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Nikki Marshall
Player Profile:
Nikki Marshall 57711
Position: Forward
Height: 5'7"
Year: Senior
City/State: Mead, Colo.
High School: Skyline
Experience: 3 Letters

Big 12 Newcomer of the Week (Sept. 5, 2006)
Soccer Buzz Team of the Week (Sept. 6, 2006)
CU Athlete of the Week (Sept. 6, 2006)
Soccer America Team of the Week (Sept. 7, 2006)
Soccer Times National Player of the Week (Sept. 7, 2006)
Big 12 Newcomer of the Week (Sept. 12, 2006)
Soccer America Team of the Week (Sept. 13, 2006)
Big 12 Newcomer of the Week (Oct. 24, 2006)
CU Athlete of the Week (Oct. 24, 2006)
Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week (Oct. 30, 2006)
Big 12 Newcomer of the Week (Oct. 30, 2006)
Soccer Buzz Team of the Week (Oct. 9, 2007)
Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week (Oct. 9, 2007)
CU Athlete of the Week (Oct. 9, 2007)
2006 Big 12 All-Newcomer Team
2006 Big 12 Newcomer of the Year
2006 First Team All-Big 12
2006 NSCAA Second Team All-Central Region
2006 Soccer Buzz Central Region Freshman of the Year
2006 Soccer Buzz First Team All-Central Region
2006 Soccer Buzz First Team Freshman All-America
2006 Soccer Buzz Fourth Team All-America
2006 Sportswoman of Colorado - College Soccer
2006-07 University of Colorado Athlete of the Year
2006-07 University of Colorado Freshman of the Year
2007 Preseason All-Big 12
2007 Soccer America Preseason All-America
2007 First Team All-Big 12
2007 NSCAA First Team All-Central Region
2007 Sportswoman of Colorado - College Soccer
2007 Hermann Trophy Watch List
2008 Preseason All-Big 12
Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week (Sept. 16, 2008)
CU Athlete of the Week (Sept. 16, 2008)
CU Athlete of the Week (Oct. 14, 20008)
CU Athlete of the Week (Oct. 21, 2008)
2008 First Team All-Big 12
2008 NSCAA First Team All-Central Region
2009 Hermann Trophy Watch List
2009 Preseason All-America
2009 Preseason All-Big 12
2009 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award Nominee
DU Invitational All-Tournament Team
CU Athlete of the Week (Aug. 30, 2009)
CU Athlete of the Week (Oct. 6, 2009)
CS360s Primetime Performer of the Week (Oct. 4, 2009)
2009 Big 12 All-Academic First Team
2009 First Team All-Big 12
2009 First Team All-Central Region

PROFESSIONAL CAREER: Marshall was the first draft pick (seventh overall) for the Washington Freedom in the 2010 WPS Draft. She remained with the club in 2011 when they relocated to Florida and became magicJack. She was traded midseason to the Boston Breakers where she finished out the season. After the WPS suspended operations, Marshall spent 2012 with the Western New York Flash. The Flash won the WPSL-Elite league championship 4-2 on penalty kicks, and Marshall, a defender was named MVP of the match.

SENIOR (2009): While starting all 19 of CU’s games, Marshall led the Buffs in scoring with eight goals and one assist for a total of 17 points. She attempted a team high 53 shots on the season. Colorado won every game that Marshall contributed a goal. Her biggest performance of the season was when she scored an impressive four goals during the 5-1 victory over Oklahoma. She also scored two goals against St. Mary’s and had a pair of single-goal games when the Buffs beat Denver and Texas Tech. Her impressive two-goal game against St. Mary’s gave her the honor of being named to the All-Tournament Team during the Denver Invitational Tournament. Marshall was named CU’s Athlete of the Week twice during the season and has earned this honor a total of eight times throughout her career as a Buffalo. She also earned the title of Primetime Performer of the Week from College Soccer 360. For the second straight season Marshall was named to the 2009 Missouri Athletic Club’s Hermann Trophy Watch List which is the most prestigious award presented in intercollegiate soccer. Marshall earned two preseason honors when she was named to the All-America first team as well as the All-Big 12 first team. When the season concluded she secured her spot as a first team All-Big 12 member and earned first team All-Central Region honors. Marshall also was one of 30 nationwide candidates for the 2009 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award. This award recognizes athletes that focus on the “Four C’s” of classroom, character, community and competition.

U.S. SOCCER (2008): Spent the month of June with the U-20 National Team at the CONCACAF qualifying tournament in Puebla, Mexico. Despite dropping the championship game to Canada, Marshall and the U.S. earned a berth to the 2008 FIFA Under-20 Women's World Cup after a 4-0 victory over Costa Rica in the semifinals. In February, Marshall and Team USA won three straight matches and the championship of the Four Nations Tournament in La Serena, Chile, with victories over England, Norway and Chile.  Marshall went with the U-20's with the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup this past December in Chile and helped Team USA win a World Championship.  She was named Sierra Mist woman of the match (MVP) against North Korea in the world championship game. 

JUNIOR (2008):  Marshall started and played 20 of CU's 23 games, missing three matches due to obligations with the U-20 U.S. National Team.  Marshall was the team's second-leading scorer with eight goals and three assists for 20 points.  She had two multi-goal games, against Nebraska and at Mississippi.  Marshall's second goal against Mississippi proved to be the eventual gamewinner in the come-from-behind 3-2 overtime win.  Of her four total gamewinners in her junior year was the crucial second half goal against No. 10 Texas, allowing CU to upset one of the top contenders of the Big 12 Conference in Boulder.  With her two goal effort against Nebraska, Marshall became CU's all-time leading goal scorer with 34 career goals, breaking former Buff Katie Griffin's record of 32 by two.  Arguably one of the most decorated soccer players to play at CU, Marshall earned NSCAA All-Central Region honors and was named to the All-Big 12 First Team.

SOPHOMORE (2007): Marshall led the Buffs in scoring for the second-straight year as she finished the season with nine goals and two assists for 20 points. She ranked second in the Big 12 in points (13) and goals (six) tallied in conference games. Marshall opened the Buffs' season with both goals in the 2-0 win against Denver and then the gamewinner against Utah in CU's home-opener. After being shutout for eight-straight games, Marshall rebounded with another multi-goal effort against Nebraska and the gamewinner against Iowa State two days later, earning her Soccer Buzz Team of the Week, Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week and CU Athlete of the Week honors. She followed up that weekend with goals in the next three games, giving her a season-high four-game scoring streak. Marshall's final goal proved to be the gamewinner in the 2-1 overtime win against Oklahoma to keep the Buffs in contention for the Big 12 Tournament. She finished the season at the top of six statistical categories for the Buffaloes: points (20), goals (nine), game winning goals (four), shots (45), shot percentage (.200), and shots on goal (26). A pre-season All-Big 12 and Soccer America All-America selection, Marshall was named to the All-Big 12 First Team for the second year in a row and earned NSCAA First Team All-Central Region honors for the first time in her career. Marshall's 20 points on the season moved her into fourth overall on the career points chart (57) and her nine goals tied her for third in career goals (26).

U.S. SOCCER (2007):
Following her amazing freshman year, Marshall was invited to training camp in January of 2007 with the U-21 National Team on Jan. 6-13, and followed that up with an invite to the U-20 National Team camp Feb. 4-11. In June, Marshall made the U-20 WNT squad that traveled to Rio De Janeiro, Brazil for the 2007 Pan American Games. Team USA opened the tournament with three straight victories against Paraguay, Panama, and Argentina before falling to Mexico. They faced Canada in the semifinal match and picked up the 2-1 victory to send them to the finals against Brazil. Their tremendous run ended in the gold medal match as the young Americans fell to the full Brazilian Women's National Team, 5-0, in front of a massive crowd of almost 70,000 fans.

FRESHMAN (2006): Marshall posted the most prolific offensive season in CU history in her first year in Boulder, scoring a school record 17 goals and three assists for 37 points, two of her 17 school records. She was the Big 12's leading scorer, becoming just the second freshman to lead the Big 12 in goals scored in conference history. She was named Big 12 Newcomer of the Year, the third Buffalo to do so, joining Fran Munnelly (2002) and Katie Griffin (2003). Among her 17 goals were a school record seven gamewinners. She opened her freshman season with two scoreless games at Vanderbilt, but her debut at Prentup Field was historic. She netted four goals in the first 49 minutes of the game against Clemson, setting a school record for goals and points in a game. She added another two days later against Mississippi, and then netted goals at BYU and Utah to give her a school record four straight games with a goal. She added assists against Denver and Oklahoma to give her six games in a row with a point, another CU record. She scored her next goal on the road at Nebraska, followed by one at home against Texas, and then posted a repeat of her school record with goals against Iowa State, Texas Tech and Baylor and a pair of them at Kansas to close out the regular season. She was shutout in the Big 12 rematch with KU, but bounced back with the gametying and gamewinning goals in CU's thrilling double-overtime upset of No. 9 Texas A&M in the Big 12 semifinals. She wrapped up her season of scoring with the gamewinner in the second round of the NCAA Tournament against Denver. Marshall also set school records with two 10-shot games (at Nebraska, vs. Texas A&M) and averaged 1.54 points per game in her first season of college soccer. Her year was the most decorated in CU soccer history, as she was named the Big 12 Newcomer of the Week five times, to a media team of the week three times, she was named National Player of the Week by Soccer Times, a first in school history, as well as being the only freshman named First Team All-Big 12 in 2006. Marshall earned Newcomer of the Year from the Big 12 and Soccer Buzz Central Region, and was also a First Team All-Region selection by Soccer Buzz. The NSCAA named her Second Team All-Region, while Soccer Buzz named her a Fourth Team All-American and a First Team Freshman All-American.

HIGH SCHOOL: Marshall had a highly-decorated prep career as a soccer, track and softball athlete. She graduated as the leading goal scorer in Skyline High School history, as she led the team in scoring all four years. After scoring an impressive 23 goals and dishing out 10 assists as a senior, Marshall wrapped up her prep career with 100 goals and 38 assists in high school play. While leading the Falcons to a 10-3-4 record, Marshall was named the 2006 Northern Conference player of the year, the all-region soccer player of the year for 2006, and the Skyline Falcon of the Year. She was a member of the 2005 Colorado State Cup Championship team. Marshall received an academic letter and was a three-time selection to the All-Northern Conference. She was named All-State her sophomore, junior and senior year as well as being named the Longmont Times-Call Soccer player of the year all three years. She also earned All-State honors in track (100m, 400m relay and long jump) as a junior, and was a state champion in the 800 medley her senior year.

IN THE CLASSROOM: Marshall earned a degree in sociology in May of 2009.

PERSONAL: Nicole Sue Marshall was born June 2, 1988 in Thornton, Colo.  She is the daughter of Mike and Kelly Marshall and has a younger sister, Shaye, who played four years for Colorado and graduates in 2013. She is a passionate snowboarder and enjoys working at church camps and helping run soccer clinics for elementary school children.

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