Nicole D. '19 Wins National Championship with FSA FC United

Nicole D. '19 and her FSA FC United Eastern Club National League (ECNL) U17 team won the North American Cup National Championship in Seattle, Washington. Nicole, a defensive and offensive force, scored 3 of 5 total goals on the road to the Championship.

This fall will be Nicole's fourth full season with Watkinson's varsity team, after joining the team in the post-season as an eighth grader. Mostly known as a forward, she also plays mid-field. Nicole has an extraordinary list of accolades as a Watkinson athlete:
  • record for goals scored in a season and career.
  • Athlete of the Year Award as a sophomore and junior
  • MVP of the girls varsity soccer team as a freshman, sophomore and a junior
  • Hudson Valley Athletic League All Star freshman, sophomore, junior years
  • All-State junior year
  • Boston Globe All-Scholastic junior year
  • Three-sport varsity athlete freshman, sophomore and junior year

In the past two years alone, the ECNL has sent more than 2,500 graduating seniors to play women's collegiate soccer, with 2,028 in NCAA Division I programs alone. 92% of the Class of 2017 - almost every high school senior in the league - moved on to play at the collegiate level. Nicole's FSA coach Erin Fisher commented, "Being part of an ECNL team is a huge commitment in terms of time and travel. We train three nights a week including a speed and agility session and then play two matches each weekend. Travel includes four national tournaments (FL, AZ, NJ and WA) as well as league games from MA to MD. Balancing the academic and extracurricular commitments at an independent school like Watkinson, including being a tri-varsity athlete, requires an incredible work ethic, as well as excellent time management and organization. Nicole has juggled these commitments extraordinarily well and has been a wonderful teammate on her FSA team. She is an extremely selfless and humble player who is always laughing and smiling and enjoying being with her teammates. She is a quiet leader who leads by example and sets the bar high with her work rate, commitment, and perseverance. Nicole led the team in scoring at the ECNL National Playoffs and scored the game winner in each of our first three games, helping to lead the team into the finals of the North American Cup which we won in penalty kicks. It was an exciting tournament and Nicole was an integral part of the team’s success this season."

Huge congratulations to Nicole, her FSA team, and to the entire Watkinson soccer program.