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Mary Nicholson
Mary Nicholson

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Birmingham, AL

High School:
Vestavia Hills

Height:
5-8

Position:
Defender

Birthdate:
05/11/1990

Club:
Birmingham United 90

2011: Played in 24 matches (21 starts) and had two points on a goal ... Played the entire 90 minutes and took a shot - putting it on frame - in the 2-1 NCAA Tournament First Round win over Utah State ... Played the entire 90 minutes of all three wins at the SEC Tournament as Auburn held its opponents to just two total goals, posting a pair of shutouts ... Made a game-saving save in the final minutes of the 1-0 upset of No. 5 Duke, clearing a ball that was headed for an empty net inside the six ... Started and played the entire 90 minutes on the backline against both No. 5 Duke and Wright State, her first two starts of the year ... Scored her first career goal in the 4-1 win over Middle Tennessee State, finishing off a corner in the 72nd minute to put Auburn up four goals ... Came off the bench to play 70 minutes against No. 18 Wake Forest.

2010: Played in all 21 matches, starting three on the back line and nine in the midfield ... Had two assists and took 16 shots ... Had the first assist on Katy Frierson's game-winning goal in the 4-0 win over Tennessee Tech to start the season ... Had the assist on Ashley Marks' goal in the 56th minute of the 3-2 win at Arkansas, taking two shots that were blocked before Marks buried it in the net for a 2-1 lead ... Earned the corner with a shot that led to Maddie Barnes' seventh minute goal in the 2-1 upset win over No. 20 Georgia that vaulted Auburn into first in the SEC West ... SEC Academic Honor Roll.

2009: Took a medical redshirt ... Auburn Top Tiger ... Sec Academic Honor Roll.

2008: Played in 17 games, starting five ... Earned her first career start at Missouri, playing a season-high 80 minutes ... Had an assist in 55 minutes of play in the season-opener against Grambling, getting the second assist on Lydia Townsend's goal in the 32nd minute ... Took six shots on the year including two at Kansas ... SEC Freshman Honor Roll.

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Vestavia Hills ... Also was a centerback from Eric Dade's Birmingham United 90 ... Led BUSA to 2007 Alabama State Champion and the 2007 Region 3 Central Premier League Championship ... Participated in Alabama ODP State Team since 2004 ... Former member of Vestavia Hills Soccer Club and helped coach Jason Lockhart's Vestavia Attack 89 Blue to the 2006 and 2007 state championships and the 2007 Region 3 quarterfinals ... Also played for the Mountain Brook Angels 90 that won the state cup and advanced to the Region 3 quarterfinals twice ... Two-time State Champion at Vestavia Hills High School ... 2005 All-State, 2005 All-Metro and 2007 Lakeshore MVP.

PERSONAL: Mary Kathryn Nicholson ... Daughter of David (Auburn class of `75) and Tammy Nicholson ... Already earned her degree in Nursing and is taking on a second degree in Spanish ... Has a brother, John, who also attended Auburn.

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