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Nicole Waters

School

University of Dayton

Position
Midfielder
Major
Exercise Science

Classroom

University of Dayton midfielder Nicole Waters is working toward a degree in exercise science. Waters was named first-team Academic All-Ohio in 2013. She has been named to the University of Dayton Dean’s list and Atlantic 10 Commissioner’s Honor Role two times throughout her college career.

Character

Waters is a two-time captain for the Dayton women’s soccer team. She was 19 years old when she made her debut with the Canadian National Team youth program under coach Andrew Olivieri. She was among 19 prospective players for the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Canada 2014 selected for the Women’s National Excel camp in Copenhagen, Denmark. While overseas, she played in three matches against a local professional team and national teams from Norway and Denmark. The past three summers Waters has been playing in the W-League, taking no breaks from soccer. After her freshman year she played with the Toronto Lady Lynx of the Central Conference of the W-League. Following her sophomore campaign, Waters played for the Gulf Coast Texans of the Southeastern Conference. This past summer Waters led the Seattle Sounders Women FC First Team of the W-League to the Western Conference Championship. Waters continues to have aspirations to play for the Canadian Senior Women’s National Team. Waters is one of the most skilled Flyers on the team and can certainly score goals, but it is a testament to her character that she likes to create goal-scoring opportunities for her teammates and has led Dayton in assists that last two seasons.

Community

Waters volunteers at the University of Dayton Rec Plex with Multiple Sclerosis patients, providing instruction and care during pool workouts every Saturday when she is not on the road for soccer. She also volunteered coaching for a youth soccer club for one season. In addition, she is very active in the team’s community service efforts. Since 2012 she has participated in Christmas on Campus, in which University of Dayton students adopt an inner-city child, give them gifts and show them the true meaning of Christmas. For two years she volunteered with Top Soccer, teaching and playing soccer with special needs children. She helps with the annual “Kicks for Kids” event teaching soccer to special needs children. Waters has also walked in many Breast Cancer awareness events with her teammates. For two seasons, Waters and the Flyers have sponsored a “Green Dot” match to provide awareness and prevention of sexual assault. They’ve also participated in the Anti-Bullying Rally in Dayton, Ohio. Finally, the team hosts free soccer clinics following matches for inner-city children.

Competition

Waters has put up some huge numbers for the Dayton women’s soccer team during her career. Waters, the 2014 Atlantic 10 Midfielder of the Year, has 37 career assists (just 13 from becoming UD’s all-time leader). Last year she was ranked fourth in NCAA D-I women’s soccer with 18 assists. Her 18 assists broke a UD single-season record. As a sophomore she led the nation with 17 assists and led the Flyers to an A-10 Regular Season Championship. She holds the A-10 Championship record with four assists during the 2013 tournament. She was named to the 2014 NSCAA All-Mid-Atlantic Region team, in addition to earning first-team All-Atlantic 10 honors for the second consecutive season. For the past two seasons Waters has been named to the A-10 All-Championship Team. She led the Flyers to the 2014 A-10 Tournament Championship and subsequent NCAA Tournament berth. She was three times named A-10 Player of the Week in 2014 and once was named the NSCAA D-I Women’s National Player of the Week. She has twice been named All-Ohio. This year she was named to the TopDrawerSoccer.com Top 100 National list. She was also named a 2015 A-10 Preseason First Team selection. As a freshman she was named to the 2012 A-10 All-Rookie Team.