Pro soccer player Christie Pearce was born in Fourt Lauderdale, Florida, on June 24, 1975. But at a young age, Pearce and her family moved to New Jersey. While growing up in Point Pleasant, Ocean County, Pearce soon became a gifted athlete. In fact, she played four sports while attending Point Pleasant High School; soccer, basketball, track, and field hockey.
During high school, Christie Pearce became the first NJ female athlete to lead her conference in scoring in three separate sports. Then, after graduating, she enrolled at Monmouth University in West Long Branch. Though heavily recruited by major schools throughout the country, she decided to stay in her home state. However, she only focused on soccer, basketball, and lacrosse while in college, quickly reaching star status in all three.
Christie Pearce, Soccer Star
While attending Monmouth University, Christie Pearce started all 80 games of her college soccer career; she scored 79 goals and had 54 assists. Meanwhile, she was twice voted Northeast Conference Player of the Year and First Team All Mid-Atlantic Region. Likewise, during her senior year, she had 10 multi-point games. She also began training with the United States Women’s National Soccer Team (USWNT) her senior year.
In 1996, Pearce graduated from Monmouth University with a bachelor’s degree in special education. However, after graduating she decided to focus on her soccer career. She first played with the Central Jersey Splash in 1997 before joining the New Jersey Lady Stallions the next year.
After that, Christie Pearce joined the New York Power, a pro soccer team. She never left the field for the first 18 games until an injury ended her season. She played with them a couple more seasons until the Women’s United Soccer Association ceased all operations in late 2003.
World Cups and Gold Medals
Pearce experienced a prolific career with the USWNT, mostly playing as a right back. She played with the team during the 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011, and 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup finals; winning twice during the 1999 and 2015 runs. (Christie Pearce became the oldest woman to play in a World Cup final in 2015 at 40 years old.) She also played in four Summer Olympics – 2000, 2004, 2008, and 2012 – winning gold medals in the latter three.
After ending her international run in 2015, Pearce continued to play at a pro level in the US. More specifically, she played with New Jersey’s Sky Blue FC in the National Women’s Soccer League until 2017.
During her pro soccer career, Pearce was a long-serving captain with one of the most successful international teams. Now a mother of two, Pearce continues to be a major role model for young athletes around the country. Though she no longer plays, Pearce stays active in women’s soccer as a coach; this allows her to inspire and share her knowledge and experience with the next generation of players.
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