Grabias Signs Professional Contract with Fort Lauderdale United FC

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Luana Grabias, one of the best players in NSU Women’s Soccer history has joined the professional ranks, signing a contract with Fort Lauderdale United FC. 

“NSU made me fall in love with soccer again. Without this school, I don’t know where I would be now. I’m really happy I left with a pro contract in the same city,” said Grabias. “Maybe other pro teams will start looking at Nova because they make great players. Signing with Fort Lauderdale United was the best choice for me as a soccer player and as a person. I can’t wait to start playing again, especially since it’s at home.” 

A constant presence on the Sharks front line, Grabias appeared in 31 games, starting in 28 during her two-year Nova Southeastern career. The Brazilian has had an illustrious career at NSU, winning the SSC Player and Offensive Player of the Year during the 2022 season to go along with several D2CCA All-South Region and All-SSC selections. Grabias’s stellar play has helped lead the Sharks to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances, including a deep postseason push to the NCAA South Region Championship this past season. The São José dos Pinhais native will finish her Shark career ranked in the top 10 in goals scored (23), game-winning goals (10), and points (55).  

“We’re absolutely delighted for Luana, we knew the type of player we were getting when Luana joined NSU, however, what we didn’t know was how special her character was,” stated Head Coach Amy Vaughan. “Fort Lauderdale United is getting an incredible human being, one that will open up doors for others, and showcase not only NSU but the talent in the SSC and D2 overall. We could not be prouder that all her dedication and grit has paid off, we look forward to watching Lu!” 

To stay up-to-date on Sharks Women’s Soccer, be sure to follow on Instagram and Twitter at NSU_WSoccer.

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Amy Vaughan Promoted to Head Women’s Coach

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – After leading the Nova Southeastern Women’s Soccer team to the NCAA South Region tournament as the interim coach during the 2023 season, Amy Vaughan has been promoted to the Head Women’s Soccer Coach, announces Director of Athletics and Associate Vice President for Advancement Michael Mominey.  

“I am excited to permanently elevate Amy Vaughan as our Head Coach for the Women’s Soccer program,” said Mominey. “When passion, expertise, leadership and commitment all align with excellence, as is evident with Amy, there is no doubt she will be our next great head coach, leading our tradition rich women’s soccer program. ” 

Vaughan became the interim head coach during the 2023 season, guiding the Sharks to a 10-3-1 regular season record and to the third seed of the Sunshine State Conference Tournament. In the postseason, Vaughan led the Sharks to a pair of victories in the NCAA Tournament, defeating No. 21 West Florida and No. 11 Embry-Riddle to advance to the NCAA South Region Championship. Under Vaughan, Nova Southeastern had five student-athletes garner all-conference recognition, as Luana Grabias (first-team), Emma Brown (first team), Sofia Suarez (second team), Tabea Schütt (second team), and Maja Henriksson (third team) were honored.  

Nova Southeastern was ranked as high as 16th in the NCAA Division II United Soccer Coaches’ Poll, as the Sharks started the 2023 campaign with an 8-0-1 mark under Vaughan. NSU ended the season ranked 17th in NCAA Division II.  

“I am deeply honored to be named the next head coach for the Nova Southeastern University Women’s Soccer team and look forward to building on the program’s success,” stated Vaughan. “I am grateful for the trust placed in me by our Director of Athletics, Michael Mominey, and our administration to lead the program forward.”  

Vaughan also served on staff for the Sharks during the 2022 season, helping Nova Southeastern reach the NCAA Tournament for the first time since the 2019 campaign.  

Vaughan brings nearly a decade of collegiate coaching experience. Amy began her career as a women’s assistant coach at Keiser University (2015-17), before transitioning to the game day operations staff (2017-18). After her stint with Keiser, Vaughan was a volunteer assistant for Barry University (2019-21) and joined NSU before the 2022 campaign.  

During her playing career, Vaughan helped Northwood – now known as Keiser – to a 64-16-6 overall record, winning the Sun Conference tournament in 2014, and four consecutive NAIA National Tournaments. Vaughan was named The Sun Conference Newcomer of the Year in 2011 and was recognized to the TSC first team. Amy also was recognized as a NAIA All-American honorable mention. 

Vaughan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, Sports Management from Northwood, a Master of Science from Palm Beach Atlantic, and a Master of Business Administration from Keiser.  

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Sharks End Season in NCAA Tournament

MELBOURNE, Fla. – In a highly anticipated matchup between two SSC foes, the Sharks had their season end, dropping tonight’s NCAA third-round matchup against the Florida Tech Panthers.  

Breakdown

Score: Nova Southeastern 1 | Florida Tech 3  
Records: Nova Southeastern 12-5-1 | Florida Tech 16-2-3  
Location: Rick Stottler Field | Melbourne, Fla.  
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How it Happened

  • Florida Tech struck early, lasering a shot into the back of the net two minutes into the match. 

  • Shortly after, the Panthers had a good look at the net, but it was saved by Stefane Rosa

  • At the 37th minute, the Panthers would track strike again, extending their lead to 2-0.  

  • Florida Tech picked up where they left off in the first half, scoring another goal in the 51st minute. 

  • The Sharks weren’t backing down yet, Jordyn Pitter knocked a shot into the goal in the 68th minute, cutting the Sharks deficit to 3-1. 

  • Both teams continued to hunker down defensively the rest of the half, with Florida Tech ultimately securing the South Region Championship over the Sharks 3-1. 
     

Coach's Corner

Coach Amy Vaughan – The girls have had an incredible season, facing so much adversity and have taken the program to another level. We’re very proud of what they have achieved this year and I look forward to seeing what they can do going forward.

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Sharks Ready for South Region Championship Against Florida Tech

MELBOURNE, Fla. – The Nova Southeastern women’s soccer team (12-4-1) looks to capture their first South Region Championship since 2019 in tonight’s NCAA Third Round matchup against the Florida Tech Panthers (15-2-3).  

Kickoff is set for 6:00 p.m. EST. 

The Sharks are coming off two impressive victories over West Florida and number one-seeded Embry-Riddle. Luana Grabias’s late-game heroics propelled NSU over the Eagles in the second round, solidifying their spot in tonight’s South Region Championship against fellow SSC member Florida Tech.  

Florida Tech also took down a top seed on their way to a South Region Championship appearance. The Panthers kicked off the NCAA Tournament with a dominant 3-0 win over Rollins. They then followed that up with a thriller against number two-seeded Lee, securing a 2-1 victory thanks to a late second-half comeback.  

Both teams faced off against each other in the regular season. In what was a defensive battle, a late goal from Tabea Schutt broke the stalemate and secured the 1-0 victory for the Sharks.  

All-SSC first-team and All-South Region second-team selections, Grabias and Emma Brown have been at the forefront of the Sharks offensive and defensive success. Grabias has been dominant all tournament, scoring three of the Sharks’ last four goals in the past two games. Brown keeps up her stellar defensive play, helping lead the Sharks to a shutout performance against the Eagles in their last matchup. Schutt, Sofia Suarez, Maja Henriksson, Izzy Martinez, and Stefane Rosa have also played a vital role in the Sharks offensive and defensive efforts. 

The Panthers are led by SSC Offensive and South Region Player of the Year Marem Ndiongue and their tenacious defense.  

The winner of this SSC Showdown will head to Sunday’s Elite Eight game against the Lenoir-Rhyne/Catawba matchup winner. 

To stay up-to-date on Sharks Soccer, be sure to follow on Instagram and X at NSU_WSoccer. 

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Grabias, Brown Earn D2CCA All-South Region Honors

JACKSON, Tenn. – More accolades poured in for the Nova Southeastern women’s soccer team on Tuesday morning as two Sharks were selected as members of the Division II Conference Commissioners Association (D2CCA) Women’s Soccer All-South Region teams. Luana Grabias and Emma Brown both received nods for the All-South Region second team. 

Voting was conducted by the region’s sports information directors. 

All-SSC first team selection, Grabias adds another All-South Region honor to her collection. The senior has been a force offensively for NSU, leading the team with 13 goals, which ranks second in the Sunshine State Conference. Not to mention, Grabias has also been one of NSU’s primary playmakers, ranking first on the team with five assists. The Brazilian’s best outing of the season came against Palm Beach Atlantic, where she scored a season-high four goals, ultimately leading to her winning SSC Offensive Player of the week for her performance. 

Brown tabs her first All-South Region honor after a stellar 2023 campaign. The junior has helped lead the NSU defense to 10 total shutouts. She has also started 17 games and leads the team with 1534 total minutes played. The England native’s lone goal came in an SSC matchup against the Rollins. 

Marem Ndiongue of Florida Tech collected the award as South Region Player of the Year. 

The Sharks continue their post-season run-on Friday, December 1st as they head to Melbourne, Fla. to take on Florida Tech in a battle for the South Region Championship. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. 

To stay up-to-date with the Sharks, follow them on Instagram and Twitter at @NSU_WSoccer. 

For a complete list of the D2CCA All-South Region teams, click HERE

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Grabias’s Late Game Heroics Lead Sharks to Victory in NCAA Tournament

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The Nova Southeastern women’s soccer team advances to the third round of the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2019 after their win over number one-seeded Embry-Riddle. Luana Grabias’s late-game heroics propelled the Sharks to a 1-0 victory on Sunday afternoon. 

Breakdown

Score: Nova Southeastern 1 | Embry-Riddle 0 
Records: Nova Southeastern 12-4-1 | Embry-Riddle 14-3-3 
Location: Embry-Riddle Soccer Stadium | Daytona Beach, Fla. 
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How it Happened

  • The first half featured a scoreless affair, with both teams hunkering down defensively. 
  • With two minutes remaining in the half, Grabias got a good look at the net, but it was blocked by the Eagles defense. 
  • The Sharks came out aggressive offensively in the second half, firing multiple shots towards the goal but they weren’t able to convert. 
  • In the 86th minute, Luana Grabias would break the stalemate, firing a shot into the back of the net to take the 1-0 lead over Embry-Riddle. 
  • The Eagles came back shortly after and lasered a shot towards the goal, but it was swiped away by Stefane Rosa, ultimately sealing the 1-0 victory for Nova Southeastern. 
  • With that victory, the Sharks will head back to the NCAA Third Round for the first time since the 2019 season. 

 

Coach's Corner

Coach Amy Vaughan – Firstly congratulations to Embry-Riddle who are a top-quality team, they pose so many different problems for a lot of teams and make it very difficult to play against. The girls showed exactly who they were, they showed so much determination and courage. We’re very proud of the girls and are looking forward to moving on. Go Sharks!

What's Next

Nova Southeastern will take a brief hiatus before taking on Florida Tech in the Third Round of the NCAA Tournament in Melbourne, Fla. The exact date and time will be confirmed in the coming days. To stay up-to-date on Sharks Soccer, be sure to follow on Instagram and X at NSU_WSoccer.

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Grabias Sparks Comeback win in NCAA Tournament

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Led by a pair of goals from Luana Grabias and another strong effort in net by Stefane Rosa, the fifth-seeded Nova Southeastern Sharks Women’s Soccer team has advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament by defeating the fourth-seeded West Florida Argonauts 3-1 on Friday evening from Embry-Riddle Soccer Stadium.

Breakdown

Score: Nova Southeastern 3 | West Florida 1
Records: Nova Southeastern 11-4-1 | West Florida 15-3-1
Location: Embry-Riddle Soccer Stadium | Daytona Beach, Fla.
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How it Happened

  • After 20 minutes of action, the game remained tied despite the Argonauts taking two shots on goal.
  • Rosa turned away each of the Argos shots on goal in the first half, totaling three saves.
  • Both Nova Southeastern and West Florida took four shots in the first half, as the teams went into halftime with the score sitting at 0-0.
  • Nine minutes into the second half, Dani Correa made an attempt on goal but the
  • Argos keeper saved the shot.
  • West Florida took the lead in the 58th minute, scoring the first goal in the contest.
  • A red card on the Argonauts in the 62nd minute allowed the Sharks to take the personnel advantage over the back half of the game.
  • Grabias netted the equalizer, her 11th goal of the season, tying the match at 1-1 in the 79th minute.
  • NSU maintained the offensive pressure, as Correa extended the Sharks advantage with the go-ahead goal in the 81st minute.
  • Shortly thereafter, Grabias scored her second goal of the contest, putting Nova Southeastern ahead 3-1 in the 83rd minute.
  • The Sharks held on to defeat West Florida, 3-1, and moved on to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
  • The victory marked Nova Southeastern’s first NCAA Tournament win since the 2019 season, when the Sharks won the NCAA South Region Championship for the first time in program history.

Coach's Corner
Coach Amy Vaughan – The team showed exactly what they have been about all year. UWF is a powerhouse and it was an extremely good match. We’re proud of the group for the resilience and determination they showed in the game.

What's Next

Nova Southeastern continues its NCAA Tournament run with a match-up against the Sunshine State Conference Champion Embry-Riddle Eagles on Sunday, November 19th. Kick-off is set for 1 p.m. To stay up-to-date on Sharks Volleyball, be sure to follow on Instagram and X at NSU_WSoccer.

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Sharks Earn Fifth Seed in NCAA Tournament

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The Nova Southeastern women’s soccer team heads back to the NCAA tournament for the second consecutive year after being selected in Monday night’s NCAA selection show. 

The Sharks earned the fifth seed in the South Region, which is comprised of members from the Gulf South Conference and the Sunshine State Conference. 

Interim Head Coach Amy Vaughan – It’s incredible to go compete against the top teams in the country, and well deserved recogniton for the girls. We’re excited to get started and see what we can achieve in post season. Go Sharks!

NSU will take on No. 4 seeded West Florida Friday, November 17th, at 1:00 p.m. in Daytona Beach, Fla. The winner of that match will face No. 1 seeded and host Embry-Riddle.  

The Sharks look to bounce back from an early exit in the SSC Tournament and make a deep postseason push. Nova Southeastern’s strong offensive attack led by All-SSC selections Luana Grabias, Tabea Schutt, and Sofia Suarez have been a nightmare for opposing defenses all season long. Defensively, Emma Brown, Maja Henriksson, and Stefane Rosa have been at the forefront of the Sharks stingy defense, accumulating nine total shut outs on the year.  

Florida Tech, and Rollins were the other SSC programs to qualify for the NCAA Tournament. The Panthers collected the No. 3 seed, and the Tars earned the No. 6 seed, as both teams will face off in an SSC duel this Friday. The winner between both teams will go on to face Lee University in the bottom half of the Sharks bracket. 

To stay up-to-date with NSU’s postseason run, visit the schedule page on NSUSharks.com, or follow the Sharks on Instagram and Twitter at @NSU_WSoccer. 

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Sharks Fall to Mocs in SSC Quarterfinals

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Despite a strong offensive attack from the Sharks, it wasn’t enough to overcome the deficit in the overtime thriller against the Mocs. Nova Southeastern falls in the SSC quarterfinals against Florida Southern 2-1. 
 
Breakdown

Score: No. 24 Nova Southeastern 1, Florida Southern 2 (2OT) 
Records: No. 24 Nova Southeastern (10-4-1) | Florida Southern (9-6-3)  
Location: NSU Soccer Stadium | Fort Lauderdale, Fla.   
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How it Happened

  • In the 27th minute, Dani Correa got the Sharks on the board, after firing one into the back of the net after a beautiful setup pass from Sofia Suarez, putting the Sharks up 1-0. 

  • The Mocs were able to even it up at 1-1 in the 33rd minute. 

  • Stefane Rosa made multiple huge saves in the final twenty minutes of the second half to keep the match tied. 

  • Both goalkeepers and defenses were lockdown in the second half, leading the match to go into overtime.  

  • In the 97th minute, the Mocs scored after being awarded a penalty kick, making it 2-1. 

  • The Sharks battled until the last second but were unable to knot it up. 

 
What's Next

Nova Southeastern awaits the NCAA Selection Show on November 13th. 

To stay up-to-date on Sharks Soccer, be sure to follow on Instagram and Twitter/X at NSU_WSoccer. 

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#24 Sharks Ready to Host Florida Southern in SSC Quarterfinal

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The No. 24 ranked Nova Southeastern women’s soccer team (10-3-1, 7-3-0 SSC)  kicks off postseason play at home on Monday, November 6th, taking on the 6th-seeded Florida Southern Mocs (8-6-3, 4-4-2 SSC) in the SSC Quarterfinals.   

Kickoff is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. at the NSU Soccer Stadium.   

The 3rd-seeded Sharks are looking to carry their impressive play into the SSC Tournament, finishing the regular season with a 10-3-1 record, the best record since the 2019 regular season. NSU has also climbed to as high as #16 in the United Soccer Coaches Poll during the regular season. Not to mention, the Sharks offense has been on a tear in 2023, averaging 2.4 goals per game, which ranks second in the SSC.   

NSU enters the tournament on a two-game winning streak, holding their last two opponents scoreless in those games.  

Luana Grabias,  Tabea Schütt, and Stefane Rosa have been the three-headed force for NSU. Grabias, last year’s SSC Player of the Year, has led NSU offensively, scoring a team lead of 10 goals, which ranks third in the conference. Schütt has also been dominant on the offensive side of the ball, ranking second on the team with seven goals, which also places her in the top 10 in the SSC in terms of goals scored. Rosa has been the catalyst for the Sharks impressive defense all season long. In nine starts, Rosa has held seven teams scoreless while also accumulating 31 saves during that time span . The senior currently has the highest saves percentage in the SSC (.912) and ranks third in the league in total shutouts (7).  

NSU defeated Florida Southern 3-0 at the NSU Soccer Stadium earlier in the season. Schütt was the difference maker, scoring three goals in the SSC victory.  

The winner of this go-around will advance to Thursday’s SSC Tournament semifinal at Embry-Riddle University.   
   
For complete coverage of Monday’s action, visit the schedule page on NSUSharks.com, or follow the Sharks on Instagram and Twitter at @NSU_WSoccer. 

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