Anna

Caniglia

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Defender
Height: 5'8"
Year: Senior
City/State: Omaha, Neb.
High School: Millard North
Club: West Omaha Gladiators
Club Coach: Doug Trenerry
Experience: High School

Bio

Awards & Honors

  • First-Team Academic All-Big 12 (2007, 2008, 2009)
  • Big 12 Commissioner's Fall Academic Honor Roll (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009)
  • Big 12 Commissioner's Spring Academic Honor Roll (2007, 2008, 2009)
  • 26th Hat Trick in School History (Oct. 23, 2009 at Kansas)

2009 (Senior)
One of the most consistent and talented players in NU history, Caniglia started all 79 games of her career, tying the Omaha native for eighth on the school's all-time charts with teammate Carly Peetz and former Husker Stephanie Vacek (1994-97). In 20 contests her senior season, Caniglia was a key component to Nebraska's fourth-place conference finish as a recent position change from defender to midfielder paid dividends for the Huskers. She finished the season tied for third in the Big 12 Conference with a team-leading nine assists, while also ranking third on the team with 19 points behind Morgan Marlborough (49) and Molly Thomas (23).

Caniglia flourished over the last month of the season with five goals in a seven-game stretch from Oct. 2-23. Her outburst was highlighted by a career-defining performance on Oct. 23 at Kansas when she turned in the 26th hat trick in school history in Nebraska's 7-4 win. Caniglia netted her second of three goals on a spectacular bicycle kick in the 59th minute and also added an assist to finish the contest with a career-high seven points.

In the classroom, Caniglia was one of 14 Huskers to earn academic All-Big 12 honors, as she claimed first-team accolades for the third consecutive season.

2008 (Junior)
Caniglia started all 20 games for the Huskers in the backline in 2008, but quickly established herself as an offensive threat. Caniglia posted a goal in NU's first game of the season against Northwestern, and finished the season with four scores.

She earned three assists, including two in a 2-1 NU win over No. 8 Texas on Oct. 3, to earn 11 points on the season. She posted game-winning assists against Texas and Oklahoma. She also notched the first game-winning goal of her career against Stephen F. Austin on Aug. 21. Caniglia finished the season fourth on the team in shots (35), third in goals (4) and second in assists (3).

2007 (Sophomore)
Caniglia continued her steady play for the Huskers in 2007, starting all 19 of NU's contests on the left side of the backline.

Caniglia helped the Huskers notch two shutouts in the first four games of the season, while allowing just two goals in the other two contests. Caniglia and NU held Northwestern scoreless on Sept. 2, before blanking San Diego State on Sept. 9.

Caniglia and the Husker defense held No. 12 Florida to one goal in a 1-1 tie on Sept. 23, before Nebraska held Oklahoma scoreless in a 1-0 NU win on Sept. 28. The win moved NU to 12-0 all-time in Big 12 openers. Caniglia also aided Nebraska in a 4-0 shutout of Lamar on Oct. 12.

Caniglia also showed some offensive flair in 2007. She notched an assist in a 5-1 NU win over Saint Louis on Sept. 21, before earning her first career goal against Baylor on Oct. 19.

2006 (Freshman)
Caniglia made an immediate impact on the NU defense, starting in all 20 games in 2006. A tall, agile player, Caniglia developed into an outstanding outside defender capable of keeping up with some of the nation's most talented strikers. Against Texas A&M on Oct. 13, Caniglia held the Aggies' top scorer without a single shot on the game. The 5-8 defender played a major role in holding opponents to just 24 goals in 2006, while the Huskers posted four shutouts.

Caniglia earned the first point of her young career in Nebraska's final regular-season contest on Oct. 25, as she tallied an assist on the Huskers' go-ahead goal in the second period against Loyola-Chicago.

High School
A four-year letterwinner at Millard North High School, Caniglia captained her team to the 2006 Nebraska Class A state title after making appearances at the state tournament in four consecutive seasons.

In her tenure with the Mustangs, Caniglia earned all-class, all-state honors, along with All-Metro Conference accolades nine times. Caniglia was also named Millard North Senior Woman of the Year, Millard North Spirit Scholar, Ron Parks Scholar/Athlete of the Year and U.S. Army Reserve National Scholar as a senior.

Caniglia was also a two-time letterwinner in basketball and a four-time letterwinner in cross country at Millard North. 

In addition to her athletic pursuits, Caniglia was an outstanding academic performer who posted a 4.0 grade-point average in high school.  She was a four-year academic letterwinner, a two-time academic all-state selection and a member of the National Honor Society.

Other Information
Caniglia co-captained the West Omaha Gladiators and helped the Gladiators to a pair of state championships and a third-place finish at regionals in 2006.

The Omaha, Neb., native spent the 2007 summer starting in the W-League for the Vancouver Whitecaps alongside NU teammates Selenia Iacchelli, Sari Raber and Carly Peetz. Caniglia played in eight games for a total of 654 minutes at defender. She returned to the league to play for the Ottawa Fury with Raber and Shay Powell in 2008.

Personal Information
Anna Caniglia is the daughter of Mark and Pam Caniglia, and has one brother, Jon, and a sister, Justine. Anna was born on May 6, 1988. She graduated with a marketing degree in December 2009.

Worth Noting
Caniglia started every contest in her Husker career, a streak of 79 consecutive games. She was not selected in the 2010 Women's Professional Soccer Draft, but did receive an training camp invite from the Boston Breakers.

Caniglia's Career Statistics

Year

GP-GS

Shots

SOG

Goals

Assists

Points

2006

20-20

7

3

0

1

1

2007 19-19 6 5 1 1 3
2008 20-20 35 19 4 3 11
2009 20-20 50 20 5 9 19

Totals

79-79

98

47

10

14

34


Caniglia's Career Highs
Points-
7 at Kansas (10/23/09)
Goals-3 at Kansas (10/23/09)
Assists-2 three times, last vs. Texas A&M (10/18/09)

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