Nov. 27, 2012
• 2012 BMO Canadian Player of the Year - Female Nominees
MADISON, Wis. – Even before being brought on to the University of Wisconsin women’s soccer staff in the fall as an assistant coach, Carmelina Moscato had an effect on her then future players.
Moscato spent this past summer in London, eventually guiding the Canadian women’s national team to a bronze medal in the 2012 Summer Olympic Games. Leading up to Canada’s third-place match against France, members of the 2012 Badgers would gather to watch the games, specifically Moscato, who played for Paula Wilkins at Penn State from 2002-05.
Little did they know that less and two months later Moscato would be watching them as they prepared for their 2012 Big Ten slate.
Moscato, now fully engaged in the day-to-day grind of being a collegiate coach, is still reaping the benefits of her unforgettable summer. Moscato, along with eight other Canadians, are nominees for the prestigious Canadian Player of the Year award.
Canada’s media and coaches will be asked to select one of the eight nominees for the Canadian Soccer Association’s top prize, the BMO Canadian Player of the Year award. The award will celebrate Canada’s top soccer player in recognition of their 2012 achievements with both the national team and their respective club teams.
Moscato was instrumental in helping the Canadian team tie a national record with 14 wins, doing so with a 14-1-7 record in 22 matches. Canada also finished second at the CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifier in January, second at the Cyprus Women's Cup in March, and second at the Match World Women's Cup in July.
A native of Mississauga, Ontatio, Moscato was a rock on Canada's defense, making 15 appearances, including six-straight at the 2012 Olympics. She was one of three Canadian players to appear in all 570 minutes at the Olympics. She helped Canada post a clean sheet six times, including a 2-0 win over host Great Britain and 1-0 win over France in the bronze-medal match.