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December 3, 2009
UCLA’s Cheney and Leroux, USC’s Olsen make the list

UCLA’s attacking tandem of Lauren Cheney and Sydney Leroux, as well as USC goalkeeper Kristin Olsen, are among 15 semifinalists for the 2009 Missouri Athletic Club Hermann Trophy, the highest individual honor in intercollegiate soccer.

Seven players who will take the field in the semifinal round of the 2009 NCAA Women’s Division I Soccer Tournament are included on the list of semifinalists. Cheney was a finalist for the award in 2007, and Tobin Heath (North Carolina) is a previous Hermann trophy semifinalist.

Cheney started 20 of 21 games for the Bruins. Through November 28m she had 17 goals and 10 assists for 44 points, second on the team, with four game-winning goals. An NSCAA first-team All-America each of the past three season, she is three-time MAC Hermann semifinalist, and runner-up for the award in 2007. Cheney had a goal and two assists in three games with the U.S. Women’s National Team last summer.

Leroux, a sophomore, also started all 22 games for the Bruins, and leads the team to date with 23 goals and 2 assists for 48 points. She had seven game-winning goals this season, and ranked seventh in the nation in points per game (2.18) through games of 11/22. Leroux earned the Golden Shoe and Golden Ball while leading the U.S. to the 2008 U-20 FIFA World Championship, scoring five goals in the tournament.

Olsen started 19 of 20 games in her senior season, logging 1806 minutes of playing time for the Women of Troy. She posted nine clean sheets to go with an 11-5-3 record, and permitted 1.00 goals per game, making 107 saves. She was a first-team All-Pac-10 selection, and set USC career records for wins and shutouts.

Division I college head coaches with current membership in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) will vote to determine the 2009 MAC Hermann Trophy recipient. Three finalists for the award will be announced on Friday, Dec. 11. They will be invited to the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis for a news conference on Friday, Jan. 8, 2010, where the winner will be announced. A dinner and formal presentation of the award will follow the news conference that evening.

Other Semifinalists:
Courtney Barg, So., M, Notre Dame, Plano, Texas
Started all 25 games for the Irish, logging 2025 minutes…has one goal and two assists (through 11/28), including a game-winner…named the 2009 Big East Midfielder of the Year…a first-team All-Big East selection…playing as the holding midfielder, she helped the Irish defense hold foes to only four goals in the regular season.

Becky Edwards, F, Sr., Florida State, Downingtown, Pa.
Started all 25 games for the Seminoles…has five goals and eight assists (through 11/27) for 18 points, ranking third on the team…had one game-winning goal this season…an NSCAA first-team All-America and Scholar All-America as a junior...a member of the U.S. team that won the U-20 FIFA World Championship…

Whitney Engen, D, Sr., North Carolina, Rolling Hills Estates, Calif.
Started all 25 games for the Tar Heels, logging 2185 minutes…scored one goal and had three assists…anchored a back line that posted 17 shutouts this season…the 2009 ACC Defensive Player of the Year…Defensive MVP of the St. Mary’s Soccer Classic and the Duke Nike Classic…played striker her first two seasons at UNC.

Michelle Enyeart, F, Sr., Portland, Hemet, Calif.
Started 18 games for the Pilots…had 13 goals and 12 assists (through 11/27) for 38 points, ranking second on the team…had four game-winning goals…2009 WCC Player of the Year…a member of the U.S. team that won the U-20 FIFA World Championship…an NSCAA Scholar All-America in 2008…

Sinead Farrelly, M, Jr., Virginia, Havertown, Pa.
Started all 22 games for the Cavaliers…had eight goals and eight assists (through 11/27) for 24 points, which led the team…recorded three game-winning goals this season…put more than 50 percent of her shots on frame (26 of 50)…a three-time first-team All-ACC selection.

Danielle Foxhoven, F, So., Portland, Littleton, Colo.
Started 21 games for the Pilots…had 25 goals and 12 assists (through 11/28) for a team-leading 62 points…had six game-winning goals this season…had prolific month of October with two four-goal games as well as a three-goal outing…leads the nation in points per game (2.86 through 11/22).

Tobin Heath, M, Sr., North Carolina, Basking Ridge, N.J.
Started 19 games for the Tar Heels…has five goals and eight assists for 18 points (through 11/27)…recorded one game-winning goal…a first-team All-ACC selection…a two-time MAC Hermann semifinalist…member of the U.S. team that won the gold medal at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.

Kelly Henderson, D, Sr., Boston College, Baldwin, N.Y.
Played 21 games for the Eagles…scored one goal this season…part of a defense that posted 15 shutouts in 22 games and allowed only 159 shots and 10 goals this season…a second-team All-ACC selection.

Tiffany McCarty, F, So., Florida State, Laurel, Md.
Started all 25 games for the Seminoles…has 17 goals and seven assists (through 11/27) for 41 points, second on the team…had three game-winning goals this season…2009 ACC Offensive Player of the Year…holds the school career record for points (31) in ACC play.

Kelley O’Hara, F, Sr., Stanford, Fayetteville, Ga.
Started all 24 games for the Cardinal…has 25 goals and 13 assists (through 11/27) for a team-leading 63 points…ranked No. 2 in the nation in points per game (2.57 through 11/22)…has nine game-winning goals…an NSCAA All-America each of the past two seasons…has led Stanford to its second consecutive College Cup appearance…the Pac-10 Player of the Year.

Christen Press, F, Jr., Stanford, Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.
Started all 24 games for the Cardinal…has 20 goals and 15 assists (through 11/27) for 55 points, second on the team…ranked No. 6 in the nation in points per game (2.22 through 11/22)…has six game-winning goals…has led Stanford to its second consecutive College Cup appearance…was named to the 2008 NCAA All-Tournament team.

Katie Schoepfer, F, Sr., Penn State, Waterford, Conn.
Started all 21 games for the Nittany Lions…had 14 goals and nine assists (through 11/27) for a team-high 37 points…had five game-winning goals…2009 Big 10 Offensive Player of the Year…a second-team NSCAA All-America in 2007…three-time All-Big 10 selection.

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