McMillen named to United Soccer Coaches Women's Scholar All-Region Team

McMillen named to United Soccer Coaches Women's Scholar All-Region Team

KANSAS CITY, Mo. --- Tusculum University's Nicole McMillen has been named to the 2018 United Soccer Coaches Women's Scholar All-South Region third team.

McMillen, a senior from Pickering, Ontario, Canada, has a 3.93 cumulative grade point average while majoring in business management.  She is a member of the South Atlantic Conference Commissioner's Honor Roll, Tusculum Athletic Director's Honor Roll, Dean's List, President's List and the Charles Oliver Gray Honors List.

Last week, she was named to the Google Cloud Academic All-America® second team, becoming the fourth TU women's soccer player to earn that honor.

On the soccer pitch, she started in all 18 matches this season where she accounted for one goal and a team-high eight assists, which are the second-most in the league and 47th in the nation.  In her collegiate career, McMillen has started in 68 matches with a goal and 12 assists for her 14 total points.

She was named to the Google Cloud Academic All-District Women's Soccer team in November to go along with her Academic All-District first team honors she received as a member of the TU track & field team last spring.

Following the conclusion of the 2018 women's soccer season, McMillen was entered in the SAC Cross Country Championship and finished fifth overall with a time of 22:26.2 in her first collegiate race, earning All-SAC first team honors in the process.  She later went to the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional and placed fifth overall in a time of 22:29.19, earning her a trip to nationals and first-team All-Region status.

She finished 59th overall at the NCAA II National Championship, held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, covering the 6,000-meter course in 23:57.7 to become the best finisher at nationals in program history.  She was the second-place runner among SAC entries in the field of 266 competitors, trailing only 51st-place Lucie Noall of Queens who finished 11 seconds faster with a time of 23:46.5.

The TU women's soccer team posted an 8-7-3 overall record and advanced to the SAC quarterfinals as the No. 6 seed.  Tusculum posted its eighth straight winning season and 20th straight year at .500 or better.


2018 United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division II Women's Scholar All-South Region Team
First Team
GK - Veronica Smeltzer, Limestone
D - Lea Hippauf, Limestone
D - Amanda Murphy, Columbus State
D - Christina Shimshock, Lenoir-Rhyne
M - Natalie Prater, West Virginia Wesleyan
M - Holly Rawcliffe, Limestone
M - Jill Richards, Rollins
M - Audrey Van Der Elst, Bellarmine
M - Marissa Zetty, West Virginia Wesleyan
F - Abigail Brown, Lenoir-Rhyne
F - Riley Clark, Columbus State
F - Mia Hollingsworth, Lee
F - TeMia Pride, West Alabama

Second Team
GK - Kelly Rowswell, Rollins
D - Jennafer Alonge, West Virginia Wesleyan
D - Rachel Coutinho, Belmont Abbey
D - Claire Neibergall, Lenoir-Rhyne
D - Alex O'Brien, West Virginia Wesleyan
M - Marlee Gunn-Coleman, Charleston (W.Va.)
M - Maria Munoz, Florida Tech
M - Aqsa Mushtaq, Lenoir-Rhyne
F - Ashley Lewis, Valdosa State
F - Alex Mathis, Limestone
F - Millie Shaw, Limestone
F - Stacey Scott, UNC Pembroke

Third Team
GK - Chelsea Hubner, West Virginia Wesleyan
D - Erika Joldrichsen, Bellarmine
D - Peyton Pruitt, Catawba
D - Nicole McMillen, Tusculum
M - Kayla Douglas, West Florida
M - Helen Schweiger, Southern Wesleyan
M - Flo Spano, Columbus State
M - Victoria Swift, West Florida
F - Daphne Heyaime, Newberry
F - Brooke Nail, Columbus State
F - Morgan Patton, Belmont Abbey
F - Holly Talbut-Smith, Carson-Newman