Ali Riley Earns International Player of the Year Awards
Nov. 27, 2006
Auckland, New Zealand - Stanford freshman Ali Riley has been named the Nike International Women's Player of the Year and the Nike International Young Women's Player of the Year, as announced by New Zealand Soccer on Thursday at the New Zealand Soccer Annual Awards Dinner. The Stanford freshman collected both awards for the first time in her career.
Riley, who competed for New Zealand at the U-20 World Championships this summer, scooped two of the 14 awards presented. The Cardinal freshman scored in every match as New Zealand captured the Oceania U-20 Women's Championship in April with a 33-1 goal count before being named Player of the Match against host Russia at August's World Cup.
In her rookie season on the Farm, Riley netted four goals for the Cardinal, including the team's first in the NCAA Tournament. Finishing as the team's fourth-leading scorer, Riley helped lead the Cardinal to a 15-6-2 record and its first NCAA Third Round appearance since 2002.
Another Stanford alum, Ryan Nelsen, captured his second-straight International Men's Player of the Year award. Nelsen, who was named the Pac-10 Player of the Year and NSCAA Player of the Year while playing for the Cardinal in 2000, currently competes for the Blackburn Rovers in England.