“By the age of 21, she had scored two of the most important goals in U.S. soccer history, the first when she pounded in a rebound of her own shot in the championship game of the 2002 FIFA U-19 World Championship giving the USA a dramatic 1-0 sudden death overtime victory against host Canada and the first-ever world title for youth women. The second came in the 2004 Olympic gold medal game off a blast from 25 yards out into the lower left corner for the game’s first score.”
– US Soccer
Lindsay Tarpley was raised in Kalamazoo, Michigan with two brothers, one older and one younger. She grew up following her older brother around wanting to do anything – and everything – that he did. She credits her family for nurturing her competitiveness, while also challenging her and bringing out the qualities that ultimately helped her accomplish her dreams, including winning two Olympic Gold Medals!
Lindsay, driven by her boundless work ethic, played club soccer and Olympic Development Program (ODP) soccer. The latter helped lead her to the USA Youth National Team system and gave Lindsay her first opportunity to represent her country.
Lindsay was part of the inaugural Under-19 World Cup, where she captained the team and scored the game-winning goal in double overtime to capture their first ever title.
Lindsay was voted ESPN RISE Player of the Decade (2000’s) for her extraordinary successes throughout high school, college and her youth national teams.
Lindsay went on to attend the powerhouse University of North Carolina and had the opportunity to play for legendary coach Anson Dorrance. Under Anson’s guidance, they won the 2003 NCAA National Championship. She was then voted 2003 National Player of the Year. UNC retired her jersey – #25 – after her graduation.
Women’s National Team
Her time with the Youth National Teams and at UNC helped to develop Lindsay, and at the age of 18 she was called into the full Women’s National Team.
In 2004, Lindsay won her first Olympic gold medal and scored one of the most important goals of her career, tallying the first goal in the Olympic final. She continued to play for the Women’s National Team until 2011 when she suffered a career-ending knee injury during a send-off match for the 2011 World Cup against Japan.
Life After Soccer
Since her injury, Lindsay has had five surgeries and is still rehabilitating her knee. She has learned a lot throughout the process. Two of Lindsay’s greatest accomplishments took place in 2012 and 2015, when she welcomed her son, Jacob, and daughter, Alexandra, into the world. She is a wonderful and devoted mom and she loves every minute of it. She always finds ways to nurture her competitiveness in new and uncharted ways.