Valerie Henderson
Valerie Henderson

Player Profile

Orinda, CA

High School:



U.S. National Team
One of five Bruins to compete at the 2006 FIFA World Championships in Russia ... Named the Sierra Mist Woman of the Match after registering nine saves and earning a shutout in a 1-0 victory over France ... Has also trained with the Under-21, Under-19 and Under-17 U.S. National Teams ... Traveled with the Under-21s to the Nordic Cup in Norway in 2006.

2006 -- Junior
Played and started in 21 matches ... Missed the first four matches of the season while competing at the FIFA Under-20 World Championships ... Posted an 18-3 record ... Ranked fourth in the Pac-10 with an 0.72 goals against average ... Surrendered just 15 goals all season ... Ranked second in the Pac-10 with eight shutouts ... Moved into first place all-time at UCLA in career goalkeeping victories, picking up the 53rd of her career in the Bruins' 6-1 win over UNLV in the NCAA First Round on Nov. 10 ... Added three more wins to finish with 56 in her career ... Second-team All-Pac-10 selection ... Second-team NSCAA/adidas Scholar All-American ... Honorable mention All-Pac-10 Academic selection.

2005 -- Sophomore
Appeared in 25 matches, starting 24 ... NSCAA/adidas second-team All-American ... First-team All-Pac-10 selection ... Honorable mention All-Pac-10 Academic selection ... Earned first-team NSCAA/adidas All-Far-West Region honors ... Ended the season ranked second in the Pac-10 with an 0.53 goals against average ... Surrendered just 12 goals all season ... Finished the year with 10 shutouts, including five during the NCAA Tournament ... Ended the season with a 20-2-2 record in goal ... Made a team-best 45 saves.

2004 -- Freshman
UCLA's starting goalkeeper in all 25 matches ...NCAA All-Tournament Team selection after posting five shutouts in postseason play ... Soccer America and Soccer Buzz Freshman All-American ... Led the Pac-10 Conference in shutouts with 12 ...Ranked third in the conference and 22nd in the nation with a goals against average of 0.67 ... Registered a season-high seven saves in a 1-0 victory over Arizona State on Oct. 29 ... Posted six saves in a 2-1 win over LMU on Aug. 29 ... Played every minute during all six matches in the NCAA Tournament, surrendering just one goal on a penalty kick in the NCAA Final.

High School/Club
Two-time NSCAA/adidas Youth All-American ... Has seen time with both the U19 and U17 U.S. National Teams ...Participated at the adidas ESP Camp in 2002 ...Diablo Foothill Athletic League (DFAL) Defensive MVP in 2003 ... Led her club team the Walnut Creek Strikers to a second-place finish at the state cup in 2003 ...Also helped the Strikers win the Premier League Championship in 2002 and 2003 ... Member of the USYSA All-Star Team that toured Germany in the spring of 2003 ...First-team all-league in softball and track & field (pole vault) ... Two-time NSCAA/adidas Youth All-American.

Daughter of Steve Henderson and Sara Harkness ...Has three sisters, Elizabeth, Rachel and Hannah ...Born April 19, 1986 in Concord, Calif. ...Majoring in English and minoring in Spanish.