Six Cardinal Honored On <i>Top Drawer Soccer</i> Teams Of The Year

Nov. 13, 2008

STANFORD, Calif. - Six Stanford women's soccer players were honored by Top Drawer Soccer today, as the publication released its 2008 teams of the year. Senior Marisa Abegg was selected to the first team, junior Kelley O'Hara and sophomore Christen Press to the second, while freshmen Teresa Noyola, Lindsay Taylor, and Camille Levin were honored on the All-Rookie team.

Abegg, a central defender, has started every match over her four years with the Cardinal. The MAC Hermann Trophy candidate and All-Pac-10 first team selection helped the team to the nation's third best regular season goals-against-average of 0.346 and sixth-best shutout percentage of 0.650. Abegg was selected to Top Drawer Soccer's team of the week (9/22-28) for helping Lindsay Taylor score the game-winner against Saint Mary's and posted two other assists on the season.

O'Hara, an All-Pac-10 second team forward, has recorded double digits in goals and assists this season with 11 each, good enough for third on the team in points with 33. She also is a MAC Hermann Trophy candidate and was slated a Soccer America Preseason All-American. Four of her goals were credited as game-winners, and she checked in at No. 14 in assists-per-game (0.58) and No. 22 in points-per-game (1.74) on the NCAA statistics rankings at the end of the regular season. She was twice named to Top Drawer Soccer's team of the week, was a Pac-10 Player of the Week, and also received Soccer America and Soccer Buzz team of the week honors as well.

Press, another All-Pac-10 second team forward, barreled out of the gates in the first game, notching two goals and an assist. She was awarded with a Top Drawer Soccer National Player of the Week selection, along with two of the publication's team of the week honors, and a Soccer Buzz distinction. Press tied for first on the team in points (35) at the conclusion of the regular season with 13 goals and nine assists. Press also ranked 20th in the NCAA stat charts in points-per-game (1.75).

Noyola, an All-Pac-10 first team midfielder, earned five team of the week selections over the course of the season, with one of them coming from Top Drawer Soccer. She was Stanford's first player to be recognized as a Pac-10 Player of the Week this year, and finished up the regular season with six goals and 10 assists. She was 27th in the nation in assists-per-game, averaging .500.

Taylor, the third forward on the starting line, was the team's most prolific scorer, and fired in a Pac-10-leading 16 goals, seven of which were game-winners, also a conference-leading mark. Taylor was named the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year and was an All-Pac-10 First Team selection. Taylor was chosen as the NSCAA and Soccer AmericaNational Player of the Week and Pac-10 Player of the Week on Sept. 9, and also earned five team of the week selections, including two from Top Drawer Soccer. Taylor amassed four different multiple-goal games, highlighted by her first career hat trick at Santa Clara on Oct. 3. She ranked 10th in goals-per-game (0.842) and 14th in points-per-game (1.84) in the nation. She shared the team-lead in points with Press, adding three assists to her goal total for 35 points.

Levin, who began the season as an outside back but was transitioned to midfield, paid dividends for head coach Paul Ratcliffe after the move, notching five goals and four assists. The All-Pac-10 second teamer was named the Santa Clara/adidas Classic Tournament MVP and twice was named to a national team of the week and was consistently praised by Ratcliffe as the best tackler and one of the best playmakers on field.

To see the complete listing for Top Drawer Soccer's squads of the year, please click here.

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