Seven Pac-10 Women's Soccer Players Named NSCAA All-Americans
Dec. 8, 2009
Walnut Creek, Calif. - Seven Pac-10 women's soccer players were recently named All-Americans by the National Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). STANFORD was the most represented squad overall with four selections, followed by UCLA with two selections and USC with one.
The Cardinal (25-1) were led by senior forward Kelley O'Hara who was chosen to the first team after a stellar year in which she led the squad with 26 goals, setting a Stanford single-season scoring record. Fellow forward, junior Christen Press was named to the second team after a season in which she netted 21 goals and added 16 assists, a program single-season record. Both O'Hara and Press are M.A.C. Hermann Trophy semifinalists. Pac-10 Freshman of the Year midfielder Mariah Nogueira was named to the third team after a standout freshman campaign in which she started 22 of 26 matches and tallied five goals and five assists. Joining Nogueira on the third team is senior defender Ali Riley, who was a stalwart for the Cardinal defensive line. Stanford reached the finals of the College Cup, but fell 1-0 to North Carolina
A three-time Hermann Trophy semifinalist, UCLA senior forward Lauren Cheney was named to the first team, finishing with 17 goals and 10 assists, en route to setting the school career-scoring record with 174 points. Sophomore teammate Sydney Leroux of Vancouver, B.C., also a Hermann semifinalist, was named to the third team after finishing second in the Conference with 23 goals. UCLA reached the semifinals of the College Cup, but lost in overtime to Stanford, 2-1.
Rounding out the Pac-10 selections was USC goalkeeper Kristin Olsen who was named to the first team. Olsen, a Hermann Trophy semifinalist led the Conference with a save percentage of .843 and set USC career records with 42 wins and 27 shutouts. She is the first Trojan to ever be named to the All-America First Team. USC lost in a shootout to Oklahoma State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
The NSCAA All-American selections will be recognized at the annual All-American Luncheon, held in Philadelphia, Pa. on Jan. 16 as part of the 2010 NSCAA Convention.