Elyse Nikonchuk has become one of the top midfielders in the Big 12 Conference ... she posses a superior header making her a force in the air and one of the Tigers' most exciting players to watch.
Junior (2005): Named to the All-Big 12 Conference second team for the second-straight season ... one of five Tigers to start all 20 games ... scored a goal against Colorado on Oct. 14 ... handed out an assist in Missouri's 5-0 win over Iowa ... scored two goals in the spring season in wins over Marquette and an U-16 Boys Club team.
Sophomore (2004): Played in all 20 games, starting 18 ... earned a spot on the All-Big 12 Conference Second Team ... selected to the SoccerBuzz All-Central Region Third Team ... scored the lone goal against No. 23 Colorado on October 3 to give the Tigers the 1-0 victory ... dished out assists against Northwestern and Oklahoma ... scored three of MUs six goals against Oral Roberts in the spring season ... added a goal against Illinois in the spring season.
Freshman (2003): Getting her Mizzou career off to a roaring start, Nikonchuk hailed as the Tiger's most decorated athlete ... despite two injuries that sidelined the freshman at different points of the season, she dominated as the Tiger's defensive center midfielder ... sparked the Tigers to a 5-4 come-back victory scoring two goals against #4 Texas A&M, including her first collegiate net ... extended her scoring drive putting in the game-tying goal against Iowa State helping the Tigers advance to the league tournament ... named to the Soccer America Elite Team of the Week for her performance ... scored the game-winner against #5 Colorado in the first round of the Big 12 Tournament ... put in Missouri's first goal against Oklahoma State during the Big 12 Championship game ... earned Big 12 all-tournament honors ... helped the Tigers defensively against Texas A&M making the first team save of her career ... scored all five off season goals against Big 12 opponents ... ranked fourth on the team with ten points ... named to the Soccer Buzz All-Central Region Freshman Team ... selected to the U.S. Under-19 National Team.
Prep: Was named Chicago all-area three years running ... was a three-time all-sectional and all-conference player ... named Lincoln Way Central High School's Most Valuable Player as a sophomore and junior ... helped Lincoln-Way Central to the Illinois state Elite Eight in 2002 and the state final match in 2000 ... named to the Chicago Tribune All-State second team ... played for the Windy City Pride club team ... helped Windy City win four consecutive State Cup Championships ... participated in the Illinois state Olympic Development Program in 2001 ... invited to play on the Region II team during the 2002 season ... chose Missouri over Western Kentucky, Nebraska, DePaul, Iowa State, Kansas, Purdue and Illinois State.
Personal: Elyse is the daughter of Steven and Renee Nikonchuk ... born June 26,1985 ... is undecided on a major, but is interested in studying business.