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Vanni named NSCAA/adidas All-American

Former Sierra star was among nation’s top scorers

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Vanni named NSCAA/adidas All-American

San Francisco State freshman Nicole Vanni has been tabbed an All-American by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and adidas for her record-breaking senior season at Sierra High.

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POSTED December 10, 2009 1:47 a.m.
Nicole Vanni started her decorated four-year varsity soccer career at Sierra High as a promising defensive midfielder.

She ended it as the school’s all-time leading scorer.

Vanni, now a freshman at San Francisco State, was recently named a National Soccer Coaches Association of America/adidas High School All-American after leading Sierra to a 26-1-2 record and the program’s 10th Valley Oak League championship in 14 years last spring.

She was also one of 16 players selected to the NSCAA/adidas all-Region VIII (Far West) team.
Vanni’s 53 goals set a single-season program record and were third most in the nation. She finished with 106 career goals, which is also a school record.

“In all the years I’ve been involved in high school soccer, Nicole is definitely one of the best all-around players that we’ve had,” Sierra head coach Manuel Pires said. “She started out in the defensive midfield for us, but we worked a lot with her to become the offensive player that she is.

“She has the ability to defend all over the field and is a force on the attacking third because she can do more up there than score goals.”

Vanni also finished with 17 assists. Her numbers were impressive considering Sierra had several other scoring weapons. Striker Michaela Scott produced 27 goals and led the Timberwolves with 20 assists — eye-catching totals on most other teams.

Sierra went after its fourth Sac-Joaquin Section championship in its eighth postseason final-round appearance but was upset by Whitney 4-1 for its only loss of 2009.

Leading up to their season finale, the T’Wolves were ranked No. 2 in the country by NSCAA/adidas and No. 6 nationally by ESPN Rise.

Vanni, named the Bulletin’s Girls Soccer Player of the Year in 2008 and 09, had a productive season this past fall as a true freshman at San Francisco State, finishing second on the team in minutes, goals (three) and assists (four).

“She’s very deserving of (All-American honors), but knowing her she’s not going to stop working hard because she won this award,” Pires said. “She wants to follow up high school with an outstanding college career.”
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