16 Natalia Pena
Played in 16 games for NIU as a true freshman, starting 13 total including every conference game...played as a center back and right back for the Huskies...tied for the team lead with three assists, including a two-assist performance against Ohio (Oct. 5).
HOFFMAN ESTATES HIGH SCHOOL:
Four-time letter winner and two-time captain ... Team MVP in 2013 ... All-Conference and All-Area Honorable Mentions in 2013 ... Started every game since 2012.
Daughter to Esperanza and Waldo ... Intends to major in biology (pre-med)...Made honor roll every year in high school ... Won AP Scholar Award after 2013 spring semester ... Won Spirit of the Hawk Award after 2012 fall semester ... Volunteer at Community Crisis Center for Battered Women, Special Olympics, and Cupcakes for a Cause (Autism) ... Admires Andrea Pirlo because "he is a leader and plays so beautifully."
COACH ROSS ON PEÑA:
"Natalia has a very high soccer IQ, great vision and is very technical. She has a unique ability to read defensive angles which allows her to time her tackles very well - all traits that will lead to a successful career at NIU."