Teams: Women's Soccer: Press
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
GAMAL, NOLET HONORED AS ALL-NEW ENGLAND SOCCER PLAYERS
Two All-New England women's soccer teams were announced recently,
and two Tufts University Jumbos were among those recognized.
Junior midfielder Fanna Gamal (Albany, CA) was selected to
the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-New
England third team and to the New England Women's Intercollegiate
Soccer Association third team. Sophomore
defender Sarah Nolet (Los Altos, CA) is also on the NSCAA
All-New England third team.
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.
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 region's coaches. Gamal 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.
Nolet, whose 6-foot, athletic presence in the middle of the field
alone made a difference for the Jumbos, was selected as a defender 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.
In the team's injury-plagued season, Nolet and Gamal were two of
only five Jumbos to start all 14 games. Both players were also named
to the All-New England Small College Athletic Conference first team.
NSCAA/adidas All-New England Women's Soccer Teams
NEWISA All-New England Women's Soccer Teams