Plays for the Mexican National Team and scored the game-winning goal vs. USA in World Cup Qualifying to send her team to the World Cup ... selected in the 2010 Women's Pro Soccer (WPS) league draft by the Saint Louis Athletica ... was selected in the fourth round and was the 37th pick overall ... joined former Huskies Hope Solo and Tina Ellertson (Frimpong) on the Athletica, who finished the inaugural WPS season with the second-best regular season record ... was the seventh Pac-10 player selected.
University of Washington
Four-year letterwinner... Two-time Second Team All-Pac-10, two-time All-West Region and two-time Pac-10 All-Academic selection... Leaves Washington ranked in the all-time top-10 in several categories, including third in shots (194) and games played (83), fourth in game-winning goals (8), tied for sixth in goals (21) and eighth in points (53)... Also ranks in the single-season charts, with her 13 goals and six game-winners in 2008 both ranking third while her 31 points rank fifth... Spent the 2009 summer playing for both the Mexican National Team and the U-23 USA National Team.
A Second-Team All-Pac-10 selection for the second-straight season... Also named honorable mention Pac-10 All-Academic for the second time... Named the team's Player of the Year and Offensive MVP for the second straight year... Had another solid season after a breakout campaign in `08... Ranked second on the team with 15 points... Tied for the team lead with six goals and tied for second on the team with three assists... Her 66 shots led the team... Had two game-winning goals, which came in back-to-back wins over Illinois, 1-0, and Utah State, 2-0... Also had one game-winning assist, setting up Kate Deines for the game-winner in UW's 3-0 victory over Columbia in the Husky Nike Invitational... Scored a goal in UW's season-opening 2-1 win over Seattle, helping UW come-from-behind to win by tying up the match in the 59th minute... Netted a goal in three-straight matches, starting with the game-winner against Illinois which came in the 83rd minute against the then-11th ranked Illini... Scored the first goal in UW's 2-0 win over Utah State before scoring a game-tying goal late in the match in UW's 3-2 win at UC-Irvine... With the Huskies trailing, 2-1, with less than three minutes left, Perez scored on a breakaway to send the match into overtime... Scored UW's lone goal in the Pac-10 opening 1-1 draw with Washington State, heading one into the back of the net in the 57th minute... Was held scoreless over the next four Pac-10 matches before assisting on UW's third goal in a 3-1 win at Oregon... Scored the game-tying goal against No. 4 UCLA in the 16th minute after the Bruins took an early lead of UW's eventual 2-1 loss... Had a season-high eight shots in UW's 2-0 loss to Portland.
Had a breakout season for the Huskies... Named Second Team All-Pac-10 along with NSCAA and Soccer Buzz Second Team All-West Region... Also named honorable mention Pac-10 All-Academic... Was the team's Player of the Year and Offensive MVP.. Went into the season with just two career goals but finished 2008 as the team leader in goals (13), game-winning goals (6), points (31) and shots (71) and tied for the team lead in assists (5)... Her 13 goals rank tied for third on the UW single-season charts... Her six game-winners rank third all time on the single-season charts and eighth on the career charts... Also ranked second in the Pac-10 in that category... Also appeared in the Pac-10 rankings in goals (third) and points (fourth)... Her 31 points rank fifth on the single-season charts... Had a goal in each of UW's first four games, including two in the Huskies' 4-1 win over Kennesaw State... Provided the game-winner in UW's 2-1 win over Gonzaga in the second game of the season and also had the game-winner the next game against Colgate... After failing to score a goal for the first time in the team's fifth game, Perez came back with the game-winner in a 3-1 win over Northern Arizona... Also assisted on UW's first goal in that game... Had a goal and an assist in UW's 3-0 win over Utah with her goal holding up as the game-winner... Contributed a goal and an assist in UW's 3-2 overtime loss at No. 9 USC... Was the hero in UW's 3-2 win over then-No. 13 Cal, scoring the tying and winning goals in the final 15 minutes of the match to snap UW's four-game losing streak... Scored in the 75th minute to tie the game then netted the game-winner in the 83rd minute... Also won the game for UW against Arizona State; was fouled in the box 50 seconds into overtime and lined up for a penalty kick, which was blocked, but she followed the rebound and scored to give UW the 2-1 win... Scored the game-tying goal in UW's 3-2 overtime win over LSU in the NCAA First Round... The goal came in the 83rd minute with UW trailing 2-1 but it sent the game into overtime where UW eventually scored to advance to the Second Round.
Played in all 19 games, getting the start nod on 11 occasions... Tied for fourth on the team with five points, scoring one goal and assisting on three others... Assisted on the Huskies' second goal of the year, setting up Dani Bridges with UW's lone goal in a 3-1 loss to Purdue (Sept. 7)... Assisted on both goals in UW's 3-2 loss to Utah (Sept. 22)... Served a corner kick to Nikki Murray which she netted for the first goal of the game, then set up McKenna Waitley early in the second half for the Huskies' second goal before Utah responded with three unanswered scores... Scored her lone goal of the season off a penalty kick in a 2-1 loss to then-No. 14 California (Nov. 4)... Attempted 25 shots on the season, third-most on the team.
Played all 20 games, starting 15 of them ... Netted the team's only goal in a 2-1 loss at Ohio State (Sept. 17) ... Attempted 32 shots.
Crystal Springs Uplands High School
Did not play high school soccer her final two years ... Two-year letterwinner, as a freshman and sophomore on the varsity squad ... A first-team all-league selection as a sophomore ... Received the team's Most Valuable Player award her sophomore season.
Born in Hayward, California ... Parents are Irene Murillo and Bernardo Perez ... Rated as a top-150 national recruit in the class of 2006 by Soccer Buzz.com ... Represented the Far West region Olympic Development Program (ODP) team at the 2005 U.S. Youth Soccer adidas Cup ... A Northern California state ODP team member ... Played club soccer with the Pleasanton Rage, a program that also produced former Husky teammate Jenna Robison.
Coach Gallimore on Perez
"Veronica is one of our craftiest, most skillful players on the ball. She holds the ball well for us and has a great shot with both feet. She's capable of not only scoring goals for us but creating goals."
VERONICA PEREZ'S CAREER STATISTICS
GETTING TO KNOW VERONICA PEREZ
|Veronica Perez In Her Own Words|
Hey! My name is Veronica Raquel Perez-Murillo. My mom is going to be really happy because I wrote my entire last name. I get in trouble sometimes when I just put Perez. I love her. I'm from San Mateo, CA and a LOT of my family lives within a 1-mile radius from each other...awesome. I have three younger sisters Stephanie(17), Amanda(15), Adriana "Currie"(8)-mini-me and they are very cute. I get my easy-going nature from my dad. Hmm I would say I'm a homebody and mellow. I like sleeping with pillows all over me. Apparently I do funny things with my eyebrows. I love home-cooked meals, not my mom's though. You know when I'm happy after a meal when I've said, "Yep that hit the spot." For some reason my team thinks that I'm monotone, but its not my fault that I can't hit Whitney Houston's hard notes on "I Will Always Love You"(cough, Kendyl). It's a work in progress. I love my team. These girls are the best! Seattle is beautiful. I'm graduating early in the Fall and I'm praying for the opportunity to play in the WPS. After that I want to coach college soccer.
|Nickname||V, VP, Vernoose, V Magic, Nugget, Vern|
|Favorite song||"Always Be My Baby" - Mariah Carey|
|Guilty pleasure||Raspberry oatmeal bar warmed up with a scoop of vanilla ice cream|
|Strangest thing a coach ever said to you||Move those Latina hips|
|Favorite dance move||My shoulder/arm rocking thing|
|Most embarrassing soccer moment||My calves cramped up on me twice during our season opener. The second time it happened I danced off the field.|
|Favorite part of being a Husky||Putting on my jersey and playing on our home field.|
|Favorite restaurant in Seattle||Varlamos...football-sized calzones|
|Favorite place to hang out in Seattle||My house|
|Favorite place on UW campus||Husky Soccer Field on game days|
|Current cell phone ring tone||"I'm in the Bay Trick" - LMFAO|
|Zodiac sign and one trait you possess typical of that sign||I'm a Taurus. Pleasantly calm|
|If you could guest star on a TV show, what would it be?||Man vs. Food|
|Biggest celebrity crush||James Franco|
|Store where you would like to spend a $10,000 gift card||Costco|
|If you could have dinner with one person, who would it be||For sure, my mom|
|Why did you choose your number||I like the numbers 10 and 7. And one of my former youth coaches wore 17 when he played and he is amazing at soccer.|
|What is the weirdest thing you will admit to having doe in the past||I ask people to tickle my arms. It's really not that weird, it feels soo good.|
|Random fact people wouldn't know about Veronica Perez||My graduating 8th grade class was 2 people|
|If you could trade places with a teammate for a day, who would it be and why||Kendyl Pele...I want to know how it feels to run a player down and slide tackle her to the ground. Haha. And to do her "Laura!!" scream. Wait, maybe because of her wit and sarcasm. I'm talking to her right now and she can come up with some crazy, funny stuff.|
|Best thing about playing for Coach Gallimore||If we're having a rough day she always tells us that it's just soccer, the same game we love and have been playing since we were little and that we need to go out there, have fun and just play our game. Her sarcastic humor and jokes may throw you off but you'll realize how much she cares for her players. And her honesty.|