Ashley Nick And Kristin Olsen Earn All-American Honors
Dec. 14, 2007
USC's history-making season has yet to come to a close. Coming off the Trojans' first NCAA Championship and a record-breaking 20-3-2 season, the Women of Troy have landed two players on NSCAA All-America teams for the first time in program history. Junior midfielder Ashley Nick and sophomore goalkeeper Kristin Olsen today earned NSCAA All-America Second Team honors, marking the first time that USC has had more than one player earn national accolades in a season. The only other USC athlete to earn a second team All-America award from NSCAA was Rhiannon Tanaka in 1994. Nick and Olsen also garnered regional honors along with four other Trojans. Named to NSCAA All-West Region teams were juniors Janessa Currier and Amy Rodriguez and freshmen Megan Ohai and Ashli Sandoval.
The All-America Second Team selection for Nick and Olsen is the highest career honor for both players. Nick - a team captain and stalwart member of the USC midfield who scored four goals including the game-winner in overtime against Missouri in the NCAA Second Round - also earned her first All-Pac-10 selection this season. For Olsen - who shined in goal all year for USC as the Trojans posted a record 15 shutouts including five during the NCAA Tournament - the All-America pick follows suit from her selection as the NCAA Tournament's Most Outstanding Defensive player. In her first season as USC's full-time goalkeeper, Olsen became USC's all-time leader in solo shutouts in a single season with 12 and set a new career high of eight saves during USC's 2-1 win over UCLA in the NCAA Semifinals. Olsen and the USC defense allowed a program-low 13 goals on the season, and just one during the NCAA Tournament to set an NCAA record.
Highlighting the NSCAA All-West Region teams are four more Women of Troy. Juniors Janessa Currier and Amy Rodriguez stand tall on the Second Team, representing the balance of power on the Trojan roster. Currier manned the central back line for USC, anchoring USC through all 15 shutouts on the year and helping organize the USC defense through its NCAA championship run. Currier also notched five goals, including the second strike in USC's 2-0 win over Florida State in the NCAA final. A forward, Rodriguez served up three of her final team-high 10 goals on the year during the NCAA Tournament, striking twice in the NCAA Semifinals against UCLA to move up in the USC record books. Her 10 goals, three assists and three game-winners bumped the junior up to rank No. 6 all-time in career points (59), No. 6 in career goals (23) and No. 4 in career game-winning goals (9).
On the NSCAA All-West Region Third Team are two Trojan freshmen. The USC freshman class made a big impact in this year's run to the national championship, and for their efforts in the Trojan midfield freshmen Megan Ohai and Ashli Sandoval received Third Team nods in their first season at Troy. Ohai was USC's second leading scorer, dishing out six goals and five assists along with three game-winning goals. She became the first Trojan since 1998 to score three goals USC's first two games of the year, and is the first-ever player to tally back-to-back game-winners to open the season. Sandoval also made her mark on the USC history books in year one. The valuable midfielder led the team in assists with 11 to already rank No. 10 all-time at USC. She served up the assists on both of Rodriguez's goals in the NCAA Semifinal win over UCLA to finish with three assists during the NCAA Tournament.
Ohai and Sandoval both have also been named as finalists for SoccerBuzz's National Freshman of the Year, which is due to be named this month.
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