Judy Christopher's excellence on the field speaks for itself, though usually in gruff, muffled tones that those who are not soccer aficionados need to listen very intently to hear.
And while the UC Irvine senior is used to making headlines more with postseason honors than eye-catching statistics, she long ago learned to embrace the low profile that swallows up even the most conspicuous defensive midfielders.
"You basically do the dirty work," said Christopher, whose penchant for getting down and dirty can clearly be seen on her all-white home uniform.
She may, in fact, lead the nation in grass stains.
"I obviously slide tackle a lot," said the two-time first-team All-Big West Conference performer who added second-team All-West Region honors while helping lead the Anteaters to the program's first Big West title and a trip to the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2010. "I always like to get that first tackle in early, just to be like 'This is how it's going to be all game and [the opposing attacker] is not going to have fun.'"