Freshman Season (2012)
Played in 20 games for the Tar Heels as a freshman • started games against UConn, Notre Dame and Marquette • played 461 minutes, including a season-high 90 against Florida • scored the first goal of her career against Marquette and it proved to be a game-winner • also notched a goal against Miami and assisted on a goal in the NCAA second round win over Illinois • a Rising Star in the Carolina Leadership Academy • named to 2012-13 ACC Academic Honor Roll.
ODP & Club Soccer
Played for Toro Bravo soccer club in Omaha, Neb., primarily playing at center attacking midfield • led team to three State Cup championships from 2010-12 • in 2010 Toro Bravo was one of 16 teams selected for U17 USYS National League, with the squad taking third place • Toro Bravo went on to win Midwest Regional League in 2011 and National League Red Division in 2012 • also played for CSA Gold 93/94, leading that club team to two State Cup championships, scoring winning goals both times • selected for Nebraska ODP Team from 2007-10.
2012 graduate of Lincoln Southeast High School • four-year starter at central midfield and forward for the soccer team • also played four years on basketball team as a point guard • 2011 and 2012 Nebraska Gatorade Player of the Year nominee • led state in scoring at the Class A level in both 2011 and 2012 • finished her career with 79 goals and 35 assists, both school records • led state in scoring as a senior with 38 goals and 11 assists and as a junior with 23 goals and 17 assists • had 16 goals and four assists as a sophomore • named to All-State, All-Conference and All-City Soccer Teams in back-to-back years • honorary co-captain of Super State Soccer Team in 2011 • paced her team to two conference titles, two district championships (scoring game-winning goal both times) and to state championship game appearances in both 2011 and 2012 (the first two in school history) • led basketball team to state runner-up finishes in 2009 and 2012 • three-year Academic All-State Award honoree with a 4.4 GPA • two-time captain of soccer team, hustle award winner (2011), MVP (2010) and top newcomer (2009) • an NSAA Believers and Achievers Award Nominee in 2012 • member of National Honor Society • honor roll student all eight semesters in high school.
Paige Kathleen Nielsen is the daughter of Kathy Nielsen • was born October 14, 1993 in Lincoln, Neb. • business administration major.
Paige Nielsen's Career Statistics
Year GP/GS SH G A PTS
2012 20/3 9 2 1 5
Totals 20/3 9 2 1 5
Paige Nielsen's Career Scoring Games
Date Opponent G A PTS
9/7/2012 Marquette 1 0 2
9/30/2012 Miami 1 0 2
11/16/2012 Illinois 0 1 1
2012 TOTALS 2 1 5