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#11 Natalia Ariza
Position: Midfielder/Forward
Height: 5'3"
Year: Senior
Hometown: Bogota, Colombia
Experience: High School
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Ariza Photos

2012: Started 19 games after returning from the London Olympics, where she represented the Colombian National Team... Assisted on three goals... Third-most minutes by a position player (1,685) despite not playing first two matches due to Olympic commitment... Numbers went down this season but her affect on each contest netted her first-team All-OVC honors... took on a more defensive role and was vital in shutting down opposing attackers... assisted on a goal by her sister, Tatiana, against Chattanooga, Sept. 2... Took a season-high three shots against Miami (Ohio), Sept. 7... Assisted on the first two of Austin Peay's six goals against Eastern Illinois, Oct. 12... Earned All-Tournament honors after leading a hounding Lady Govs defense to the OVC Championship game.

2011: Played and started in 16 games...  named second-team All-OVC, finishing with five goals and four assists for 14 points... a talented attacking midfielder, made move to defense when injuries depleted back line... ranked third on team with 41 shots, including 25 shots on goal... took 13 corner kicks... Aug. 19 at Alabama A&M, scored a goal and assisted on two... Aug. 30 vs. Union, had a goal and an assist in Lady Govs win... on the field for 615 of season’s first 630 minutes... missed two games (at Lipscomb and at Xavier) with mild knee sprain... returned for OVC play, scoring two goals and recording one assist... Oct. 21 vs. SIU Edwardsville, scored game winning off a deflection inside the box... also part of defense that notched back-to-back OVC shutouts vs. SIU Edwardsville and Eastern Illinois... Oct. 30 at Morehead State, scored the her season’s final goal in the 74th minute... played 1423 minutes.

2010: As a freshman was named first-team All-OVC... played at forward and in the attacking midfield... scored six goals and had three assists... four of her six goals came in the season's final five games... had four game-winners, which was second-best on team... her 35 shots ranked fifth-best and her 20 shots-on-goal ranked fourth-best... acted as one of Lady Govs two corner-kick specialists, taking 42 of APSU's 91 corner-kick opportunities... reported late after playing in U19 FIFA Women's World Cup, missing season's first two games... Aug. 29 vs. Chattanooga, scored her season's first goal on a combination play from Tatiana Ariza and Emily Kink... Sept. 14 vs. Alabama A&M, scored game's first goal on a indirect kick inside the box... later had an assist on a goal by Tatiana Ariza... went eight games without a goal, but that set up her final five-game push in which she helped carry team into OVC Tournament play... Oct. 24 vs. Tennessee Tech, scored her season's second game-winner in the OVC regular-season finale on a direct kick in the 84th minute... Oct. 31 vs. SIU Edwardsville, was responsible for both goals in Lady Govs' 2-1 win, assisting on the first goal off a corner and scoring the second goal on a penalty kick... Nov. 5 vs. Southeast Missouri, had her season's only multi-goal game when it mattered most... scored twice to help Lady Govs into OVC Tournament final... first goal came in 28th minute and game-winner followed in 88th minute... was held without a shot in OVC Championship match.

Previously: Played in the defense for U20 Columbian National team…played 360 minutes in four games, as the Columbian’s lost, 1-0, to Nigeria in the semifinals… brings an abundance of experience from a worldwide level of soccer… also played in U17 FIFA World Cup tournament… led Columbia to the U17 2008 South American Championship.

Personal: Daughter of Luis and Yolima Ariza... born Feb 21, 1991... majoring in business marketing... identical twin sister Tatiana also plays for Lady Govs.

2010 20 1624 6 3 15 35 .171 20 .571 4 2-3
2011 16 1423 5 4 14 41 .122 25 .610 2 0-0
2012 19 1685 0 3 3 14 .000 8 .571 0 0-0
TOTAL 55 4732 11 10 32 90 .122 53 .588 6 2-3
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