Eight Pac-10 Women's Soccer Student-Athletes Named to MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List
Aug. 11, 2009
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -The Missouri Athletic Club named 45 of the best women's Division I intercollegiate soccer players candidates for their Hermann Trophy Watch List recently and eight student-athletes from four Pac-10 institutions were named to the list. Both STANFORD and UCLA were two of six teams to have three players placed on the list. From Stanford, senior Kelley O'Hara and sophomores Teresa Noyola and Lindsay Taylor were among those named, while senior Lauren Cheney, junior Lauren Barnes and sophomore Sydney Leroux from UCLA were named, as well. Rounding out the list of Pac-10 nominees are junior Alex Morgan from CALIFORNIA and senior Kristin Olsen of USC.
The Hermann Trophy is considered the highest individual honor in intercollegiate soccer. The winners are selected by Division I head coaches who are current members of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). The list of 45 is cut down to 15 semifinalists in November, with three finalists announced in early December. The finalists are invited to the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis, Mo. for a news conference and banquet on Jan. 8, 2010, where the winner will be announced.
A 2007 finalist for the award, Cheney of UCLA is one of the highlights of the list. Cheney is a member of the U.S. National Team and won a gold medal with the team in 2008. Last season in her junior campaign at UCLA, Cheney netted 11 goals, good for second-most on the squad. She also added nine assists and led the team in points with 31.
A defender, Barnes has been a strong, steady presence on the back line for UCLA, which allowed only six goals all of last season. Rounding out the Bruins on the list is sophomore forward Leroux. Leroux, who has experience with the Canadian national team system and netted five goals and added six assists for the Bruins as a freshman in 2008.
Stanford is led by forward O'Hara. This is the third consecutive year O'Hara has been named to the list and she was a semifinalist in 2008. O`Hara had 13 goals and 12 assists for the Cardinal in 2008. She is joined on the list by her teammate, midfielder Noyola, who had six goals and 10 assists last season and forward Taylor, who was tied for the team lead with 16 goals in 2008. Both Noyola and Taylor were named first-team All-Americans in 2008.
California is represented on the list by stellar junior forward Morgan, who has U.S. National Team experience, most recently with the U-20 squad. For the Golden Bears, Morgan is a force up front, putting away a team-high nine goals in 2008 and adding five assists, leading the team in points with 23.
Rounding out the list of Pac-10 players is USC's goalkeeper Olsen. Olsen enters the 2009 campaign as the Trojan's career leader with an 0.55 goals-against average. She has big-game experience having started all 25 games in 2007, the year of their national-championship run. With 35 career wins in a USC uniform, Olsen is the program's winningest goalkeeper and will look to improve upon that mark in 2009.
Pac-10 women's soccer is just around the corner with California beginning their campaign on Friday, August 22, against Nevada in Berkeley at 2 p.m. PT. USC will kickoff on Saturday, August 22, at Texas A&M at 7:30 p.m. CT and UCLA will also start on August 22, with a 4 p.m. PT game at North Carolina. Stanford will take to the pitch on Sunday, August 23, against Hawaii in Honolulu at 2 p.m. PT.