Teams: Women's Soccer: Press
Thursday, November 13, 2008
GAMAL, NOLET EARN ALL-NESCAC FIRST TEAM HONORS IN WOMEN'S
Junior midfielder Fanna Gamal (Albany, CA) and sophomore
defender Sarah Nolet (Los Altos, CA) of the Tufts University
women's soccer team each earned first team honors when the 2008 New
England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) All-Conference
selections were announced today.
In a season that started with promise, but was sidetracked by
injuries, Gamal and Nolet provided the steady play that helped lead
the Jumbo squad to a fourth-place finish in the conference. Coach Martha Whiting's
team earned a home-field berth into the conference tournament and
finished with an 8-5-1 overall record.
Nolet, whose 6-foot, athletic presence in the middle of the field
alone made a difference for the Jumbos, was selected as one of three
first-team defenders in the league despite playing half of the
season as a defensive center-midfielder. Her leadership and
performance as a center-back stabilized Tufts defensively, as the
allowed only four goals in their last five games. She also
contributed offensively with a team-high 30 shots attempted for the
three goals. She had the eventual game-winner in a big early-season,
non-conference victory (2-0) at Wheaton. Nolet was also had three assists
for the season.
Gamal's talents at midfield were critical to the team's offensive transition. With modest statistical totals of two goals and three
assists for seven points in 14 games, her field vision and passing
ability did not go unrecognized by the conference's other 10 coaches. They voted her
as one of the four best at her position in the league. She scored the
eventual game-winning goal against Wesleyan on October 19. Of her
three assists, two came in wins over Connecticut College and
Wheaton. She was very active for the Jumbos
with four shots in the NESCAC Tournament quarterfinal game against
Bowdoin, which Tufts lost on penalty kicks.
In the team's injury-plagued season, Nolet and Gamal were two of
only five Jumbos to start all 14 games.
All-NESCAC Women's Soccer Teams