KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Coming off perhaps the best season in program history, the Johnson & Wales University women's soccer team continues to bring in postseason honors. The Wildcats placed three student-athletes on the United Soccer Coaches All-New England Region teams as announced Monday.
Junior midfielder Olivia Cairrao was a First-Team All-New England selection, sophomore forward Jordan Restivo picked up Second-Team All-Region honors and senior Cat Nolan was named Third-Team All-New England. The three selections are the most in program history.
A native of Bristol, RI, Cairrao continues to make history. She is the first Wildcat to earn First-Team All-Region honors and the first to collect three awards. She was a third-team selection in 2018 after a second-team nod in 2017. The GNAC Offensive Player of the Year and GNAC Tournament MVP, Cairrao finished the year ranked 18th in the NCAA for goals (20) and points (47). She rates third in school history with 52 goals and second at 119 points.
It's the first regional honor for Restivo who also named First-Team All-GNAC for the first time. Also among the national leaders in goals, assists and points, the Utica, NY, native registered 35 points from 13 goals and nine assists. She produced three-straight game-winning goals and was named GNAC Player of the Week on October 7.
After missing a good portion of last season, Nolan returned for her best year as a Wildcat and her first All-Region award. The Center Moriches, NY, native produced career-highs of eight goals and nine assists on her way to First-Team All-GNAC. The nine assists tied Restivo for the GNAC lead and were 47th in the NCAA. Nolan earned GNAC Player of the Week on October 21 after producing seven points in a pair of conference victories.
The trio was instrumental in guiding JWU to its first GNAC Championship since 2005. The Wildcats posted a 16-7 record before falling to #5 MIT in the NCAA Tournament. Head coach Chris Flint will have to replace four seniors, including Nolan.