Former University of Tennessee Stars Wilkinson & Nault Retire from Canadian National Team
Wilkinson and Nault combined to played in six World Cups and four Olympic Games for Canada’s national team.
Wilkinson ends her career as the third most capped player in the history of the Canadian Women’s National Team, making 180 total appearances and 150 starts while scoring seven goals and registering 23 assists during her 14-year international career.
Wilkinson was named to the All-Time Canada XI women’s soccer team in 2012 and was only the third woman in the history of Canada’s WNT to reach 150 career appearances, doing so on March 10, 2014. She made her debut with the national team as a 20-year old on April 26, 2003 against the United States and has competed in numerous major international tournaments for Canada’s full national team, including four FIFA Women’s World Cups (2003, 2007, 2011, 2015), three Olympic Games (2008, 2012, 2016) and three Pan-American Games (2003, 2007, 2011). Wilkinson has helped lead Canada to a handful of medals at major competitions, among them a pair of bronze medals at the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil and the 2012 Olympic Games in London. She also helped Canada win gold at the XVI Pan-American Games in 2011, a silver medal at the XIV Pan-American Games in 2003 and a bronze medal at the XV Pan-American Games in 2007. Among other awards, she seved on FIFA’s Strategic Planning Committee.
Before her illustrious career with the Canada National Team, Wilkinson was a star for Tennessee from 2000-2003, leading the Volunteers to three straight NCAA Tournament appearances from 2001 to 2003, including a pair of trips to the Sweet 16 in 2002 and 2003. She also helped the Vols earn their first two SEC Tournament Championships, winning them in back-to-back years in 2002 and 2003.
Wilkinson also racked up numerous individual honors during her time on Rocky Top. She was named a Soccer Buzz Freshman All-American in 2000 and was a three-time All-SEC selection (2000, 2002, 2003). She finished her UT career as the programs all-time leader in assists with 32, a record that still stands today. Wilkinson also ranks in the top 10 at Tennessee in points (2nd), goals (T-4th), golden goals (T-2nd) and game-winning goals (T-8th).
Nault also had a long and successful career with the Canadian WNT, making 70 appearances during her 12-year stint with the team (2004-16). She played in a pair of FIFA Women’s World Cups in 2011 and 2015 and won a CONCACAF championship in 2010 as well as a bronze medal in the 2012 Olympics.
Nault starred for Tennessee from 2000 to 2003, playing in 83 matches while making 72 starts. She finished her career with 27 points (nine goals & nine assists). Nault was also a two-time Academic All-SEC selection (2002 & 2003) for the Vols.