Heather Nelson enters her fifth year in the program and will compete in her senior season?a two-time All-WCC player who suffered a torn ACL in May of 2000?recovered from surgery after redshirting in 2000?helped lead LMU?s defense to the ranks of the nation?s best in 1998 and 1999?a member of Gryphon Circle (campus service organization)?represented Southern California on the U-23 state team in 1999 and 2001?a player with high expectations and demands?has proven to be one of the best defensive players in the conference?dangerous on the attack?brings strong leadership to a veteran defense?good in the air?unafraid and fearless.
Issued a medical redshirt following a torn ACL.
For the second consecutive year started all 19 games for the Lions? named All-WCC honorable mention?scored second goal of her career in a 2-0 win over Santa Barbara on Oct. 29? added two assists on the season, one in the game winner against Cal State Northridge to start the 1999 season and one in a 6-0 win over San Francisco on Oct. 10?finished the season with eight shots, four on net.
Started in all 19 games?honored as an All-WCC second-team selection?completed the season ranked second on the team with four assists?an anchor of the Lions? defense with her aggressive style and excellent marking?ranked second on the team with a .727 on-goal shooting percentage?had two shots on goal and an assist in the win over Long Beach State on Sept. 1.
Saw playing time in 18 games during the season, starting in four?scored the winning goal against Arizona on Oct. 5 in sudden-death overtime?tallied seven shots on goal for the season, including three against Texas-El Paso.
Nelson is a 1997 graduate of Esperanza High School in Anaheim, CA?a four-year soccer letterwinner?led her team to an 18-5-5 record and a second-place finish in league her senior season?garnered first-team All-Sunset League honors three times, and All-Orange County accolades as a junior and senior?named a first-team All-CIF Division I selection as a freshman and senior?a first-team all-county selection by the Los Angeles Times and Orange County Register in 1997?voted Defensive Most Valuable Player for the Excaliber Tournament?regional Olympic Development Team member?honored by her teammates as MVP, Top Defensive Player, and Inspirational Team Leader?a prep teammate of former Lion Tracy Sharp?prep coaches were Phyllis Scarborough and Barrie Calhoun.
Heather Alise Nelson, ?Nels?, was born on Jan. 30, 1979 in Anaheim, CA?the daughter of Linda Nelson?has two brothers, Heath and Travis?lists water skiing as one of her hobbies and enjoys reading medical books in her spare time?also recruited by Cal State Fullerton, Minnesota and San Diego State?a natural science graduate with a minor in psychology who aspires to enter the medical field.
GP-GS C-E Sh G A Pts
1997 18-4 2-0 7 1 0 2
1998 19-19 0-0 11 0 4 4
1999 19-19 1-0 8 1 2 4
2000 medical redshirt
Totals 56-42 3-0 26 2 6 10
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