July 24, 2012
Knoxville, Tenn. - Former Tennessee soccer star Marie-Eve Nault is headed to the 2012 Olympics as a member of the Canadian soccer team. Nault will have the opportunity to play alongside fellow Lady Vol alumnus Rhian Wilkinson once again. The duo proudly wore the orange and white from 2000 to 2003.
In their freshmen seasons together on Rocky Top, Wilkinson and Nault would be tabbed by many as a "deadly scoring punch." In that season alone, Nault would find the back of the net six times. Five of those finishes would come at crucial points in SEC play. Throughout her next two seasons with the Big Orange, Nault would see action in every match, starting in all 27 of Tennessee's SEC contests.
Nault was a top performer while at Tennessee and would be named the team's Defensive Most Valuable Player her junior year in 2002. Even as a defender scoring would come natural for Nault. Six of her nine goals as a Lady Vol would prove to be match-winners. Much like Wilkinson, Nault would give back to her university as a student assistant coach following her playing time at Tennessee, and in 2004, Nault would make her debut for the Canadian national team.
When asked what was so special to her about the University of Tennessee, Nault answered that it was, "the long lasting friendships created while playing soccer for one of the best programs in the country."
Be sure to check in on the utsports.com Olympic page that will be tracking the movement of all current and former Volunteers playing at the international level.