NOTEWORTHY: Named to the 2005 Preseason All-SBC team.
High-quality midfielder named second-team All-SBC for the second consecutive year ... Started all 19 contests and was a chief contributor in helping lead Middle Tennessee to its first ever SBC championship ... Finished season with five goals, which tied for sixth on the team and her 13 points tied for fifth ... Scored all five goals in a three-game stretch against Arkansas-Little Rock, Arkansas State and at Denver ... Poured in three goals in win against Arkansas State, which tied for the most goals in a single game ... Connected for goal against Denver to force overtime and the Blue Raiders eventually won in two overtimes for their first ever win against the Pioneers ... Finished strong campaign with 38 shots, including four each against Arkansas State, Denver and Mississippi State ... Middle Tennessee has produced back-to-back winning records for the first time in program history during Ward's first two seasons in the program.
Savvy, physical central midfielder who started all 21 matches, scoring three goals ... Earned Second Team All-Sun Belt honors as well as SBC Newcomer of the Year ... Took four shots in season-opener versus Belmont and three against Louisiana-Monroe ... Tallied first goal of season on assist from Jessica Northcutt versus Western Carolina ... Also took four shots against Southwest Missouri State ... Tallied three shots at Austin Peay and a pair each at Arkansas-Little Rock and at Arkansas State ... Scored unassisted on free kick for team's first goal versus North Texas ... Had one shot in 1-1 tie at South Alabama ...Played 70 minutes at Louisiana-Lafayette ... Tallied her final goal of year on assist from Rachel Holmes in 3-0 win over Arkansas-Little Rock at SBC Championships, her second game-winner of the year.
BEFORE MIDDLE TENNESSEE
Attended Reid Kerr College in Ayr, Scotland, for one year ... Currently member of U-19 Senior National Team for Scotland.
Played for coach Hugh Flynn at Queen Margaret Academy ... Participated in soccer, netball and track ... Received Simon Campbell Trophy in 2000 for Outstanding Achievement in Sport ... Captained Ayr United since 1999 ... Team's top goal scorer in 2000-01 ... Team participated in European Cup ... Club team won all domestic league titles ... Played U-16 netball for Scotland ... Played U-16 and U-19 soccer internationally for Scotland.
Claire Lynne Ward ... Daughter of Francis and Ellen Ward ... Born November 10, 1983 ... Majoring in Liberal Arts.