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Crawford comes through for NYU

By: Matt Long Telegraph Sports Editor
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Cami Crawford made quite an impact on the women?s soccer team at New York University. Crawford, who a year ago at this time was about to graduate from Oak Ridge High, starred on the university?s soccer team last fall; not only achieving great heights individually, but also helping the team to great success. Her stellar play led to Crawford, 18, being named the university?s Freshman Athlete of the Year, an award she received at a ceremony last month Crawford led the team in goals with nine, four of which were game winners, and finished second on the team in scoring. Her nine goals and 20 points were the third-most by a freshman in school history. On top of that, Crawford scored two goals in New York?s 3-0 win over Richard Stockton College, leading the team to the 2011 Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III Metro Championship, only the second one in school history. The team finished the season with a 14-6 record. ?My success, and the team?s, was an absolute surprise,? Crawford said. ?As a freshman, of course, I had no idea of how I would do in my first year. As a team, we had a new coach this year and we had no seniors so no one was expecting us to do anything. That fact that we won is really exciting and promising for the future.? Crawford was equally surprised to learn that she was named Freshman Athlete of the Year. ?It?s a great honor and a definite thrill,? Crawford said. ?I?ve never been awarded a high honor so I feel good about it and am excited about it and I know my parents are proud.? Crawford plans on coming home to El Dorado Hills for the summer before heading back to Manhattan for her sophomore year at New York University, where she has a double major of journalism and psychology. NYU?s women?s soccer coach, Michele Canning, was impressed with Crawford?s season. ?Cami came in very well prepared and was very fit which gave her a jump-start on the season and that carried through,? Canning said. ?That showed very well for a freshman, especially being that far away from home, being dedicated to the program and being able to handle the academic workload. She showed maturity and discipline. On the field, Cami was very coachable and her quickness and speed gave her an advantage. She also worked hard to defend and get the ball back when we lost it and as a coach that?s one thing that I liked about her. That kept us on the attack.?