Sep 4 2018
USC Academy congratulates Ruqayya Hirji and Nicole Kozlova on their recent successes.
Both girls started their grassroots soccer development at USC Academy with great personal expectations. Hard work, patience and resilience plus a good dose of talent have helped them edging closer to their goals. In this photo, Ruqayya is third from right and Nicole is kneeling.
Ruqayya was recently drafted by the University of Mc Gill Martlets and already scored two goals in pre-season matches. She has her mind set on Science in her academic tenure. http://mcgillathletics.ca/roster.aspx?path=wsoc
Nicole Kozlova was drafted by Virginia Tech, where she is majoring in computer modeling data analysis. https://hokiesports.com/roster.aspx?path=wsoc
Nicole found her path across the ocean, where she has been with the Ukrainian National Team for two years. There she is donning jersey number 11. Watch her in the video.
Most recently, she played with the U-19 UNT in two friendlies against Azerbaijan in March 2018, scoring three goals.
She scored her first international goal January 10, 2016 against Romania when playing with the U-17 UNT in Serbia during the UEFA qualifying games.
She played every minute for the U-19 UNT at the UEFA Elite Round in Ireland.
She started three games in Kazakhstan for a UEFA Development Tournament, leading the team with four goals and five assists.
Nicole also played every minute of the matches in Albania for the UEFA Qualifying Round, netting two goals. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nn9aqTcHJfA.