In addition to leading the Gators to the Final Four of the NCAA Division I Women's Soccer Tournament as a senior in 2001, Wambach set school career records for goals (96), assists (50), points (242), game-winning goals (24), and hat tricks (10).
After tying with the Carolina Courage for last place during the previous season, the Freedom hoped to turn things around in 2002.
Mercy's soccer coach, Kathy Boughton, recalled that Wambach would stay after practice to practice diving headers – a skill that would later become her signature as an international player.
Wambach was awarded the 2012 FIFA World Player of the Year, becoming the first American woman to win the award in ten years.
She was included on the 2015 Time 100 list as one of the most influential people in the world.
Following her senior season, Wambach was named to Parade Magazine's High School All-America Team.
She was also voted national high school player of the year by Umbro and the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).
Of the team's turnaround, Wambach noted, "Early on in the season it was difficult to get everyone on the same page.