General: A three-year returning starter for the Tar Heels...the starting right midfielder for UNC...that is her most natural position on the field but she has also played forward for the Tar Heels in her career when situations dictated it...was one of college soccer's most dynamic midfielders in 2006 before moving to striker in 2007 and then playing both positions in 2008... coach Anson Dorrance says Washington's strengths are her speed and her ability to get behind defenses and make plays...graduated from high school a year early, joining the Tar Heels in 2006.
National Team Experience: Member of U.S. U23 National Team in 2009...started at forward for the U20 National Team as it earned a berth in the CONCACAF qualifying tournament for the 2008 U20 World Championships...she played in that tournament for the U.S. last November in Chile when it won the world championship...teammate Meghan Klingenberg also played for the U.S. on that team...played on the U20 which comprised the U.S.'s 2007 Pan American Games Team... the American side reached the gold medal match before falling to host Brazil in the final when the Brazilians were playing their full national team squad...prior to arriving at Carolina she played for the U16 National Team and U17 National Team.
Club Soccer: Played for both the `87 and `88 Dallas Texans and captained the `88 team... named an NSCAA Youth All-America in 2003, 2004 and 2005...helped lead her club team to three straight Premier League Championships from 2003-05...club team won the 2003 State Cup and advanced to the 2004 USYSA National Tournament where the team took third place...played on the championship team of the 2003 and 2004 Lake Highlands Classic League...also played on the club team which won the 2005 U18 Disney Showcase...played on squads which went to the ODP National Championship in 2004 and 2006.
Junior Season (2008): Member of the 2008 U20 World Cup gold medal-winning U.S. team...played in 20 matches before departing for Chile at the start of the NCAA Tournament to compete in the U20 World Cup...started 14 of the 20 matches she played in, splitting time at forward and in the midfield...had five goals and nine assists for 19 points...was named a third-team Soccer Buzz All-America...a first-team All-ACC selection and a member of the All-ACC Tournament Team...a first-team Soccer Buzz All-Southeast Region choice...had her best game of the season against Santa Clara on September 14 when she scored two goals and added an assist in the 5-0 win...she was then tapped for the Soccer America National Team of the Week on September 16, 2008...she scored the game-winner in that game just 55 seconds into the match...had assists on UNC's first two goals in Carolina's season-opening win over Charlotte 5-1, including the assist on Courtney Jones' game-winning goal in the 49th minute...scored the game-winning goal at the 27-minute mark in UNC's 1-0 win over Tennessee on August 31...had a goal and an assist versus Fordham...assisted on Casey Nogueira's game-winning goal in the 76th minute of a 4-2 win over Wake Forest on October 5...in the next game she also assisted on a game-winner scored by Brittani Bartok in the 83rd minute of a 3-2 win over Boston College on October 9...scored the game-winning goal at 32:01 to power the Heels past Boston College 2-0 in the ACC Tournament semifinals.
Sophomore season (2007): Was the Most Valuable Player of the 2007 ACC Tournament as UNC captured its 18th league tourney crown...an outstanding spark on the team as she moved from midfield to striker midway through the season... made the move due to a mixture of her speed, relentless work ethic and ability to attack with the ball... scored seven goals and added seven assists... second on the team in points with 21... appeared in all 24 games for the Tar Heels, starting in 23 of them... picked up her first goal of the season against Maryland in her first start on the front line... picked up her first assist against VCU and continued with assists versus Clemson and Duke... earned a pair of game-winning assists on golden goals against Boston College and Virginia... scored in the regular-season game against Virginia Tech and then in every game of the ACC tournament, garnering her ACC Tournament MVP honors...an All-ACC Tournament selection...named to Soccer America Team of the Week and Soccer Buzz Elite Team of the Week after her ACC Tournament performance... picked up a goal and assist against UNC Greensboro in the NCAA tournament second round and a goal against Notre Dame in the NCAA third round... named to the Soccer Buzz Second Team All-Southeast squad.
Freshman Season (2006): Freshman All-America and freshman All-ACC honoree in 2006...was a dynamic presence on the pitch as a playmaker, earning a myriad of awards...was a Soccer Buzz National Freshman of the Year finalist along with Tobin Heath...named second-team All-ACC...was on Soccer Buzz's first-team freshman All-America squad and on Soccer America's second-team freshman All-America unit as well as on Top Drawer Soccer's second team for rookie players...a second-team All-Southeast Region choice by Soccer Buzz...honored on Soccer Buzz's freshman All-Southeast Region team...an all-tournament honoree at the Duke adidas Classic...named to Soccer Buzz's National Elite Team of the Week on October 2...she tied an NCAA record by playing in and starting all 28 matches during the 2006 season...had three goals and nine assists on the campaign...her biggest goal was the game-winning second-half goal which propelled the Tar Heels past Texas A&M 3-2 in the NCAA quarterfinals...also scored goals against Miami and Wake Forest...had her assists scattered about with one in each of nine games...her assists came against Connecticut (on the game-tying goal), Washington, Portland (on game-winner by Casey Nogueira against 2005 defending national champions), Boston College (set up game-winner by Yael Averbuch), NC State (on Jaime Gilbert's game-winner), Wake Forest, Clemson in the ACC Tournament semifinals, Navy in the NCAA second round (on Elizabeth Guess' game-winner) and Tennessee in the NCAA third round.
Prep: Was named a 2005 Parade Magazine All-America selection...one of seven UNC true freshmen who were ranked among the Top 25 recruits in the country in 2006 according to Soccer Buzz magazine...graduated from Spring Creek Academy in Plano, Texas on May 20, 2006...spent her first two years at Greenhill School in Addison, Texas before transferring to Spring Creek...led Greenhill in scoring in each of her two years on the team...was named the 2003 Dallas Area Freshman of the Year...made the All-Conference team in both 2003 and 2004.
Personal: Given name is Madeline Nicole Washington...was born August 1, 1988 in Dallas, Texas...her parents are Freida and Lecolion Washington...she was named after her grandmother...has two brothers and one sister...her older brother, Brandon, played soccer for Swarthmore College.
2008-09 NIKKI WASHINGTON HONORS
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