Rachel Buehler Named Lowe's Senior CLASS Award Candidate

Sept. 24, 2007

Candidates for the new division of women's soccer were announced today for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, which is presented annually in eight NCAA Division I sports to senior student athlete who excels in both on and off the field.

Twenty male and twenty female players have been selected as candidates for the 2007 soccer awards, based on personal qualities that define a complete student athlete. While the on-the-field performance during their collegiate soccer careers is a factor in determining candidates and the eventual winner, their personal character and off-the-field achievements in the classroom and community are major areas of focus.

Buehler has led a Stanford defense that has allowed just 0.74 goals per game in leading the Cardinal to a 7-1 record. The Stanford redshirt senior is also a two-time All-American and is currently on the Hermann Trophy Watch list. This past summer Buehler captained the U.S. U-21 National team to the Nordic Cup title.

In 2006, the Buehler-led Stanford defense recorded 15 shutouts, which ranked in the Top-10 nationally for shutout percentage (.652). The defense only allowed .55 goals per game and advanced to the NCAA Third Round.

From the list of 20 candidates in each sport, a national media committee will select 10 finalists in both divisions in October for the 2007 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. Those ten names will then be placed on the official ballot for a nationwide vote beginning October 16 and concluding November 21. Fan balloting will be coupled with votes from coaches, media and sponsors to determine the recipient of the award. Winners will be announced during the NCAA Soccer Championships, scheduled on December 7-9 in College Station, TX for women and December 14-16 in Cary, NC for men.

'We are excited to get the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award started for the 2007-08 academic school year,' said Bob Gfeller, Lowe's senior vice president of marketing and advertising. 'With the addition of men's and women's soccer, the awards program is active on college campuses from fall through spring, recognizing student athletes for pursuing excellence in all facets of life. Each of these 2007 soccer candidates has demonstrated tremendous characteristics in the classroom and their community as well as on the playing field.'