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Former Navy Soccer Standout Nicole Aunapu Named One of the Patriot League's Ten Best

10/31/2000 - Women's Soccer
Former Navy Soccer Standout Nicole Aunapu Named One of the Patriot League's Ten Best

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BETHLEHEM, Pa. (Oct. 31) - Former Navy women's soccer standout Nicole Aunapu is among 10 players from around the league named to the Patriot League All-Decade Women's Soccer Team. The team, compiled of 10 players regardless of school affiliation and/or position, was named in celebration of the Patriot League's 10th Anniversary.

"It's a great honor to be selected to the Patriot League All-Decade Team," said Aunapu, who is finishing up graduate school at Stanford University. "I was fortunate to be able to play for two outstanding coaches, not to mention an amazing team without whom none of this would have been possible."

Aunapu's storied career was highlighted in September of last year when she was named the 1999 NCAA Woman of the Year for the state of Maryland. She also became Navy's first female student-athlete to earn GTE Academic All-America recognition since the Naval Academy elevated its women's programs to Division I status. In addition to her national academic recognition, she was also named the Patriot League's Women's Soccer Scholar Athlete of the Year two-consecutive years (junior and senior seasons).

Aunapu closed out her career at Navy as one of the most decorated women's soccer players in Patriot League history. Navy's team captain her senior campaign and a Trident Scholar, she became just the sixth player in history to garner First-Team All-Patriot League recognition four times. She was also named Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year two-consecutive seasons by the league's coaches. In addition to her Patriot League accolades, she earned NSCAA All-Mid-Atlantic Region honors four-straight seasons. Navy's premier defender, Aunapu's primary responsibility was to mark the opposition's top scorer. She anchored the Mids' defensive unit which set a school record with 14 shutouts in 1998 and was third in the nation for shutouts per game (0.67). The Navy defense was ranked eighth in the nation that season with its 0.56 goals-against average and allowed a league-low 12 goals.

"Nicole is definitely deserving of this honor," said Navy head coach Carin Gabarra. "She is one of the most talented players and certainly one of our best leaders we've had at Navy since I came here seven years ago."

Joining Aunapu on the team is Alexis Albano (Army, Class of '96), Heidi Caruso (Lafayette, Class of '94), Nicole D'Orazio (Colgate, Class of '98), Jennifer Hughes (Colgate, Class of '97), Tosie LeGrand (Army, Class of '94), Kaitlyn Lynch (Colgate, Class of '95), Holly Pedley (Army, Class of '98), Jessica Tuthill (Colgate, Class of '96) and Tara Williams (Army, Class of '94).



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