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#21 Nitalia Zuniga
Position: Defender
Height: 5'6"
Year: Senior
Hometown: Ventura, Calif.
High School: Buena HS
Experience: 3 Letters
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Honors: 2011 WAC All-Academic, 2012 WAC All-Academic, 2013 Second Team All-WAC

2013: Earned the Golden Shinnie Award as the team’s top defensive player…voted second team All WAC by the conference coaches…totaled three assists in in Idaho’s 3-2 win over New Mexico State…started in all 19 games that she appeared in…helped backstop the Vandals’ defense to 14 shutout wins and 32 career wins.

2012: Earned WAC All-Academic honors…played in 19 games, starting 16…scored one goal in the regular season finale against New Mexico State…was third most efficient scorer, taking only eight shots to score one goal (12.5 percent).

2011: Zuniga played in nine games and made five starts on the back line for Idaho as a sophomore…started Idaho’s first two matches on Aug. 19 and 21 against UC Santa Barbara and UC Riverside…attempted one shot against Seattle U on Aug. 26…earned starts against Portland State on Aug. 28, in the shutout win over Eastern Washington on Sept. 25 and at San Jose State on Oct. 2…Fall WAC All-Academic honoree.

2010: Zuniga started all 21 games as an outside back in 2010. She scored once on seven total shot attempts, and was fourth on the team with three assists. Her first career score came just before halftime in the 2-1 victory at Weber State, and her three assists came in Idaho's first six games. On the defensive end, she helped Idaho hold opponents to all-time lows with just 20 goals, 15 assists and 55 points allowed during the regular season.

High School/Club: Zuniga has seen a large amount of success both at the high school and club level. She has helped lead Buena to three straight Channel League titles, back-to-back CIF tournament appearances, including a quarterfinal finish in 2008 and a semifinal finish in 2007. Her senior season, 2009-10, has already started strong, as the team is currently 7-0. As a junior in 2008-09, she was honored as a third-team all-California Interscholastic Federation and first-team all-Channel League pick, as well as the Channel League Defensive MVP. Her teammates also voted her team captain. Her sophomore season in 2007-08, she helped lead the team to a Buena Holiday Tournament title and Channel League title. As a freshman in the 2006-07 season, she helped lead the Bulldogs to a school-record 20-game shutout streak, state semifinal and Excalibur Tournament title. She earned all-Channel League honorable mention honors and was named Rookie of the Year for the team. She was a member of the Real So Cal club team for 10 years, eight of which were with current Vandal soccer player, Amber Pimley. She helped lead Real So Cal to 23 tournament titles and 38 tournament finals appearances. The team won the 2006 Gothia Cup world championship, as well as the Manchester United Premier Cup title and Cal South National Cup title. She was selected to the U20 Mexican national team pool in 2009. She helped lead the team to six Surf Cup titles between 2002 and 2006.

Personal: She is the daughter of Jesus and Gina Zuniga…has one sister, Nikita, and one brother, Zayden…her majoring in advertising.

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