Hermann Finalists, All-Americans Announced
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. — STANFORD seniors Teresa Noyola and Lindsay Taylor are two of the three finalists for the Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy, the highest individual honor in intercollegiate soccer, the National Soccer Coaches Association of America announced Friday.
Noyola, a senior midfielder from Palo Alto, Calif., propelled the Cardinal to its first NCAA title with her goal in the 1-0 championship win over Duke on Sunday. The 2011 Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year and three-time all-Pac-12 selection had nine goals and 15 assists on the season, totaling 33 points.
Taylor, a senior forward from Los Altos, Calif., was named the 2011 Pac-12 Player of the Year after scoring 20 goals and adding seven assists for 47 points. She is the third different Stanford player in as many years to score 20 goals. The other two went on to win the Hermann Trophy (Kelley O'Hara in 2009 and Christen Press in 2010). No school has had three different players win the award in three consecutive years. North Carolina won the award four years in a row (1991-94), but Mia Hamm took the honors twice in that time (1992 and 1993).
Penn State's Maya Hayes is the third finalist for the trophy.
The MAC has honored the top player in collegiate soccer since 1986. A complete list of past winners can be found at www.mac-hermann-trophy.org.
The NSCAA also released its Division I All-America selections Friday, placing six Pac-12 players on the 2011 NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Women's Division I All-America team. Noyola, Taylor, fellow Cardinal Camille Levin and UCLA forward Sydney Leroux have been named to the first team, while Stanford goalkeeper Emily Oliver and UCLA forward Abby Dahlkemper receive third-team honors.
Noyola and Leroux are now three-time All-America selections, while the remaining four Pac-12 student-athletes are first-timers this year.
The 49 athletes will be recognized at the annual All-America Luncheon, which will be held in Kansas City, Mo., on Saturday, Jan. 14.