Redbirds' up-and-down campaign ultimately culminates in another tournament title and NCAA Tournament appearance
The Redbirds finish the season with a record of 13-5-2
ISU takes on the Golden Eagles in Milwaukee Friday at 7 p.m.
Illinois State has been in the field of 64 three of the past four seasons
ISU will play for its second-straight tournament title on Sunday against Indiana State
2012: Appeared in 15 games, making 12 starts...started at right back first six games of the season before missing five games due to injury...made return at Creighton (Sept. 29), playing 41 minutes off the bench...reentered the starting lineup for the season's final six matches against Indiana State (Oct. 14)...also tallied an assist against the Sycamores for her only point of the season...fired shots against Northern Iowa (Oct. 10) and in the MVC Tournament championship match against Indiana State (Nov. 4)... departs the Redbirds as a member of the winningest class under head coach Drew Roff and only group to win three MVC Tournament titles and make three NCAA Tournament appearances.
2011: Appeared in 11 games and made seven starts...started the first seven games of the season before suffering a leg injury...recorded an assist and fired two shots against Southeast Missouri State (Aug. 19)...contributed to an ISU defense that posted six shutouts and limited opponents to a 1.14 goals against average.
2010: Appeared in all 18 games, making six starts...recorded a point on her second-career assist against DePaul (Aug. 29)...tallied two shots, including a shot on goal against Northern Iowa (Oct. 8).
2009: Appeared in 15 games, recording two goals and one assist for five points on the season...scored her first collegiate goal against Butler (Sept. 25) to lead the Redbirds in points on the game with three...scored her second goal of the season against Creighton (Oct. 11).
Prior to ISU: Four-year starter and three-year captain at Fishers High School ... named IHSAA Third-Team All-State selection (2008), first-team all-district (2007, 2008) and Hoosier Crossroads All-Conference selection (2007, 2008, 2009) ... Led her club team to two Indiana State Cup Championships (2003, 2005) ... State Cup finalist (2004, 2006, 2008) ... member of Indiana ODP team, Regional Pool alternate in 2007 ... played club soccer for Carmel United.
Personal: Heather Anne Sterling... born June 16, 1990 ... daughter of David and Janet Sterling ... major: international business.