NJ/NY Gotham FC defender-midfielder Jenna Nighswonger has been named the National Women’s Soccer League rookie of the month, for May by the NWSL Media Association and the league’s on-air broadcast talent.
Appearing on the backline and in the midfield during the month, the No. 4 overall pick from the 2023 NWSL Draft scored her first career goal on May 7, recording the game-opening tally in Gotham FC’s 2-1 win over the Chicago Red Stars.
The following match, the Huntington Beach, Calif. native added her second goal on May 21, opening the scoring in the club’s 4-1 victory over OL Reign.
Nighswonger’s offensive production included an assist on Lynn Williams’ game-tying goal against the North Carolina Courage, helping secure a road draw.
She appeared in 283 minutes in May , starting in four matches, registering 64 successful passes and winning 16 duels.
The rookie of the month is selected each month of the regular season by the NWSL Media Association, a collection of writers that cover the league on a consistent basis, and the NWSL’s on-air broadcast talent.