Soccer Player Carolyn Walters Selected as
MCCC Woman Athlete of the Year


West Windsor, N.J. -- MCCC sophomore soccer player Carolyn Walters, of Hamilton, was selected by Mercer County Community College as Woman of the Year for the Garden State Athletic Conference's 24th annual celebration of National Girls and Women in Sports Day, held at Seton Hall University on Feb. 7. This yearly event recognizes an outstanding female athlete from each New Jersey community college and four-year school. The event included a luncheon and an awards ceremony during halftime of the Seton Hall women's basketball game versus St. John's Univeristy.

According to Walters' coach, Jodie Ricciardi, she was selected because of her leadership both on and off the field. "Carolyn was always the player her teammates could count on when we needed one more goal or we needed someone to work extra hard at practice to motivate the other players," Ricciardi said.

Twice named "Athlete of the Week" during the fall season, Walters scored 14 goals and had nine assists. She proved a versatile player who excelled at both forward and midfield.

Carolyn Walters at awards ceremony.

Walters credits athletics with keeping her on track. "Playing a sport takes a lot of time. It forces you to balance," she said. "It gives you motivation and teaches you how to manage your schedule."

She notes that her experience with her teammates was great. "We had so much fun this season. We were friends off the field too. The chemistry was there and that improves your play as a team." She adds that the players were truly to committed to improving their game. "We worked hard in practice. We were dedicated to it."

A graduate of Nottingham High School, where she also played soccer, Walters is a Liberal Arts major who will continue her studies at Mercer for several more semesters.

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