Soccer player Mariah Nicolet takes on team leadership
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Soccer player Mariah Nicolet takes on team leadership

10/9/18

Bradley Dame

TNE Writer

NSU’s women’s soccer team kicked off a great season this year despite major shifts in the roster. With only three seniors on the team and 15 new freshmen, the transition from the last season has been significant. The team has seen juniors take on leadership roles to help the seniors in mentoring the new players. One of these juniors is midfielder Mariah Nicolet.

A four-year letter winner from Mannford High School, Nicolet has been a valuable player since high school. She was her team MVP in 2014 and led her team in goals scored all four years of high school. She also managed to be a valuable basketball player, track and fielder and was valedictorian in high school. She made 19 appearances her freshman year and started the last four games of the season. She scored two winning goals that season against East Central and Missouri Southern State and played a season high of 96 minutes against Nebraksa-Kearney. Her sophomore year she was named All-MIAA second team, scored four game-winning goals, started all but one of Northeastern State’s 18 contests, and was top-10 in the MIAA in both goals per game and game-winning goals. This season, she has started all the games and has made five goals so far.

“We face adversity pretty well,” said Nicolet. “I think I’ve really grown confidence-wise. I want to keep growing, keep getting better. I’m built for speed, but I want to be built for other things.”

Nicolet finds the relationship between her and the other players important, not just on her own team, but the boys’ team as well. She adds that being able to relate to the boys is good for the morale of the soccer program overall.

“The juniors are really helping to lead the freshmen this season,” said Julia Mathis, undergraduate assistant. “Mariah sets the bar in work ethic as far as I’m concerned.”

Mathis praised Nicolet for stepping into the shoes of a leader this season, which has been needed due to the amount of new freshmen. The first game this season was on Aug. 30, leaving not a lot of time for the team to adjust to the new roster. Nicolet has been crucial in bringing the team together.

“Mariah really had to evolve,” said Chase Wooten, head soccer coach. “She went from a sophomore to a team leader. She’s been a critical piece in the team.”

Wooten lauded Nicolet’s work ethic as well, mentioning injuries she sustained her freshman year, and praised her proficiency with team dynamics and chemistry. He said that she was a great person with a selfless heart.

Nicolet demonstrates not just physical prowess in the game with her 20 career goals and conference accolades, but an ability to lead as well.  This helps not just her own career, but puts the team overall in a better place. She hit the ground running this season and has been instrumental in the success of the team. She is a player to watch now and will be a player to watch her senior year.

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