- BIG EAST All-Academic (2012-13, 2014-15)
2014 (So.): Played in 11 matches and recorded one shot on goal as a freshman ... Appeared in her first match of the season during MU's 3-2 loss vs. Nebraska (8/31) ... Saw 15 minutes of action against Creighton (9/25).
2013 (Fr.) : Made collegiate debut in Marquette's road win over Xavier (10/6).
Prior to Marquette: Nelson was a three-sport standout at The Woodlands Preparatory School, excelling in soccer, basketball and track, and was named the school's Prep Athlete of the Year in 2011 ... As a two-year captain of the soccer team, she led the Wolverines to a regional championship and state semi-final appearance in her senior campaign ... Nelson was a member of three-straight Final-16 state playoff teams (2009-11), named first-team all-state and all-district, and was the team's MVP ... Nelson played for Challenge ECNL and South Texas ODP (2010). Nelson's Challenge ECNL team captured South Texas State Championships on five occasions and was Region III quarterfinalists four times ... Nelson's club also participated in two national events, finishing in the top eight on both occasions ... In track, Nelson was a regional and state champion in the 3,200-meter run in 2010 and a regional and state silver-medalist in the 800 meters (2009-11).
Personal: Daughter of Debbs and Wendy Nelson ... Plans to earn a degree in mechanical engineering.
MEET THE 'FAMILY' - August 2015
What does being a part of the ‘Family mean to you?
For me, being a part of the Marquette ‘Family” means that I have joined something that will last a lifetime. I not only have teammates that will pick me up when I am down (both emotionally and physically) but I have teammates that will be with me for the rest of my life. At some point, I will no longer be able to compete at the NCAA level, but I will cherish all of the memories made, I will have all of my life-long teammates and friends to laugh with, and I will have caring and kind-hearted coaches that will soon turn into mentors. Marquette women's soccer will forever be a part of my life.
What are your goals for the 2015 season?
My goals for our team are to win the BIG EAST Conference regular season and tournament and advance to the NCAA tournament. As an individual, I want to play to my full potential every practice and game in order to get minutes in every game.
What accomplishment during your time at Marquette are you most proud of to-date?
Being able to balance soccer while pursuing a mechanical engineering degree and fully recovering from PCL reconstruction surgery.
After the conclusion of your collegiate career, what are your professional goals (soccer, career, etc.)?
I want to pursue a career in the oil and gas industry and train to run marathons and compete in ironman competitions.
How did you spend your summer?
This summer I interned with ExxonMobil as a Drilling Engineering Intern, I was able to experience an offshore rig and was a part of drilling one of the deepest wells in the Gulf of Mexico.
Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or Snapchat?
My favorite is Instagram
Are there any pre-game rituals or superstitions that you have on match day?
I have to sit next to my best friend, Darian Powell on the bus and she has to tie my pre-wrap on my wrist. Ann Marie Lynch, Darian, and I all have to pass before we play on the field.
Favorite professional sports team?
New Orleans Saints
Favorite sports other than soccer?
If you had to win at a random sport, which teammate would you select to play with?
Best athlete at Marquette (non-teammate)?
Cassie Goodrich (women's track)
Favorite food? Favorite Milwaukee eatery?
My dad’s homemade jambalaya. Carnivore/Screaming Tuna/Swig.
Favorite thing to do in Milwaukee?
Explore the Lakefront
Most talented teammate outside of soccer?
Ann Marie Lynch (basketball)
Is there anything that others are surprised to learn about you?
When I was 5, I had a unicameral bone cyst in my right femur and was in a body cast for over six months. I was the first person in North America to have BMP (bone matrix protein) injected into my leg.
Favorite vacation destination?
Country/Sam Hunt or Brett Eldredge
Favorite class taken at Marquette?