0 win over Gardner-Webb... Played a team-high 1,622 minutes on the year, for an average of 81 minutes per match... Was named to the East Tennessee State Invitational All-Tournament Team...Also garnered 2007 Southern Conference Fall Academic All-Conference Team honors... Finished her career with 169 shots, putting her in fourth place on the WCU career all-time list... Her 15 career goals ties her for fourth-place all-time, along with her spot in fifth with 39 career points.

2006: Played in 21 matches and started 20 ... Voted First Team All-Southern Conference by the League's Head Coaches... Named to the North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) All-State Soccer Team ... Named to the TIAA-CREF Fall Academic Team ... Led the team in points (12), goals (5), shots (53) and shots on goal (23) ... The 53 shots ranked fifth in the Southern Conference, as she averaged 2.52 shots per game which ranked her ninth in the conference ... Scored a season-high two points in a match five times ... Took seven shots twice and also had three shots on goal twice ... Scored two game-winning goals, including the lone tally in the 1-0 win over Wofford (09/15).

2005: Played in all 24 of Western's matches, starting a career-best 23 ... Led the team in both points (19) and goals scored (7), while also ranking second in shots (42) and tied for fourth in assists (5) ... Scored in six of WCU's 24 matches ... Her 19 points ranked tied for sixth in the SoCon, while her seven goals were tied for fifth and five game winners were the second-most ... Dished out two assists, including helping on the tying goal in WCU's 3-2 double overtime win over Niagara (8/28/05) ... Tallied her first multi-goal game scoring both goals in a 2-0 shutout win at Georgia Southern (10/28/05), scoring a career-best, single-game four points ... Was in on all three of Western's game-winning goals in the Southern Conference championship run, scoring two including the overtime winner against the College of Charleston (11/3/05) and the winning tally in the championship game versus second-seeded Furman (11/4/05) ... After receiving a pass from Marie Nicolini seven and a half minutes into the extra frame, Dittmer turned and fired a shot on the Cougar net from 23 yards out and the ball careened off a CofC defender and was catapulted on goal where the Cougar keeper jumped to make the save, but her attempted deflection ricocheted off her hand, falling in the net for the game-winner ... In the championship, headed in the lone goal off a cross by Natalie Turgeon ... Additionally recorded an assist on the first goal scored in the 2-0 win over conference previously unbeaten, and top-seeded, Davidson (11/4/05) ... Named to the SoCon all-tournament team ... Became the first player in Western Carolina women's soccer history to be named to the Soccer Buzz magazine's "National Elite Team of the Week" (11/10/05) ... Named to the WCU Dean's List in the fall of 2005 ... Listed on the SoCon's Academic Honor Roll.

2004: Started all 18 matches during her freshman season -- only one of three WCU players accomplish the feat, joining classmate Melissa Berry and Natasha Moore ... Tied for second on the team in total shots with 31 (Natalie Turgeon also had 31) ... Also was second on the team in total shots on goal, putting 20 of her 31 attempts on net (.645 SOG%) ... Recorded her first career goal at the 50:39 mark in the second half in Western's 3-2 loss to Furman (10/11/04) ... Her unassisted tally broke the 1-1 halftime tie, giving the Cats a 2-1 advantage ... Dished out her first career assist in Western's 8-1 victory over The Citadel ... Delivered a header to Natasha Moore from a Keevy Harris corner kick for the score early in the second half ... Finished her first season with three total points ... Named to the WCU Dean's list for both the fall of 2004 and spring of '05.

High School: Served as a captain and was the team MVP in 2004 of her Walton High School team under coach Bruce Wade ... Also played for coach Sharon Loughran at Walton ... Dittmer was additionally a team captain of the GSA Phoenix Red club team under coach Ted Colburn, which finished first in the state in 2004 ... Was also a member of the Georgia Olympic Development Program ... Was a member of the National Honor Society and was awarded an academic scholarship to come to Western.

Personal: Full name is Heather Ashley Dittmer ... Daughter of Mario Dittmer and Dawn Dittmer ... Double-majoring in Spanish and Business Administration & Law.

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