Taylor Headlines <i>Soccer America</i> All-Freshman Team; Abegg First Team MVP

Dec. 16, 2008

Soccer America's All-Freshman Team Release
Soccer America's College Women's MVPs

STANFORD, Calif. - Lindsay Taylor earner her second Freshman of the Year award this season, as she was distinguished by Soccer America as the nation's best rookie this season. Her teammate, senior Marisa Abegg, was also honored by the publication as a first-team MVP for the 2008 season.

Taylor, who is also the Pac-10's Freshman of the Year, tore apart defenses for a conference-leading 16 goals and seven game-winners in her first collegiate season. 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.

Abegg, a Top Drawer Soccer first-team and first-team All-Pac-10 selection, 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 and co-captains 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 Kelley O'Hara's game-tying goal against North Carolina (9/12). One of her assists also helped her earn national recognition, as she helped set up 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.

Also, freshmen Camille Levin and Teresa Noyola join Taylor in earning first-team All-Freshman honors from Soccer America. Noyola, a natural playmaker, and Levin, a tough tackler with great field awareness who was moved into the middle from the back line early in the season contributed six goals each and added a combined 14 assists. 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. Levin was also included on Top Drawer Soccer's All-Rookie team and was a second-team All-Pac-10 selection.

Lindsay Taylor, Stanford

First Team
Jillian Mastroianni, Boston College
Danielle Foxhoven, Portland
Sarah Hagen, Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Melissa Henderson Notre Dame
Laura Heyboer, Michigan State
Courtney Jones, North Carolina
Camille Levin, Stanford
Tiffany McCarty, Florida State
Teresa Noyola, Stanford
Lindsay Taylor, Stanford
Bri Young, Texas A&M

Second Team
Aline Reis, Central Florida
Lauren Alwine, Virginia
Melanie Baskind, Harvard
Julia Bouchelle, Boston College
Emily Cressy, Kansas
Kelly D'Ambrisi, Georgetown
Katy Frierson, Auburn
Sydney Leroux, UCLA
Ashley Rape, Duke
Casey Short, Florida State
Tamara Strahota, Minnesota

First Team
Alyssa Naeher, Penn State, Jr.
Marisa Abegg, Stanford, Sr.
Lauren Cheney, UCLA, Jr.
Carrie Dew, Notre Dame, Sr.
Christina DiMartino, UCLA, Sr.
Kerri Hanks Notre Dame, Sr.
Nikki Krzysik, Virginia, Sr.
Casey Nogueira, North Carolina, Jr.
Yolanda Odenyo, Oklahoma State, Sr.
Megan Rapinoe, Portland, Sr.
Sanna Talonen, Florida State, Soph.

Second Team
Erin Guthrie, Rutgers, Jr.
Ameera Abdullah, Florida, Sr.
Yael Averbuch, North Carolina, Sr.
Greer Barnes, West Virginia, Sr.
Hailey Beam, Charlotte, Jr.
Amanda DaCosta, Florida State, Soph.
Tobin Heath, North Carolina, Jr.
Corky Julien, James Madison, Jr.
Nikki Marshall, Colorado, Jr.
Kasey Moore, Texas, Sr.
Elisabeth Redmond, Duke, Jr.

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