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UConn women’s soccer’s Chioma Okafor named NSCAA Third Team All-American

The sophomore forward becomes the 28th All-American in program history.

Ian Bethune/The UConn Blog

UConn sophomore forward Chioma Okafor has been named an NSCAA Third Team All-American after a six-goal, three-assist campaign this past season. She’s the first Husky to earn All-American honors since 2016 and the 28th overall.

The Blantyre, Malawi native started all 19 games and led the team in scoring, while her 3.7 shots per game were first in the Big East as well. Okafor started the year hot with four goals in seven games before getting slowed down by an injury. In the Big East Tournament Quarterfinals against Butler, she notched a brace — including the game-winner in the 89th minute.

Okafor is UConn’s first All-American since Rachel Hill and Steph Ribeiro in 2015 and 2016. She joins a group of Huskies to earn the honor that also includes Brittany Taylor (2007, 2009), Meghan Schnur (2007), Kristen Graczyk (2003, 2004), Sarah Popper (2002), Alexa Borisjuk (2001), Casey Zimny (2001), Mary-Frances Monroe (1998-2000), Cary Dorn (1999), Chrisy McCann (1998), Sara Whalen (1995-1997), Kerry Connors (1995-96), Christy Rowe (1995), Karen Warner (1994), Denise Swenson (1992), Karen Ferguson (1991-93), Cathy Cambria (1991), Beth Grecco (1988, 1990), Kim Prutting (1987-1989), Donna MacDougall (1984, 1985), Cathy Shankweiler (1984), Shelley McElroy (1984), Moira Buckley (1981-83), Missy Morrone (1983), Mary Lou Breen (1981) and Felice Duffy (1981).

Along with being named an All-American, Okafor also landed on the All-Big East First Team and the NSCAA First Team All-East Region. Midfielder Jessica Mazo and defender Lucy Cappadona were selected to the Third Team All-Region.

UConn went 10-4-5 (6-1-3 Big East) this past season, finishing fourth in the league. The Huskies were second in the Big East in goals scored during conference play with 17 and were tied for the seventh-best goals against average in the nation at .526. They also finished with 11 shutouts in 19 games.

After reaching the Big East Tournament Semifinals, UConn fell to eventual champions Georgetown and were one of the first teams left out of the NCAA Tournament.