2017 (Freshman): Appeared in 19 matches, starting two...had one assist in 1-0 win over McNeese...attempted eight shots, three on goal.
Club/High School: Lettered four years in soccer…All-State Nebraska First-Team, All-Metro First Team, All-Class A First-Team as a senior…led Marian to three state titles and one runner-up finish…Team MVP as a junior…NSCAA Player of the Week in 2016…high school coach was Teresa De George…played club soccer for Elite Girls Academy ’98 Maroon, coached by Marcus Kelcher…National, English, Mu Alpha Theta, Social Studes, Spanish and Science Honor Society member.
PERSONAL: Daughter of Marty Nelson (deceased), Tina Nelson Vanderhorst and Chad Vanderhorst…both father and step-father are graduates of service academies…father, Marty, is a 1987 USAFA graduate and was a baseball coach at Air Force from 2005-06…has four sisters…intends to major in political science…intends to go to law school or medical school upon graduation…Why I came to the Academy: “I spent most of my younger years living in Colorado Springs. My family sponsored cadets and I was able to see the athletic side because my dad was the military baseball coach. I fell in love with the campus from a young age. After spending my whole life as an Air Force brat, I decided that I wanted to serve my country as well. It’s a dream school because I get to play soccer, receive a phenomenal education, challenge myself, and in the end, be a part of something bigger than myself all in one.” …hobbies are painting, running, biking and watching movies…favorite food is anything potato and fruits…favorite class subject is math or sociology…enjoys listening to Rihanna…favorite TV show is Grey’s Anatomy…favorite movie is Top Gun…person in history she’d most like to meet is Jesus…something not many people know about her is that when she way younger, she almost quit soccer for gymnastics…advice to young people is to take every opportunity as a chance to learn and grow. Love your mom, laugh at yourself and be kind to everyone…credits her mom as having the biggest influence on her sports career…most notable thing about her hometown is the College World Series and the Omaha Zoo, which is ranked second-best in the country…best personal moment in soccer was winning the high school state championship three of four years and scoring the winning goal as a junior…enjoys hanging out with friends and family when away from soccer…favorite athlete is Carli Lloyd.
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