Holly Manthei
Personal information
Full name Holly Jean Manthei
Date of birth (1976-02-08) February 8, 1976 (age 45)
Place of birth Edina, Minnesota, United States
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–1997 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 100 (24)
National team
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–1996 United States 22 (0)

Holly Jean Manthei (born February 8, 1976) is an American retired soccer midfielder-forward and former member of the United States women's national soccer team.

Early life

Manthei was born in Edina, Minnesota and grew up in nearby Burnsville. She attended Burnsville High School where she led the team to two consecutive state soccer championships and three straight championship appearances. Manthei was a three-time all-state performer in soccer while earning the same honor in track twice and basketball once. She was also a member of Burnsville's 1992 state championship basketball squad and won the state title in the 300-meter hurdles in track and field in 1993. In 1994, she was named a Parade High School All-American.[1] She was named one of the first 20 members of the Burnsville High School Hall of Fame that were inducted during the school's 50th anniversary celebration in August 2006.[2]

University of Notre Dame

During her first year, she earned consensus second-team All American honors and led the nation in assists with 30, the second highest single-season mark in women's college history. She had had eight multiple-assist games and scored a point in 21 of 25 games. She finished the season first-team all-Midwestern Collegiate Conference, all-newcomer and newcomer of the year.[1]

As a sophomore, she led the Notre Dame Fighting Irish to a National Championship. She was named First-team Soccer News and First-team NSCAA All-American, as well as Soccer America's Collegiate MVP team. She was a finalist for national player of the year awards and led the nation for a second season with 21 assists.[1]

As a junior, she started all 21 games and was named to the NSCAA All American third-team. She led the nation with 44 assists, the highest single-season mark in women's college soccer history breaking Mia Hamm's mark of 33 set in 1992. Making its third straight appearance in the NCAA championship game, the Irish lost 0-1 to the North Carolina Tar Heels.[1]

During her senior year, Manthei captained the Fighting Irish, helping her team to their fourth consecutive NCAA tournament. She was a finalist for the Hermann Trophy and Missouri Athletic Club Player of the Year Award and ended her college career with the all-time NCAA assist NCAA record with 129 and tied for NCAA career playoff assists with nine.[1]

Playing career


Manthei played for the United States women's national soccer team from 1995–1996. She made her first appearance for the senior national team on February 24, 1995 in a match against Denmark.[1] In 1995, she was part of the team that won bronze at the Women's World Cup.[3][4][5] She earned a total of 21 international caps.


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  3. ^ "Manthei Makes Most of Chance". Soccer America. Retrieved April 4, 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "Ex-Minnesota prep soccer and World Cup stalwart Holly Manthei". Star Tribune. Retrieved April 4, 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "U.S. WNT Notes from Blaine, Minnesota". US Soccer. Archived from the original on May 11, 2013. Retrieved April 4, 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)