O'Hara is Soccer America's Player of the Year

Dec. 17, 2009

STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford senior forward Kelley O'Hara was named Women's Player of the Year by Soccer America on Thursday after a season in which she led the Cardinal to its first NCAA championship final, shattered school records, and led the nation in scoring.

O'Hara (26 goals, 13 assists, 65 points) became the first Stanford player to receive the award since Julie Foudy in 1991.

Stanford players were prominent among Soccer America's honors. O'Hara and forward Christen Press (21 goals, 16 assists, 58 points) - the nation's highest-scoring tandem - were named to the first team of Soccer America MVPs, essentially the publication's All-America team.

Senior Ali Riley, the Cardinal's swift left outside back, was named to the second team.

Stanford placed three on the All-Freshman first team for the second consecutive season: central defender Alina Garciamendez, right outside back Rachel Quon and defensive midfielder Mariah Nogueira.

No other school had three All-Freshman players.

O'Hara, who broke school season records in goals and points and led the nation in both categories, is a finalist for three prestigious player of the year awards. Among those is the Hermann Trophy, college soccer's top honor. The winner will be revealed Jan. 8 at a ceremony in St. Louis that O'Hara will attend.

O'Hara also is a finalist for U.S. Soccer's Young Female Athlete of the Year and the Honda Soccer Sports Award, which acts as a qualifier for the Honda-Broderick Cup, the highest honor in collegiate women's sports.

To read Soccer America's Player of the Year story, click here.

To see the list of Soccer America's MVP teams, click here.

To see Soccer America's All-Freshman teams, click here.


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