Personal: Born May 27, 1983 in North Vancouver, B.C. ... Parents are Robert Rustad and Nancy Macdonald ... Also recruited by Nebraska, Tulsa, and Missouri ... Graduated from high school with 4.0 GPA to rank No. 1 in her class ... A Canadian Soccer Association carded athlete with senior card status ... Named MVP of the 1999 Nike Island Premier Cup, the club provincial championships ... Member of the Nanaimo Premier Women's Soccer Team since 1999 ... Played with the Nanaimo Metro U-17 team in from 1998-99... Completed level 8 in piano with the Royal Conservatory of Music... Played trombone in the Gulf Islands Secondary School jazz band.
Washington: Three-year letterwinnerr ... Will concentrate on the collegiate season after missing several UW games and training camps during her first three years while participating with the Canadian National Team ... Played defense with Canada, a position she will move to this season with the Huskies after serving as a midfielder . 2003 (Junior) - Played 11 games, all of them in a reserve role ... Missed pre-season training camp and the opening five games while playing with the Canadian National Team ... Attempted 14 shots ... Distributed an assist on Tina Frimpong's final UW goal in a 3-1 win at California (Nov. 2). 2002 (Sophomore) - Played 13 games, starting eight of them ... Playing time was limited as she trained and played with the Canadian National Team in World Cup qualifiers ... Registered a goal and an assist in UW's 2-2 tie with Washington State (Oct. 19) ... Also distributed an assist against UC Irvine (Sept. 22) ... Received first-team All-Pac-10 Academic team acclaim. 2001 (Freshman) - Played 17 games, starting 10 ... Voted to the Husky/Nike Invitational All-Tournament team (Sept. 21-22) ... Tallied two goals and two assists, good for six total points ... Netted goals at Gonzaga (Sept. 7) and Eastern Washington (Oct. 7) ... Distributed the game-winning assist in the season opener at Utah State (Sept. 1), setting up Jaime Carstensen's second goal in a 4-1 UW victory.
Canadian National Team: Made 24 appearances with the full Canadian National team, including five games in both 2000 and 2001, nine games in 2002 and five in 2003 ... Played three games in 2003 against Mexico along with contests against USA and Ghana ... Scored her lone international goal on Sept. 4, 2003 against Mexico ... That was also her most recent international appearance ... Started every game for Canada's silver medal winning U-19 team at the world championships ... Has tallied two goals in U-19 international play ... Earned her first of 22 "caps," entering in the 46th minute on June 26, 2000 in the Canadian National Team's 3-2 loss to China during the Women's Gold Cup in Hershey, Pa. ... Played in four of five Gold Cup matches ... Played in a 2-2 tie against the USA on June 30, 2001 ... Entered in the ninth minute on Nov. 11, 2000 in Columbus, Ohio, helping Team Canada defeat the U.S. National Team 3-1 in an exhibition contest ... Represented the Canadians in two games during the 2001 Algarve Cup during March in Portugal ... Played on the Canadian Under-20 and Under-18 National teams in 1999 ... Was a member of Canada's 1999 Pan American Games team.
Gulf Islands Secondary School First team All-Star in British Columbia AA Championships in 1999... Junior Girls Athlete of the Year in 1999... Also competed in basketball and cross country... Second team all-star at the Vancouver Island AA basketball championships ... Raced to a 16th-place finish in the Vancouver Island cross country senior championships in 1999 after placing fifth at the juniors in 1998.
Coach Gallimore on Rustad: "This is Clare's year. She is not going to have the national team issue bugging her and she won't have to worry about it. She is going to be here in this place and have the sole focus of starting, playing every game, and playing well. Clare is a good center back who is obviously skillful with great vision. She is going to be a center back and there are not going to be any questions about it. I am hopeful that we will see the same end of spring Clare in the fall."