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Nikki Thole 2
Nikki Thole

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
St. Louis, Mo.

High School:
Lindbergh

Height:
5-7

Position:
Forward

Experience:
3L

Club:
Busch


All-America selection, '99 (NSCAA, College Soccer Online, Soccer Buzz, Soccer America)

Scouting Thole-One of the top-5 forwards in the nation, Thole combines pure goal scoring ability with an inate will to succeed. Virtually unrecruited out of high school, this senior has made herself into an All-American, Missouri?s first. Thole will take her blue-collar effort to the field in 2000 in search of her third straight season with 20 goals or more.

Junior (1999): Named an All-American by three different organizations (NSCAA, Soccer Buzz and College Soccer Online) and an All-Central Region First Team selection (NSCAA and Soccer Buzz), Thole set several scoring records on her way to a 23-goal, nine-assist season which featured six two-goal performances. For her efforts she was named the Central Region Offfensive Player of the Year by Soccer Buzz. Thole ranked among the nation?s top-12 scorers in both goals per match, 1.00 (9th) and points per match, 2.39 (11th). Six of Thole?s 23 scores were match-winners, also a season best at MU. Twice in 1999 Thole scored at least one goal in five consectutive matches. Thole earned her second consecutive All-Big 12 First Team award by scoring 12 goals in 13 Big 12 matches. Four of those scores came at the Big 12 Tournament where she was tabbed for the All-Big 12 Tournament team for the second straight year. She also needs just four assists to pass Erin Grimsley for first place on the all-time Missouri assist list.

Sophomore (1998): Thole ranked among the top-15 nationally for points per match (2.33) and goals per match (0.95), while scoring a MU record 20 goals. She became the first MU player to score a hat trick, a feat she accomplished four times as a sophomore. One of those three-goal matches was a 5-3 win over Texas Tech in which Thole score three times in just 6:59 of action. She was named to the NSCAA and Soccer Buzz All-Central Region First Team and was selected as the Collegiate Sportswoman of the Year by Columbia?s Women?s Intersport Network.

Freshman (1997): Thole was named to the All-Big 12 Conference Second Team for her eight-goal, two-assist season. She also earned Soccer Buzz All-Central Region First Team and Soccer America All-America Third Team, freshman honors.

Prep:Thole was a four-time all-state, all-district and all-conference selection at Lindbergh High School. She was an Olympic Developement Regional Pool player, and remains as the only student-athlete in the history of Lindbergh High School to have their number retired upon graduation.

Personal:Thole is an art education major and is the daughter of Noi and Ralph Thole. She was born December 8, 1978, in St. Louis, Mo.

CAREER HIGHS
goals: 3, four times
shots: 8 vs. Oklahoma State (10/10/99) and Purdue (10/29/99)
assists: 2 vs. Michigan (9/5/99) and Illinois (9/12/99)
points: 7 vs. Texas Tech (10/2/98)

CAREER AWARDS

National

  • 1999 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-America Second Team
  • 1999 College Soccer Online All-America Third Team
  • 1999 Soccer Buzz All-America Second Team
  • 1997 Soccer America Freshman All-America Third Team

    Regional

  • 1999 Soccer Buzz Central Region Offensive Player of the Year
  • 1999 NSCAA All-Central Region First Team; 1998 All-Central Region Third Team
  • 1999, 1998 Soccer Buzz All-Central Region First Team
  • 1997 Soccer Buzz Freshman All-Central Region

    Conference

  • 1999, 1998 All-Big 12 Conference First Team
  • 1999, 1998 All-Big 12 Tournament Team
  • 1997 All-Big 12 Second Team
  • Big 12 Player of the Week, 9/6/99
  • Big 12 Player of the Week, 10/6/98

    Yrs G/GS Shots SOG G(GWG) A(GWA) Pts
    97 17/17 41 28 8(2) 2(0) 18
    98 21/20 59 39 20(2) 9(1) 49 ?
    99 23/23 93 55 23(?) 9(?) 55 ?
    ? 61/60 193 122 51(?) 20(?) 122