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Penn State ranks third among alums in the NWSL
The Nittany Lions face four 2014 NCAA Tournament second round participants
Penn State's 10 representatives in the NWSL ranks third in the league behind North Carolina and UCLA
Church will be one of five Nittany Lions on the Spirit's roster.
Penn State boasts second-most former players in the National Women's Soccer League
U.S. WOMEN'S U-23 NATIONAL TEAM MEMBER (2010-present)
U.S. WOMEN'S U-20 NATIONAL TEAM CO-CAPTAIN (2009-10)
CONCACAF WOMEN'S U-20 CONCACAF CHAMPION (2010)
NSCAA SECOND TEAM ALL-AMERICA (2010, 2011)
U.S. SOCCER FEMALE YOUTH ATHLETE OF THE YEAR NOMINEE (2009)
FIFA WOMEN'S U-20 WORLD CUP CHAMPION (2008)
NSCAA FIRST TEAM ALL-GREAT LAKES (2009, 2010, 2011)
ALL-BIG TEN FIRST TEAM (2009, 2010, 2011)
UNANIMOUS BIG TEN FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR (2009)
UNANIMOUS BIG TEN ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM (2009)
TOPDRAWERSOCCER.COM ROOKIE OF THE YEAR (2009)
PHILLY SOCCER NEWS BEXT XI (2009)
M.A.C. HERMANN TROPHY WATCH LIST (2009, 2010, 2011)
ECAC FIRST TEAM ALL-STAR (2010)
2011: Started in 24 of 25 matches in attacking midfield...Tallied three goals and 13 assists for 19 points, earning NSCAA All-American Second Team honors for a second straight year...Gathered All-Big Ten and NSCAA All-Great Lake First Team honors for a third straight year...Scored a goal in 4-0 win over Bucknell (9/20)...Tallied two assists each in matches with West Virginia (8/26) and North Carolina State (9/2)...Garnered three two-point days vs. West Virginia (8/26), North Carolina State (9/2) and Bucknell (9/20)...Tallied assists at Pittsburgh (9/4), UCF (10/9) and Virginia (9/11), capping a four-game point streak...Provided a helper vs. Northwestern (9/23)...Assisted game-winners vs. Ohio State (9/29) and at Michigan State (10/21)...Converted a penalty kick at Northwestern (11/2)...Tallied assist on PSU's lone goal in Big Ten Final vs. Illinois (11/6)...Scored dramatic 85th-minute game-winner against Army (11/11) in NCAA First Round...Tallied two assists in 4-1 victory over No. 12 Marquette (11/18) in the NCAA Second Round.
2010: Garnered first NSCAA All-America honor with a second-team selection...Named to the All-Big Ten First Team and NSCAA All-Great Lakes First Team after scoring seven goals and six assists for 20 points...Started in all 21 games in central midfield leading the team in shots (73)...Scored second-fastest goal in PSU history, a strike 63 seconds into the match at UConn (9/5)...Notched penalty-kick goals at Portland (9/10), vs. Michigan State (9/26) and at Northwestern (10/8)...Scored both goals in win over Northwestern (10/8)...Scored a goal each against Indiana (10/28)...Had three-point day at Purdue (10/31)...Recorded two assists vs. Bucknell (9/15)....Tallied assists vs. Washington (9/10), Iowa (10/10) and Minnesota (10/15)...Named team MVP and to ECAC First-Team All-Star squad.
2009: Started in all but two games in central midfield en route to seven-goal, team-leading 10-assist, 24-point standout year...Earned unanimous All-Big Ten First Team, Big Ten Freshman of the Year and All-Freshman Team honors...Named TopDrawerSoccer.com Rookie of the Year...Named to M.A.C. Hermann Trophy Watch List...Twice named Big Ten Freshman of the Week (10/5, 11/2)...Earned first collegiate start, playing 46 minutes against then-No. 9 Virginia despite a bout with mononucleosis...Recorded first collegiate goal in thrilling fashion, scoring the game winner in a 3-2 comeback win over UConn (8/31)...Scored second game-winner of the season at Indiana (10/29) in the 80th minute for a 2-1 Penn State win...Recorded first collegiate assist at then-No. 5 Florida State (9/4)...Notched assist against BU (9/13)...Scored goal and assist in 2-0 win over James Madison (9/20)...Scored goal at Michigan State (9/27) to send the game to overtime...Tallied opening goal against then-No. 15 Ohio State (10/4) en route to the 2-1 upset win...Recorded assist against Northwestern (10/9)...Scored goal against Iowa (10/11)...Had three-point day at Wisconsin (10/18)...Added an assist in 6-0 win over Illinois (10/25)...Recorded three assists in 4-0 win over then-No. 22 Purdue (11/1), a new freshman record and second most in a game...Tallied a point in 10 of 12 games from Sept. 13 vs. BU to Nov. 1 against Purdue...Assisted on first goal against Virginia (11/15) in NCAA Tournament.
BEFORE PENN STATE
Scored first goal with the U.S. National Senior team in a 1-0 win over Canada (7/22/09)...Earned her first cap with the U.S. National Senior team on May 25 in a 4-0 win at Canada...Has been on the National scene since age nine when she began training with the Maryland State Region I ODP travel team...In January of 2008 she was called up to the Senior Women's National Team and was the youngest member to attend training camp...Soccer Buzz named her the number three recruit in the country for the 2008 season..Member of the U.S. U-16, U-17, U-18 and U-20 teams throughout her career...On the U-20 World Cup Championship team in 2008...Tallied an assist in a 3-0 win over England which propelled the U.S. to the semi-finals... Traveled throughout North and South America and Europe with the numerous national teams...Played club soccer with the Freestate Shooters U-18 team, which won the WAGS Championship in 2004 and the U.S. Club Soccer Championship in 2007...Maryland State Cup Champions in 2004... Four-year captain for the Region I ODP team...Won the 2006 Regional ODP National Championship...Four-time Parade All-American out of Archbishop Spalding...Three-time All-Met First Team member..Three-time Player of the Year named by the Washington Post...Three-time All-State selection...NSCAA/adidas All-American from 2005-08...Gatorade Maryland State Player of the Year from 2005-07...NSCAA/adidas All-South Region selection from 2005-07...All-time leader in assists, goals and points at Archbishop Spalding...Team assist/goal leader from 2004-07 also a four-year member of the varsity basketball team...An excellent student, Nairn was a National Honor Society member and graduated with Dean's List honors.
Christine Marie Nairn was born on September 25, 1990 in Annapolis, Md. ...Daughter of Tommy and Danamarie Nairn..Two older brothers, T.J. and Kevin...Brother T.J. played collegiate soccer at Salisbury University from 2003-07 and currently is an assistant coach for the Seagulls...Kevin played collegiate soccer at Anne Arundel C.C. from 2005-06...Enjoys reading and music when not on the playing field...Majoring in communications.
COACH WALSH ON NAIRN
"Christine is a special player who possesses the combination of skill, vision, and ability to see the game at the highest level. We are anxious to place her into the center of our midfield and give her some freedom to be creative. She is not only an outstanding passer of the ball but has also proven to be quite dangerous when shooting from distance. "
NAIRN ON CHOOSING PENN STATE
"I decided that this was the best place for me to enhance and continue my soccer career and get an excellent education."