Nolan on Varela: "Nicole is a very strong, physical defender who can play anywhere along the backline and in midfield. She plays with real courage and is a great personality on the field. She will compete with all our defenders to play from day one."
Prior to Georgetown: Varela played club soccer for the PDA Crush and was a three-time member of the New Jersey Olympic Development Program ... She helped lead this team to a national championship in 2010 and to another national championship final appearance in 2011 ... In 2011 & 2012 she captained her team to the South Jersey State Championship, being named all-league and all-county in the process.
Personal: Born in Mt. Laurel, N.J. ... The daughter of John and Nancy Varela ... Has a younger sister, Katie ... Member of the National Honor Society and the Future Business Leaders of America ... A National Merit Scholar Finalist ... Enjoys painting and studied studio art in high school ... Favorite team is the Philadelphia Eagles ... Favorite movies are The Breakfast Club and The Lion King ... Lists going to back-to-back state championships on her high school soccer team as the most memorable moment of her athletic career ... Enrolled in the School of Foreign Service and plans to major in international economics.