COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Nicole Lyubenko, the 2016 Colorado 5A Player of the Year who spent the last two seasons at the University of Alabama, is transferring to Colorado College and will officially join the women’s soccer program when the spring semester begins in January.
Lyubenko led Grandview High School in scoring during her junior and senior seasons while helping the Wolves claim back-to-back state championships.
At the conclusion of her senior campaign, Lyubenko earned High School All-America honors from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (now the United Soccer Coaches) and was named the Colorado High School Coaches Association (CHSCA) and 5A Player of the Year. She also was a two-time all-state and all-Centennial League selection.
“We are thrilled to be adding Nicole to our program, not only because she is a fantastic player, but also because we believe she will mesh with our team really well,” head coach Geoff Bennett said. “Nicole has the ability to play multiple positions for our team and we look forward to having this Spring to work with her.”
While playing club soccer for Real Colorado, Lyubenko led her team to a berth in the Elite Clubs National League Finals as well as the ECNL’s Northwest Conference Championship in 2017.
Lyubenko also trained with the Colorado Olympic Development Program from 2010-12 and at the ODP Regional Camp in 2010 and ’11.
Most recently, she appeared in 19 games and made one start in two seasons with the Crimson Tide. In her first collegiate appearance, she recorded an assist in Alabama’s 3-0 victory over Troy University.
The Aurora, Colo., native will have two years of eligibility at CC.
Lyubenko will make her Colorado College debut on Friday, Aug. 23, when the Tigers play host to Texas A&M Corpus-Christi at Stewart Field.