Four From Pac-10 Named Senior CLASS Award Women's Soccer Nominees
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- Four Pac-10 women's soccer players were named candidates for the Women's Soccer Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, it was announced Wednesday. ARIZONA STATE senior midfielder Alexandra Elston, CALIFORNIA senior forward Alex Morgan, STANFORD senior forward Christen Press and USC senior midfielder Alyssa Dávila represent the Conference as candidates.
Elston, a midfielder from Tempe, Ariz., has been a durable player for the Sun Devils, starting all 60 of ASU's contests the last three seasons. She was named All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention in 2009 and enters the 2010 season tied for sixth on ASU's all-time list for career-winning goals (6). Off the field she carries a 3.89 GPA as a speech and hearing major. She was named Pac-10 All-Academic first team in 2008 and 2009 and earned ESPN The Magazine all-district first team honors in 2009. Elston has participated in various community projects with her team, including ASU Cares and Pat's Run.
California forward Alex Morgan hold a 3.256 GPA and is set to complete her undergraduate degree in political economy of industrial societies in December 2010. In her six plus semesters as a Bear, Morgan has never had a term GPA lower than a 3.0. Off the field she has been involved with several Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) sponsored community outreach activities, such as giving tours of the Cal athletic facilities and speaking to kids about balancing school and sport. On the field, Morgan, a member of the U.S. National Team, has been a go-to scorer for the Bears since her arrival as a freshman and enters her senior season fourth on Cal's all-time scoring list with 31 career goals. Last season she was named to the 2009 All-Pac-10 first team, All-Pacific-Region second team and was Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention.
Press enters the 2010 season off of a 2009 campaign where she helped lead Stanford to the NCAA College Cup finals. Last season she led the nation and also set the single-season Stanford record with 16 assists. Press was a member of the 2009 All-Pac-10 first team, the NCAA College Cup All-Tournament team and the NSCAA All-West Region first team. Press holds a 3.61 GPA in communications and was a member of the 2009 NSCAA/Adidas Women's College Soccer Scholar All-America first team. In the community she has fed the homeless several times and helped organize the Theta Breakers Run for Children, a charity event that raises money for Child Advocates for Silicon Valley.
USC's Alyssa Dávila is on track to graduate with a degree in psychology and hope to work with children after graduation. She holds a 2.798 GPA is an active member of Athletes in Action and serves as a Student-Athlete Academic Committee representative. Dávila is also involved in USC's SCORE initiative and is a volunteer tutor at school's in the community. She enters the 2010 season as team's leading scorer with nine goals in 2009. She has led the team in game-winning goals for the past three seasons and ranked third in the school records with 11 career game-winners to date. Dávila was All-Pac-10 second team as a junior.
The Lowe's Senior CLASS Award is given to student-athletes who excel both on and off the field. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition. The 30 candidate class for women's soccer will be narrowed down to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, and those names will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans, who will select one candidate who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition. The winner will be announced by Lowe's at the 2010 NCAA Women's College Cup in early December.
To see the full list of candidates, visit seniorCLASSaward.com.