UC SANTA BARBARA
2007: As a junior, Michelle Russell appeared in 17 of 20 matches, 15 of which she started....Russell was second on the team with 10 points and four goals...UCSB was 3-1 when Russell scored...Three of her four goals came in Big West play as she scored one apiece against Cal State Fullerton, UC Riverside, and Long Beach State...Her 20 shots ranked fourth on the team, but her 13 on goal ranked third.
2006: Russell played in 18 of 20 matches during her sophomore season, making one start...She made her only start and scored her only goal of the season in a 3-1 win over Tulsa...Russell also assisted on a goal in a 4-0 win over UC Irvine.
2005: As a freshman, Russell played in seven games, five of which she started, for the Gauchos...An ankle injury ended her season in the seventh game...In UCSB's 2-1 win over Fresno State, Russell scored her first career goal, which ended up being the game-winner for Santa Barbara...Russell scored her second goal of the season - another game-winner - against Villanova in the Maryland/Adidas Classic...Russell's ten shots tied her for the sixth highest total on the team.
Russell attended University City High School...As a senior in 2005, she was selected First Team All-CIF Division II, First Team All-Western League and Union-Tribune All-San Diego Area...During her career, Russell helped to pace University City to a CIF co-championship in 2003, and a Western League title in 2004...She scored 42 goals and 25 assists during her career...Had 17 goals as a senior...In addition to her honors, she was her high school's Team Captain as a senior...Also selected Second Team All-Western League as a sophomore and junior and Second Team All-CIF Division III as a junior...Coached in high school by Brandon Beall...At the club level, she played for PQ Premier.
Born April 6, 1967 in San Diego, Calif....Majoring in global studies...In addition to soccer, Russell was an accomplished field hockey player in high school, earning First Team All-CIF Division II, First Team All-Western League and MVP honors as a senior...In all, she was a four-time all-league selection and a three-time All-CIF choice in field hockey...Also ran track for two seasons...She was a First Team San Diego Union-Tribune All-Academic choice in soccer and field hockey...A four-year Honor Roll student and a four-year Scholar Athlete at University City High School...Daughter of David and Julie Russell.