Two Pac-10 Women's Soccer Players Named M.A.C. Hermann Award Finalists
Dec. 11, 2009
WALNUT CREEK, Calif.- The National Soccer Collegiate Association of America announced today the finalists for the Missouri Athletic Club (M.A.C.) Hermann Trophy, with two of the three finalists being Pac-10 women's soccer players. Senior forwards Lauren Cheney of UCLA and Kelley O'Hara of STANFORD were named finalists.
The Hermann Trophy is the highest individual honor in intercollegiate soccer and the three finalists were
voted on by Division I women's soccer coaches who are members of the NSCAA.
UCLA's Cheney became the first UCLA player in history to earn NSCAA All-American honors and first team All-Pac-10 honors all four years of her college career. In 2009, Cheney, a native of Indianapolis, Ind. netted 18 goals and tallied 10 assists, while setting new Bruin career records with 173 total points and 28 game-winning goals amassed throughout her career. She helped the Bruins to their seventh-straight NCAA Women's College Cup, where they fell in the semifinals to Stanford. Cheney was the runner-up for the 2007 M.A.C. Hermann Trophy.
Stanford's O'Hara, the 2009 Pac-10 Player of the Year, had a stellar senior campaign, in which she led the nation with 26 goals, including nine game winners and added 13 assists. O'Hara led the Cardinal to its first appearance in the NCAA College Cup final, where they finished as runners-up to North Carolina. O'Hara, who hails from Fayetteville, Ga., was named to the 2009 NSCAA All-American first team for the first time in her career. O'Hara is the first Cardinal player to ever be named a M.A.C. Hermann Trophy finalist.
Cheney, O'Hara and the third finalist, North Carolina's Tobin Heath, will be invited to the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis where the winner will be announced on Friday, Jan. 8 at news conference, followed by a banquet at the Club for the formal presentation of the prestigious crystal soccer ball trophy to the winner.