Oregon's Libke and Stanford's Nogueira named Senior CLASS Award candidates

By the Pac-12 Conference

Oregon midfielder Scout Libke and Stanford midfielder Mariah Nogueira are among the 30 NCAA women's soccer players selected as candidates for the Senior CLASS Award, announced Tuesday.

The 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.

CLASS, an acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.

Libke, a native of Portland, Ore., was a second team NSCAA All-Pacific Region selection in 2011, becoming just the second Duck to earn an NSCAA all-regional designation since 2006. She has started every match for Oregon in three-plus seasons with the program and, in 2011, she registered a team-high four goals. Libke was a first team All-Pac-12 selection last year and was named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman team in 2009. This season, she has been a fixture in the middle of the field where she runs the offense from her defensive midfield position and has picked up a goal—a game-winner against Seattle on Sept. 14— and two assists in eight games.

A player who leads by example, Libke has made a concerted effort to be a vocal leader as well. She is a team captain and has been counted upon to fill various roles on the pitch and among the team leadership. Libke is a two-time Academic All-Conference selection and carries a 3.36 GPA while double majoring in Spanish and Journalism. She has targeted Spring of 2014 for graduation prior to which she will study abroad. Off the field, Libke is actively involved with community service efforts with various organizations, including O-Heroes, the student-athlete community organization at Oregon. Most recently with O-Heroes, she assisted with the reopening and ribbon cutting of the Boys and Girls club of Emerald Valley in Eugene. She helped organize a youth "O"lympics that paired participating children with student-athletes and was held in conjunction with the reopening of the Boys and Girls Club. Libke also assisted at the student-athlete talent show where she assembled and distributed Thanksgiving baskets.

Noguiera, who hails from Westminster Calif., is a four-year starter for the Cardinal. She has been a key contributor to a program that has won three-consecutive Pac-12 titles, clinched three-straight berths in the NCAA College Cup finals and won the 2011 national championship. Nogueira, a three-time all-conference performer, garnered NSCAA third team All-America honors and Pac-10 Freshman of the Year accolades in 2009. She has recorded 18 goals and 14 assists in her career and has participated with the U.S. Under-20 and U-23 teams. Nogueira, a team captain, has been an offensive force for the Cardinal in 2012, tying for the team-lead with four goals, two of which have been game-winners.

A two-year NSCAA Scholar All-West honorable mention selection, Nogueira maintains a 3.63 cumulative GPA. She has twice been a Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention selection and has helped the Cardinal to three-consecutive NSCAA Team Academic Awards. She is on track to graduate in Spring, 2013. In the community, Nogueira has volunteered with Special Olympics and the Bay Area Sports Initiative and has worked the Halloween Carnival in East Palo Alto. She has devoted time during the week to tutoring young students from East Palo Alto and visiting the elderly and has been active in Kappa Alpha Theta sorority philanthropy events. Additionally, she has been a Sunday School teacher and currently serves as the LDS-Single Adults co-president. She has volunteered at youth soccer development camps throughout Huntington Beach, Long Beach and Pacific Palisades, and feeds the homeless during holidays. Nogueira traveled to the Dominican Republic in the Spring of 2011 with Kids Alive International, a non-profit organization that provides spiritual, physical, educational and emotional support to underprivileged children around the world. With Kids Alive, Nogueira helped build a school and taught PE classes.

The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the 2012 Women's College Cup Championships, which take place November 30 and December 2 in San Diego, Calif. The pool will be trimmed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, with those finalists making up the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans, who will select one male candidate and one female candidate who best exemplify excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition.

To view a complete list of the Senior CLASS candidates, visit seniorCLASSaward.com.


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