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Nicole Coia

Player Profile
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Simpsonville, S.C.

High School:
St. Joseph's

Height:
5-5

Position:
Forward

Birthdate:
01/09/1987

On Coia: Aggressive attacking forward and strong finisher ... Poised for a breakout senior season ... Skilled one-on-one player with a good ability to break down the back line of defense ... Expected to compete for a starting role on the front line and be a major scoring threat.

Career: Has played in 61 games with 18 starts in three seasons ... Career totals of six goals, four assists and 16 points ... Four of her six tallies have been game-winners ... Villanova is 8-0 in her career when she has a goal or an assist in a game ... Has started 10 of 31 regular season conference games ... Has two career goals against BIG EAST foes.

2007: Played in 20 games with four starts and contributed one goal, two assists and four points to the front line ... Delivered the only goal of the game in a 1-0 win over Temple for her fourth career game-winner ... Recorded assists in back-to-back wins over Robert Morris and St. Peter's ... Played in 10 regular season BIG EAST contests, starting two.

2006: Made great strides and became a contributor to the team's attack ... Was a valuable player off the bench, playing in all 22 games with three starts ... Often the first player to come off the bench in games ... Tallied three goals and notched one assist for seven points ... Tied for third on the team with the three goals ... Netted one goal and had an assist in a win over Colgate ... Also scored goals against Fairleigh Dickinson and DePaul ... Two of her three starts came in BIG EAST games, including the final game of the regular season against DePaul.

2005: Started in 11 of 19 games played, including six of 10 Big East contests ... Scored two goals and had an assist for five points ... Her first goal and first assist came during a 7-1 win over Vermont ... Scored the game-winning goal in the second half of a 2-1 win over Cincinnati ... Played 768 minutes.

Club Team and ODP Experience: Captained her club teams all five years ... Led Carolina Elite Soccer to state titles in 2003 and 2005 ... Also led her club team to the 2005 Region III U-18 Championships ... Team also captured Raleigh titles and a Disney championship ... Helped lead Academy 86 Premier to a Connecticut state title in 1999 ... Led her club teams in scoring and assists all five years ... Member of Connecticut state ODP team in 1998 and 1999 and South Carolina state team 2000-03.

St. Joseph's High School: Named the SCISA Player of the Year in 2004 and 2005 ... All-State selection 2003-05 ... 2005 Regional MVP ... Led team in scoring and assists all four years ... Four-time team Most Valuable Player ... St. Joseph's won state championships in 2004 and 2005 ...Also earned two varsity letters in both swimming and basketball ... Was the MVP of the basketball team both of the years she played.

Academic and Community Honors: Two-time BIG EAST Academic All-Star ... Named to the CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District second team in 2006 and 2007 ... Also selected to the 2006 and 2007 Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Team ... Valedictorian of her graduating class in high school.

Personal: Born 1/9/87 in Hartford, Conn. ... Second of three children of Ted and Ellen Coia ... Has two brothers, Chris (24) and Ben (18) ... Father played golf at Fairfield University and mother was a basketball and track athlete at Clark University ... Chose Villanova because of the campus, its proximity to Philadelphia and the opportunity to compete in the Big East ... Enrolled in Villanova's Honors program and is a Communications major.

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