Four Cardinal Named NSCAA All-Americans
Dec. 11, 2008
STANFORD, Calif. -
Four Stanford women's soccer players landed on the NSCAA All-American lists following the 2008 season, as rookies Lindsay Taylor and Teresa Noyola earned first team honors, while junior Kelley O'Hara and senior Marisa Abegg were selected to the second team.
Taylor, a forward who started and played all but one game this season, was named the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year after she led the league in goals with 16 and game-winning strikes (7). On four occasions the Top Drawer Soccer All-Rookie team honoree from nearby Los Altos, Calif. recorded multiple goal games, including a hat trick performance against Santa Clara on Oct. 3. The first-team All-Pac-10 selection also was named the NSCAA, Soccer America, and Pac-10 Player of the Week, along with being selected to Top Drawer Soccer and Soccer Buzz's National Teams of the Week for scoring three goals and earning one assist at the Georgia/Nike Invitational in two wins over Auburn (9/5) and No. 22 Georgia (9/7). She finished the season with five national team of the week honors.
Midfielder Teresa Noyola, another local product hailing from Palo Alto, Calif., started and played in every match except for two. She finished the season with six goals and 10 assists for 22 points. Like Taylor, Noyola was a first-team All-Pac-10 and Pac-10 All-Freshman Team honoree and selected to Top Drawer Soccer's All-Rookie team. Noyola showed her prowess early on and earned Pac-10 Player of the Week honors along with being named to the Soccer America and Soccer Buzz Collegiate Women's Teams of the Week in just the second weekend of the season for a three-goal performance over Labor Day Weekend. She also completed the season with a total of five national team of the week honors.
O'Hara earned her second consecutive selection as a NSCAA/adidas second-team All-American with this year's designation. The team's scoring leader from 2007 improved upon her stats this season, not only scoring four more goals than her previous total, but producing a team-leading 12 assists. O'Hara earned a spot on the MAC Hermann Trophy watch list and was a second-team All-Pac-10 selection, along with being honored on Top Drawer Soccer's second team of the year. O'Hara was the Cardinal's clutch player this year, scoring several big goals, including the tallies against North Carolina in the 87th minute and Rutgers in a NCAA Third Round Match against Rutgers in the 86th minute. She joined Taylor and Noyola in being the third Cardinal player to earn Pac-10 Player of the Week honors, and accumulated four national team of the week awards.
Abegg was named a 2008 MAC Hermann Trophy semifinalist and started and played every single match over her four-year career. As one of the team's center-backs this season, she helped the team to the nation's second-best goals-against-average of 0.317 and shutout percentage of 0.68, along with contributing three assists, including O'Hara's game-tying goal against the Tar Heels. One of her assists also helped her earn national recognition, as she helped set up Lindsay Taylor's game-winner against Saint Mary's (9/26) and was selected to Top Drawer Soccer's team of the week (9/22-28) for her performance against the Gaels.
Taylor and O'Hara, who scored a combined 29 goals this year will be returning to the top line next season for the Cardinal and Noyola will begin her second season in the midfield. Abegg is competing in the Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) December Combine and will possibly be competing in the new professional league beginning in March.
2008 NSCAA/adidas NCAA Division I Women's All-America Team
Pos., Name, Class, School, Hometown
K, Alyssa Naeher*, Jr., Penn State, Seymour, Calif.
D, Carrie Dew, Sr., Notre Dame, Encinitas, Calif.
D, Becky Edwards, Jr., Florida State, Downingtown, Pa.
D, Nikki Krzysik*, Sr., Virginia, Clifton, N.J.
M, Amanda DaCosta, So., Florida State, Katonah, N.Y.
M, Christina DiMartino**, Sr., UCLA, Massapequa, N.Y.
M, Teresa Noyola, Fr., Stanford, Palo Alto, Calif.
F, Lauren Cheney**, Jr., UCLA, Indianapolis, Ind.
F, Kerri Hanks***, Sr., Notre Dame, Allen, Texas
F, Casey Nogueira, Jr., North Carolina, Raleigh, N.C.
F, Lindsay Taylor, Fr., Stanford, Los Altos, Calif.
K, Erin Guthrie, Jr., Rutgers, Sparta, N.J.
K, Aline Reis, Fr., Central Florida, Campinas, Brazil
D, Marisa Abegg, Sr., Stanford, Elk Grove, Calif.
D, Erin Hardy, Sr., UCLA, Costa Mesa, Calif.
D, Sarah Wagenfuhr, Sr., Florida State, Colorado Springs, Colo.
M, Yael Averbuch**, Sr., North Carolina, Upper Montclair, N.J.
M, Carolyn Blank, Jr., West Virginia, Toms River, N.J.
M, Tobin Heath*, Jr., North Carolina, Basking Ridge, N.J.
M, Megan Rapinoe , Sr., Portland, Redding, Calif.
F, Ameera Abdullah, Sr., Florida, Denver, Colo.
F, Brittany Bock*, Sr., Notre Dame, Naperville, Ill.
F, Kelley O'Hara *, Jr., Stanford, Fayetteville, Ga.
F, Sanna Talonen, So., Florida State, Tampere, Finland
F, Claire Zimmeck*, Sr., William and Mary, Fairfax, Va.
K, Jill Mastroianni, Fr., Boston College, Durham, Conn.
D, Greer Barnes*, Sr., West Virginia, Rye, N.Y.
D, Whitney Engen, Jr., North Carolina, Rolling Hills Estates, Calif.
D, Kasey Moore**, Sr., Texas, Mission Viejo, Calif.
M, Hailey Beam, Jr., Charlotte, Charlotte, N.C.
M, Danielle Collins*, Sr., William and Mary, Cream, N.J.
M, Ahna Johnson, Sr., Fairfield, Hamden, Conn.
M, Yolanda Odenyo*, Sr., Oklahoma State, Uppsala, Sweden
M, Malorie Rutledge, Jr., LSU, Sharpsburg, Ga.
M, Sarah Teegarden, Sr., Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Batavia, Ill.
F, Laura Heyboer, Fr., Michigan State, Hudsonville, Mich.
F, Christina Julien, Jr., James Madison, Williamstown, Ontario
F, Katie Larkin**, Sr., Brigham Young, Draper, Utah
F, Veronica Napoli, Fr., Northeastern, Newport, R.I.
F, Amy Rodriguez, Sr., Southern Cal, Lake Forest, Calif.
* indicates prior selection