California's Morgan and Stanford's Press Named Finalists for the Hermann Trophy
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- CALIFORNIA senior forward Alex Morgan and STANFORD forward Christen Press are two of three finalists for the Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy Award, the most prestigious individual award in intercollegiate soccer, the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) announced today.
Morgan, a Diamond Bar, Calif., native, played in only 12 games for the Golden Bears due to being called up to the U.S. National Team for the FIFA Women's World Cup qualifying tournament, but still led Cal in goals scored (14) and points (30). She also put 32 of 64 (.500) shots on frame. Morgan was a first-team All-Pac-10 selection and has played a key role for the U.S. National Team as they recently advanced to next summer's FIFA Women's World Cup. She is the first player in Cal women's soccer history to be voted a finalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy.
Press will look to become the second Stanford player to win the honor in as many years, as Kelley O'Hara won the award in 2009. The Pac-10 Player of the Year for 2010, Press led the nation with 60 points, 2.50 points per game and 26 goals this season. The 26 goals ties the Stanford single-season scoring record, set by last year's Hermann Trophy winner, O'Hara. The Palos Verdes Estates, Calif., native leaves The Farm as the most prolific scorer in Stanford history, breaking career records in goals (71), assists (41) and points (183).
Head coaches of Division I programs with current membership in the NSCAA will vote to determine the 2010 MAC Hermann Trophy recipient. Morgan and Press, along with the third finalist, Notre Dame's Melissa Henderson, are invited to the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis for a news conference on Friday, Jan. 7, 2011, where the winner will be announced and given the prestigious crystal soccer ball. A dinner and formal presentation of the award will follow the news conference that evening.