CSUN's Nicole Thompson Collects NSCAA Scholar All-America Honors
2016 NSCAA NCAA DI Women's Scholar All-West Region Teams
Courtesy of CSUN Athletics
In a year where she was recognized with several awards for her play with CSUN Women's Soccer, senior defender Nicole Thompson has received Scholar All-America awards as voted by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. Thompson nabbed NSCAA Scholar All-America Second Team and All-West Region First Team, becoming the first Matador in team history to earn a Scholar All-America nod.
The Matadors' team captain and anchor on the backline, Thompson concluded her undergraduate studies with CSUN last spring and finished with the highest grade point average (3.82) of any student in the Civil Engineering department. She also earned an Outstanding Graduate Award upon her graduation in May. This past fall, while the Matadors' season was well underway, Thompson returned back to school as a graduate student in Structural Engineering.
Her scholar awards add to the various postseason accolades she has earned for her work on the field in 2016. Helping the Matadors to their first ever Big West regular season crown this past season, Thompson received Big West Conference Defensive Player of the Year as well as a First Team nod. Along with teammates Taylor Hobson and Jovani McCaskill, Thompson was also a part of the Matadors' first trio to ever make the NSCAA All-West Region First Team in team history.
A prominent member of CSUN's defensive unit, Thompson helped lead the Matadors to a school record 15 shutouts during the season including the most the conference shutouts (6) and the most consecutive conference shutouts (6) in a season in school history. On the offensive end, she also netted her first career goal and game winner during the season and recorded two assists.
Thompson is the lone representative of the Big West Conference on the entire NSCAA Scholar All-America Team and she is one of six from the All-West Region Team to make it onto one of the three Scholar All-America Teams. She is also the first Matador to receive a Scholar All-West Region award since Brielle Slepicoff in 2011 and the second player ever in program history.
To receive a nomination for the award, a student-athlete must have at least a cumulative 3.30 GPA, start more than 50 percent of all games, be a significant contributor to the team, be at least a junior or above with academic standing at the institution and be in at least her second year at her institution.