Monica Malavassi | #8 | M/F
Hometown: San Jose, Costa Rica
Previous School: University of Costa Rica (Methodist HS)
Major: Elementary Education
2012: Came back strong after missing the start of the season while recovering from a knee injury, starting 15 games while appearing in 19 and totaling 1,019 minutes...recorded four goals and an assist in her first five games of the season including two goals against Shorter 9/30...scored the first goal of the game in the NCAA semifinal against defending national champion Saint Rose...led UWF with a .368 shot percentage...finished with seven goals and four assists on the season.
2011 NSCAA All-South Region Second Team - Details
2011 All-GSC First Team - Details
2011: Played in and started 17 games as an attacking center midfielder and team captain… All-Gulf South Conference first team selection… scored three goals with nine assists… six of her assists came in GSC play… scored her first career hat trick on 10/16 at Delta State… notched two assists against Valdosta State (10/2) and Alabama-Huntsville (10/30).
2010 Daktronics All-America Honorable Mention - Details
2010 Daktronics All-South Region First Team - Details
2010 NSCAA All-South Region First Team - Details
2010 All-GSC First Team - Details
GSC Player of the Week 10/19/10 - Details
2010: Continued in her role as a dynamic attacking player, starting 16 games and seeing time in the middle and on the outside ... earned Daktronics All-America honorable mention ... Daktronics and NSCAA All-South Region first team pick ... All-GSC first teams selection ... GSC Player of the Week (10/19) ... totaled eight goals with four assists to rank third on the team with 20 points ... scored two game-winning goals ... ranked fifth in the GSC in goals per game (0.50) and points per game (1.25) and sixth in goals and points ... scored in three straight games (9/22-10/1) ... scored two goals in consecutive games and five goals over a three-game span (10/12-10/17).
2009: Started 14 of the 20 matches she appeared in... Scored six goals with nine assists and was fifth on the team with 21 points... Scoreded her first career goal and assist in a 6-0 win over NAIA Spring Hill (9/8)...Tallied a season high four points on a goal and two assists in a 7-0 win over NAIA Mobile (9/16)...Scored twice in a 4-0 win over Montevallo (9/22)...Tallied a season high three assists in a 10-0 win against Ouachita Baptist in the conference opener (10/2)... Netted the game winner against Christian Brothers in the GSC Semifinals (11/6).
High School: Attended Methodist High School in Costa Rica... led her soccer team to four national championships...played point guard for the basketball team as well
Personal: Daughter of Jorge Malavassi and Tatiana Alvarez.. has two sisters who are also athletes, Emilia and Paula... Member of the Costa Rica National Soccer Team and National Basketball Team... Two-time top scorer in the Youth National Soccer Championship... Captain of the National Soccer Team... ...Plans to be a teacher at the Amadita Primary School in Costa Rica when her college soccer career is over...
Photo by Ron Besser