Stanford's O'Hara Named Soccer America Women's Player of the Year and Six Pac-10 Players Named to MVP Teams
Dec. 18, 2009
WALNUT CREEK, Calif.- STANFORD senior forward Kelley O’Hara was named Soccer America’s Women’s Player of the Year after a stellar year in which she led the nation in goals (26) and points (65), breaking school records in both categories.
O’Hara led the Cardinal to an undefeated regular season and a runner-up finish at the NCAA Colllege Cup finals. She is the first Stanford player to be bestowed this honor since Julie Foudy won the award in 1991. She is also the first Pac-10 athlete to receive the recognition since 2007 when UCLA senior forward Lauren Cheney received the honor.
O’Hara is joined by Cheney, Stanford junior forward Christen Press and USC senior goalkeeper Kristin Olsen on Soccer America’s MVP first team. Cheney tallied 18 goals and 10 assists for the Bruins while setting a school career-scoring record with 171 total points.
Press netted 21 goals and added a school-record 16 assists for the Cardinal this season, providing a powerful one-two punch with O’Hara on the offensive end for Stanford.
Olsen led the Conference with 5.32 saves per game and over her four-year career, set USC records with 42 wins and 27 shutouts.
On Soccer America’s second team, the Pac-10 landed UCLA sophomore forward Sydney Leroux and Stanford senior defender Ali Riley. Leroux led the Bruins with 23 goals and set a new Bruins’ NCAA Tournament record with eight goals. Riley was a steady presence on the defensive end for the Cardinal and added one goal and one assist of her own en route to a 25-1-0 season.